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import PDFs from…
When viewing the PDF in another app (i.e. Safari), tap anywhere on the PDF so the gray share toolbar appears at the top. Then tap the “Open in…” button, and select PaperDesk. Once you import a PDF, you can type or draw on it as you would any other note in PaperDesk. An imported PDF appears as a new “notebook;” there is no way to import it into an existing notebook.
If you have not already linked to Dropbox, first tap the “Autosync” button in the toolbar at the bottom of the PaperDesk desktop, and, under the Dropbox tab, choose “Link to Dropbox,” and complete this process. After this is finished, tap the “+” button in the upper-right corner of the PaperDesk desktop, choose “Import from Dropbox,” and make your selections.
When your iPad is connected to your computer (either physically or over wifi), open iTunes, click on your device in the left panel, click the Apps tab, and scroll down to the “File Sharing” section. Click PaperDesk and then tap the “Add” button once the “PaperDesk Documents” list populates. Make your selections.
change the text color or font
Open any notebook and tap the “|t” text button in the toolbar. Begin typing, and then select (highlight) what you’ve typed. Tap the rainbow “Aa” button in the toolbar and then tap the “Font” button at the top. Make your selections.
upload PDFs of my PaperDesk notebooks to Dropbox
If you have not already linked to Dropbox, first tap the “Autosync” button in the toolbar at the bottom of the PaperDesk desktop, and, under the Dropbox tab, choose “Link to Dropbox,” and complete this process. You can upload individual notebooks to Dropbox by opening the notebook and tapping the envelope button in the toolbar, choosing the pages, and tapping the Dropbox button. You can upload PDFs of all of your notebooks by tapping the Autosync button and, under the Dropbox tab, moving the slider for the “Upload your notes as PDF files to Dropbox automatically” to “On.”
get my audio recordings from PaperDesk onto my computer via…
If you have not already linked to Dropbox, first tap the “Autosync” button in the toolbar at the bottom of the PaperDesk desktop, and, under the Dropbox tab, choose “Link to Dropbox,” and complete this process. Then, when you’re in a notebook, tap the microphone button on the toolbar. Tap the “Upload Audio to Dropbox” button on the toolbar that appears at the bottom and make your selections.
When your iPad is connected to your computer (either physically or over wifi), open iTunes, click on your device in the left panel, click the Apps tab, and scroll down to the “File Sharing” section. Click PaperDesk and you will see folders named after the dates and times each notebook was created. Your audio recordings are in these folders. Here’s a tutorial in case you get lost.
password protect my notes in PaperDesk
Tap the settings button (gears icon) in the toolbar at the bottom of the PaperDesk desktop. Move the “Password Lock” slider to “On,” type the password of your choosing twice, and enter a recovery email. Be sure to type these carefully.
sort my notebooks and folders alphabetically or chronologically
Tap the “Date” or “Name” button in the toolbar at the bottom of the PaperDesk desktop.
transfer my notes from PaperDesk Lite to PaperDesk
If you already have new notes in PaperDesk, you’ll need to copy/paste your PaperDesk Lite notes over. If you port over your notes from PaperDesk Lite the following way, it’ll OVERWRITE any notes you already took in PaperDesk. If you haven’t taken any notes in PaperDesk, open PaperDesk Lite and tap the “Upgrade to full version” button. Then tap the “Transfer Notebooks” button. Proceed through this and your notebooks will be ported over.
date or time stamp within my notes
Open any notebook and tap the “|t” text button in the toolbar. Tap the page to bring up the keyboard, then tap the same spot of page again. (This is not the same as a double-tap; it’s slower.) A small menu will pop up with 3 buttons: “Select,” “Select All,” and an arrow. Tap the arrow, and you’ll see 2 other options, the current date and current time. Tap whichever you would like to input; if you would like both, repeat the process.
delete an audio file, bookmark, or task
Use the common swipe-to-delete gesture, and then tap the delete button.
delete a folder or notebook
Tap the “Edit” button in the toolbar at the top of the PaperDesk desktop. Then tap the “X” on the folder or notebook you wish to delete.
change a folder’s title or a notebook's color or title
Tap the “i” info button on the folder or notebook you wish to edit. Make your changes.
undo drawing or text
The orange undo arrow button in the toolbar is for drawing mode, and the “undo” button in the numbers view of the keyboard is for text mode. You can also use the universal shake to undo function of your iPad – yes, by shaking your iPad. This only works for text.
change the background for my notes
Tap the paper icon in the toolbar, make your selection, and tap either “Apply to This Page” or “Make Default.”
PaperDesk on my Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, etc.
PaperDesk is exclusively available for the iPad. We are considering bringing PaperDesk to other platforms, and welcome your requests via tweets (DMs or mentions @myPaperDesk), support email, or Facebook (messages or writings on the wall).
zoom into my PaperDesk notes
Pinch zoom will be available soon in Version 4.2!!! At that time, update your app in the App Store for this awesome functionality!
jump from one page to another quickly
Tap the hash marks at the top left of the page, and scroll through the thumbnails until you reach the desired page. You can also tap the bookmarks button (blue folder with a red bookmark) on the toolbar and move the “Go to page…” slider.
optimize wrist ignore
Wrist ignore is automatic. To optimize it, go into the “Settings” app on your iPad, and under the “General” tab and turn off “Multitasking Gestures.”
Wrist ignore works on the basis that “large” touches go ignored, while “small” touches are recognized. Knowing this, play around with it by laying more of your wrist on the screen.
search my notebooks
Navigate to the PaperDesk desktop, and tap the magnifying glass button in the toolbar at the bottom. Search for the keyword or phrase you would like to find.
fix a minor issue
Ensure your copy of PaperDesk downloaded correctly by opening the App Store on your iPad and checking for an update. If there’s an update for PaperDesk available, download it and relaunch the app. Then, completely close PaperDesk. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CLOSELY SO YOU DO NOT DELETE PAPERDESK. First, exit the app so you’re looking at the iPad home screen.
Then, double-click the Home button until you see all your open apps at the bottom of your iPad’s screen. Scroll through the apps until you see PaperDesk, and hold your finger down on the icon until it wriggles. (IF YOU SEE A GRAY “X” BUTTON, YOU’VE MADE A MISTAKE. DO NOT TAP THE GRAY “X.” BEGIN THE INSTRUCTIONS AGAIN.) Tap the red “-” button, and then re-open PaperDesk.
Also, restart your iPad by holding down the iPad’s Home button and Sleep/Awake button at the same time until the screen goes black and the Apple logo appears in silver. It’ll take a few minutes to restart.