Notebooks is a writing app, a text and markdown editor, a file organizer, a task manager, an eBook creator and more. – You will quickly learn to appreciate this unique combination: a few text fragments, randomly created, want to be combined to a chapter of a book and saved as PDF or eBook; or a quick note sparks off an idea and generates a set of tasks which call for the collection and organization of research material; and business related documents should be separated from private diaries, records and files. – Notebooks handles these jobs easily and allows you to remain focussed and creative.

• Create formatted documents with styles, attachments, tables or checklists, and add a table of contents if you like. Choose between a variation of ready made document styles, or create your own, if you want.

• Write your documents in plain text and allow Notebooks to automatically handle lists, display line numbers, highlight and center the current line, automatically insert closing characters for (, {, [, " etc. - Plain text is a universal format that can be used on any device without any specific software.

• Use Markdown to create formatted documents. Notebooks supports *MultiMarkdown* and its own flavor of *Discount*, and you are free to choose which converter to use for which book or document. – Click on any word in a formatted Markdown to start editing at that position. Automatic syntax highlighting and a series of dedicated keyboard shortcuts make Markdown editing easy. You can even create checklists (- [ ]) and tick them off in formatted view.

• Select between three, two or single pane layout, open documents in separate tabs or windows, and use fullscreen or dark modes for distraction free writing.

• Compile selected documents or the contents of whole books into a single document, an eBook or a PDF document.

• Convert document between formats, including rtf, docx and webarchive.

• Link to other documents in Notebooks. – In plain text and Markdown you can even use Wiki style links ([[ ]]) with automatic path expansion. When clicking a link to a document which does not yet exist, Notebooks suggests to create it.

• Create as books as you need to structure your projects and details. You can nest books as deep as you like, there is no limit in Notebooks. If you ever loose track, Notebooks' full text search helps you quickly turn up even the most hidden document.

• Navigate through your hierarchies in Notebooks' outline view, or use history buttons and "bread crumbing navigation" in the document's header to quickly open other documents. This makes it easy to navigate without leaving single pane layout or fullscreen mode.

• Turn books into task lists to display document as tasks which can be ticked off. Assign due dates and alerts, and divide projects into nested sub projects, which makes them easier to handle. – For simple lists you can use checklists in formatted documents and Markdown.

• Assign Context tags to books and documents to create shortcuts that are accessible for a smart book at Notebooks' top level. – Notebooks can even extract context tags from the contents of documents as you create them.

• Import all documents and files you want to keep close at hand, no matter whether PDF, email, web pages, MS Office or iWorks, photos, videos, music and more.

• Notebooks stores your documents as regular files on your Mac (other apps often lock them away in databases). You are always in control and never need to worry about how to import or – more importantly – export your documents.

• Notebooks can sync its files with Notebooks on iPad and iPhone, so you can seamlessly work on your documents on any device. The synchronization between the devices currently supports Dropbox and many WebDAV servers, with Dropbox currently being the most comfortable option.

With all that, Notebooks may quickly become the one and only repository for everything you want to keep close at hand.

What’s New

Version 2.0.2

This is small update to address a few issues and add some improvements that were suggested by our users. - Thank you for your continued feedback!

• Formatted Documents correctly insert closing characters - " and ' especially - on empty lines or at the end of a document.
• After clicking a link which opens a web page, the "Back" button returns to the original document rather than opening the previous document.
• When converting plain text files to Markdown, the first line of text is assigned H1, unless another heading level has been set in the text.
• The Default Document Style uses "1." instead of "1" for numbered lists at the first level.
• Tables are displayed with 1pt borders (rather than .5) to make sure they correctly display on older devices.
• Moving a task which has a due date assigned no longer produces an empty list.
• In the document list, the documents' titles take advantage of the column width and no longer truncate at unexpected locations.
• Clicking a book's title in the outline can now reveal the book's contained books. This behavior is controlled with a new preference setting.
• Contexts no longer show duplicates of documents with umlauts in their titles.
• If all of Notebooks' windows have been closed, clicking the dock icon opens the document browser as expected.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

jespadge ,

Exceptional functionality!

This is my first app review ever. Notebooks is PERFECT for someone looking for a clean and functional workspace to get their thoughts and documents organized, especially if using multiple devices. After many months of wasting time trying to get all my information organized in Evernote (I really wanted to love it), I finally decided there had to be something better out there. I just downloaded Notebooks on my Mac, iPad and iPhone yesterday and set up the DropBox sync using the instructions the developer provided on his website. I’ve already seen a HUGE increase in my productively and a HUGE decrease in my frustration and anxiety over delayed and/or conflicting syncs. This is so perfect and my work flow is already so much more streamlined and simplified. I am a busy mom and I don’t have time for (or need) all the bells and whistles. I love that Notebooks is minimal, yet super versatile! I also love that there are no ongoing fees or subscription required. Another bonus is that a voice note function is built right into the app so that I don’t lose any of my ideas before I have a change to type them up. I’m so happy with every aspect of this app - game changer for sure!!! THANK YOU.


Alfons Schmid
11.8 MB

OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor



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