Researching and writing blogposts is time-consuming, eating into our art-making.
I use the Notebooks app for a faster, efficient workflow that liberates more of my time for making art.
Billing itself 'the only notebook you need', Alfons Schmid's Notebooks app - for iPad, iPhone, Mac and PC - certainly packs a heavy punch when it comes to features.
So many features, in fact, that it is going to take me more than one post to really get to grips with all the ways that Notebooks can be useful to artists.
In this post I'll focus on how this app can help all you artists and other content creators who blog.
Criteria for a Great Writing App
Your needs may be a bit different, but for me a good writing application must have:
Notebooks fulfils all my criteria for a great writing app but its research features really make it stand out from the crowd.
Research, File, Organise - Images Included!
Notebooks has a host of features that make gathering and organising information for a blogpost or series of posts, fast and easy:
As I mentioned, all your files can be accessed directly through Dropbox (or WebDav) making it easy to import collected components into your blogpost application when you're on your desktop.
Built-in Task Manager
One of the features that makes Notebooks particularly useful in a blogging workflow is the way it integrates note-taking with task management - allowing you to turn documents into tasks with due dates and alarms on the fly. This saves you switching between apps to manage your timetable and allows you to more efficiently plan your blogging schedule. You can even create repeating tasks!
You can tell Notebooks to automatically extract tasks from your documents or convert a document into a task list as well as turn a sketch, PDF or voice memo into a single task. Nested books can even be turned into hierarchical task lists.
Notebooks also gives you the possibility of assigning context (@)tags to your tasks and documents or, if you just want something simple and visual, assign a coloured label to your document, although not to a folder as yet. The task functions also integrate with an-ever growing list of to-do apps including Things and 2Do.
No App is Perfect but Notebooks Comes Close
I've given Notebooks a glowing report so far but I must admit there are currently a few niggles:
Scoop on Forthcoming Features for Notebooks
Notebooks is constantly being updated and I have the scoop on a couple of exciting new features in the pipeline. You heard it first here!
Download a trial version for Mac (no freebie for PC unfortunately) or buy the universal iPad and iPhone version or the PC version* and optimise your blogging workflow!
(*This IS NOT an affiliate link.)
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