Notebooks - Write Documents, Manage Tasks, Organize Files
By Alfons Schmid
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Notebooks is the only notebook you ever need. It allows you to create as many books as you need to write, store and structure your details of life, and it will quickly become the one and only repository for all journals, ideas, notes, drafts, stories and diaries but also for your projects, task lists, documents, files and everything else you want to keep close at hand.
Use Notebooks to create carefully formatted documents with styles and embedded photos, or to quickly write plain text notes. Convert between these formats any time, and if you want to use Markdown, Notebooks knows how to handle that as well. It is a perfect, distraction free writing environment.
Notebooks stores and displays almost any type of document: plain text and formatted text, PDF, web pages, MS Office documents, photos, videos, music and much more. Everything you want to keep organized can go directly into Notebooks.
Notebooks also keeps your task lists and allows you to tick off your to-dos as you complete them. Divide your projects into nested sub projects, which makes them easier to handle, and cross-reference into your reference library, which, of course, is in Notebooks, too.
Notebooks can share its files with the mobile versions of Notebooks on the iPad and iPhone, which allows you to conveniently work on your documents from your desktop, but also on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch when you are on your way. The synchronization between the devices currently supports Dropbox and many WebDAV servers (with Dropbox currently being the most convenient option).
Notebooks stores all your documents as regular files on your computer’s hard drive, so you can always access them through Finder to open and edit with other applications, too.
So whether you need to write something down or look something up, you need to have Notebooks on your Mac.
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What's New in Version 1.1.2
Notebooks 1.1.2 contains corrections and minor improvements:
- fixes the drag & drop issue on Yosemite,
- more carefully converts links in HTML documents to Notebooks' internal links,
- better aligns TABs in plain text
- more reliably handles "divquotes" in Markdown,
- supports .Rmd as editable file type,
- contains interface refinements for info dialog, document list and fullscreen view.
This app is GREAT and is just what I was looking for. It is the best syncing notes app I have ever seen. I have it on two macs, an iPad, and an iPhone. They work in beautiful concert with DropBox sync. Dev: You are doing great work. This suite of apps is one of the best out there. Please keep these moving forward.
I like some of the sync options of the mobile app (such as OmniFocus) that does not appear to be here - but the developer (I hope) may add them later to the Mac version. The dropbox sync is not obvious on the Mac version, but easy to figure out. The mobile app allows your to set it up under preferences, but on this Mac version just point the application to use your Dropbox / Notebooks folder as the default save folder for the application. Nice and simple. I’d love to see iCloud used (my fav) and also OneDrive (my second choice). Overall, I think this is great.
If you love great productivity apps in the same class as OmniFocus, the go for this suite of products. Love them!
Been a fan of Notebooks for years
I’ve been using Notebooks on my devices for a long time, and I’ve seen many great upgrades along the way by Alfons Schmid. Before Notebooks came to the Mac, I would sync my Notebooks files on the devices with another writing app on the Mac. Then, when the Mac version was released, I eagerly installed it. Now I couldn’t be happier. The sync via Dropbox is flawless and I can pick up at my Mac what I’ve begun on my iPad (or even my iPhone).
The app is quite versatile, and I find myself using it for all sorts of tasks, from longform writing to simple notes to task lists. Before you wind up purchasing a long list of productivity apps, check out Notebooks; everything you need might just be right here.
Still the best
The latest update for this program continues to be the best notebook program out there. Synching using dropbox is just flawless on several Macs, two iPhones, and my iPad. I love the fact that files are saved in an open format so that you can access them even if this program were not available to you. I use the program to keep both personal and work related notes and to organize items of interest to me. Great productivity tool.