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 11.0.3

- A new task's due date is no longer accidentally reset during iCloud sync.
- Markdown conversion does not resolve Wiki links, footnotes etc. when they appear in fenced code blocks.
- The update also contains interface corrections and refinements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

benjy_london ,

Excellent app, unique features

This app is packed full of unique features. The ones I appreciate the most include the ability to manually change the order of documents (ie unlike most apps, you don’t have to auto sort by date or name, you can place documents in the order you want them, like in a paper file), you can turn any document into a task (making it easy for e.g. to track documents you want to read or which require edits) and it can auto extract tasks from written notes (amazingly, when you check these actions off, they are also marked as complete in the original note - perfect for meeting minutes).

It also has one of the nicest rich note editors, with table and contents list support.

Documents can be filed in folders (“notebooks”) or tagged (curiously, tags are called “contexts” but I just think of them as “tags”, unrelated to GTD principles).

It has a lovely split screen feature to view two documents at the same time.

It’s hard to find any gripes with this - the icon could do with being modernised, but I honestly can’t think of anything else.

I’m a lawyer and use this to manage my key documents, reading lists, tasks and case notes.

Will2008a ,

THE app for notes and productivity

I have used notebooks since the iPhone 3GS and this has always been one of my go to apps. I use a lot of productivity apps and have used Evernote and OneNote extensively too, Notebooks 11 is simply the best, bar none. Open source files that can be edited anywhere, full integration now with iCloud and files. A search that not only displays the word in typed notes but word docs and pdfs as well. This is one app no one would regret buying. Fantastic support too if there are questions or issues.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear you are enjoying the upgrade.

DGM486 ,

Outstanding Notes App

I have tried lots and this is, by a million miles, the best Notes app. It’s elegant and simple to use, but has masses of deep features to tune it to exactly how you want to work. I have used it everyday for probably 8 years and wouldn’t be anywhere near as productive without it. Given the quality and depth of functionality, It’s worth many, many times the purchase price. And the real deal clincher is my 2,500 notes are totally portable and not locked up in some proprietary database.

App Privacy

The developer, Alfons Schmid, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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