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Sharing Notes

Sharing and Exporting Notes

  • Share:
  • You can share a Note directly from the Note preview view - accessed within the editor with the ▶️
  • The formats supported are as follows:
  • PDF - as a file
  • HTML + PDF - great for writing a styled email directly from the Note with a PDF attachment
  • HTML - as a file - Great for exporting to a website
  • Rich text (.rtf) - as a file
  • Markdown
  • Export:
  • Export Multiple Notes from the Library in either Markdown, SpringNotes .sprn format or JSON
  • From the Notes List: You may export a single note in .sprn SpringNotes format. See Exporting and Importing Notes for more information.

Example Note Preview - shared from SpringNotes as HTML

SpringNotes Tutorial iOS - Never be afraid of that meeting again!

Welcome - Thank you for purchasing SpringNotes. SpringNotes is an app that provides a new approach to Note taking by combining Tasks and Outlines along with a first class, free form, writing experience.

This Note introduces the basics to get you up and running with the app 😀 Please spend a few minutes reading and trying out the suggestions here and exploring the online Help.

You can preview how this Note will be styled if shared or exported as HTML or PDF by tapping the ▶️ "play" Button on the top toolbar. Once you have viewed the Note in preview please come back here to continue the Tutorial

Outlining - the key concept of indent and outdent

  • Outliners, like SpringNotes, work by allowing paragraphs that are indented more than the preceding paragraph to be collapsed and expanded
  • You indent a paragraph by entering a tab at the beginning and outdent a paragraph by entering shift+tab (via a hardware keyboard) You can also use the first two bottom toolbar buttons to indent and to outdent
  • Notice, that if you enter a tab within an existing paragraph, SpringNotes helps you out by treating this as if you were at the paragraph beginning and conversely if you enter a space at the beginning of a paragraph it is treated as a tab or indent - not as a space

Introduction to SpringNotes

SpringNotes headings start with 1-5 # characters at the start of a paragraph immediately followed by a space Headings are always styled Bold and no other styling or tags is possible within a heading
  • Level 1 headings like Introduction to SpringNotes immediately above are special because they show a downward triangle in the left margin. This triangle can be tapped and all paragraphs up to the next level 1 heading below (if present) will be collapsed. Tap it now to see this in action
  • If you want to expand or Spring back the text underneath the heading you just collapsed, tap the triangle again. This Note has several level 1 Headings that summarise the main features of the app and to display only these headings, you can Fold all Major Headings by either tapping the third toolbar button below, or if you have a keyboard type the keyboard shortcut CMD+Shift+F
  • To unfold, or Spring them back tap the fourth toolbar button or type CMD+Shift+U. Individual headings can always be collapsed or expanded by tapping the triangle in the left hand margin
  • SpringNotes has many more outlining features which are covered after SpringNotes Paragraph Types , Note Styling and Tasks

SpringNotes Paragraph Types

SpringNotes examines the first non indented character of a paragraph to determine the paragraph type as follows;

  1. Numbered list paragraphs like this one start with a number then a period then a space
  2. When you hit return at the and of any paragraph the next paragraph will be created and indented automatically for you to match the one before. If you want to change its type immediately enter the the delete key. In the case of list paragraphs SpringNotes has a “Smart List” feature to keep numbers in a list in order automatically
  • Unordered list paragraphs start with a single * then a space
  • [ ] Task Paragraphs are start with a - then a space. Tasks can be completed by tapping or clicking in the square box. The box will then show as complete. try this out now
  • Project paragraphs start with a + then a space. Projects group and visually indicate the completion status of all their associated child tasks
  • [ ] Tasks under a Project are indented automatically so they are part of the project
  • [X] Task completion status for projects shows in the project circle - tap or click this task's square to complete it now and you will see the circle on the project paragraph change to indicate its completion
This text will be treated as a code Block

Quote paragraphs start with a > then a space

Following indented quote paragraphs are created by multiple >> to indicate an indent Level. There is no need to type a tab

Note Styling, URL's and External Images

Text other than within headings and links and inline code can be styled with a subset of markdown. Styling text works on a text range within a single paragraph at a time as follows:

  • Bold text is surrounded by wrapping a selection within double **
  • Italic text is surrounded by a single *
  • Text can be underlined by wrapping it with single underscores _
  • Text can be highlighted by wrapping sections within double :: colons
  • Finally text can be struck through by wrapping it within a pair of double tildes ~~
  • URL's can typed straight in to SpringNotes and formed in Markdown as follows Important URL If it is valid the URL is active straight away and if you tap the highlighted description section you will navigate to the URL. To edit a URL just place your cursor at the end and delete the last ) and to re-form it again, complete the closing bracket.
  • External Images like the one at the top of this note are referenced by placing an exclamation mark ! before the first [ like this ![ - They will be displayed in the preview and included in PDF exports and in an email when shared as HTML.
  • Inline code is created by wrapping text in single back-tics this is inline code
  • Another important feature of SpringNotes is the ability to tag text with hashtags like #hashtag. Hashtags allow you to create a reference word where you can later find instances of Notes with that tag

Tasks & Projects

Tasks can optionally have a Due Date, %Complete and a Priority. If used, this additional information will help you keep on track to meet your goals. Enter this information for a task with a special pop-up which is accessed for a task in the following way:

  1. If you press and hold within a task paragraph this will bring up the task editor pop-up for that task. Please try it out now on a any non complete task paragraph and mark off details for that task
  2. In addition, swiping horizontally left within the editor brings up a special Task view allowing you to select any active task from the note from a list to show the pop-up for that task
  3. Projects group and display the completion status of their child tasks that are indented to a greater level than the project. You can include lists and other paragraph types within a Project as long as they are indented from the parent project. As soon as a new paragraph under a project is at the same level as the Project this finishes the project grouping

Outlining , Navigation and Settings


  • SpringNotes is an outliner where text that is indented one or more levels greater than its parent can be collapsed by tapping the triangle in the gutter and then revealed again by re-tapping it. You can even drag entire collapsed sections of text around by holding the re-arrange icon in the right margin. If the paragraph you are dragging is folded it’s collapsed child paragraphs will go along with it

  • When you save a Note by swiping right or by tapping the back button on the nav bar the Note will be saved in its folded state so when you re-open it it will present as when you were last editing it. This can sometimes be concerning as you may think you have lost paragraphs - don’t worry they are there as indicated by the sideways arrow in the left margin!

  • All paragraphs - with the exception of 3 paragraph types can be indented for outlining. The 3 exceptions are:

    1. Level 1 Headings
    2. Project paragraphs
    3. Code Block paragraph pairs starting with ```

All other paragraphs can be indented by either tapping the tab key or the indent toolbar icon. When you do this the paragraph immediately above the paragraph you just indented will then show a downward arrow in the left margin - yes, you can then tap that arrow to fold the text below

This folding or outlining can continue to nest up to 20 levels deep!

Status indicators and advanced Navigation

  • Have you noticed that paragraphs that have child paragraphs that are Tasks have superscript numbers at the end? These numbers represent the number of Tasks that are completed within the folded text over the total number of tasks. If all tasks are complete a checkmark replaces the numbers and if the paragraph has no child tasks, nothing will be displayed. To see this in action, fold the SpringNotes Paragraph Types heading further up this Note 🔖
  • The task completion status indicator works for every folded paragraph throughout the note irrespective of its type. This indicator can be turned off in settings if you wish
  • If you have a keyboard there are many advanced keyboard shortcuts to make editing easier and navigating around the app a pleasure. Hold down the "CMD" key to view the shortcuts available.


SpringNotes is highly customisable via Settings accessed from the Navigation bar within a Note or from the Library pane

Within Settings you are able to:

  1. Turn iCloud Sync on/off. Please note it is Highly recommended to leave sync on even if you have one device as iCloud acts as a secure encrypted backup for your Notes. Your Notes are private and can only be accessed by using your iCloud account. Please see SpringNotes help for more details
  2. Change the colour theme or follow the system preferences for your device
  3. Customise the Editor which can be configured to be distraction free or to show helpers and information overlays for outlining and task management
    1. Change the font and the size
    2. Adjust paragraph and line spacing
    3. Adjust the width of the margins
    4. Turn on/off the Drag whole paragraphs setting
    5. Show / or hide the paragraph drag buttons in the right hand margin
    6. Show / or hide the task completion numbers for collapsed paragraphs
    7. Show / or hide strikethrough styling for completed task paragraphs
    8. Show / or hide the shortcuts bar - useful if you have an attached keyboard
  • Thank you for taking the time to read through this Note. More help is available at SpringNotes Help
  • If you have any issues with SpringNotes or just want to offer suggestions please email SpringNotes Support
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