Notes (application)

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Notes (iOS)
Notes iOS 7 icon.jpg
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release 9.3 (13E237) / March 28, 2016; 3 months ago (2016-03-28)
Development status Active
Written in Objective-C
Operating system iOS
License Freeware
Website Official website
Notes (OS X)
Notes OS X application icon.png
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release 4.2 / December 8, 2015; 6 months ago (2015-12-08)
Development status Active
Written in Objective-C (application), Javascript (web-based UI)
Operating system OS X 10.8 or later
Platform OS X
License Freeware
Website www.apple.com/osx/whats-new/features.html#notes

Notes is an application developed by Apple. It is provided on their iOS and OS X operating systems, the latter starting with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It functions as a service for making short text notes, which can be synchronised between devices using Apple's iCloud service.

The application uses a similar interface on iOS and OS X, with a textured paper background for notes and light yellow icons, suggesting pencil or crayon. Until 2013, both applications used a strongly skeuomorphic interface, with a lined paper design; the Mountain Lion version placed this inside a leather folder. This design was replaced in OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.

iOS version[edit]

Starting with iOS 9, Notes received a significant functional overhaul; iCloud sync (instead of IMAP; in-line with the OS X 10.11 version), the ability to create sketches (and later, support for Apple Pencil), advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.[1]

As of iOS 9.3, individual notes can be password-protected (with the ability to use Touch ID to unlock all notes on compatible devices), however only one password can be set for all notes locked henceforth. The password syncs across compatible devices.[2]

OS X version[edit]

Prior to Mountain Lion, Mail on OS X supported a mailbox containing notes, which was synced with notes in the Notes application in iOS. This situation was a kludge: as Mail already implemented the IMAP mailbox synchronisation protocol, it could also sync notes with minimal additional work.[3]

In Mountain Lion, notes were moved to a separate Notes application.[4][5] Created notes are synced through all the user's Apple devices through the iCloud service. Notes can be arranged in folders, and pinned to the user's desktop. When the application is closed, the pinned note still remains. Additionally, unlike the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch version, the OS X Mountain Lion Notes application allows for images to be embedded within notes.

Originally, notes could be created in three different default fonts - Noteworthy, Marker Felt, and Helvetica. Users could also add custom fonts by visiting the "Show Fonts" menu. The menu allows users to change text size, format lists, choose the alignment (left, center, justify, or right), assign a writing direction, and indent text. Attachments, images, and hyperlinks can also be added into a note. Attachments cannot be viewed on iOS devices.[6]

As of OS X 10.11, Notes received a significant functional overhaul (in-line with the iOS 9 version), with major features including iCloud sync, the ability to view sketches created on the iOS counterpart, advanced text formatting options, several styles of lists, rich web and map link previews, support for more file type attachments, a corresponding dedicated attachment browser, and a system share extension point for saving web links, images, etc.[7]

As of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, individual notes can be password-protected, with the password syncing across compatible devices.[8]

See also[edit]

  • Evernote - independent, cross-platform note-taking service, allowing storage of more complex data such as tables, charts and pictures
  • OneNote - Microsoft's cross-platform note system, linked to a Microsoft account
  • Reminders - Apple's reminder service, also using iCloud.
  • Google Keep - Google's note-taking application, available on Android and iOS as a web application
  • Notepad
  • Notepad (software)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inside iOS 9: Apple's Notes app is greatly enhanced with drawings, lists, pictures, links & more". AppleInsider. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Keep your notes secure with password-protection - Apple Support". support.apple.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Gruber, John. "Mountain Lion". Daring Fireball. 
  4. ^ "OS X Mountain Lion - See everything the new OS X can do.". Apple. Section "Notes". Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ Titlow, John Paul. "Apple's Convergence of Desktop and Mobile Continues With Mountain Lion". ReadWrite. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Breen, Christopher (July 26, 2012). "Up close with Mountain Lion: Notes". Macworld. Mac Publishing. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hands-on with Notes 4 in El Capitan". Macworld. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Keep your notes secure with password-protection - Apple Support". support.apple.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 

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