Palo Alto, Calif.-based developer AquaMinds Software recently announced that version 1.8 of their flagship application, NoteTaker 2003 for OS X, is now ready for download from the company’s Web site. This update to their robust note-taking and outline tool, which combines word processing and Web browsing in a single application, is free for all registered users. It adds enhanced support for Mac OS X v.10.3 “Panther,” a new toolbar Web search, dynamic link viewing, improvements to NoteTaker Services, and more.
“Our development team has delivered the first component of our SilverStar Technology Plan called NTML (Note-Taking Markup Language),” said AquaMinds co-founder, president, and chief designer Scott Love. “NTML is exciting because it’s XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and it’s an open, publicly available API for exchanging data with other XML-based applications.”
NoteTaker allows you to assemble ideas, to-do lists, notes, links, and more into Notebooks that can be as simple or complex as you want, including multi-linked project binders filled with many pages of in-depth notes. Its NTML architecture makes it attractive to users in a wide variety of industries, especially in the education, science, and business fields.
The new toolbar Web search box allows you to access such sites as Google, Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves, and others without leaving NoteTaker. You can also customize it for other search engines applicable to your field. And the X-Ray Info Box adds dynamic link viewing by creating a floating pop-up window that displays the contents of links as you roll your mouse pointer over them.
NoteTaker Services hooks into other Mac OS X applications that support the Services function and allows you to dynamically clip and search information from them. The new improvements add a hot key assignment function and automatically title information as its clipped and added to a NoteBook.
In addition, NoteTaker 1.8 features new data management preferences that automatically compact index pages when NoteBooks are saved or closed as well as a variety of interface enhancements and such new commands as Word Count, Print Page, and Previous/Next pages in the Web History list.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v.10.2.x “Jaguar” or higher. Pricing is US$69.95, with a $39.95 academic license available. You can also download a 30-day trial from the AquaMinds Web site and try out NoteTaker.