Researching and writing blogposts is time-consuming, eating into our art-making. A faster, efficient workflow with Notebooks liberates 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.
Notebooks for iPad
Criteria for a Great Writing App
Research, File, Organise - Images Included!
Import and display images
Your needs may be a bit different, but for me a good writing application must have:
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
Create and visit hyperlinks
without leaving the Notebooks app
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.
Hierarchical structure of folders and documents
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:
Customisable keyboard in Notebooks
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!
Notebooks already displays PDFs. Soon it will allow you to edit them as well.
As I mentioned, I will be doing some more reviews of the ways that Notebooks can be useful for artists - for writing newsletters, creating ebooks and doing studio research, but it's really one of those apps that you need to use to fully appreciate its many functions. 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!
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