How to quickly compose notes from the Lock or Home screen

By , Feb 2, 2014

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As a post-secondary student, I am always recording notes on my iPhone during lectures since iCloud automatically syncs them to my MacBook Pro and iPad at my desk back home. For that reason, a new jailbreak tweak called NoteCreator is a simple but useful iOS extension that comes in handy for notetakers like me.

Simply put, the tweak allows you to create notes from anywhere on iOS thanks in part to Ryan Petrich‘s ever-so-popular Activator tweak. If that sounds useful to you, keep reading…

NoteCreator has similar design and functionality to that of biteSMS, with a quick compose prompt for typing new notes. It is also similar to the systemwide sharing for Facebook and Twitter that Apple integrated into iOS a few years back, but for note-taking purposes. The tweak has been translated in nine different languages for use worldwide. They are English, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

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To activate NoteCreator, you must configure an action in Activator such as triple tapping the Home button or single tapping it for a few seconds.  Simply go to the Settings app, tap on the Activator menu and assign “Notes Creator” to a system action. Then, when you invoke that action, the quick compose prompt will appear and you can write notes. Tap on “Done” when you are finished, and the note will automatically show up in the Notes app. By tapping “Account,” you can choose to sync notes on your iPhone or to iCloud.

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You’ll need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7 or later — it is also backwards compatible with iOS 6 — to install NoteCreator. The tweak, by the JGTweaks team, is available now on Cydia for free in the default ModMyi repository. If you are a fan of simple jailbreak tweaks like this one, there are several others of its kind. I recommend taking a closer look at BetterFolders, ClassicDock, and DynamicText just to name a few.

What is your favorite note-taking app for iPhone or iPad? Here’s some of ours.

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  • Taha Mounir

    cool

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Arghh just the thing I needed! By the way, really enjoying your posts Joe, very indept and objective. Keep up the amazing work!

    • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

      Thank you!

  • Rached FRIGUI

    Fail !

    • John Sklikas

      Just so you know, what you’re asking is not possible and before judging people, make sure that you know how things work. You should know that all of the Activator tweaks are not hooking into anywhere but Activator, so it’s basically impossible to fix this. The only way to solve this bug, is an Activator update, that zeroes the timer, while a widget is open. This is not my fault, so please, before mocking me, or creating a bad name for me on the internet, ensure that you know how things work, as this is NOT my fault! I’m really sorry things are like this, but this wouldn’t fit in the 140 characters space… And I’m not asking you in any way to apologise, but not having your feature and mocking me on the internet is a different thing.

      • to86

        Don’t feed the trolls. God only knows who the 23 people who up voted that were.

  • Derp

    You’ll need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7 or later — it is also backwards compatible with iOS 6 — to install NoteCreator. So you don’t actually need an iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 7 or later….

  • Cool

    This looks really cool and useful!

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    Until it is compatible with Evernote I won’t use it. I dislike iCloud notes. But, the concept is great.

    • John Sklikas

      Hello Justin, I will eventually make a tweak for Evernote as well :)

      • momerathe

        awesome :)

  • TheBoi23

    Not realated but is anybody else experiencing the password and wifi disconnect issues??? Im unable to connect to my wifi network and all of my passwords for appstore, twitter, snapchat, etc are not working

    • Mohsin

      Did you install “Bypas” tweak to bypass the lock screen?

      • TheBoi23

        Yes I did, does that jeprodise my security in any way? But I also found out that I got disconnected from my router so I unplugged router/modem and reset/rebooted my phone was able to get back basically everything

      • Mohsin

        I had the same problem when i installed the bypass tweak. Everytime you bypass the screen it skips the security verification keychain where all passwords are saved, thats why it keeps asking for the passwords.if you unlock the screen without bypass i mean by putting you password then it wont happen.Also bypassing the screen messes up the email too, you wont see any sender names and msgs in email app. i saw the developer of the tweak mentioned he is working on the update and it will be out soon.

      • TheBoi23

        Ok thanks, I had a strange suspicion that the tweak might have done that because when I opened by TimePasscode they worked thanks again and I hope he fixes asap

  • Abdl

    This tweak has been out for long,why reviewing now?!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/E1SUNZ Sunny

      Got paid to review this now.

      • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

        No we didn’t.

      • John Sklikas

        Exactly, I didn’t even ask him to review it. They probably reviewed it now, because they waited for the bugs of the first version to be ironed out.

  • svartkuken

    Would be nice if you could assign it to other apps such as Simplenote. Hopefully in a future update, then it’ll have my download!

  • Isa Altintas

    Is there any existing tweak that adds quick notes and quick reminders to CC or NC?

    • http://blog.secretss.com/ Secretss

      You can launch NoteCreator from the Control Center by using CCToggles or QuickActivator. These two CC tweaks let you add Activator actions to the quick launch area.

  • to86

    Been waiting for a tweak like this for a while and can confirm it works great. I have implemented it using QuickActivator so it integrates nicely with control center. Also syncs across icloud devices without opening the notes app, which was a limitation of previous similar tweaks.

  • joao leite

    It’s an awesome tweak. It would be awesome if they integrated it to the control center

    • John Sklikas

      Interesting idea, but I don’t believe that this is the purpose of Control Centre

      • Qlobster

        Anyways, great tweak!

    • Qlobster

      Just use the activator switch “tap and hold on statusbar” even better.

    • John Sklikas

      Oh, if you want a toggle, use QuickActivator to integrate it, or CCToggles that will do that for you :)

      • mav3rick

        This tweak is nice, too. Will TimeForAlarm be fixed / become reliable again?

      • John Sklikas

        Well TimeForAlarm was removed, because bugs were happening in areas that weren’t modified by me. This suggested that these area shouldn’t be ever modified, so there’s a very slim chance that TimeForAlarm will be available ever again. I would need to find a new hook, to make it fully functional again. The only way for it to work again, would be to disable the minute by minute (or second by second capabilities). I’m using it on my iPhone with no problems, so if you want it contact me through my Cydia email, but I and mmi had to respect the serious bugs and chose to remove it.

      • blawbair

        QuickActivator is the way I’m currently using it. I have an icon for opening the Notes app and holding it triggers NoteCreator. Works great! :)

        The only thing I’m missing is “Return/Enter” instead of “Done” on the keyboard. Any chance this will change (or perhaps get a toggle in the settings)?

  • Jhonny Lennon

    I’m trying to persuade them into making a “RemindersCreator” too… still no response.

    • John Sklikas

      When did you send me an email? In 99% of the cases, I reply within an hour?! I’ll make it eventually my friend, though I’m currently working on a new tweak, which will be something BIG, but it will be released in May.

      • Jhonny Lennon

        I guess I tried via Twitter. But thanks!… Oh I also wanted to tell you that there is word mis-translated in Spanish… When you select the account, a “Back” button is available so you can return to the note itself, the translation says “espalda” as in “back” ( the part of the human body) ;) Cheers!

      • John Sklikas

        Still odd, because neither of my accounts on Twitter received a tweet. Did you tweet to the designer? Oh I see. Then what should I use instead of “espalda”? Thanks

      • Jhonny Lennon

        Yeah I sent it to JGTweaks… it should say “Atrás” as in “backwards” or simply “back”. (Screenshot for reference) :D

      • John Sklikas

        Thank you, I’ll have this in the next version :)

      • John Sklikas

        Oh let me guess, did you tweet @JGTweaks? This is not our account, our account is @JGTweak. So that’s why I didn’t find this tweet

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/E1SUNZ Sunny

    Nice but i don’t want Activator :(

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Tap to Widgets+LockInfo.

  • Alex Borges

    On the lock screen the phone dims after a short while so you can’t keep writing, you have to always be waking up the phone. Sorry for my bad english.

  • John Sklikas

    Oh you have a private account so I can’t see your tweets. I’ll have to follow you and you’ll have to approve me. Or send me the text here :)

  • Eyal^S

    Sorry for interrupting the conversation but can anyone tell me whats the theme in the background?

  • blawbair

    I’m glad you fixed it even though it was “not possible”. ;)

    Great tweak! :)

    • John Sklikas

      Ha, thanks :D Well, with the existing frameworks that wouldn’t be possible. But, I spent a whole day with the aim of rewriting my code so that it can allow new lines. It took me one whole day, but I made it :)

  • Karolas Janvier

    JGTweaks call free users “trolls”