Notebooks is a writing app, a text and markdown editor, a file organizer, task manager, PDF and eBook creator and more. If this seems too much, consider this: you have a few text fragments, randomly created, which you want to combine into a chapter of a book and saved as PDF or eBook; a quick note sparks off an idea, generates a couple of tasks, each of which requires you to organize further research material; or you have business related documents which need to be separated from private diaries, records and files. – Notebooks handles these jobs easily and allows you to remain focussed and creative.

• Notebooks stores all your documents as regular files in standard formats. You are always in control of your documents, never need to worry about how to export them, and they remain compatible across devices and over time.

• 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, highlight and center the current line on screen, automatically insert closing characters for (, {, [, " and more. - Plain text is a universal format which can be used on any device without any specific software.

• Use Markdown to create formatted documents from plain text. Notebooks supports *MultiMarkdown* and its own flavor of *Discount*. – Click any word in a formatted Markdown text and start writing at that position. You can even create checklists (- [ ]) and tick them off in formatted view. Syntax highlighting and a set of dedicated extra keyboard keys make Markdown editing easy.

• Use your Apple Pencil to sketch ideas or annotate images and PDF documents.

• Use Notebooks' advanced editing capabilities to work on documents which are stored in other apps .

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

• Link between documents in Notebooks. – In Markdown you can even use Wiki style links ([[ ]]). When clicking a link to a document which does not yet exist, Notebooks suggests to create it.

• Create as many books as you need to structure your projects and details. 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.

• 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.

• Scan documents and extract text using OCR (iOS 13)

• Sync files between iPads, iPhones, Mac or PC.

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

User Comments:

“Notebooks is a wonderful App, which is so much better than the dozen other note apps I tried. It is sophisticated, in an unassuming way, so that you find yourself greatly rewarded and being productive without sacrificing time/effort to the App. I cannot tell you how much productivity I have gained. I am having a huge amount of fun, I use it constantly, more than the phone on my iPhone in fact."

“You are GTD in every way that makes it efficient and makes me efficient.”

What’s New

Version 10.2.2

This update contains bug fixes and stability improvements, but it also introduces a few subtle improvements:

- "Soft Return" is available for formatted documents and plain text. (Inside a list, soft return creates a newline but not a new bullet, in a paragraph, soft return creates a new line but not a new paragraph)
- A dedicated "shift return" extra keyboard key can be added as [BREAK].
- On an external keyboards, just type shift-return.
- New icons for "back", "forward" and "tab" extra keyboard keys.

- Fix broken extra keyboard keys on 1st Gen iPhone SE.
- Avoid nervous scrolling in formatted documents on iOS 12.
- Correctly detect and embed "hard coded" fonts in CSS styles sheets.
- Make sure plain text documents remain at current position when switching apps.
- Correct an issue when displaying email messages.

- The default Markdown converter supports both definition list styles again (one of them was broken after the latest update) and no longer strips embedded style definitions.
- Keep Notebooks from formatting the first line of a Markdown document as title by starting the document with an empty line.

- Selecting multiple items in the list shows the checkmarks as expected.
- Duplicating multiple items works correctly again.
- "Compile Documents" more carefully collects images that shall be embedded in final result.
- More carefully update and reorder the document list during sync (this should also prevent an occasional crash).

All the details are available on our website at

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
437 Ratings

437 Ratings

Bomonster ,

Fantastic app (edited)

[Edit] After some email dialog with the developer, changes were made to the app to fix every problem I was having with the app. Resulting app works extremely well with GoodReader for research notes and indices. I highly recommend this app(and its developer). Six stars if I could give them.[/Edit]

Notebooks 8 was a gem, used in combination with GoodReader, I could build lists, indices and papers containing live links into my extensive PDF library contained in GoodReader. It was simple: copy the link of a PDF doc in GoodReader and paste as markdown in Notebooks. Then use all of the expressive capabilities of Notebooks to describe and annotate the link. A match made in heaven.

When Notebooks 8 stopped working for me I had no problem purchasing Notebooks 10. Such a great program is worth the money, right? Well Notebooks 10 breaks the links to GoodReader by inserting extra escape characters in the document URL on its own. Now none of my links to GoodReader work. There is no option to turn this “feature” off. The problem is definitely on the Notebooks 10 side; I checked by pasting a doc URL into a text editor. GoodReader is not adding the new escape characters.

Why in the world isn’t there a setting to turn this new “feature” off if it potentially breaks compatibility with other apps? So disappointed.

Developer Response ,

As discussed by mail, this is a glitch in Notebooks 10, but we have corrected that for the upcoming update (10.2). It is currently waiting to be released by Apple... We're sorry for that.

Jgreenatty ,

Last update ruined it

This has always been the most used application on my iPad as it would do everything that was important when handling PDFs, word processing and reviewing files of various descriptions. It was worth paying for Dropbox even through many other apps have found a way of synching with iCloud just to have the features available. Sadly, Mr. Schmid has decided that he cannot afford to continue providing PDF integration other than in the rudimentary form that Apple provides. You can no longer search PDFs that have been OCRd or use the annotation tools that were previously provided for an extra fee. His response is that you can open a PDF in one of the other PDF annotation apps and use Notebooks as a file system.

While the program will still fill the needs of many, the lack of going forward with an alternative synch method to Dropbox and removing the extensive PDF annotation and search integration has substantially diminished its value. I would have no problem in paying on a subscription basis if this were corrected but that does not seem to be an option.

Developer Response ,

I understand that the current state of Notebooks 10 may seem like a step back for some users. We have set out the reasons why we removed the optional PDF Reader, so I won't go into details here. - It is true that at time of this writing (Notebooks 10.0.x) search results are not highlighted in PDF documents, but it is work in progress, and we will also improve PDF handling in general. However, we won't add advanced annotation or PDF manipulation - paid or free - because of the availability of first class tools which are free and really just a single tap away (Open in...). - Regarding iCloud sync: what makes Notebooks "special" is the option to have unlimited nested books (folders) rather than a database, and this hierarchy of books is what seems to be challenging for iCloud (not Notebooks). So as long as we feel that iCloud does not reliably sync deeply nested hierarchies of books and documents, we prefer not to activate it in Notebooks for everyone ;-)

The Nickname Idea is Dumb ,


I had version 8 and it was good. But it was lacking. In version 10, they added everything I wish would have been in 8 and made it even better than I hoped. The also allowed Me to import my notes from version 8 into 10; a feature you think would be obvious that many companies fail to provide. It’s rare that a company actually provides the practical improvements to their product that you know should be obvious and intuitive, and even more rare that when they do they are superior to what you hoped they would be. But these guys pulled it off. Great product! Thank you.

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