Organise & Managing notes in Notability 4

Notability
Organising and management of notes

Settings

Settings

Tap the cog to bring up the Settings.
Change the theme, setup for left handed Mode, change default text settings, default paper.

Autosync: Synchronise your notes automatically to the cloud. For example, if you have a Dropbox account, you can use this setting to automatically synchronise each note to a folder in your Dropbox account.

Autosync your notes to the cloud

Autosync your notes to the cloud

Tap the autosync button and select the cloud service you want to use. See Cloud Services for more information. Getting an account for box, google drive and dropbox is free and only required an email address. Setup you account first - before setting up the autosync options.

In this example, I have selected Dropbox. I then select the subject folders for the notes I want to synchronise.

Setting up Folders - Category and Subject

Setting up Folders - Category and Subject

You can create folders in which to store your notes.
First, decide on a Category - the broad overall container for a set of notes. iPad Beginner is the category in this example. The other folders are filed inside the Category and are called the Subjects (Think of them also as topics). Settings, The Keyboard and Using Safari are filed within the Category.
Notes are filed inside the Subject folder. Here, there are two notes in the Keyboard Folder.

The Category can be closed

The Category can be closed

Here the Category folder has been closed. Tapping on it will close it. All subjects and the notes stored inside the Subjects folder are also not visible.
On the folder icon, it tells you there are 3 folders in this Category.

Adding a new Category or Subject

Adding a new Category or Subject

Tap the + button to add either a new Category or Subject.

Adding a new Category

Adding a new Category

1. Tap the Category button.
2. Type the Category Name, then tap Done on the keyboard.

Adding a new Subject

Adding a new Subject

Tap the Category folder where you want the Subject to be filed. In this example, I want the Subject folder - Sharing files to be stored inside the Category folder - iPad Advanced.
1. Tap the + button.
2. Tap the Subject button.
3. Type the Subject Name then tap Done on the keyboard.

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iPad Advanced is the Category. The Subject: Sharing files is stored inside the Category folder.
To add a new note that will be stored inside the Sharing files Subject folder, tap: Create New Note.

To format your folder, tap the Edit button.

Formatting your Folders

Formatting your Folders

You can change the colours of your folders, password protect them, and assign them a different icon or delete them.

4. Tap the Settings wheel to bring up the options.
5. Tap and hold to edit the name of the folder.
6. Sort Folders - by Name, Modified Date, Created Date, Size, Exported.

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Here, the Subject folder: Sharing files has been changed to a lilac colour, assigned a new icon and password protected.

Folders with password protection

Folders with password protection

Tapping the folder which has a password will bring up the keyboard where you can enter the password to open the folder.
Note the padlock - this folder is currently locked.

Moving / Rearranging the Folders

Moving / Rearranging the Folders

While you are in the Edit mode, you can move the folders. Tap the horizontal handles amd move a folder up / down.

Tap Done when you have finished editing the folders.

Create a new note

Create a new note

1. Tap the folder where you want the note to be created. In this example, the note will be created within the Sharing Files subject folder.

2. Tap the Create New Note button to create the note.

New Note Options

New Note Options

1. Curent note title. The default is always the current date. Tap to change the title.
2. Current folder in which the note is stored.
3. Current date and time the note was created. Useful if you want to search for notes by Date Created.
4. Tap to start audio recording a note. Download some instructions for audio recording notes in Notability.
5. Tap for the wristguard. This stops you from accidentally writing a note or making some marks with your wrist.
6. Brings up the handrwiting box. This allows you to write notes with your finger or stylus more precisely.

The Note Toolbar - Explore the options

The Note Toolbar - Explore the options

1. Back to the menu of folders.

2. Share the note. Send the note to another destination. For example, the note will be stored within the Sharing Files folder in Notability BUT I can also share the note to a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive or open it in another app.

3. Undo button.

4. Note taking mode: Typed note, handwritten, highlight, eraser, cut a section of your note.

5. Adding things into the note like a photo from your camera roll, take a photo, a web page or web clip, a sticky note, or a figure.

6. The Wrench. Change the paper of your note: different textures, colours, lined and unlined. Help functions are also here.

7. Multipage view. If your note goes over several pages, you can select the different pages here - rather than using two fingers to scroll through the note. you can slo bookmark single pages and search for them here.

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A new note has been created: renamed to 'How to share your files on an iPad' and filed within the subject folder: Sharing Files. This folder is also password protected. The Sharing Files Subject folder is alo stored within the Category: iPad Advanced.

Import a document or pdf into Notability to edit and annotate

Import a document or pdf into Notability to edit and annotate

You can import a document from a cloud service to annotate. It can bea .pdf document or even a WORD .docx document. Word documents are converted to .pdf in Google Drive before being imported.

Remember: the document will be imported into the current open folder. Change folders first if required.

Example: Import a .pdf document from Google Drive

Example: Import a .pdf document from Google Drive

Tap Google Drive which will connect you to your Google Drive account (sign in with your account user name / password)
Select a file and it will be imported into Notability: Select the options - create new note, add to other note. Import all the .pdf document or select the pages you want to import and then tap OK.

You can then use the notetaking toolbar to edit, highlight, type notes, add handwitten notes - whatever you want.

Moving a note into another folder

Moving a note into another folder

1. Tap the edit button.
2. Select the note you want to move. Tap and hold the note and drag it to another folder

Deleting a note or Folder

Deleting a note or Folder

To delete a note or a folder, swipe across the note from right to left. Tap the Delete button.

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You can also tap the Edit button, tap the note and then tap the Trashcan.

How to type notes in Notability 4

Notability - typing notes

Create a new note

Create a new note

Select the appropriate Subject folder where you want the note to be created.
In this example, the note will be created in the Sharing Files Subject iwtihn the iPad Advanced Category.

Tap: Create New Note

Note Toolbar Options

Note Toolbar Options

1. Curent note title. The default is always the current date. Tap to change the title.
2. Current folder in which the note is stored.
3. Current date and time the note was created. Useful if you want to search for notes by Date Created.
4. Tap to start audio recording a note. Download some instructions for audio recording notes in Notability.
5. Tap for the wristguard. This stops you from accidentally writing a note or making some marks with your wrist.
6. Brings up the handrwiting box. This allows you to write notes with your finger or stylus more precisely.

Creating a typed note

Creating a typed note

Select the T.
1. Click here to delete the default title. Enter your own title for the note.
2. The folder in which the note will be created.
3. Tap to change the date.

Font and Style Options

Font and Style Options

1. You can setup font, colour, size and style favourites. There are three choices: A, B, C. Tap and hold C, for example, and select the options you want.
2. You can also change font, colour, size and style as you go. Tap and make a choice.
3. Indent text.
4. List: dot point and numbered lists. Spacing - double spacing.

Typing notes

Typing notes

Tap the T button on the top toolbar.
1. Tap here for lists and spacing: dot points, numbered lists double spacing.Tap to select the list, tap again to deselect it.
2. The A, B, C buttons are for font, colour, size, style presets. In this example, the font is Chalkduster, red, size 20. You can have 3 presets.
3. Indent ing text.
4. You can also just tap the font, size, colour, style and pick anything on the fly.

Correcting / editing the text

Correcting / editing the text

Tap and hold to Highlight any text, select it and you get the following options:
Learn / Unlearn will add a word to the Dictionary if Notability believes it is spelt incorrectly. In this case, the app needs to unlearn the word: tiped. Tapping Replace will offer you alternative spelling and you can select the correct word - if there is one. If not, use the backspace X to correct it yourself.

To change the colour of text, do the same thing. Tap to hold the text, select what you want to change and tap the colour on the editing toolbar to change it.

Adding media to your notes

Adding media to your notes

Tap the X in the toolbar to bring up the Media options.
1. Select a photo from your Photos app - the camera roll or albums
2. Photo. This will allow you to take a photo with the iPad's camera and insert it into the note.
3. Figure. Insert a shape like a square, circle, line. you can change the size, colour, fill it. Experiment!!!!!
4. Web clip. Insert a web page into the note.
5. Stickies. Like a text box. you can insert a box to handwrite in or a box that you can type in. These stickies can also be filled with a different colour. Tap the sticky to select it, then tap the wrench in the toolbar and select Paper.

The Photo

The Photo

1. Tapping the + and selecting Photo. This image is a photo from one of my albums in the camera roll. Once you select the photo, it will be dropped onto the note.

2. It has selection / resizing blue dots so can enlarge or decrease the size of the photo. Tap and hold the photo to move it around the notes or to a different page.

The editing options appear at the top of the photo. Selecting Edit will take you into an editor where you can annotate the photo or crop it. Tap the photo to add a caption.

You can combine typed and handwritten notes. Eg; if you want to draw a border around the photo, select the Pencil tool - change the colour, size and draw a border. See below.

**All of these instructions will also work if you select the Take A Photo option.

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To erase the border, use the Eraser tool on the toolbar.

The Stickies

The Stickies

1. Tap the + and select Stickies. Stickies are like Text boxes. You can add one in which you handwrite. eg; the Lined sticky or a typing sticky. Both stickies have the same editing options. For example, tap Paper and fill the sticky with different paper.
The typing sticky is for typing your notes inside the sticky.

Find, search, filter, organise, bookmark

Find, search, filter, organise, bookmark

Tapping the books in the top right corner will open mutli page view. Here you can see all the pages of your note. In this example, there are three pages in this note and we are viewing page 2.
1. To bookmark a page, tap the bookmark. Tapping the bookmark at the top will filter only those pages that have bookmarks.
2. The magnifying glass - Search for a word or phrase in your notes.
3. View all pages.

Sharing your notes

Sharing your notes

Back up your notes by sharing them to a Cloud Service - Dropbox, Box, Google Drive.
These are all the sharing options.