I'm looking for a Dashboard widget for OS X that allows you to read and edit notes—the pieces of text in iPhone Notes application and Mail.app. (I.e., something analogous to the To Do Widget which shows the same To Do items that you can access through iCal.)

I don't use Mail.app regularly and would like some quicker way to access the notes synced from my iPhone.

Edit: To reiterate, this question is specifically about the notes in iPhone's Notes app (screenshot below) and in Mail.app. (And not e.g. about alternative notes apps for iPhone/OS X or iCal's To Do items.)

  • I asked about this ~year ago at MacRumors but have so far only got lots of "me, too!" answers and a couple of misunderstandings.
    – Jonik
    Aug 29, 2010 at 10:29

4 Answers 4


If you are looking for a way to sync and edit notes, then I suggest Simplenote. It isn't a Dashboard widget, but it's very lightweight and all of your notes are saved to a central server that all of your devices can see.

  • Not really an answer to the specific question I had, but thanks anyway, maybe I'll try it out sometime.
    – Jonik
    Aug 29, 2010 at 15:47
  • +1 on simplenote, this replaced using the built in notes for me. There is also a dashboard widget, and a great app called Notational Velocity will sync to give you even more power.
    – jmlumpkin
    Oct 26, 2010 at 13:03
  • I agree. If you don't use the Mail application anyway, why bother using the built-in note app on the iPhone? A combination of Simplenote and its dashboard widget or Notational Velocity will do exactly what you want, and give you more flexibility and power.
    – ghoppe
    Oct 26, 2010 at 14:30
  • I agree on Simplenote and you can couple it with nvALT or Notational Velocity for a nice combination. That said, I've heard Mountain Lion will have this capability built in: the Notes app in iOS will sync with a notes app on the Mac.
    – Richard
    Mar 28, 2012 at 11:22

AFAIR Organized does what you want (among other things).

  • This looked promising; I downloaded it & tried it, but unfortunately it does not sync notes with Mail.app or iPhone Notes. :/ There are notes yes (and the UI even looks like the iPhone Notes app), but they are not synced with anything.
    – Jonik
    Aug 31, 2010 at 20:13
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    Oh, you're right. It does sync To Dos and uses iCal etc., but it doesn't sync notes. Sorry.
    – jbeigel
    Sep 1, 2010 at 14:11

This doesn't exactly answer my original question either (which is about an OS X dashboard widget for accessing Notes), but it is the most useful note syncing solution I've found so far:

You can now (with iOS 4) sync Notes over the air with any IMAP email account. And MobileMe accounts too, as the relevant Apple support article points out: iPhone and iPod touch: Syncing Notes.

Specifically, you can easily sync Notes with your Gmail account. This blog post gives good instructions with screenshots.

Of course, in a way, a cloud-based approach like this is even better than having a widget on the one Mac you sync your iPhone with. There's this drawback though:

The notes can only be edited from an iPhone or iPod Touch

In other words, you can only view them in Gmail.

  • You have already been very patient, so wait a few more months for Mountain Lion, and enjoy a genuine Notes Mac OS X App that syncs over iCloud and is editable from any location :)
    – stuffe
    Mar 28, 2012 at 10:39

I'm stuck with the same question but what I've managed to find is a useful widget for the mail.app and ical todo's. You can download it at http://todo.philipefatio.com/

  • If you read the question carefully, you'll notice I already mention that widget in the first paragraph. As you say, it's about To-do's, not Notes.
    – Jonik
    Oct 26, 2010 at 13:03

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