Imagine the next step up from a todo list app. It has todos, sure, but it also lets you take notes, organize them into outlines, make projects from them and track your progress. It keeps questions, and their answers, together. It lets you make up dashboards, import documents and images, put all this stuff into pages, and the pages into notebooks. Sounds good? That’s ThinkBook.
I promised a lot in that first paragraph, here’s how ThinkBook does it:
- It has lots of note types: text, todos, questions, projects and attachments.
- Notebooks and pages, they behave just like other notes, move and organize them however you like.
- You can organize anything, all the note types can be indented and collapsed using gestures.
- Finder notes, put some together to create dashboards.
- The slider, it brings it all together, make new notes, re-order them, move, copy and delete. It IS a little different though, so please watch the built-in video tutorial.
- Tags, tag everything you can see. They're inherited, tag a notebook with 'work' and every note in it will be treated as work.
- Attachment notes let you store PDFs, documents and images right in your notebooks, including spreadsheets, music and video.
ThinkBook's interface is very fast and efficient but it IS a little different. This is what you need to know:
- ThinkBook uses gestures to indent and move notes. The left and right sides of the screen accept different gestures.
- On the left of the screen you can drag a note left and right to change the indentation.
- On the right of the screen you can drag a note right to push it into the slider.
- Tap on the slider to see all the things it can do.
- To delete notes push them into the slider then select ‘Delete’ from the slider actions.
- Import attachments from other apps using their 'Open in …' option, the clipboard or iTunes file sharing.
- If you open up ThinkBook with images on the clipboard, ThinkBook will offer to turn them into attachments.
I don’t like trying to work out what other apps have in-app purchases, so here is what ThinkBook offers:
- iCloud transfers. Use iCloud to update your notes between devices.
- More notebook covers. ThinkBook comes with two, you can buy ten more.
- Dark themes. ThinkBook comes with three themes with a light background, you can buy three more with dark backgrounds.
I hope you try ThinkBook out and enjoy it!
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It’s been a VERY long time since ThinkBook updates. I’ve continued to work on it throughout but haven’t put it all together in a release till now.
Let’s have a look at what’s happened since the last update:
- The look of iOS has changed dramatically. Gone are all the things that looked like things, now everything looks flatter. ThinkBook 1 was definitely old-school! so I’ve totally re-jigged the user interface. It looks cleaner, flatter, it looks like it belongs in the new iOS. You’ve probably already seen the screenshots, if you haven’t, prepared to be pleasantly … shocked.
- The iPhone has changed. The old iPhone wasn’t well suited to an app like ThinkBook. It was too small, too slow, and what’s more (and this was my fault), the way ThinkBook was laid out made it even MORE difficult to fit it into an iPhone. The tools on the left took up too much screen, the iPhone is a lot taller than it is wide. The history bar at the top would have only fit a couple of entries on the iPhone. Now, with the 5 series iPhones, and the iPhone 6+ it’s a very different ball game. So I’ve made ThinkBook a universal app. The toolbar is moved to the bottom, and the history bar is now a menu. It’s a much more intuitive interface, did you know you could bookmark entries in the old navigation bar? no? most people didn’t. Now there’s a ‘bookmark’ button next to each entry, you won’t miss it.
- Cloud services. When ThinkBook first came out it was lauded because it had built-in Dropbox support! Now iOS provides apps with the document picker, it lets you connect to any service that provides an app extension, DropBox, iCloud Drive, box.net, Google Drive, whatever. So the old Dropbox integration has been replaced with the document picker. The downside to this is that we are at the mercy of the extension providers and they are a little hit and miss. Unless you need to change I recommend sticking to Dropbox, or iCloud Drive, but the interface is nicer on Dropbox.
So here are some more things that I’ve added for this update, they are available as in-app purchases:
- iCloud transfers. Use iCloud to update your notes between devices.
- More notebook covers, there are now two default ones, and you can buy ten more.
- Dark themes, there are three default themes, they have light backgrounds like the old ones, and you can buy three more with dark backgrounds.
There are also a LOT of other little improvements all over the place.
Thank you for reading this far, I hope you like your new ThinkBook!
Ratings and Reviews
Daily used number 1 app (for note taking)
This app is just so great. I use ThinkBook everyday multiple times. I am in meetings, conference calls etc. multiple times a day. Also thinking, logging etc. It's just great. I did try a lot of other note taking apps (Note Plus, EverNote, Awesome Note, Note Taker, Noteshelf, Notebooks, Notability, PhatPad, UPAD, OmniOutliner, PenUltimate)
And why does TB for me is such a great app it wins from this severe competion:
- It's so fast, really fast for recording meeting note. My productivity is just superb
- I just move around with (parts) of subjects, pages, everything
- Intuitive... a little bit strange at first, but after a few uses it's so simple it's suprising
- It's searchable, my data, my notes can be found (and that's why I make them in the first place)
- For me the use of the keyboard is so much faster and conventient then writing.... even in close and direct contact/conversation with customer/employers. Typing can be done smoothly (imho the iPad is not perfect for writing, it is for typing)
- Minor (but nice ;-) it's new, looks fresh, innovative
And that by just using one meeting template and one logbook/inbox template.
Is it perfect? No yet (for me ;-) I would really like the following features,
- column functionality as OmniOutliner (really: take a look at it)
- not the list view, but a raster view (as mentioned/designed by Rainer)
- EverNote support (allready mentioned)..... not only export, but also syncing....
- Possibility to scrible/draw (in a box) on a page.... now I have to keep a writing note taking app open during meetings which lead to the fact I d not have everything in one place (same for picture but that's already mentioned)
- Search on time-frames a page is created in (I use TB as logbook but have a lot of books for different customers, accounts, projects, employers). Which such search functionality I can create a smart logbook over the books generating a "day view".
- Export to PDF
Thanks for this great app, it helps me several times a day (only beaten by 2Do, Week Calendar and mail ....and the phone which I all use more often). Keep up the good work (5* from me)!!
As my fellow reviewer already mentioned, the ability to mail notes should have been in this first release. Apart from that, this is a very useful and usable app: the slider functionality works like a charm, beautiful design, dropbox integration. Definitely looking forward to future releases.
Top app maar trage veranderingen
Dit is een zeer plezierige app. Het werkt als een soort archief systeem/ kaartenbak. Maar er zitten zo veel meer mogelijkheden in, die helaas niet benut worden. En behalve via exporteer opties is de data niet te raadplegen op andere apparaten. Qua opzet misschien wel de beste denk, schrijf bewaar app die er is. Maar mogelijkheden worden helaas te weinig gebruikt.
- Bitolithic Pty Ltd
- 40.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2015 bitolithic
- In-App Purchases
- Cloud note transfers € 1,09
- More notebook covers € 1,09
- Dark Themes € 1,09
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.