We are proud to announce that Notebooks for PC is now available as public beta. This means that for a limited time you can download and use Notebooks for free.

Beta also means that the application is still undergoing a changes, a few features are still missing and some may not yet have received their final touch. Upcoming changes are meant to streamline the application, make it light weight and easy to use.

Notebooks for PC is already a stable and reliable application which you can include into your workflow risk free. (If you use Notebooks with Dropbox, you even have a version history of 30 days, so whatever you do, you always have an option to revert your changes.)

We are looking forward to your feedback, requests and suggestions.

Update Nov 5, 2012

We just uploaded a minor update that fixes a potential crash during startup. The new version (it is still Beta 7) is available from the link below.

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Notebooks for PC – Public Beta

15 thoughts on “Notebooks for PC – Public Beta

  • November 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

    On My System the new version crashed on opening. The Fix was to rename my existing Notebooks Directory ( in my dropbox ) to something else. This allowed me to get to the “select Notebooks Directory” option that pops up.

    The New version looks great.

    • November 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

      I need to confirm that 10.b7 has an issue on startup, when NB is trying to open a document that is several levels deep down in the hierarchy. Permanently fixing this will take us a few days, but we will post an quick fix today. – Sorry for this…

    • November 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Oops, thank you for correcting this. We just updated the link.

  • November 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Alfons,

    The PC version looks like a good start. Hopefully you will soon be integrating it with an internal document viewer for URL’s, PDF’s, etc…?

    • November 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Yes, that is on our todo list.

  • November 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Well, I wanted to try this on both the mac and the nettie. I own both the IPAD and IPOD versions and I am excited about this.

    The mac recreated the file structure in two seconds flat. The PC recreated the file structure in my hard drive, not my drop box. That surprised me. And I tried to tell it what file system to look at, nope, won’t work either.

    • November 13, 2012 at 12:02 am

      copied to program files, and while it recreated all my C Drive, it also included my dropbox files.

      I have to admit, it is the first time I have seen such behavior.


      I know, I know it is a beta.

      • November 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

        Hi Nadin,

        it may seem a little strange that Notebooks displays the contents of your file system, but actually, this is a huge advantage: Notebooks does not create any kind of database to capture your documents, it just displays the contents of the directory you set as default in Notebooks’ preferences (it does not recreate that structure, either, it just displays what is there). That means that all your documents are accessible even without Notebooks.

        When you create new books in Notebooks, you actually create new folders, and the notes and documents are regular files on your computer. So with Notebooks you don’t need to enter a “proprietary world”, Notebooks is more like a comfortable viewer and editor for your files.

        To come back to your original question: when you open Notebooks’ preferences on your PC and set “Dropbox/Notebooks” as start directory, doesn’t that focus Notebooks just on the documents you sync from your iPad and iPod?

        Best regards,

        • November 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

          What was surprising is the behavior was not replicated on the MACbook. Yes, I know these are either txt or rtf (or a combo) of them.

          So far I am loving it by the way, to be able to keep all in one program…

  • November 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    For new users of Beta product, it would be useful in read me file to have more detail on installation of PC Beta. For example, you need to extract the files from the zip file versus copying to empty file location. If you do the later, the GUI does not display properly. I figured this out through trial and error alone.

    Also, is there a way to insert time stamp in PC Beta?

    Other than that this looks great and look forward to additional functionality in future releases. I have been looking for something to replace the functionality of Phatnotes for a long time. Notebooks does this and more. Great job.

    • November 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Don,

      Yes, the package and installation routine is not yet too sophisticated, we’ll have to improve that.

      Time stamps are not yet available in this beta, but they are on our list.

  • November 17, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Hi Alfons! I am using PC beta. I find it very useful anyway I am having problems with copied images. They doesn’t appear in pc when has been copied in iPad and also, when are copied in PC doesn’t appear in iPad.

    Thanks for all and best regards


  • November 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm


    I just downloaded the public beta for Windows and the program crashes at start with the following error (in the Visual Studio 2010 debugger):

    Unhandled exception at 0x656167d9 in Notebooks.exe: 0xC0000005: Access violation reading location 0x00000018.

    The exception originates in: QtGui4.dll.

    The installed operating system is Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit).

    Should I copy the libraries (DLL’s) to another directory? Also, the extracted files display as “Encrypted” in Windows Explorer. Decrypting them does not seem to have any effect.

    • November 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Kris,

      This crash unfortunately is a known issue of the current beta. The quickest way to fix it is to delete Notebooks’ registry entry: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/aschmid

      It took us a while to finally fix this problem, and if all goes well, an update should be available for download tomorrow.


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