A few days ago we uploaded a new ePub (iBooks) version of the Notebooks handbook. We want to highlight the fact that it was entirely produced in Notebooks – except for the graphics. It is an example of a publishing workflow including

  • editing in Notebooks on Macs, iPads and iPhones,
  • Markdown,
  • Notebooks’ rich text documents,
  • a custom document style,
  • Notebooks’ nested structures (a book for each chapter),
  • Dropbox sync, and finally
  • the ePub export function, which we are currently finalizing here in our labs.

The ePub export option may soon become available as an option in Notebooks on your iPad and iPhone, too.

The handbook is available from our Download area.

Updated Handbook – Created in Notebooks

6 thoughts on “Updated Handbook – Created in Notebooks

  • January 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks for the updated version. A question: is it possible to create a link to a file within a Notebooks note (plain or rich text)? And, can you link from within one note to another?

    • January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Yes, it is possible to create links between documents and notes in Notebooks, although on the Mac and PC, this currently involves some manual work.

      On the iPad/iPhone, all you need to do is copy a document’s link (from the “Copy Link” action) and then paste or insert it into another document. This produces a Notebooks link like


      These links already work on the desktop versions of Notebooks (tapping them opens the linked document), but that “Copy Link” option is not active yet. So as a workaround, you could type in that link as a Markdown link or using the “Insert Link” option.

      I hope that helps!

  • January 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I started using Notebooks on my iPad, iPhone and Mac. After a stopped using but now I would like to use again. I save a lot of emails to my notes. I had with your app a problem with tabs. I was not able save tab from Numbers or Pages. If I copied it and pasted to note tab was changed as a text. Do you plan working with tabs in notes?
    Do you plan to have in Mac version a floating window to drag notes to dock note and save it as a new note? Soho notes has this one.

  • January 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    On my iPad I can open the eBook version in iBooks or GoodReader (and a couple of other ways that aren’t useful to me), but not in Notebooks. It looks good in iBooks.

    I opened the PDF version in Notebooks, but the search function isn’t working, nor is the font adjustment. Also, I’d like to be able to bookmark. Can those functions be added?

    • January 9, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Hi Don,

      The eBook version of the handbook is supposed to be opened and read in iBooks. While Notebooks will provide an option to create eBooks, we are not planning to add support for reading them; with iBooks as a free download, that would not make much sense.

      Support for PDF in Notebooks is currently still limited, but we are planning to change that…

      • February 19, 2013 at 3:52 am

        Alfons and Don,

        Viewing the ePub on the iPad (or iPhone) works fine in Books, etc. If you want to read it on the Mac (often handy in my experience) I’d recommend the Bookle app available in the Mac app store. You’ll have to drag the ePub file into Bookle to import it, but once imported Bookle provides a pretty workable solution for viewing ePub books on the Mac.

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