How to create shopping lists, to-dos and other interactive checklists in Notes app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 17, 2015

A much-improved Notes application is one of my favorite features of iOS 9 and El Capitan. With it, you can now draw sketches with your finger, enrich your thoughts with photos, maps and web links—and even create a checklist of to-dos.

Checklists work perfectly for stuff like grocery lists, wish lists, quick to-dos and what not, and they’re interactive so you can tick off individual items to mark them as completed. And with iCloud, changes to your notes are automatically pushed to all your devices.

In this post, we’re going to demonstrate how easy it is to create interactive checklists in Notes on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Read More


Apple revamps the Notes app in iOS 9 with lists and hand-drawn notes

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 8, 2015

Apple says that many iPhone users use the Notes app regularly to do things like create lists, capture ideas, and more. As a big proponent of the Notes app, I completely concur.

Notes on iOS 9 brings some significant new improvements to the Notes app to help those users, including the ability to create lists, rich text, and hand-drawn notes, and more. Read More


OneNote for Mac gains enhanced OCR features and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

After adding the ability search for words in images to OneNote for the iPhone, iPad and Mac last summer, Microsoft today refreshed the Mac client by enhancing the somewhat limited functionality of the optical character recognition (OCR) feature.

In addition, the software contains other perks such as the ability to hide author initials in shared notebooks from the View tab and close the OneNote window without quitting the app.

OneNote for the Mac, iPhone and iPad is available at no cost through the Mac App Store and App Store. Read More


Notability updated with iOS 8 compatibility, iPhone 6 support, new light/dark themes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2014

Notability by Ginger Labs, Apple’s Free App of the Week in May 2014 and one of the most popular note-taking apps in the App Store, on Monday issued its long-expected iOS 8 compatibility release in the App Store.

Version 5.3 offers support for iOS 8 and the new 4.7 and 5.5-inch resolutions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, respectively.

In addition to enhancing compatibility with the current version of Apple’s mobile operating system, this edition of Notability brings out a pair of new themes, revamped icons and menus in line with the overall iOS 8 look and feel and improvements regarding iCloud Drive support.

Notability for the iPhone and iPad is $2.99 in the App Store. The Mac edition will run you ten bucks. Read More


Neato lets you jot quick notes directly from Notification Center

By Sébastien Page on Nov 4, 2014

Neato is a new application that mostly consists of a Notification Center extension that lets you quickly jot down quick notes from anywhere on iOS. After installing the free app from the App Store, simply add the Notification Center extension to start typing in notes from the Lock screen, Home screen, or directly from within an application.

Notes can be synced with Evernote or with Dropbox. Additionally, whatever you type can be easily shared to Twitter, or via email or text message. Read More


Notability finally arrives to the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

Notability by Ginger Labs, the powerful iPhone and iPad note-taker to annotate documents, record lectures, sketch illustrations and more, has leaped to the Mac.

Now available in the Mac App Store for $9.99, the Mac edition completes the experience by extending functionality found in the iOS app to your desktop.

The app makes it easy to create notes by dragging PDFs, photos or audio files from your desktop to Notability.

Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, rotated, nudged and restyled to your liking. Most crucially, your notes will look the same on your Mac, iPad and iPhone and of course sync seamlessly between devices through iCloud. Read More


NCMemo: a quick way to create notes from Notification Center

By Alihassan Mahdi on Aug 20, 2014

Just like iOS 6, iOS 7 has seen no shortage of Notification Center tweaks and widgets. One such example is NCMemo, a brand new tweak that debuted in Cydia recently and provides a convenient way of taking notes and memos.

NCMemo adds a resizable text box to Notification Center, under the ‘Today’ tab, allowing you to create notes and memos conveniently from anywhere within iOS. Read More


You can add photos to Notes app in iOS 8

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2014

Here’s another nice-to-have in iOS 8: you can finally add photos to your documents in the Notes app.

This is yet another small but very appreciated improvement in a long list of useful enhancements that haven’t gotten any air time during Apple’s keynote, or even deserved a mention on Apple’s iOS 8 webpage for that matter.

Earlier in the day, I told you about a new Today summary and 10-day forecast in the stock iOS 8 Weather app, the ability to hide images in the Photos app and Apple’s use of the power-sipping M7 chip and motion sensors for accurate indoor positioning in iOS 8Read More


How to add a live word counter to the stock Notes app

By Jeff Benjamin on May 15, 2014

Prolific jailbreak developer Julian Weiss is quickly ascending the ranks as one of my favorite members of the community. He continues to release tweak after tweak, and many of them prove to be useful just like this one. NotesCounter is his latest addition to Cydia, and as is the case with many of his releases, it’s a simple yet effective jailbreak tweak.

As its name implies, NotesCounter adds a simple word counter to the Notes app interface. It’s accomplished in a way that’s good-looking without bringing unnecessary attention to itself. Have a look at our full video walkthrough of NotesCounter after the jump. Read More


iOS 7: the ultimate Notes app guide

By Jeff Benjamin on May 10, 2014

The Notes app is a stock application for the iPhone that allows you to jot down quick notes on a whim. It’s a fast running app with low overhead that’s perfect for saving a random note or thought.

There are, of course, far more powerful note-taking options available on the App Store. Apps like Day One, and my favorite, Evernote, quickly come to mind. But what the stock Notes app lacks in features, it makes up for with its speed, efficiency, and ease of use. It’s a no-nonsense tool that makes taking notes a cinch.

After the break, we’ll cover the stock Notes app inside and out. Thought you knew everything that there was to know about the Notes app? Have a look inside for the details. Read More


Microsoft updates OneNote for iPhone/Mac with new look, Office Lens and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 1, 2014

After updating Office for iPad apps with a new printing capability and a few other useful features that boost your mobile productivity, software maker Microsoft today issued a refresh for its note-taking app, OneNote, that contains some much appreciated enhancements on both the iPhone and Mac systems.

The new versions of OneNote, available free in the App Store and Mac App Store, have gained a dozen new features.

Most notably, OneNote for the iPhone now lets you create new notebooks and sections, includes a new design and comes with an optical character recognition feature called Office Lens. The Mac edition has received even more goodies… Read More


SwiftKey Note gets landscape mode with wide keyboard on iPhone, new features

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2014

SwiftKey Note by TouchType would file as yet another note-taking iOS app if it weren’t for its custom software keyboard with enhanced auto-correction and predictions. Apple has not yet opened up the iOS keyboard to third-party developers so any app that improves upon the soft-keyboard experience is noteworthy.

Since its January debut, the app’s undergone several revisions and currently sits at version 1.7.

Developers in a blog post announced that a new version has launched Wednesday with support for landscape keyboard on the iPhone and an additional three new features. If you’ve been wondering why all the fuss about SwiftKey Note, there’s no need to sit on the sidelines as the software is available free of charge in the App StoreRead More


All.Notes review: the Notes app that iOS should have been

By Lory Gil on Apr 16, 2014

Apple’s Notes app isn’t all that bad. It is easy to access and simple to use. It gets the job done. However, it is sort of the “unnoticed stepchild” of iOS apps. It doesn’t do anything particularly special.

All.Notes makes up for what the Notes app lacks. It comes with lots of bells and whistles and even syncs with a compatible Mac app. Apple is going to be jealous when they find out… Read More


Microsoft’s OneNote hits Mac App Store, available free for a limited time

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2014

The rumors were true: Windows giant Microsoft has just released its note-taking app, OneNote, for the Mac.

It’s available right now in the Mac App Store free of charge for a limited time and includes a brand new clipper feature akin to Evernote, as well as a host of other capabilities designed to boost your productivity.

OneNote is also available for Android, Windows and Windows Phone devices.

As a result, your notes are platform-agnostic, synchronize across all devices, multiple people can collaborate on them and more. The full reveal is right below the fold. Read More


Microsoft OneNote reportedly hitting Mac soon: free, new clipper feature and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2014

Windows giant Microsoft is said to be bringing its note-taking app, OneNote, to the Mac later this month. The company has companion OneNote apps for the iPhone and iPad in the App Store, available free of charge. On the desktop side of things, however, the app’s been exclusive to Windows.

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft, for the first time, will be making the desktop app free to both Mac and Windows users in March, unbundling it fully from the cost of Office.

The Redmond giant originally released OneNote more than a decade ago… Read More


Evernote for Mac gets natural-language searching

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2014

Evernote for Mac has expanded on its stock search capabilities by introducing natural-language processing for your queries.

Activated from Evernote’s search bar and dubbed Descriptive Search, the feature allows for descriptive searching across your images, notes, documents, attachments and other data.

With Descriptive Search, Evernote fans can now search their notes by place, file contents, date ranges and lots more. This feature is now live in the new Evernote 5.5, available free of charge in the Mac App Store.

The full reveal is after the jump… Read More


How to quickly compose notes from the Lock or Home screen

By Joe Rossignol on Feb 2, 2014

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… Read More


How to flatten the stock Notes app in iOS 7

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 10, 2014

If you’ve been listening to our podcasts as of late, you’ve probably heard one of us spew off our dislike for the look of the Notes app. It’s one of the only stock apps in iOS 7 that retains some semblances of skeuomorphism from the pre-iOS 7 era.

Flat Notes is a new jailbreak tweak that alters the look of the Stock notes app. It makes the notes app look more like the rest of the stock apps in iOS 7. Have a look at our video comparison inside… Read More


Catch Notes makes it easy to capture and collaborate on ideas

By Lory Gil on Jun 17, 2013

If you are the kind of person who is always jotting down ideas on napkins, sending random text messages to friends about cool concepts, or leaving notes to yourself on sticky pads, you need something to help organize your thoughts.

Catch Notes is a productivity app that makes it easy to capture your ideas and share them with others without any fuss or muss. Just open the app, type in or record your idea and add your contacts for true collaboration…  Read More


More Evernote awesomeness: native reminders launch in iOS/Mac client

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2013

What started out as a simple note-taking solution is quickly becoming the Internet’s favorite information management platform.

We’re talking about Evernote, of course, the Jack of all trades, at least when it comes to note-taking, and I’m using the term loosely here. But if there’s one feature that’s been notably absent from Evernote it’s the concept of time – but no more.

Thanks to a major update issued earlier today, Evernote users on iOS and OS X can now take advantage of reminders, right in their notes. With this helpful new feature, Evernote just leveled up in a major way.

Reminders sync across devices seamlessly, facilitate to-do lists, deliver in-app and email alarms, can be notebook-specific and allow for a range of interesting capabilities not possible before. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we? Read More

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