Get More Productive on your iPad: Notebooks 8.1 adds Split Screen Mode

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[] Salzburg, Austria - Alfons Schmid today is proud to announce the release of Notebooks 8.1, an upgrade to his text processing and task management application for iPad and iPhone. Notebooks allows users to create formatted documents or plain text notes, store and organize documents and files in unlimited hierarchies, and which adds a task management layer on top of it all. This unique combination allows an uninterrupted train of thoughts without switching apps while working on documents, browsing supportive documentation, producing ideas, splitting them into tasks, assigning the tasks to their designated lists and syncing those between multiple devices.

The addition of a split screen mode-a mode in which two documents appear side by side-increases Notebooks' versatility, as it allows users to view and edit two documents simultaneously. A user could choose to display a PDF and a text document, for example, and take notes while reading the PDF; a user could open a draft and the final version of a document and paste sections from one into the other; it is even possible to open the same document in both windows and view the formatted version of a Markdown document while editing the plain text. The new split screen mode is available on iPads in landscape mode.

Notebooks, originally designed to do away with paper notes, has evolved into a powerful productivity app which includes a text processor for formatted documents, plain text and Markdown, provides space to import, store and organize files and documents in unlimited hierarchies, and which also 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 to keep the user interface as clean 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.

A PDF Reader module, available as in-app-purchase, allows users to annotate PDF documents and highlight phrases, add comments, notes and handwritten text or drawings, and stamp 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.

Alfons Schmid also offers desktop versions of Notebooks for Mac OS X and Windows, which synchronize and integrate with Notebooks for iPad and iPhone. 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.

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

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

Pricing and Availability:
Notebooks 8.1 (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 many years in consulting and sales in the field of document management, which obviously influenced the development of Notebooks. Today he works as a freelance consultant for customers throughout Central Europe. He originally created Notebooks 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.


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