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FinderNote 2.0

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MD5: 425afa541ab2b4a3ae995fe212924d52
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

This is a simlilar in appearance to the familiar SimpleText application. The main difference is that FinderNote 2 opens, edits & creates Finder Desktop Text Clipping files and it does it rather well.

FinderNote is a simple text editor whose documents can be read in the Finder (on the Desktop) without needing to run any application. This means that these notes open up as quickly as any other Finder window. This is possible because a FinderNote document is a particular type of file that Apple call a 'clipping'.

Clippings are very handy for keeping memos, to-do lists, notes about other files or folders, 'boilerplate' text (like letterheads) that you can insert into other documents - the list is almost endless.

  • Why FinderNote ?
    • Apple thought up the ingenious idea of clippings, but gave us no simple and immediate way of editing them. And it is very difficult to make a clipping which contains both text and picture. Now FinderNote gives you the quickest and easiest way of editing them and using them to the full."

MD5 checksum & filename: 425afa541ab2b4a3ae995fe212924d52 *finder_note2.sit

FinderNote 2.0 is Freeware. This Download is an 800k Disk Copy 4.2 floppy image file that has been archived using Stuffit 3.6 before uploading. Use Stuffit 3.5 or newer to extract.

Architecture: 68k PPC

FinderNote is FAT binary, it runs natively on both 68k and on PowerPC Macintosh. It also runs in Basilisk II and SheepShaver.

The included FinderNote Extension is an optional install and required only if you wish to enable "hot-keys" to be used with the FinderNote application. This Extension enables double-click opening of clipping files while holding down a specified Hot Opening Key (one or more of the modifier keys: Option, Command or Control).

[Note] The additional optional extension appears to be broken in Mac OS 9.1 and later. It does not affect the operation of the FinderNote application, if the extension is not used in Mac OS 9.x (dragging clipping files onto FinderNote's icon to open them, works fine in 9.x).


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by MikeTomTom - 2011, July 17 - 6:36am

version 2.0 does not work on Mac OS 9.1 upwards.

Hmmm... I can't speak for 9.1, but I can say that FinderNote 2.0 is happily humming along on my G4 Quicksilver running Mac OS 9.2.2

Perhaps the optional FinderNote Extension is broke? I don't use that extension so don't know. Can only add: "The FinderNote 2.0 app ain't broke from where I'm sitting" Big smile

[Edit] Confirmed: The optional FinderNote Extension causes FinderNote to crash in Mac OS 9.2.2 if you attempt to open a clipping file by double-clicking a Finder clipping's icon while holding down hot keys. The only purpose of this Extension BTW, is to directly open clippings files for editing by double-clicking them while holding down the specified Hot Opening Key (one or more of the modifier keys: Option, Command or Control).

FiderNote 2.0 itself works fine as a clipping text editor without the Extension installed and you can open clippings for editing directly by simply dragging a clipping icon onto FinderNote's icon or an alias to it. So if you want to run this app in Mac OS 9.1 or later it seems to work OK without the extension - I don't bother installing it, anyway (even on the Mac OS's the extension is compatible with).

I also tried to locate updates from the Wayback machine. I'd like to get a copy of that 2.1 beta, too. Supposedly its carbonized and runs in OS X...

Sooooo... if anybody out there archived that beta...

xy's picture
by xy - 2011, July 16 - 10:10am

According to this
version 2.0 does not work on Mac OS 9.1 upwards.
There was a version 2.1b:
Download link, however, is defunct.