1. Dual window mode | See two notebooks at once
There is a dual window mode: while users are in main page view, users can use finger to swipe on the handle (rotate to landscape mode to see this handle more obviously) on the left side all the way to the right to switch to browser mode (dual window), in this mode user can browse web and capture specific area with Scissors tool and send it back to the current working notebook. It’s convenient for those who need to access reference information on the internet while taking notes. Users can open 2 notebooks side by side thanks to the integrated browser. While working on A notebook, return to the library, swipe on a notebook, choose “Dual” icon will open that notebook in the integrated browser. This is a handy way to browse 2 notebooks side by side conveniently. However, as I show you in the video, it is not working very stable and the notes cannot be positioned correctly.
With the recent update of Notability 8.0, a dual screen mode was implemented. It is a shame, that Notes Plus was not working on to improve their split-screen mode. Now, Notability got the pole position as the only note-taking app offering a proper dual screen mode!
2. Open notebooks on any desktop (PC and Mac)
Users can open the notebook on a web browser on the computer when the auto backup is ON (or save “Notebooks” from Notes Plus Documents in iTunes File Sharing through USB cable). For example, if Dropbox auto backup is turned on (under Library > Auto Backup > start “Dropbox”). Then, open Dropbox’s Notes Plus folder on the computer at /Dropbox/NotesPlus/AutoBackup/Notebooks/Notebook Name, then open “index.html” with a web browser like Safari/Chrome, then users can view notebook content on the browser.
3. Handwriting is globally searchable
Handwriting is always searchable even users don’t do Handwriting Recognition. Notes Plus will run HWR thread in background mode (when users quite a notebook) so handwritten notes are always index-able and searchable.
With the recent update, Notability 8.0 added handwriting to text conversion and a global handwriting search function along with it!
4. Shared notebooks stay editable
Users can share a notebook in native format so other Notes Plus users can open it up in Notes Plus and edit original handwriting. To do so, go to Tools > Export > set File Type to WebArchive, share via email to other people. Now, another user can download them .WebArchive file and open it up with “Notes Plus” to import it into Notes Plus Library (full editing capability).
5. Customizable toolbar and UI layout adjusts to writing preferences
Users can customize the toolbar with a long-press gesture. For example, they can arrange the toolbar to their own preferences: use a finger to long press on an existing slot, this pops up all editing tools, choose a slot to assign it to select placeholder.
Notes Plus provides different UI layout to fit with the writing direction configured under Tools > Writing Position.
6. Easy page selection and editing even in fullscreen mode
There is a quick way to browse through pages with page thumb panel: use a finger to long press near the utmost right edge of the screen, that opens up the page thumb panel, users can browse pages quickly, rename a page or re-arrange page order quickly.
7. Invisible scrolling bars
In any edit mode (i.e pen, eraser, etc…), dragging up/down within a half of inch from the right edge of the page will scroll it instead of other actions. This is like an invisible scrollbar. When Palm Pad is up, an invisible scrollbar on the left will be enabled (in addition to the invisible scrollbar on the right). Using your left thumb to scroll the page while writing with your right hand is very convenient.
8. Draw straight lines and shapes via auto-detection
Whenever you draw a straight line, circle, square or even complex shapes like hexagons, you will get the option to convert it into a straightened object. If this option does not show up, then you have to go to the app settings and change the threshold, the minimum shape size in millimeters that triggers shape detection. You find this setting in top right/App Setting/Shape Detection Threshold.
9. Easy object selection, deletion, transformation, and rotation
You can use your pen anytime to select an object in your note. Either you just tip on the object or your draw around it. You will then get the option to select the object. Once selected you can change the style of the drawn lines or convert handwriting to text. You are also able to transform the selection by grabbing the right bottom corner and drag it. You can also easily rotate it, by tapping with two fingers on the object at the same time and then turning them. If you want to delete an object, just tap the red cross sign on the top left. However, you can also delete non-selected objects by just scribbling over it. For more details how this works, watch my video.
10. Bring an object to the front or back
If you draw an object in front of another, but you want it to be behind. Just select it and select from the top right menu bring to back. This is very helpful if you underline handwritten text and the line is covering the letters “g”, “j” etc.
! One More – Add Date and Time Stamp to your notes
One thing I actually forgot to cover in the video is the function to add date and time stamps to your notes! I think it is a really nice feature and you can access it by just adding a text box in which you normally write your text. Have look at the top of your Keyboard. There are the icons you need to tap on to get the times in your note! Well, isn’t that nice?