Imagine the next step up from a todo list app. It has todos, sure, but it also lets you take notes, organize them into outlines, make projects from them and track your progress. It keeps questions, and their answers, together. It lets you make up dashboards, import documents and images, put all this stuff into pages, and the pages into notebooks. Sounds good? That’s ThinkBook.
I promised a lot in that first paragraph, here’s how ThinkBook does it:
- It has lots of note types: text, todos, questions, projects and attachments.
- Notebooks and pages, they behave just like other notes, move and organize them however you like.
- You can organize anything, all the note types can be indented and collapsed using gestures.
- Finder notes, put some together to create dashboards.
- The slider, it brings it all together, make new notes, re-order them, move, copy and delete. It IS a little different though, so please watch the built-in video tutorial.
- Tags, tag everything you can see. They're inherited, tag a notebook with 'work' and every note in it will be treated as work.
- Attachment notes let you store PDFs, documents and images right in your notebooks, including spreadsheets, music and video.
ThinkBook's interface is very fast and efficient but it IS a little different. This is what you need to know:
- ThinkBook uses gestures to indent and move notes. The left and right sides of the screen accept different gestures.
- On the left of the screen you can drag a note left and right to change the indentation.
- On the right of the screen you can drag a note right to push it into the slider.
- Tap on the slider to see all the things it can do.
- To delete notes push them into the slider then select ‘Delete’ from the slider actions.
- Import attachments from other apps using their 'Open in …' option, the clipboard or iTunes file sharing.
- If you open up ThinkBook with images on the clipboard, ThinkBook will offer to turn them into attachments.
I don’t like trying to work out what other apps have in-app purchases, so here is what ThinkBook offers:
- iCloud transfers. Use iCloud to update your notes between devices.
- More notebook covers. ThinkBook comes with two, you can buy ten more.
- Dark themes. ThinkBook comes with three themes with a light background, you can buy three more with dark backgrounds.
I hope you try ThinkBook out and enjoy it!
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It’s been a VERY long time since ThinkBook updates. I’ve continued to work on it throughout but haven’t put it all together in a release till now.
Let’s have a look at what’s happened since the last update:
- The look of iOS has changed dramatically. Gone are all the things that looked like things, now everything looks flatter. ThinkBook 1 was definitely old-school! so I’ve totally re-jigged the user interface. It looks cleaner, flatter, it looks like it belongs in the new iOS. You’ve probably already seen the screenshots, if you haven’t, prepared to be pleasantly … shocked.
- The iPhone has changed. The old iPhone wasn’t well suited to an app like ThinkBook. It was too small, too slow, and what’s more (and this was my fault), the way ThinkBook was laid out made it even MORE difficult to fit it into an iPhone. The tools on the left took up too much screen, the iPhone is a lot taller than it is wide. The history bar at the top would have only fit a couple of entries on the iPhone. Now, with the 5 series iPhones, and the iPhone 6+ it’s a very different ball game. So I’ve made ThinkBook a universal app. The toolbar is moved to the bottom, and the history bar is now a menu. It’s a much more intuitive interface, did you know you could bookmark entries in the old navigation bar? no? most people didn’t. Now there’s a ‘bookmark’ button next to each entry, you won’t miss it.
- Cloud services. When ThinkBook first came out it was lauded because it had built-in Dropbox support! Now iOS provides apps with the document picker, it lets you connect to any service that provides an app extension, DropBox, iCloud Drive, box.net, Google Drive, whatever. So the old Dropbox integration has been replaced with the document picker. The downside to this is that we are at the mercy of the extension providers and they are a little hit and miss. Unless you need to change I recommend sticking to Dropbox, or iCloud Drive, but the interface is nicer on Dropbox.
So here are some more things that I’ve added for this update, they are available as in-app purchases:
- iCloud transfers. Use iCloud to update your notes between devices.
- More notebook covers, there are now two default ones, and you can buy ten more.
- Dark themes, there are three default themes, they have light backgrounds like the old ones, and you can buy three more with dark backgrounds.
There are also a LOT of other little improvements all over the place.
Thank you for reading this far, I hope you like your new ThinkBook!
Ratings and Reviews
I love this app! Thanks for the new release.
I have used ThinkBook for many years now and while I have to admit that that I hadn’t used it much lately prior to this new release, I’ve always been impressed by the innovative way ThinkBook allows for the fast and efficient management of line items in tasks, projects, notes, and really anything that can help you get and stay organized. However, this new release has brought be back in like never before. Yes there are things that can be improved but what app doesn’t have these.
I highly suggest you try this app out and give yourself a little time to understand how it operates because it will change how look at productivity tools.
Got Organized With Ease
I love this app. I'm not one to write many reviews, so you know this must be a decent app. I use it for organizing all the project that I have going on. It is generic which is its main benefit. I am not a fan of tools that make you follow their processes ... and most "get organized tools" have something missing that is essential. With this tool, I adapted my way to its generic scheme.
Like someone said, you have to give it a bit of time before making a judgement. It takes some thought in how to use. Once you figure that out, you will probably find it can handle most any thing you want to track.
The one addition I would love to have is the ability to export into a tool like excel or word. May someday...
It grows on you...
I have had this app for a while, and I always liked it well enough, but there were other apps that were easier to learn. I have recently come back to this app and I realize now that it is incredibly useful and versatile. I have endless notes and snippets of writing, thoughts I want to keep organized and often move around as I edit and combine. This app truly does make it easy to create layers of organization in a number of ways, and for a prolific but disorganized writer like me, this app is just what I need to keep my ideas organized. I only use it on my iPad so I have not tried sync, thus I give it only four stars, but I have no complaints. Keep up the good work!
- Bitolithic Pty Ltd
- 40.1 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2015 bitolithic
- In-App Purchases
- Cloud note transfers $0.99
- More notebook covers $0.99
- Dark Themes $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.