Tropical Software's TopXNotes offers the kind of features you'd expect from a basic note-taking application. It's got a clean, single-window interface that puts controls for highlighting and marking up your text right at your fingertips.
What sets this application apart is its QuickNotes feature. Designate a note as a QuickNote, and you can access it from the drop-down menu of a floating palette that always appears on top of other applications. That lets you open notes quickly, without having to toggle through other apps or lose sight of the window you're working in.
Other valuable TopXNotes features include the ability to group related notes together, open multiple notes at once, and view notes organized by group or category in the application's NoteOrganizer window. Fans of security will appreciate the ability to password-protect specific notes or to set read-only privileges.
This story, "TopXNotes 1.3" was originally published by Macworld.