This is another minor update to fix a few critical issues as well as do away with a few annoyances.

Unfortunately, Apple found something in the iPad version that goes against their interface guidelines, and so they rejected it. We are trying to convince the review team to still release this version, because we do not want our iPad users to wait for the fixes in 5.0.2 for another week…

Fixes & Corrections

  • Solves an issue of rich text getting lost when jumping to a different book while editing a document (the (null) issue)
  • It is now possible to dismiss the autocorrect bubble in rich text
  • Fixed an issue that embedded images might be “cleaned up” too soon
  • Print option is available for all supported document formats
  • Voice Memo: show an alert if device is unable to prepare recording session
  • All documents correctly save last position again (was not the case for HTML, PDF etc)
  • Markdown preview no longer triggers auto sync
  • iOS 4: fixed crash when setting custom colors (settings)

Improvements & Additions

  • On the iPad, an optional typewriter layout is available (reduces paper width in landscape, similar to Mobile Mail)
  • “New from Selection” (was “Task from Selection”) is now available for all books, not only for task lists
  • “Add to Inbox” (was “Task in Inbox”) now always available, not only if keyboard is shown
  • The jump menu is now available for smart books, too
  • Markdown: we have added extra BIUS keys again (insert bold/italic/underlined/struckthrough tags)
  • Markdown: enabled fenced blocks and definition lists
  • Added an option to email plain text as attachment instead of in-line


  • When typing plain text, cursor always stays a few lines away from the keyboard
  • “Document Style” editor correctly scrolls longer css texts
  • Added new font Muli
  • Search is consistently diacritic insensitive in all contexts
  • Document styles: correction for table header

Known Issues

On the iPhone, 5.0.2 has a known issue when using the Insert Photo action in a formatted document. We discovered that while 5.0.2 was already waiting for review, but we did not want you to keep you waiting for the important fixes for another week and decided to leave things as they are. This issues is not critical, it does not cause any loss of information or text, and there is a simple workaround:
Instead of using the “Insert Photo” action, just copy a photo from the album (touch and hold the photo) and paste it into the formatted document.

NB 5.0.2: Released for iPhone, rejected for iPad…

8 thoughts on “NB 5.0.2: Released for iPhone, rejected for iPad…

  • June 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Alfons – I’ve just received on my iPod v.5.0.3 of Notebooks. Thank you for the upgrade. I’ve seen nothing however of v.5.0.2 for iPad. Have I missed something?

    Do you by any chance have a chart showing the icons attached to text, HTML, etc. files? Word and PDF are easy enough, but others leave me confused, and I cannot see any other way of being sure of the type of document I might have on the screen.

    Best wishes ———- Bruce Knox

  • July 23, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I see there isn’t much traffic in this category Alfons, so I hope this comment gets through.

    I’ve been happily using Notebooks for iPad 5.0.3 since it arrived. I can’t say I quite follow the changes between plain text, formatted text, HTML etc, but I have got it working, esp in plain text. Importing documents, images, etc is fine.

    There is a glitch however. I use Notebooks with a wireless keyboard. Occasionally I like to have the on-screen keyboard for special characters. I bring up that keyboard using the appropriate key on the wireless keyboard. Having finished with it, I dismiss it. Then the problem appears: the space which had been filled by the on-screen keyboard is a brown blank – the text of my document does not appear. I retrieve it unharmed by exiting the document and re-opening it. I’m sure this odd happening is not intended. Am I right?


    • July 30, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Hi Bruce,

      Sorry for the delayed response. You are correct, that bar is not supposed to remain on the screen. It seems to happen only when NB’s extra keyboard keys are turned off, but we will take care of it ASAP. While visually disturbing, it is harmless and no text or documents are at risk.

      Thank you for reporting this.

  • September 13, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I have an issue with syncing to Dropbox on my 4.2.1 version iPod Touch. I hit the login to Dropbox button, it switches to the Dropbox app, I hit allow, then it switches back to Notebooks. The problem is that when it switches to Notebooks, the app opens as if it had been previously closed and doesn’t remember that you wanted it to log into Dropbox. I believe this is happening because 4.2.1 doesn’t support multitasking; when an app closes it doesn’t stay in memory. Do you think you can come up with a fix to this?

    • September 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Hello Joe,

      multitasking should not be the problem (it was introduced in iOS 4.0). – What you could try is this:

      – visit your Dropbox account in a browser and remove the iPod from the list of “linked devices”
      – then restart your iPod
      – try to log in to Dropbox from Notebooks again

      I hope that works.

      • September 14, 2012 at 12:49 am

        It’s not enabled on the iPod Touch 2g. I figured it out though. It requires a jailbroken device. I followed the instructions in the following youtube video to enable multitasking and it works perfectly now:

          • September 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

            Hello Joe,

            editing formatted documents became possible with iOS 5, it is not available on iOS 4, unfortunately.

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