Notebooks 8 for iOS adds PDF Reader and Background Sync for Dropbox

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[] Salzburg, Austria - Alfons Schmid today is pleased to announce the release of Notebooks 8 for iPad and iPhone, a major upgrade to his application, which has a sting focus on text processing, but also allows users to organize documents and files in multiple hierarchies, and which integrates task management on top. This unique combination allows an uninterrupted train of thoughts when creating documents, consulting supportive documentation, producing ideas, breaking them down into tasks and assigning them to their designated lists.

The addition of powerful PDF tools in Notebooks 8 further increases its versatility. The tools allow users to annotate PDF documents by highlighting phrases in various colors, adding comments, notes and handwritten text or drawings, and stamping symbols or signatures onto the PDF. Users can easily browse documents by swiping through the pages, or quickly navigate large documents by using the thumbnail view; users can also set bookmarks, search the documents' full text and much more. As far as PDF handling is concerned, Notebooks' PDF Reader leaves little to be desired.

Notebooks 8 takes synchronization with Dropbox to the next level. It is now able to start a sync with Dropbox without user interaction, taking advantage of iOS "background refresh": when the user is working in another app or while the device is not being used at all, iOS wakes up Notebooks at irregular intervals and gives it the chance to sync with Dropbox. - Even without background refresh, Notebooks is able to quickly detect changes on Dropbox and import the corresponding documents. This can take place automatically while the user is working in Notebooks, or it can be triggered with a simple gesture. So whenever the user opens Notebooks, the changes made on Dropbox have already been imported.

Notebooks, originally designed to do away with paper notes, has evolved into a powerful productivity app and includes a text processor for formatted documents, plain text and Markdown, provides space to store and organize files and documents, and supports complex task management. Synchronization with Dropbox or WebDAV servers makes it easy to import and export documents and to synchronize the contents of Notebooks between multiple devices (iOS, Mac and PC). Despite its power, Notebooks strives to be light weight. It allows users to selectively turn functionality on and off and keep the user interface as simple as possible.

Users can create beautifully formatted documents using WYSIWYG style editing, create formatted HTML using Markdown, or simply type plain text notes, and all while using custom fonts, colors, and patterns. A user-defined row of extra keys for characters that are hard to reach on the built-in keyboard allows customization and provides timesaving shortcuts. It is easy to convert between formats, or to turn a documents into a PDF or even an eBook.

Notebooks supports unlimited nested structures (books) to organize documents by topics, subjects, projects or any personal preferences. This makes it easy to separate private notes from business documents, client data from journal entries, school subjects from each other and so on. A book in Notebooks displays its contents either as a list of documents, or as a list of tasks with due dates and alert times (if desired). Task lists can be nested, too, which allows users to split complex projects into smaller, less intimidating packages which are easy to manage.

Notebooks handles all of a user's notes and documents like HTML, RTF, PDF, MS Office, iWork, email, photos, videos or web archives. It features a number of options that facilitate import, export and synchronization between multiple devices (iOS, Mac and PC), with Dropbox and WebDAV sync being two of the most prominent. With this unique combination of features, Notebooks has the potential to replace multiple apps:

* Text Editor
* Word Processor
* Task Manager
* File Organizer
* Markdown Composer (and HTML to Markdown converter)
* PDF Reader
* PDF Converter
* eBook Creator
* Email Archive

Whether users want to draft or outline a business presentation, type a chapter of a short-story, list inventory, save web pages for reading later, write an entry in a diary or journal, tick off tasks, or just capture notes and ideas on the go, Notebooks is the all-inclusive note application that will effortlessly handle all tasks.

Notebooks for Mac OS X and Windows are the desktop counterparts that synchronize and integrate with Notebooks for iPad and iPhone. They are available from the Notebooks website.

Language Support:
* U.S. English, German, French, and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* 19.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Notebooks 8 (for iPad and iPhone) is $9.99 (USD), available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Review copies are available on request. Notebooks PDF Reader is available as an in-app-purchase for $3.99 (USD).

Based in Salzburg, Austria, indie developer Alfons Schmid holds a degree in Computer Science and has spent the past ten years in sales and consulting in the field of Document Management. Today he works as a freelance consultant for customers throughout Central Europe. He originally created Notebooks for iPhone and iPad to meet his own requirements. Copyright (C) 2008-2015 Alfons Schmid. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.