Notebooks for Windows

On your PC, Notebooks is the only notebook you ever need. It allows you to create as many books as you need to write, store and structure your details of life, and it will quickly become the one and only repository for all journals, ideas, notes, drafts and diaries but also for your projects, task lists, documents, files and everything else you want to keep close at hand.

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Use Notebooks to create carefully formatted documents with styles and embedded photos, or to quickly write plain text notes. Convert between these formats any time, and if you want to use Markdown, Notebooks knows how to handle that as well. It is a perfect, distraction free writing environment.

Notebooks stores and displays many document types: plain text and formatted text, PDF, web pages, MS Office documents, photos, videos, music and much more *). Everything you want to keep organized can go directly into Notebooks.

Notebooks also keeps your task lists and allows you to tick off your to-dos as you complete them. Divide your projects into nested sub projects, which makes them easier to handle, and cross-reference into your reference library, which, of course, is in Notebooks, too.

Notebooks for Windows can share its files with Notebooks on the iPad and iPhone, which allows you to conveniently work on your documents from your desktop, but also on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch when you are on your way. The synchronization between the devices currently supports Dropbox and many WebDAV servers (with Dropbox currently being the most convenient option).

Notebooks stores all your documents as regular files on your computer’s hard drive, so you can always access them through Windows Explorer to open and edit with other applications, too.
So whether you need to write something down or look something up, you need to have Notebooks on your PC.

You are welcome to email your questions or post your comments.

*) Some document types my require a plug-in to display in Notebooks, but you can always type cmd-O to open documents in their native application.

Download Trial Version

Notebooks for Windows
Download Free Trial* as Windows Installer

The free trial is fully functional for 30 days, after which you need to register Notebooks (and redeem your coupon code, if you have one) .

Getting Started

After downloading the Notebooks package (it is an .msi file), just double click it to install. When you first start Notebooks, it checks for the presence of “Dropbox/Notebooks” folder on your system. If you are already syncing your iPhone or iPad versions of Notebooks with Dropbox you have a jump start and Notebooks immediately presents all your books and documents. Changes you make on your computer will be synced back to Dropbox and further to your iPhone or iPad. (As Dropbox maintains a version history of all changes, so even if something should go wrong, there is always an easy way to restore the original documents.)

In case the Dropbox/Notebooks folder does not exist, Notebooks asks you to select a start directory as home folder. You can choose any folder you want, it does not need to be empty.

Notebooks does not import your documents into a database or anything like that; instead, it displays the contents of the selected start directory and presents folders as books. Notes and documents you create or change in Notebooks are stored in that folder, which means that your documents are always accessible from Windows Explorer and never locked into Notebooks.
Items you delete in Notebooks are deleted from your hard drive as well.

In case you do not yet have a Dropbox account and want to create one, you can use the following referral link and get a few extra MB of free space:

If you use a WebDAV service for synchronization, all you need to do is mount that server first and point Notebooks to that “drive”.

You can just as well use Notebooks without the iPhone or iPad counterpart and point it at your Documents folder, for example. You may discover an interesting replacement for Windows Explorer.

New in Notebooks 1.0

  • Option to display up to five preview lines in document list.
  • Optimized dark and light themes.
  • Assign color labels to books and documents.
  • Selected sort order is saved and remains selected after restart; separate settings for tree and list views.
  • @done notation: struck through text gets light gray color.
  • Added taskpaper to editable file types
  • Current items shows up to 20 items.
  • Markdown: support for “back tick” notation for fenced code blocks.
  • Empty books appear with gray title to indicate that they do not contain any documents.
  • Books without sub-books don’t show a disclosure triangle in tree view.
  • Switching to “document only” view resizes window to keep width of document unchanged.
  • “Convert to Markdown” respects user preferences and creates a plain or combined Markdown document.
  • Improved arrangement of menu entries.
  • Added a preference “Hide document when changing Book”; when on, the current document is closed when the user selects a different book in the tree view.
  • Option “Copy HTML Code” for Markdown documents.
  • Documents’ creation date is now taken from plist (if available). This ensures that the creation date is consistent across devices.
  • Repeating tasks are marked with a special character.
  • When completing repeating tasks, next due date is set.
  • Setting to hide document icons in list view.
  • Setting to show file extensions in list view.
  • Option to “look ahead” for due tasks.
  • Custom Sort Order for books and documents has been added (drag and drop to reorder).
  • Use ctrl-I to open document info.
  • Improved accuracy of selected fonts (for lists and documents).