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I'm Herb Bowie, and I'm the author of Notenik.

I've been programming for quite some time now, and I've also been an avid Mac user for many years.

My first foray into object-oriented programming was through Java. I wrote several different desktop programs in that language, and over time most of them morphed into a single application, which I ended up calling Notenik.

A few years ago now, several things happened that together convinced me to rewrite Notenik in a new language.

  1. I retired from my corporate job, which meant I no longer had a personal interest in writing software that I could use on Windows, as well as on a Mac.

  2. Apple's support for Java became less and less enthusiastic.

  3. Oracle became less supportive of desktop applications written in Java.

  4. Apple introduced a new programming language, Swift, that gradually matured into a stable, useful programming tool.

And so the current version of Notenik that I'm describing on this site is written entirely in Swift, and runs solely on the Mac.

My motivations for writing Notenik are three-fold:

  1. For my own personal use.
  2. For my own enjoyment – the truth is, I really like programming.
  3. I want to make something that other people find useful.

Based on these motivations, Notenik is available for free, and is available as open-source software.

Notenik is available exclusively through the Mac App Store. And although I realize that many developers have had lots of problems using that distribution channel, my experiences with it have all been positive, and I'm grateful to have something available to me and my users that is relatively safe and painless, and that requires no payments from users.

I hope you enjoy using Notenik, and I'd be happy to hear from you if you have any comments or suggestions for improvement.

About Those Other Names…

I'm also the owner of the domain name, and have “PowerSurge Publishing” registered in the US state of Washington as a Trade Name (sometimes known as a “DBA”, for “Doing Business As”).

In the past I operated as its own website, where you could find a number of desktop apps I'd written in Java over a period of years, including the following:

  • Club Planner
  • HeadOut
  • iWisdom
  • Link Tweaker
  • Notenik (a version written in Java)
  • PSExplorer
  • PSRenamer
  • PSTextMerge
  • Tunes Checker
  • Two Due
  • URL Union

The functionality of many of the Java programs listed above has been folded into the new Notenik, now written in Swift, and described on this site,

At this point I am no longer maintaining any of the Java apps listed above, and am no longer maintaining as a separate website.