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Notebooks – Write and Organize


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 love this unique combination: consider having a few text fragments, randomly created, which you want to combine to a chapter of a book and save as PDF or eBook; a quick note sparks off an idea and generates a couple of tasks, each of which call for the collection and organization of research material; or you have business related documents that needs to 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 from 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*. 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 many books as you need to structure your projects and details. You can nest books as deeply 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. Use iCloud, Dropbox, or a WebDAV server. With all that, Notebooks may quickly become the one and only repository for everything you want to keep close at hand.


Version 2.4.1 - When using a shared iCloud folder as "Notebooks Home", the name of the user who modified the current version is displayed (with sort by creation- or modification date selected).
- Improvements for resolving iCloud conflicts.
- Handle .url extension like regular bookmarks.
- Markdown: Don't make document editable when tapping an audio document.
- Contexts: With "Hide Done Tasks" selected, contexts do NOT show done tasks, either.
- Task settings have a checkbox to toggle "Hide Done Tasks" - in addition to a task list's ••• menu.