notes Stories November 12, 2019

How to quickly select, move, and delete notes on iPhone and iPad with two-finger tap

Want to boost your Notes app management efficiency on iPhone or iPad? Read along for how to quickly select, move, and delete multiple notes with a two-finger tap and drag on iPhone and iPad.

notes Stories February 15, 2019

White House declares ‘national emergency’ using a (bad) screen-grab from Apple’s Notes app

The Internet responded with a mixture of incredulity and amusement after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced a ‘national emergency’ in the form of a screen-grab from Apple’s iOS Notes app …

notes Stories December 13, 2018

How to access Notes from the Lock Screen on iPhone and iPad

With Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, users can create a new note from the lock screen by simply tapping the screen with the Pencil. However, there’s a slightly less elegant, but useful way to access Notes from non-Apple Pencil enabled iPads or your iPhone.

notes Stories March 28, 2017

I’m really good at managing my inbox (for personal email at least) and rarely leave messages there for keeping. Most emails go in a receipt folder or get deleted, I aggressively unsubscribe to mailing lists and mark spam as junk, and special messages are archived for keeping.

Occasionally I’ll have a message with important information that I don’t need right now and will want to easily reference in the near future. I’ve tried flagging but I don’t entirely understand how the feature is supposed to work between iOS and the Mac.

Usually I just leave the email in my inbox, but what I’d like to do is save the message somewhere with other important information like Apple’s Notes app. Luckily this is possible on iOS, but it’s a bit confusing to discover…

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notes Stories May 13, 2016

Apple reporting ongoing iCloud Mail and Notes outage for some users [Update]

[UPDATE: Apple’s system status page says the issues are now resolved after four hours.]

If you’re currently experiencing issues with iCloud Mail or Notes, then you’re not alone. Apple is currently reporting an ongoing iCloud outage affecting a small percentage of users (which is probably still a lot of people at Apple’s scale) when sending and receiving email with iCloud Mail or using iCloud Notes.

notes Stories March 21, 2016

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Live Photos

Apple has officially released the OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan update through the Mac App Store. The software update is available for all Macs capable of running OS X 10.11. The Mac update delivers new features including Live Photo viewing and sharing through iMessage using the Messages app as well as secure password support for individual notes in the Notes app.

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Following a lengthy beta period, Apple has now released iOS 9.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 9.3 is a significant feature update for Apple’s mobile operating system, with brand new additions like Night Shift, Touch ID Notes and more. iOS 9.3 runs on every iOS 9-capable device, including the brand new iPhone SE. The update appears to weigh in at a hefty 1.7 gigabytes.

See our full walkthrough of all the new iOS 9.3 features after the break …

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notes Stories February 22, 2016

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Live Photos

Apple has released the fourth OS X 10.11.4 preview for registered developers to test ahead of its expected release next month. The software update to the Mac will likely be released around next month’s March 15th event and is expected to coincide with a new version of iTunes. For Mac users, the latest version of OS X El Capitan adds enhancements like being able to view and share Live Photos originally taken on the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus as well as the ability to lock notes behind a secure password. We’re check out the latest beta and update with any changes.

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Apple has released the fourth iOS 9.3 beta for developers to test on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The first iOS 9.3 beta appeared in early January. Apple is expected to release the iOS 9.3 software update to all users around next month’s iPhone 5se/iPad Air 3 event. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.

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notes Stories February 10, 2016

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Live Photos

Apple has released the third OS X 10.11.4 public beta for non-developer testers. Public beta testers running the El Capitan pre-release can find the new software update through the Mac App Store. The latest public beta update follows the third developer beta of the same update earlier this week. Apple has also released a second OS X 10.11.4 beta 3 build (15E39c to 15E39d) for developers as well.

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Apple has released the third iOS 9.3 public beta to non-developer testers today. iOS 9.3 public beta 3 follows this week’s third developer iOS 9.3 beta release as well. The latest beta cleans up issues introduced in the last version while adding some new features as well.

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notes Stories February 9, 2016

Evernote to Notes

Update: iOS 9.3 adds support for importing Evernote data into Notes by long-pressing on Evernote Export files.

Apple dramatically improved its Notes app with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan last fall thanks to enhanced photo support, new formatting tools, URL snippets, a share extension, and an iCloud Drive backend to keep it all in sync. So much so that people have actually been moving from Evernote to Apple Notes and not looking back, but there hasn’t been a simple way to make the leap until now. Included in the OS X 10.11.4 software update is a new option in the Notes app that makes migrating content from Evernote to Apple Notes a very simple process. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

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notes Stories February 8, 2016

iOS 9.3 beta 2

Apple today has released the third iOS 9.3 beta to registered developers for testing. The first iOS 9.3 beta introduced at the start of the year introduced new 3D Touch shortcuts on new iPhones, Touch ID-secured Notes, a new Night Shift mode for blue light reduction, and much more. iOS 9.3 beta 2 added a Night Shift toggle in Control Center and other tweaks. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.

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notes Stories January 25, 2016

OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Live Photos

The second OS X 10.11.4 beta preview is now available via the Mac App Store for testing. The first version of this El Capitan beta added new features including Live Photo viewing and sharing through iMessage using the Messages app as well as secure password support for individual notes in the Notes app. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.

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Paper by 53 gains app extension, new text formatting tools on iOS

FiftyThree has steadily been turning its Paper app into a full-fledged notebook from just a basic sketching app, and the latest update for iPhone and iPad goes even further. Paper already supported plenty of sharing options for notes and drawings within the app to destinations like Facebook and Twitter, and version 3.5 adds a new iOS Sharing Extension so you can easily send images and notes from other apps directly to Paper.

The app has also been updated with some new text formatting tools for note takers. Check out the full release notes below:

What’s New in Version 3.5.0

This update introduces new automatic text formatting to make your notes look better, faster. You can also now send text and photos from other apps directly to Paper via our iOS Share Extension.

Love Paper? Please give us a review! We are reading every comment, review, and tweet, and your thoughts and suggestions will definitely be taken into consideration as we continue to evolve Paper.

Need help or want to send us feedback? Please contact us at support@fiftythree.com. We can’t respond to App Store reviews so please email if something seems broken.

– New text ideas will start with big bold text, and auto format to normal text as you continue typing. – Text ideas will vertically center in the Spaces grid view. – Paper is now available as an iOS Share Extension for compatible apps. Import text and photos from other apps directly into Paper through the iOS share menu. – Bug fixes.

Paper by 53 is available for free on the iPhone and iPad through the App Store.

notes Stories January 12, 2016

iOS 9.3 3D Touch

This week’s iOS 9.3 beta software update for iPhone and iPad is a pretty major release for a mid-cycle version. New features including the F.lux-like Night Shift which lets you change the color temperature of your display and Touch ID plus secure passwords for Notes feel more major version features. Other parts like new 3D Touch quick actions for many of Apple’s stock apps feel more like playing catch up, but overall iOS 9.3 is shaping up to be an impressive release. Check out the details below:

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notes Stories November 5, 2015

Google’s note capturing iOS app ‘Keep’ adds widget + share extension, copy to Docs feature

Google’s iPhone and iPad note capturing app is out with a feature update today in the latest version. Keep users can now add an app widget to the Today view in Notification Center for capturing material in the app from anywhere with a swipe down.

iOS users can also add a new Keep extension using the latest update for sending websites and other information to Keep without opening it and leaving the app you’re already in. Finally, the new version lets Keep users copy notes with Google Docs for the first time.

Google Keep lets you capture notes using labels and colors as well as photography and images on-the-go. Keep also supports capturing voice memos and making lists that backup and sync to your Google account. The new iOS widget lets you jump right into the app to create new note, lists, photos, and voice memos.

After only being available on Android for a couple years, Google brought Keep to iPhone and iPad just a few weeks ago. Download the latest version of Google Keep from the App Store to use the new features for free.

notes Stories November 4, 2015

Evernote for iOS adds sketching/handwriting in notes, iPad split-screen support

Evernote just announced an update to its iPhone and iPad apps that brings the ability to sketch in notes, which should make many users happy as the company points out the feature is one of its most-requested (and one it’s long had on Android).

Using your finger or a stylus like the Evernote edition of the Adonit Jot Script or Apple Pencil, users can now sketch inside of notes. And for users of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with 3D Touch, the feature will allow you to “change the line weight just by adjusting your writing pressure.”

Sketches, like everything else, sync across platforms so you can view and continue to edit on another iOS or Android device. And the feature includes handwriting recognition, so you’ll be able to search for text you’ve written inside notes.

Here’s how you access the feature:

notes Stories September 24, 2015

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Google today announced that it’s bringing its Google Keep note taking app to iPhone and iPad for the first time after originally releasing only for web and Android users a couple years back. expand full story

notes Stories August 27, 2015

Evernote is taking its Food app out of service next month

PSA for the chefs and food enthusiasts: Evernote is taking its Food app completely out of service next month. Evernote Food, which used the Evernote syncing service but focused on capturing and storing recipes and photos of meals, will no longer be available for download at the end of next month.

Evernote is also stopping sync support for Food as it takes the app out of its portfolio, instead pointing users to the main Evernote app and the service’s Web Clipper feature.

If you enjoyed using Food, please give Web Clipper a spin for collecting recipes and cooking inspiration and try Evernote for capturing your favorite meal experiences. Our App Center Food Collection also features Evernote-integrated food-centric apps that you might like.

Evernote Food will stop working starting September 30th so users will need to sync their content up with the service before then. Recipes and photos within the app won’t go away, but Evernote will no longer sync it with the service. Evernote’s main app for iOS users is available from the App Store. Users affected can follow this transition guide to ensure no data is lost.

notes Stories July 16, 2015

Microsoft’s OneNote iOS app goes universal, bringing Notification Center widget and more to iPad

Microsoft today released a new update to OneNote for iPhone that makes it a universal app, now OneNote for iOS. That means that the existing OneNote for iPad app is being replaced by a single, universal app that runs on both iPhone and iPad.

The benefit, aside from having a single version, is that the iPad app is gaining some recent features introduced in the iPhone app including a OneNote widget in the today view of Notification Center. iPad users will also notice a new “recent notes” section for notes made on either device, and landscape mode on the iPad now presents a column of page previews.

Catch the full release notes below:

notes Stories June 10, 2015

Apple adds Notes beta to iCloud site for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan testers

Apple has upgraded the version of its Notes app on iCloud.com this week to the much more capable version shown off on Monday at WWDC. The beta version of Notes is available specifically for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan testers.

notes Stories June 8, 2015

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Apple announced today that a new version of its Notes application will be coming with iOS 9. The update will allow users to add photos and checklists to their notes, along with text formating features for creating headers and and other common formats.

Users can also add hand-drawn sketches, and import images and links through a sharing extension.

The main list view will also allow users to view image thumbnails for their images, allowing them to quickly find what they’re looking for.

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notes Stories April 30, 2015

Evernote adds new middle-tier for those who want premium features at a lower price

Evernote, which previously offered only a free Basic membership or a $50/year Premium one, has now added a middle tier. The new Evernote Plus subscription offers many of the premium features for half-price, at $25/year. The catch? Limits to the amount of data you can add to Evernote.

Evernote Plus limits you to 1GB/month total, a maximum note size of 50MB and no more than 250 emails per month – and you’ll be missing out on a few features, like the ability to search inside PDFs and Office documents. The full comparison chart can be found here.

Evernote has also increased Premium prices in some regions, including the U.S. if you pay monthly, up to $5.99/month. However, the company says that it has locked in existing pricing for current subscribers.

If you’re currently paying and the price of Premium went up in your region, then we’ve locked you into your rate for a year, or more. As long as you continue in your current plan, your price will adjust at your first renewal after April 29, 2016.

Finally, some regions have seen a price fall, and the company’s FAQ explains how to switch to the lower price.

Evernote made major improvements to its OS X desktop app toward the end of last year.

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