Mental Note turns 10

The first iPhone came out in 2007, the App Store in 2008, and way back in late November of 2009 we released Mental Note 1.0.

MentalNote.appMental Note has been on the App Store for 10 years! Have you been with us since the beginning? Thank you for your support!

We’re still using Mental Note, and we continue to keep the updates coming. The latest release of Mental Note is version 3.14, and it adds dark mode and other support for iOS 13. (And for those few who haven’t yet updated to iOS 13, have a look in Mental Note settings under Appearance, we gave you dark mode as well.)

We also made a number of bug fixes and improvements in a variety of areas. Straight line sketching is an optional feature that needs to be enabled in Mental Note settings (at the bottom), and then can be toggled on/off while sketching in a note by long pressing on the pen width toolbar button. When straight line sketching is on, lines resembling a straight line will be straightened out to perfectly straight. Based on some user feedback, we’ve made the straightening more sensitive, and so you should hopefully have a better experience sketching straight lines with this update. We also made improvements to the Export All notes feature. This feature is accessed by tapping the toolbar button at the bottom of the list of notes screen. A bunch of fixes were made to this feature, including adding the ability to now exclude locked notes from the exported PDF.

If you’ve never left a review, please leave us a star rating or review. Or even if you left a review years ago, please update your review and leave a comment as to how long you’ve been using Mental Note. Tap the gear icon at the bottom of the list of notes, scroll to the very bottom, and tap “Show support”.

Thank you for your support!

Mental Note 3.13.1, 2, 3 updates

Over the last few months we’ve released a couple updates to fix some customer reported issues. We’ve also incorporated some customer feedback.

We made quite a few changes to get 3.13 working on large, full screen devices, (e.g. iPhone XS). A couple things we overlooked were the switch keyboard button (that globe button at the bottom of the keyboard which is used to switch the keyboard into another language if you’ve configured multiple languages, or to jump to the emoji keyboard), and the dictate microphone button. Both of those are functioning as they should now. Thank you to all the international customers that reported those issues.

There has also been quite a bit of work done to layout of text, some fixes related to moving of sketches, and an important audio crash fix.

Delete SectionRecently, more than a few users have asked us how to delete a section of a note. That feature has always been accessed by tapping the trash can toolbar button, then the Delete Section option. Or by swiping on a section. But to hopefully make this easier, we’ve now added a new feature where you can use the keyboard backspace key to start the “Delete Section” workflow. Place the cursor just beneath the section to be deleted and press the backspace key. The familiar delete button will appear on the section to be deleted.

(Did you know you can quickly and accurately position the cursor in a block of text by force pressing on the keyboard, then dragging around the keyboard area?)

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Mental Note 3.13

MN313Mental Note 3.13 supports full screen iPhone devices, and includes a number of other enhancements and bug fixes. Now when using the export option “File folder”, the exported files will appear in the Files app, (in addition to being accessible from USB file sharing as before). This opens up the possibility for additional file sharing options. This release also contains some under-the-hood enhancements to general note structure, and users may notice improvements in text rendering in regards to font switching, pasting, and overall note appearance. Stay tuned for more updates.

Mental Note 3.12

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!

Version 3.12

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”.