Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking notes with Notability, part of Box OneCloud Apps for Mobile Productivity.
- Notability is one of the OneCloud Apps that I began using before I even was a Box user and I like Notability for taking casual notes. It feels like a casual tool and it is. If you were going to do a formal proposal or report, this is not where you'd do it, but this is a great place to capture notes that you'd take at a conference. This is a great place to capture a story that you would like to share with a team. This is a great place to be able to take casual notes on your own.
It begins with a welcome, so this says Notability is our favorite note taker and this is a walkthrough of the Notability tools. So it says, sign your copy, use the pencil. Find the pencil up here, says while you're writing, use two fingers to scroll and I'm going to choose blue and a thinner pen, that's cool. And now, I can enter my name. And you can tell from the cartoonish interface what kind of a tool this is.
Use two fingers to scroll up and down a page. Erase the zombie with the eraser, so they'd like us to go, get rid of the zombie cos there's a secret message under the zombie. The message says, "Glad you got rid of that pesky zombie." And you can zoom, built-in two finger zoom and there is a palm rest so if you put your hand down at the bottom, it will make sure that you don't leave strays. Now, we can go work on our own note.
So let's go ahead and start a new note. Click the Compose button, here's our note. We can choose a number of settings, for example, what kind of paper we want, and I'd like to have some beige paper with some gridlines. Notice I can choose different sizes of gridlines depending on what it is I might want to do. Here's my new paper. Any place I wish I can add photos, so I can take new photo, I can add figures that will open up a canvas for me, I can add clips from the web and I can add stickies here.
So I'm going to begin by adding some text, notice I hit the T and come down to my document and anytime I'm entering text, I automatically get a really nice toolbar that allows me to choose different fonts, different sizes, and either go up or down piece by piece, colors, bold, underline, italics and so on. You can choose up to three favorite fonts and assign them so you can quickly switch between A, B and C. And then over here on the right we have some different type of lists that we can choose.
So let me simply start that this is notes regarding our proposal and I can say this was written during the ice storm, that would be the ice storm during which this course was also recorded. If I want to insert a picture, I can do that right here. I can go to Photo, and I actually have a photo of the ice storm from today, right here. I can either drag it into my note or tap on it, have the ability to reposition it, it's got a nice handle up here at the top, I can resize it.
It assumes I'd like to have a caption, so I can say that this is Ice covered trees and shrubs and now I can drop back out of here. I can put text any place I wish here. So if I continue typing, this is just more text, notice that it automatically flows around my picture. I have the ability to write with my pencil and again, I can choose a different color and if you have a stylus, that's not a bad thing to have with something like Notability.
Or you can just use your finger and hope for the best, to draw little trees out here. And I have the ability to mark up the trunks and anything I might like to do, I can do with the drawing tools. Notability makes it easy to take notes and it's very friendly and very inviting. So I can easily climb in and start entering information, it's a great tool to work with. I can select items and move them around if I need to.
I can cut different items, I can erase different items. I have an Undo button and that works nicely, and it works for multiple undos. I can send this out to Box to print, to email or I can simply go back to my library and here it is, right here. If I'd like to delete a note, I just pull to the left and then choose Delete, and I can sort this by their name, their modified date and their created date. I have the choice to import items from Box to here as well as creating new items.
Right now, this document is being stored here. If I'd like to store it somewhere else, I'll need to send it then to Box. Notice I can send it as a PDF, as an RTF or as a Note. So if I'm going to continue to use this as a note, I'll save it as a Notability Note. But if I want to simply save this to send to others who aren't using Notability, I may choose to save it as a PDF. That's the basics of creating notes in Notability.
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