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Nebulous Notes

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Featured three times on Lifehacker as one of the best tools for getting things done! Nebulous Notes is the text editor of choice for professionals.

(If you want to try-before-you-buy, check out "Nebulous Notes Lite.")


Nebulous Notes is the text editor of choice for professionals. I get emails from correspondents at BBC, writers for the New Yorker, and businessmen trying to organize their thoughts. I also just finished writing a 200+ page book myself, so I use my own app every day.

All notes in NN are backed up to Dropbox, because I care a lot about text files. Notes aren't stored in some vague format that is hard to export (think GDrive or Evernote), but rather in plain-old text files that you can point to.

Nebulous Notes is also the ONLY iOS text editor that selectively edits and syncs text files in any Dropbox folder seamlessly. It took 3 years to make it this smooth, but it's crucial because not everybody has all their text files in one single application folder.


- Open and edit all plain-text files (.txt, .md, .c, etc.)
- Save files to Dropbox
- Note: you cannot edit Word Documents or PDFs


- Open files from ANY Dropbox folder
- Full Dropbox file search
- Pinch-to-zoom on text
- Laser-like attention to detail on plain-text editing
- Selective file syncing
- Flush, full-screen support for "Writeroom"-style editing
- Macro system lets you add an extra row of keys to the keyboard
- The macros can include single characters, or whole strings of characters
- Macros also include programmatic shortcuts like timestamps and inserting newlines


- Preview files in HTML, MarkDown, MultiMarkdown, Rich Text-RTF
- Supports saving and opening in all file encodings (useful for international users)
- VoiceOver hints
- Print documents using AirPrint
- Save in Evernote
- Tag Files
- TextExpander support
- Customizable themes
- Protect the app with a PIN
- "Insert Tab" key (multi-line tabbing and un-tabbing supported)
- One-click access to MarkDown/HTML previews
- Turn off word-wrapping


"Wow, I do so LOVE your app." - Merlin Mann, creator of 43 Folders

"This is quite possibly the best tool for any writer, blogger, or journalist that needs to get work done on-the-go" -

"If you feel really geeky about your note-taking, give Nebulous Notes a shot." -

What's New in Version 8.3.1

This is a quick patch to the most recent update. Please update your reviews, as my ratings reset after every update. Thanks!


- iOS 8 support
- TextExpander support has returned
- Hyperlinks are now clickable
- Various bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Great Text Editor!

I use this text editor daily. It is easy to use and does everything I want. I love the Dropbox capability. It is nice to have all my files safely backed up and available on my computer & other devices. I constantly switch between all of these, and my text fIles are always up to date with each other with a quick synch. I also like to save my files in folders within folders in Dropbox, which I can do with this app. The keyboard is easy to use for typing. This app is simple to use and has never crashed on me. I have found nothing else out there that is as convenient to use. Text files are great for notes and saving information. They can always be almost universally read by any computer or device. You never have to fear losing all your data because some software company went out of business. Your files and data are safe forever, as long as they are safely backed up.

Best Enhanced iNotepad App Found

Using Neb Notes for over 18 mos. every day now. Nice iOS 8 update. 'Like the active web links. Super solid & v. handy.

Would love a paid upgrade for employing simple B/I/U text w/o Markdown.

Nebulous has run smoothly for me for >6 weeks. It has ALL the important features I wanted, plus a few extra that I have come to think are essential now.

My biggest pleasant surprise was that Dropbox (DB) cloud sync is extremely easy compared to many other note apps I labored with. Staying organized using folders is much helpful. This app opens any text note file I had already created with any note recording app previously tested.

Runs well on my iPhone & iPad mini.

The app's default folder location on Dropbox is "/My Notes" not "/Nebulous" (may cause confusion at first). You can change that in Settings or go to your preferred Dropbox folder while in Neb Notes and create a note and it will be located right in that folder.

Discovered: notes newly created in "/My Notes" CAN be moved quickly to another preferred Dropbox folder location. Tip: you swipe the folder location field and then reselect the Dropbox folder where you want the note located.

STILL Excellent !!!

The UI is totally intuitive, with just the right amount of customization. I especially like changing font size just by pinching (for when these old eyes get tired).

Another great and WELL EXECUTED feature is the row of "macro keys" over the keyboard. There's just some characters that are hard to get to on the iPad and this app makes it easy, as well as making it simple to activate "undo", "redo", and pretty much anything else you can think of.

Editing in full screen on the iPad is also fantastic and I'm very impressed. I only had to spend a little while with the app before feeling compelled to write this review, which never happens.

(The above was written many years ago now, making this one of only a handful of apps that I've never felt the urge to switch from. And this is despite having tried many others over the years, just to keep track of what was going on in the "app world". Nebulous is still my "go to" text app and is, as I just saw before writing this updated review, RIDICULOUSLY LOW-PRICED. It's a rare combination of OUTSTANDING QUALITY, at a beyond reasonable COST!)

I don't mean to over-sell it, but this app really was (AND STILL IS!) a work of software art! Many, many thanks to the developers.

Nebulous Notes
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $0.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 8.3.1
  • Size: 11.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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