VoodooPad: like OneNote for your Mac



Jezlyn popped a note in our nearly clean Inboxes late last week to tell us about VoodooPad. I figured it was the latest game accessory for the Wii, but I was way off. VoodooPad is a Mac OS X application that has many of the characteristics and features found in my favorite Microsoft application: OneNote. I’ve only just started to play around in the app, but my first impressions are very favorable thanks to features like these:

  • Multiple page tabs for your information
  • Spotlight support for indexing and search
  • Embedded file support along with a unique linkback feature
  • Ability to sketch diagrams (difficult without a digital pen, but doable)
  • Save pages as Microsoft Word docs

There are many more features and while the package doesn’t truly emulate OneNote, it has some very similar use cases. The VoodooPad Lite app is the free version, which is limited to 15 pages and has a watered down feature set for light duty. The full VoodooPad version is $29.95 while the Pro version is $49.95 and adds functions like a built-in web server and data encryption. I’m continuing to look it over, but since I found value in the first few minutes, I wanted to pass it along now.


Gideon Addington

Here’s an even better option than all those mentioned. No one seems to be even aware this program exists, but it is by far the most like Onenote on the Mac and one of the best pieces of Mac software out there.

It’s called Curio.
It’s really worth checking out. Unfortunately, PR isn’t really what the company is best at. But software? Hell yeah.


I love VoodooPad. But I use it quite different than I used OneNote. The automated hyperlinks are great. The full/pro versions support also AppleScript, so there are unlimitted ways to get stuff in or out, if you give some time. You may, if you are a Windows user, also take a look at ZuluPad. It has some similarities.
One little mention, the free version of VoodooPad is not limitted to 15 pages. I believe the demos of the full/pro versions have a page limit.


I agree Circus Ponies’ Notebook 2.1 is a much more powerful tool, I’ve been using it for years. It leverages the Mac’s Services menu so you don’t have to Print to get stuff into it. You just select something (in pretty much any application) and then use the Mac’s Services menu to send the selected stuff to Notebook as stuff, not as a rendered raster. Quite powerful.

And unlike One Note, you can setup quite a few destinations to clip directly to! So you can put the clippings closer to where they belong. I generally have a clipping page setup for each project I’m active on and as I find things in stream of web mode I clip them directly into the correct project notebook.

Joshua Hall

Here is a more capible note program for mac.


It looks like a notebook and you can put moies, photos, and other clips into the folder. It keep your thoughts organized.


Does it have any integration with OneNote format?? That’d be great, I’d share a lot of data between the Q1 and the MacBook ;)

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