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Noted 1.1.0 (Mac App Store link) is a note taking application that is less powerful than your typical word processor, but much better organized. Noted bills itself as so intuitive that you already know how to use it, and that’s largely true—the UI resembles the modern Lion OS, complete with folders.
Noted also has competent auto correct, spell-check and markdown features. Creating a numbered list is a breeze, and you can also color coordinate your different folders and items for more organized projects.
While notepad apps are a bit of a niche market, Noted is definitely a step up from OS X’s Notes, and at $5, is a lot more affordable than Microsoft Word.