A number of users have contacted us recently about the size of PDF files Mental Note is generating. They were just too large. Mental Note 3.12 contains improvements to the generated PDF document sizes. You should now see a noticeable difference in the file size when you export a note as PDF.
A new configuration option has also been added to allow finer grain control over the PDF size. This new option can be found on the Mental Note settings screen, amongst the Export options, and is called “PDF Size”. The main reason for the previously very large PDF file sizes was photos in the PDF. The more photographs in the PDF, the larger the PDF file size. Now with version 3.12, we have enhanced how PDFs are being generated, with particular attention to photographs. Together with the “Image Size” setting (also in Export options), you can control the size and quality of your exported PDFs. The smallest PDF file size will be achieved by setting PDF Size to Small and Image Size to Small. Please confirm the quality of the generated PDF is adequate for your purposes. By default, we have set the PDF Size to Medium to provide what we believe to be a good quality PDF, (and a smaller file size than before).
As usual this release also contains a number of bug fixes. Please continue to share with us any comments or concerns you have about the application. We investigate all reports and respond to all questions!
This release also contains a new optional feature to automatically draw straight sketch lines. Over the years we have heard from some users that the ability to draw a perfectly straight line would be a useful feature. We finally added this feature, but realize it may not be for all users, so it can be optionally added if you require this functionality. Find this feature at the bottom of the settings screen, in the Sketch options; the option is called “Straight lines”.
Mental Note 3.11 makes use of a new Dropbox integration library, adds some fixes, and includes some under-the-hood changes for future releases.
Zymbiotic is currently engaged in a continuation of a project with a Silicon Valley company, working on an iOS and Android application in the accounting field.
It has been a while since we’ve updated Brainwave, and though this latest update will make Brainwave compatible with the latest versions of iOS, we have had to remove (for now) Google docs syncing, but we have plans to replace it with something else. There’s more to come for this little note taker.
In addition to some enhancements and bug fixes across the application, Mental Note 3.10 adds some new capabilities to the list of notes screen. Swipe on a tag to enter note selection mode. Depending on the tag selected, it is now possible to use the Export All button to export a selection of notes into a PDF booklet.
Many users have requested that we make it easier to delete a whole bunch of notes. Deletion of a number of notes, or all notes in a tag, has now been made much easier via this list selection feature. There is also a corresponding restore feature for when you want to take certain selected notes out of the Trash, and the ability to permanently remove certain selected notes from the Trash.
Start exploring this new feature by swiping on a tag.
Mental Note 3.9 fixes an important data integrity issue that appeared in rare circumstances. Please update to this version as soon as possible. This version also adds compatibility with iOS 10.
An additional feature that made it into this release is an improved interaction with address links. Try a long press on an address link that you’ve typed into one of your notes. An option will appear to open the link in Google Maps. If you have the Google Maps app installed it will open in that, if not, the web version of Google Maps will launch.
We are working on more features that we hope to have ready for release soon.