Notebooks for Mac has just been updated to 1.0 beta 6. We fixed a series of bugs and inconsistencies that were reported over the past weeks, and we also added spell checking.
In the current version you need to invoke the spell checker from the context menu or from the Edit menu, but don’t worry, we are working on Check Spelling as you type as well. Also, you need to select your language, but language detection will follow also.
If your favorite language is not yet supported, please drop us a line and we will add it for the next update.

NB/Mac beta 6 is available for download until end of September.

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Feedback and comments are very welcome.

Notebooks for Mac 1.0 – Beta 6

27 thoughts on “Notebooks for Mac 1.0 – Beta 6

  • August 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Thanks for the update. Just in time. Best …


  • August 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Coud you please fix it? When i try to extract i get the message “no files to extract” or “The contents of the file can not be extracted with this program”

    • August 20, 2012 at 8:30 pm


      Which application do you use to extract the zip archive? It was zipped with the Mac OS’ standard compress option, so you should be able to extract it with Finder, too…

  • August 22, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Excuse me if this is right in front of my nose and I just can’t see it, but where is the Context Menu? And does the spell check setting only show up in the Edit menu when you are in a document typing?

    • August 22, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Hi Robert,

      the menu you get when you right-click (or ctrl-click) an item is called “context menu”, because the menu’s options depend on the items you are clicking on (the “current context”). So, if you right-click somewhere in the document that is displayed in NB’s right window, the “context menu” pops up. This menu also has an option “Check Spelling”.

      The edit menu shows “Check Spelling” whenever an editable document is displayed, but it is not necessary that you edit it.

      I hope that helps.

  • August 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    In rich text documents it would be nice to have an indication of the style for the element where the cursor is located.

    • August 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      I agree. Notebooks for iPad and iPhone correctly shows the selected style and of course we want to provide the same in the Mac version, but for some reason the system does not return anything useful in Notebooks/Mac. We are still investigating how to fix that.

  • August 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Got the new Beta. Thanks! Looking forward to the official release! I’ve been loving having my notebooks span my Mac, iPad, and iPhone. It works great for the Work The System philosophy, as I have all my “systems” with me and up to date no matter where I am!

    -Anthony Navarro

  • August 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hi Alfons,

    Do you intend to add a Search function within the Mac Notebooks app?

    This would be a convenient addition to the Spotlight search capability external to the app.

    Ideally, the internal search function would access the complete Spotlight capability and include searching of all file types including PDFs.



    • August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Don,

      Yes, search is still on our todo list for the final version 1.0.


  • August 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Great addition for Notebooks users on iPad/iPhone! Dropbox sync works perfect.
    On a retina screen it looks very bad, are you planning to support retinascreen on Mac soon?

  • August 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Really great software i use everyday in hospital. I am just wondering why small changes alway take a really long time until they are applied. Release dates are always postponed.

    I don’t want this app for a lot of text styles but for simple structured notes where i need the text mode only.

    A small feature i would like to see ist improved PDF view. On iOS and OSX it should be simple to have a page slider and a go to page button.

    • August 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thank you for your feedback.

      As far as thumbnails and slider for PDF are concerned, you already have them if you use Notebooks on an iPad: just open the PDF and tap once with two fingers. In Notebooks/Mac, the option to open the PDF in Preview is just a click away, which I hope is an acceptable option for the moment…

      There are many reasons why we need to postpone the release date (different users have different expectations, and the Mac version should not deviate from the iOS version too much), but for the users of our beta versions this should not have any negative effects. I am sure that in the end we will all benefit from a “clean” version 1.0 🙂

      • September 2, 2012 at 9:28 am

        Thanks Alfons for your reply, It would be great to add these PDF features to the iphone version. I also don’t know if it is hard to program but a simple sketch tool would be so great to have on the iphone as well. For now I always have to switch to third party software and go the complicated way of exporting and importing through the camera roll.

        I like your work a lot and a “clean” version 1.0 sounds just great.

  • August 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I had another suggestion. I’ve been using a dropbox folder as where I have my notebook so I have it in sync across my mac & iPad.

    I have some things I would like to share with my wife and really can’t without the ability to assign 1 folder in notebooks to 1 folder in dropbox. Right now I believe its an all or nothing proposition.

    Not sure how hard or easy that would be but thought I would share.

    • August 31, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Hello Pete,

      you are correct, the setup for Dropbox sync is all or nothing right now. Adding the option to freely assign DB folders to NB books would increase complexity and add a considerable amount of risk to synchronization, but I admit, I like the idea.

      However, what remains is that synced folders cannot be shared with other users on Dropbox (this is a DB restriction), so I am not sure if that addition actually solved your problem. We’ll look into it, though!

  • August 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I am not a fan of Dropbox (my issue, entirely), I acknowledge that it does work, however, with the Notebooks Beta for Mac and Notebooks for iOS. I would prefer to use Wuala as my cloud storage rather than Dropbox. Please consider adding Wuala to the options available in the iOS version and the Mac Beta. Thanks.

    • August 31, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Wuala seems to be a very interesting storage solution. What I could not find out so far is if Wuala offers an API that allows apps like Notebooks to use their service. Without that API an integration is not possible, unfortunately…

  • September 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Does the Mac version have the ability to make todos yet? I’m not able to find it. Thanks.

    • September 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Never mind. I just found it. Right click on book and change it to tasklist.

  • September 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I really love this app, and I’m very glad that it’s coming to mac!

    One feature that I really like is the password protection of documents and books, something that seems to be missing in the beta. I would really appreciate that to be included.

  • September 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Just dropped by to say I continue to use Notebooks for Mac and iPad on a regular basis and love it. Can’t wait for the released version. But then I guess I don’t have a choice 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

  • September 29, 2012 at 4:23 am

    hey, just like to say that this is a great app!

    i also have a few suggestions,
    – in the preferences, an example of the ipad theme and the default theme would be handy
    – and also maybe an option that allows you to type or put a picture anywhere you like, not only along the lines (this is one feature of onenote that i really like)

  • October 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Loving Notebooks. Have been using NB/Mac for about six months (beta 5?) as well as iOS (iPad and iPhone 4s), without issue.

    I like the ability to email notes directly from NB. Have been syncing with Dropbox with no problem.

    Would like the ability to use tables in my formatted notes. Would appreciate the ability to make more sophisticated templates (yes, have seen the suggestion in FAQs and use that at present).

    Great product – Thanks

    • October 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your feedback and suggestions. As far as tables are concerned, a possible workaround for now would be to create them in Markdown and then copy them into a rich text document. Not the most elegant option, I agree, but it might help as a short term solution.


  • October 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

    It may not be a priority, but looking forward to retina/HiDPI support, both the icons & UI. I use an external monitor with my MBA in HiDPI and I use your program a lot – taking notes from readings & research.

    Love your app organization! Keep up the good work .

    • October 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Hi Scott,

      thank you for your response. Support for HiRes graphics needs to be added to the development platform we use. So at the moment there is nothing we can do but wait for an update…


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