updated 07:29 pm EDT, Tue May 20, 2014
Retina display and 64-bit processor support added, functionality improvements
Featuring an updated interface, Circus Ponies has released a new version of its Notebook software for use on OS X machines. Notebook 4 brings a number of improvements over the previous version of the software, notably adding full support for 64-bit processors and Retina displays. By adding support for modern staples in Mac hardware, the application can now tap into the full potential of machines.
The update to the software brings a more streamlined look to it, but removes some of the styling options that made it appear like a physical notebook. It now makes use of OS X features, like native toolbars, fullscreen document mode and pinch zooming. Drop down lists have been made wider for better readability, while tabs now overlap and draw over white backgrounds.
Many of the changes within the Notebook app have been done to improve the experience for consumers. Ease of use and navigation have been the primary focus of the update, bringing improvements to the functionality within every feature of the software. The process of making diagrams has been given more options, fixing bugs in the software that prevented some basic issues like deleting items and adding command to manipulate the shapes easier. Tab strip scrolling has been introduced to make tab navigation quicker. Multidex search features have been expanded to provide more information, including the path to find items. The clip and annotate feature has also made a return, making it easier to add small notes or review items.
Some cross functionality has been added to match up with the iPad version of Notebook. Voice recording uses the AVAudiorecorder API, meaning recordings made on either device are playable on the other. Improvements have also been made when syncing calendar items with iCal.
Notebook 4 requires at minimum OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to run. The new Notebook will run consumers $50 or $20 if upgrading from Notebook 3. A single-user license will be able to run up to five copies of the software, but each system must have the same account name.