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Second Notes for Mac

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Second Notes for Mac | $7.99

macOS 10.7 and later


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macOS 10.7 and later

What's New

Feb 18, 2019 Second Notes for Mac 1.7.1 is released.

Second Notes for Mac

Second Notes is an app for making a note with Live Markdown.

You can share the note with your iOS devices via Second Notes for iOS. And Live Markdown automatically indents lists and quoted strings, and changes font to bold or italic.



Typing text with Live Markdown and preview via converted HTML

Second Notes uses Markdown like text formatting, and automatically indents text in a list and quote paragraph, and make strings bold or italic. The preview button shows HTML converted text in the web view.

If you can't see bold or italic, please check if the selected font has a italic or bold font in its family. For example "Lucida Grande" that is used as a system font doesn't have a italic in the family.

If you want to show a local image in the preview, the image has to be located in you picture folder due to the security protection of Mac OSX.

iCloud and Second Notes for iOS

Second Notes saves a note in your iCloud folder. You can share the note with your iOS devices, iPhone, iPad via Second Notes for iOS which has the same Live Markdown feature.

HTML snippet

The menu "Copy as HTML" in the edit menu can be used to copy a HTML snippet. Here is the example. When you copy the following lines, the HTML snippet will be the following string.

Example of "Copy as HTML".

# Sep 30th
- 10:00 Meeting
<h1>Sep 30th</h1>
<ul><li><p>10:00 Meeting</p></li></ul>

Search in Notes

The search field at the upper-left can be used for searching a string in the whole notes listed in the folder view. The result is shown in a note by highlighting the string.


Second Notes doesn't have a save button or menu. The text in a note is automatically saved when note is switched or a certain interval.

Arithmetic Function

Type a fomula and click the Arithmetic button, the result is inserted after the fomula.

How to use

Start Second Notes at first

When you start Second Notes at first, new note is created and it is shown in the iCloud folder. The title is also created the date and time automatically, but you can change it anytime.

Make sure iCloud is enabled

If the first note is created in the "On My Mac" folder, please make sure if iCloud is enabled of the Second Notes in the System Preferences. It is located in the "Document & Data" menu in the iCloud setting as below.

Title and filename

The title of a note shown in the folder view is taken from the first line of the note. It is not same as the filename. You can see the actual filename through the "Note Info" menu in the file menu.

Changing font

You can change the font which is used in the note view from the font menu in the format menu. The default font is taken from the system text font, typically Helvetica.

Moving a note

You can move a note between iCloud and "On My Mac" from the "Move To" menu in the file menu.

Import and export a note

The "Import From" and "Export As" in the file menu are used to export and import a note. You can import a plain text which has "txt" or "md" extension. And when you export a note. you can select a plain text or HTML.

Keyboard shortcuts

Second Notes has a standard keyboard shortcuts, ctrl+tab, and tab.

Export as PDF

According to the view type, the contents of the note shown in the window is converted as PDF.


Same as "Export as PDF". the contents of the note shown in the window is printed.