How Mental Note uses iCloud

With the release of Mental Note version 3.0, iCloud is now supported for complete backups as well as individual note transfers.

Complete Backups using iCloud

When you create a backup it is possible to automatically have it upload from your device to your iCloud account.

Setup: To use iCloud backup, ensure your device has been configured for iCloud in the Settings app. Then, from Mental Note settings, enable “Use iCloud” in the Backup section.

Backup: Open Mental Note settings (tap the gear icon), then tap “Create”. Once the backup is created, it will automatically be uploaded to your iCloud account.

Restore: Open Mental Note settings (tap the gear icon), then tap “Restore”. All of your available backups will be listed under the “Backups” section. Backups stored in iCloud will display a cloud logo.

Individual Note Transfer using iCloud

It is possible to transfer a note from one device to another. This version supports transfer from any iOS device to any other iOS device (e.g. from iPhone to iPad and vice versa).

Setup: To use iCloud note transfer, ensure all of your devices are setup with the same iCloud account. Also ensure all of your devices have “Use iCloud” turned on in Mental Note settings.

Export: Export in “Note” format to “iCloud”.

Import:Open Mental Note settings (tap the gear icon), then tap “Restore”. All of your available notes will be listed under the “Notes” section. Notes stored in iCloud will display a cloud logo.

Note: Your device must be running iOS 5 or higher in order to make use of iCloud.

Mental Note 3.0

Mental Note 3.0 offers the ability to undo/redo (shake!), move a section (swipe!), backup to iCloud, transfer notes from any iOS device to any iOS device, and more.

A much requested feature was the ability to move parts of the note around, and version 3.0 delivers that capability. Swipe a section (e.g. a photo), and the section will hover above the note page. A gripper icon will appear on the left side of the section (or in the middle if it’s a sketch). Drag the section by its gripper icon to move it. A red line will indicate where the section may be moved to. Release the gripper icon to complete the move.

Once a section has been moved, you may change your mind and wish to undo the change – simply shake the device, then confirm that you want to undo the move. Shaking the device will allow the most recent changes to be undone (or redone). Undo/redo was also a much requested feature that is now in version 3.0. Undo/redo may be especially useful for the scenario where you accidentally delete a section – now you simply shake the device, and the note will be restored to the way it looked before the deletion.

Long time users of Mental Note will also notice that the home screen icon has changed. With the release of version 3.0 we said goodbye to our initial icon concept and welcomed a new look. All of the Mental Note products have been updated to provide a more unified look: Mental Note for iPad, Mental Note, and Mental Note Lite now all sport the same look.

One of the features we spent a lot of time working on for this release is the ability to transfer a note from any iOS device to any iOS device. That means you can create a note on Mental Note for iPad, and transfer it to Mental Note on an iPhone and it will look the same. Or do the reverse and create on a smaller screen iPod touch or iPhone and transfer to an iPad and the note will look the same. (In terms of tagging, the transferred note will only be tagged the same as the original if the tags already exist in the destination device’s Mental Note.)

To transfer a note, open the Note toolbar by tapping the middle toolbar button (looks like a Note page), then tap the left-most button. Your most frequently used export options will appear immediately, or tap through the various export options to select the one you want. Export in “Note” format to transfer a note to another device.

As always, more features and updates are coming!