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User Comments

Superb Note Taking App

Notebooks is superb! I find it’s the app I reach for first when I’m doing anything with text. Simple to set up and use, it’s that simplicity that makes it so versatile, so versatile in fact that I’m using it to write a novel on. Beautifully clean and user friendly interface too. It’s simply a pleasure to use. I’m also a great fan of how it syncs with Dropbox rather than iCloud, as Dropbox is where I keep my writing project stuff; it’s probably just me, but I find Dropbox much easier to use than iCloud. I heartily recommend Notebooks for any text based project. I’d be lost without it.

Elegant tool keeps my notes Futureproof

After having used three well known note management tools for many years, I now use Notebooks as a repository for my notes. It offers a very elegant and efficient layer on top of a normal filesystem. I switched to Markdown: pure text documents enhanced with some simple conventions for creating beautiful layouts even for things like tables. These documents can be edited using any text editor on any platform, so the content of my notes is stored application independent in a future proof environment and in a future proof format. In one word: great!

An Excellent App

I use this app on MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. Whatever I enter on one device is conveniently synchronised onto the others via Dropbox. Other cloud systems are available.

I find it very useful for authoring in connection with Scrivener. It is useful for building a stock of related ideas such as: characters, settings, research, or as an initial form of corkboard (chapter summaries).

It also works well as a form of mind map, sharing across all devices. A facility not yet available on Scapple. To use as a form of mind map set up an initial Book as an hierarchical root. Within this book create other Books or Documents for branches. Within a document you can create nested lists, either numbered or bulleted. I.e. You can indent a new list from say an existing bullet level. The beauty is that you can subsequently go in part way down a bullet list and add a new bullet point – which could itself then be indented for a new sub list. Or within an existing Book you can add further ones. And all of this is can be shared across your devices.

The developer is very helpful with advice and there is a useful forum and introductory notes.

Wonderful. Well done.

I can now Delete the Other Apps

I’ve tried a lot of document and task mangers. This app is simply the best. Everything I need in one app and it works flawlessly. Everything I need is now in Notebooks. Many thanks to the developer for a great app.

Blows Microsoft And Evernote Away

Notebooks doesn’t “steal” your information and work, because it saves it in a ways that allows you to retrieve it however and whenever you want.

Long Form Writing

I use Notebooks for a lot of my writing. It’s especially helpful when I work on book projects, because long form writing takes an entirely different organizational style, which Notebooks readily supports.

Much more than just an Alternative

I was actually looking for an alternative for Ulysses. I came across Notebooks and I’m just thrilled. It’s much more than just an alternative. For me it is finally the goal! In the meantime, I have switched all my documentation to Notebooks. Also, the data transfer of Ulysses was completely problem-free. – Questions that beginners may have are answered quickly and comprehensively.

Thank You!

I just wanted to thank you for your efforts in creating Notebooks. I have tried literally dozens of different plain text editors – mostly for writing – and yours is the best I have come across at any price. One of the most valuable features to me is that I can quickly split up a long text document, pasting its sections into new documents, and not only are they are automatically named with the heading on the top line, but the file names update if the top line is updated. Not many applications offer this feature, and those that do (eg, Ulysses) don’t do it as elegantly as your app.


I have bought dozens of these sort of apps over the years – none of which ever got daily use for one reason or another. Notebooks is quite a different proposition and I now use it all of the time. Filled with hidden options that really enable you to configure it to do any task you throw at it this is a solid and reliable app with many cool features. I use it in conjunction with my Synology server by synching it via WebDav and then using CloudStation to sync between the server and the Mac desktop version. Synching this way is always fast and seamless (as is the straight wireless sync straight to the Mac). I also bought the addon PDF editor for the IOS app which is superb and worth every bit of the small amount charged for it.