Version 5.0.5 is available for download from the App Store. With this update, the iPhone version of Notebooks gets full support for the new iPhone 5 and the iPod touch 5th gen.

What’s New and Changed in 5.0.5?

  • In the previous update we tried to bring Notebooks’ editing gestures more in line with the iOS’ default gestures (see Entering Text and Editing Text in the iPhone/iPad user guide). This means that touch and hold no longer activates the keyboard but instead shows the magnifying glass and selection buttons. This change in Notebooks seems to have irritated many users, which of course was never our intention.
    We have tried to fine tune these gestures in NB 5.0.5 and hope that this makes Notebooks more user friendly.
  • Support for iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G – Notebooks now uses the whole screen space available on the new devices.
    This is what we thought. In fact, there is an issue when using this version of NB on the iPhone 5 (details in the comments below). A fix is on its way.
  • This update finally fixes the “Unable to start Recording” issue.
  • 5.0.5 also fixes the issue regarding the sticky unlock screen.
  • We made changes to Notebooks’ “Default Theme” with the intention to make it more like a general purpose theme (many users disliked the previous version’s indented paragraphs).
    The modified theme no longer indents paragraphs and adds less space between list items.
    Those of you who prefer the indented paragraphs have now to options:

    • You can use the new Novel theme, which indents paragraphs and provides a layout similar to a printed novel.
    • Alternatively, you can download the previous version of the Default Theme from this site and add it as a custom theme to Notebooks.
  • More fixes and corrections

iOS 6 Compatibility – One Issue Still Remains

NB 5.0.5 runs fine on iOS 6, but that interface glitch regarding the second row of extra keyboard keys in rich text documents remains. As described in previous posts, this is du to a bug in iOS 6, which we hope will be corrected soon. Our recommended workaround is to turn off those extra keys for rich text documents.

NB 5.0.5 – iPhone 5 Compatibility, misc Fixes

8 thoughts on “NB 5.0.5 – iPhone 5 Compatibility, misc Fixes

  • September 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I just upgraded but none of the buttons on the bottom row work. Anyone else having this problem?

    • September 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Hello Doug,

      yes, I need to confirm that there is something wrong with the bottom row of buttons on the iPhone 5. We are investigating.

      A reported workaround is to turn the iPhone upside down; sounds strange, but that brings the buttons back to life…

      • September 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

        Yep – the upside down trick worked. So, it looks like the bottom 10% +/- of the physical phone is not selectable in any rotation. Even in landscape, the area near the home button is unresponsive. Hope that helps. Are you getting any other reports of this strange phenomenon?

        • September 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

          We got quite a few comments, in fact. – Fortunately, we have identified the issue (it is the iPhone’s larger screen), fixed it and sent an update to Apple. So all this should be history in a couple of days, I hope.

          • September 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

            Excellent! Thank you for the quick reply and fast fix.

        • October 3, 2012 at 11:08 am

          …. der Kopfstand bringt jedoch nur dann Leben in die Knöpfe, wenn nicht vorher in den Einstellungen die Ansicht fixiiert wurde …. – Schade, dass so ein FIX überhaupt passiert …. wird vor Freigabe kein Test gemacht?

  • October 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Hi, I have been having several problems with Notebooks, and since the last update I can’t use it at all anymore. Because it can’t be downloaded or something and it sits there, doing nothing. Does anybody have any idea what I can do about this, apart from uninstalling it? I don’t want to lose my journal, which was supposed to be protected but suddenly appeared totally unprotected in Dropbox, from where I have not yet been able to retrieve it without actually losing it completely. Because of course I stopped having that synced at all, for security reasons.



    • October 5, 2012 at 6:28 am

      Hi Arwen,

      I’m sorry to hear you are having problems with Notebooks!

      You say it sits there, doing nothing. Does that mean you have Notebooks launched and it got stuck? In this case, terminate Notebooks from the multitasking bar and everything should be back to normal. You might also consider restarting your iPhone or iPad.
      If that does not help, please drop us a line at info(at) so we can further investigate.

      As you said yourself, you should not uninstall Notebooks, unless you make a backup through iTunes, which would preserve all your documents. We recommend regular iTunes backups in addition to any sync option, because two backups are always better than one.

      Regarding the unprotected documents in Dropbox: this is normal, because Notebooks’ protection is NO encryption (this is documented). – However, even though they are unprotected they should still be save if you keep your Dropbox and computer accounts private.


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