A few weeks ago, Notebooks celebrated its 5th anniversary (something we are a little proud of). This is an opportunity to thank you for using Notebooks and for continuously providing your feedback, ideas and requests. We keep an endless list of your suggestions, with encryption and better PDF support being two of the most prominent ones.
This anniversary brings a change as well: today we introduce Notebooks 7, a version which fully adapts the iOS 7 interface, and which requires iOS 7 to run. So this is not a simple update, it is a new app, and as such it is the first paid upgrade in five years. – But this also gives you the choice to either stay with Notebooks 6 and its “classic” interface, or to move to Notebooks 7.
If you purchased Notebooks 6 within the past 30 days and want to upgrade to Notebooks 7 now, you could contact Apple through your iTunes account, ask for a refund for Notebooks 6 and repurchase Notebooks 7.
Notebooks 7 comes in two flavors: the universal version, which runs on both iPad and iPhone, and an iPhone specific version, which runs on the iPhone and iPod touch. So if you have both, an iPad and an iPhone, you would go for the universal version.
Of course we have extended the functionality of Notebooks 7 as well:
- Create eBooks from the currently selected documents or from the current book and all of its contents (this is how we create the eBook version of the Notebooks handbook)
- Compile selected documents or the selected book and all of its contents into one single, formatted document (this is how we create the PDF version of our handbook: we take this formatted document and convert it to PDF)
- Improved Markdown highlighting: instead of using colors, Notebooks now applies text formats. – For performance reasons, highlighting is inactive while your are typing, but is activated as soon as you hide the keyboard.
- A new action Quick sync Dropbox to sync just the current document.
- New option to set line spacing for documents. On iOS 7, the default line spacing for plain text is rather narrow, which makes text hard to read. Notebooks now uses a line spacing of 1.1 by default, but you are free to change that in the range of 1 to 2 (single to double).
- When using an external keyboard, the following keyboard shortcuts are supported
- cmd-B – Markdown bold
- cmd-I – Markdown italic
- cmd-K – Markdown struck through (“k” because the same key is available in NB/Mac)
- cmd-U – HTML underline
- cmd-T – insert timestamp
- cmd-return – stop editing (like tapping “Done” button)
Unfortunately, there are a few minor issues as well:
- Formatted documents don’t show the cut/copy/paste menu on the first couple of lines (when they are too close to the top). This is an iOS 7 issue, but there are two possible workarounds for now:
- add a few empty lines at the beginning of document
- select “use fullscreen for editing”
- Editing formatted documents that are shorter than one page: when you don’t tap the text directly, the keyboard may appear, but there may be no active cursor. Tapping outside the text a second time causes a crash. This is an iOS 7 issue, too. To avoid it, please tap on the text, at least the second time.
- On 64-bit devices like the iPhone 5S, the iPad mini retina or the iPad Air, there is an issue with voice memo recording. We will provide a fix asap.
- Finally, the link to the Quickstart Guide, available from the Getting Started document, is broken (due to an embarrassing last minute change). If you read this on an iPhone or iPad with Notebooks installed, you can use this link instead.
Alternatively, you can also download the guide from the download aera.
So we want to thank you again for using Notebooks, and we wish you a Happy New Year.