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User Guide: CourseNotes for iPad

General questions

What is CourseNotes for iPad?
CourseNotes is an application created by Dear Panda, and allows students to quickly and easily keep their class notes organized.
What can I do with the app?
CourseNotes allows students to:

  • Keep all of their school notes organized and in one central location
  • Organize notes into multiple subjects and note sessions
  • Track assignments and TODOs
  • View their friends’ notes right in the app
  • Download in-app study sheets
  • Print notes wirelessly right from the iPad
  • Sync your notes with CourseNotes for Mac
What’s a Quick Note?
Quick Notes is the default subject in CourseNotes. It’s purpose is to give you a quick place to jot down notes. It’s always at the top of the subject list so it’s easy to find!You can start a new quick note by tapping the “Quick Notes” subject in the subject list or by tapping “Start Quick Session” on the home screen.
How do I search all of my notes?
  1. Select a subject from the subject list.
  2. Type a search term and tap “Search”. This will take you to the session and the note that contains the term you searched for.
Can I search all of my notes, not just one session at a time?
Not at the moment. It is on our list of features to add to the app in a future release.

Exporting Notes

How do I export notes?
  1. Navigate to the session you’d like to export
  2. Tap the export button at the top of the session page
  3. Select “Email This Session” to export the session as HTML

Syncing

Can I sync my notes with my Mac?
Yes! But you’ll need CourseNotes for Mac. If you don’t already have it you should download it now on iTunes!
  1. Make sure that you are logged into the same iCloud account on all devices
  2. Make sure that “Documents & Data” syncing is enabled in your system iCloud settings (and for CourseNotes in particular)
  3. Click the “cloud” icon in the bottom¬†toolbar of the app and enable cloud syncing
  4. Repeat this process on all devices you wish to sync with.

Working with Subjects

How do I add a new subject?
  1. Either tap the add button (+) in the bar at the top of the app or tap the “Add New Subject” button on the home screen.
  2. In the resulting page, type the name of the subject and choose an icon that best represents it. The subject icon will appear in the list of subjects with the subject name.
  3. You can also add an instructor name and web address to each subject.
How do I edit an existing subject’s details?
  1. Choose a subject from the subjects list.
  2. Tap the “Edit” button at the top of the app.
  3. Now you can make changes to the subject details and click “done” when to save.
How do I delete a subject?

Note: Deleting a subject will also delete all correspsonding sessions and notes.

To delete a subject you can:

  1. Tap the “Edit” button at the top of the subject list.
  2. Tap the (-) button to delete.
  3. Tap “done” to exit edit mode.

Or…

  1. Swipe across the subject you want to delete. (swipe again to cancel)
  2. Tap “delete” button.

Working with Sessions

How do I add a note session?
  1. Choose a subject from the Subjects List.
  2. Tap the “New Note Session” button.

You will automatically be taken into the notes view when you create a new session.

Can I edit the name of the session?
Yep! Session names automatically get stamped with the current time and date. However you can edit the name of any session:

  1. Choose the session you’d like to edit from the list of session contained in the subject.
  2. Tap the name of the session in the header bar and type the new name of the session.
How do I delete a session?

Note: Deleting a session will also delete all corresponding notes

To delete a session you can:

  1. Tap the “Edit” button at the top of the session list.
  2. Tap the (-) button to delete.
  3. Tap “done” to exit edit mode.

Or…

  1. Swipe across the session you want to delete. (swipe again to cancel)
  2. Tap “delete” button.

Working with Notes

How do I add a note?
  1. Navigate to a note session.
  2. Tap the “new note” button in the toolbar.
  3. Tap “save” in the note edit window.
What can I do with a note?
Type to your heart’s content! To begin typing simply add a new note or tap on an existing note to enter the note taking view. Within a note you can also:

  • Sketch pictures and add images.
  • Assign due dates to a note for tracking assignments.
  • Create bulleted lists (outlines).
How do I add images to my notes?
  1. While in note edit mode, tap the “paperclip” icon in the note toolbar to enter sketch mode.
  2. Tap the “camera” icon in the toolbar.
  3. Choose an image from your photo albums
How do I assign a due date?
Place your cursor in a note to reveal the note specific action buttons on the right. To assign a due date:

  1. While in note edit mode, tap the “calendar” icon in the note toolbar.
  2. Tap the date in the toolbar to customize the time and day
  3. Tap outside of the date selector to close.

If you want to track this item on the iPad calendar be sure to select the “Sync to iPad Calendar” at the bottom of the date selector.

How do I delete notes?
  1. Click the “delete” button next to the note title.