Notebooks – Write and Organize 4+

Manage Documents, Tasks, Files

Alfons Schmid

    • $14.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Notebooks is a writing app, a text and markdown editor, your personal Wiki and Zettelkasten, a file organizer, task manager, PDF and eBook creator and more. This may sound like a lot, but consider 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; or 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. – With Notebooks you handle these jobs easily without switching apps, and while remaining 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. And when you move or rename documents, Notebooks makes sure the links remain intact.

• 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 12.0.1

This update contains bug fixes and corrections.

- Repeatedly tapping the same extra keyboard key inserts the corresponding character once for each tap - as expected.
- Recognize and handle .WebP files as images.
- Address an occasional crash during search - caused by locked PDF documents.
- Correctly display YAML headers in rendered Markdown.
- Avoid hang when opening one of Notebooks' documents from the
- Avoid warnings about iCloud reachability when iCloud is not selected as storage location.
- Correctly save and apply custom sort order for Favorites.
- In regular books with custom sort order selected, add new items at the bottom, unless selected otherwise.
- Search from Notebooks' top level skips contents of the hidden book NBResources.
- iPhone: Editing plain text in landscape orientation avoids excessive scrolling when "center current line" is active.
- iPad: Fix a crash when editing the first line of a document (removing last few characters).
- iPad: Avoid slowdown when editing a document in a list with a huge number of documents.


New in Notebooks 12.0

- Automatic Link Management
- Backlinks
- Favorites
- Pin to Top
- Autocomplete suggestions for adding internal links
- Option to dynamically resolve internal links across all documents
- More flexible default inbox
- Improved Watch App
- New App icon and document icons
- and much, much more.

The full list of changes is available on our website.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
663 Ratings

663 Ratings

writerranger ,

Incredible App - Incredible Support

I have been using Notebooks for many years now. I have never left a review because I just rarely leave App Store reviews (really should be better about it). But after yet another support experience with Alfons Schmid, I just have to say, this guy goes far and beyond what I have ever seen — and he always has. He’s just one of those special people who is a gifted developer and a genuine people person. I can’t recommend this app highly enough. I remember going through dozens of “note taking apps,” before finding Notebooks; it has easily become the best money ever spent in the App Store as it ended my search and serves as a replacement for 3 or 4 individual apps. It’s good — really good. Incredible app and incredible support.

Bobcatukbb ,

Fabulous! One detail needs attention

Absolutely LOVE this awesome app! Does EVERYTHING I can imagine doing for organization of many varied interests. Deserves 5 stars except for one vulnerability that cost me a lot of lost time. I went back to a file that I’ve been building for 2 years that had a ton of important information that I access daily … and it was GONE! I have noticed it’s REAL EASY to ACCIDENTALLY run my finger across a BOOK title and it gives option to delete without second stop of “Are you sure?” In normal folder I can set it to “Read Only” and it’s protected. But if that same protected folder is within a BOOK and I accidentally swipe on the BOOK it is GONE! Fortunately, my valuable data is backed up to Drop Box and I could find it there, but to get it back into Notebooks I have to go book by book, document by document to reconstruct it. Fix that one important vulnerability and I will go back to a 5 star rating. I recommend this app to everyone and use it more than any other app on my iPad and iPhone.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear you are enjoying Notebooks. - Regarding accidental deletion: Notebooks usually asks for confirmation when you delete an item, unless you set Notebooks to keep deleted items in the Trash and explicitly turn off the option "Show Warning Before Moving to Trash". You find that in Notebooks' Settings > General. - When Notebooks deletes an item without extra confirmation, you should always find it in the Trash, from where you can restore it with a few taps.

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 ;-)

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