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macOS New App Release – Notelist 4.0


Product AnnouncementTension Software of Milano, Italy has released Notelist 4.0 allows to manages notes and store data in a free format using color categories. NoteList is a free format notes collector where you can save notes in text or RTF format with images included. You can even copy and paste website from safari and they will be saved as RTF with images embedded.

In Notelist any note has an assigned category, where each category has a distinctive color and label, this allows to identify the content of notes at the first sight. Categories are editable as the user needs and they give to the user the main instrument to catalog and browse notes inside a document. The user can create and manage how many categories he needs inside any document and apply them to notes.

Notes can be filtered and sorted by name, content, category, creation and modification date. Selecting a note from the table shows the note in detail. The user can edit and modify the selected note at any time. Any Notelist documents remember all these setting also after successive relaunches.

Any note can be modified and edited, dragging and dropping images from the finder and applying font, style, and size as in a true word processor. Various tools are available to manipulate text, search and replace, rules, spelling. At any time a note can be converted to a text-only format.

NoteList it’s ideal to manage a high number of notes inside a single document, even when the size of any note is very large. Any text or RTF or rtfd file can be imported as a note simply dragging it from the finder to the list of notes.

NoteList is macOS 10.13 optimized. NoteList allows users to specify a default startup document to open at the application launch (for frequently used notes).


  • Document-based, allows managing your data in more than one file
  • Any document can contain an unlimited number of notes
  • Saves document always with auto recovery on
  • Allows having notes in any format: TEXT, RTF, RTFD (RTF images)
  • Can concatenate user selected notes in a single text, sending the resulting text both to clipboard or to disk, all in one click!
  • Copy and Paste from Safari preserves formatting and links
  • Full set of tools for formatting and working with text as in a word processor
  • Drag and Drop of images directly inside a document note to embed it.
  • Dragging and dropping a TXT, RTF, RTFD file creates a new note inside the document
  • Color label categories to help organize all your notes
  • Fast internal search as you type and by category
  • Sort in a list by Creation Date and Modification Date
  • Remembers search terms used
  • Any documents remember settings over re-launch
  • macOS 10.13 optimized with Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Full screen, Sandbox
  • Embedded PDF user guide accessible from the Help Menu.

What’s New in this Version:

  • Better editable rich text zones with rules and search in place inside notes
  • Improved list table with now also editable state
  • An improved command to manage rules and other text tools in all the notes
  • The improved modern search algorithm for notes and categories
  • Find can now remember a list of used terms (saved pressing return)
  • Improved export functions
  • Improved management of multiple notes at once with commands applying to all
  • Various bug fixes
  • Code optimizations

Pricing and Availability:
Notelist 4 is just $9.99 USD (or an equivalent amount on other currencies) and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store. The app is also available through the Tension Software website.


Interview with Author Dan Jayson

A few weeks ago I read and then wrote a review of the thriller “The Last Squadron“. As a result of my review, I was contacted by the author, Dan Jayson, and have been able to interview him.

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Myself: I want to express my thanks to you for doing this interview. First, a little bit about your background. When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?

Jayson: I guess since I was old enough to read and write. Then one day I thought okay – I am going to start, so I sat down and wrote the first line. Why that day? I do not know, maybe I was just looking for a new challenge.

Myself: What is your academic and work background?

Jayson: I am a chartered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and served for a while in the British Territorial Army. I have been lucky enough to have lived and worked all over the world and spent many months offshore on underwater construction vessels in some remote places.

Myself: What part of the world do you live in now?

Jayson: My family and I currently live in south-west London.

Myself: How do you relax? What are your hobbies?

Jayson: I love being with family and friends, and enjoy military history, diving, walking, and skiing.

Myself: What else would you like to share about yourself?

Jayson: I am married with four children, and am a little worried that we are trashing the planet!

Myself: Do you see Fiction, and more specifically Science Fiction, as a way to educate and persuade people from that path?

Jayson: Yes – I think science fiction / fiction books, plays, and films can influence people to effect change. If you can draw someone into a story and make it memorable then perhaps some scenes and themes will become “decision triggers” in real life. Maybe the events portrayed in The Last Squadron might persuade a few people to take more interest in some of the conflicts that have been bubbling away for decades now and pressure our governments to work together in a common framework to stop the misery.

Myself: I wanted to ask about you as a reader. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself?

Jayson: One of the ‘Hornblower’ novels.

Myself: Did you read much growing up?

Jayson: Yes continuously although – I remember I stopped for little after reading the Exorcist which terrified me!

Myself: What have you read recently?

Jayson: Winston Churchill’s Second World War – Volume 1.

Myself: That’s quite a change from “The Exorcist”. Do you have a favorite genre? book? character? author?

Jayson: I do not think I have one, how much you enjoy any book I think can depend on your mood and environment. Every book has something to offer – as a reader you get to devour in a few days what an author has sometimes spent years writing – that is special.

Myself: Where is your favorite place to read?

Jayson: Just about anywhere! At this very moment, I think it would have to be on a sun lounger outside on a hot day.

Myself: Do you prefer paper or eBooks?

Jayson: I like paperbacks – there is something personal about them – I don’t know why – maybe its because they are tactile? You can scrunch them up and even tear out pages as you go if you need to share the book with a friend.

Myself: Now a little about you as an author. What makes you sit down and want to share your stories?

Jayson: I wanted to write an adventure story that was realistic, entertaining, captured some of the great traits of humanity and shone a light on some of our worst aspects.

Myself: What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Jayson: I would like to write a second novel, I just need to get the time!

Myself: Is there anyone who has influenced your writing?

Jayson: Both my time offshore and in the Army influenced my writing – when you are part of a small team in a harsh environment and trying to accomplish a specific task, the resulting comradery and humor are quite special. In addition, the film directors James Cameron and Ridley Scott were an influence, I loved Alien, Aliens, and Black Hawk Down – their attention to technical detail, often-portraying equipment as “scuffed and used” is something I tried to replicate.

Myself: How did you pick the genres for your stories?

Jayson: I wanted to write something I would enjoy – something that was plausible, gritty, realistic, and panoramic. This was the best I could come up with!

Myself: Where do your story ideas come from?

Jayson: The ideas came from disparate and often unconnected sources. So as an example, I saw a documentary about the Black Plague and the residents of the English village called Eyam, and this, coupled with an article I had read a few years before about gene fabrication gave me the idea to create a fairly nasty man-made virus. As another example, whilst we were living in Paris we visited the Palace of Versailles several times. It was on one of these trips that I thought wow … what would a firefight look like in here?

Myself: Do you work from an outline of your plot, or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?

Jayson: I do not think I had any preconceived approach, I started with a couple of rather disparate scenes as pegs in the ground and then let the characters and events just lead me.

Myself: What tools (software?) do you use in your writing?

Jayson: Just a laptop and a printer – I basically just bulldoze words onto the laptop then print out what I’ve written, read it, cross out huge tracts, add notes then redo it. I am sure there are better ways but …

Myself: Well, I think that with ‘productivity’ tools and processes, the best one is the one that works for you. What are the hardest and easiest things about writing?

Jayson: The hardest thing is starting the first line, after that, it is easy to write but a pain to edit.

Myself: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Jayson: Just write the first line – you will be hooked and it will always call you back to write another!

Myself: Now a little bit about your works. What novels/works have you published?

Jayson: Just this one novel – I do not really count engineering technical papers as of interest!

Myself: I have to agree. From my experience, technical papers have been far easier to write than fiction. What are you currently working on?

Jayson: Am thinking about another novel – but am currently working on several projects relating to underwater salvage as well as trying to launch a small business.

Myself: I will certainly keep a lookout for your future works. What else would you like to share?

Jayson: I do hope anyone who reads The Last Squadron enjoys it!

Myself: How should your fans follow you or get in touch?

Jayson: Anyone is welcome to get in touch on twitter @danjayson. I would love to hear any feedback.