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Notability: You won’t believe what you can do

Since it is our primary go-to app for getting stuff done on your iPad, it is REALLY worth your time to learn it well.

First, some pointers from MDS Tech:

  1. Setup your autobackup correctly. THIS TECH ARTICLE has the details.
  2. Get your Notes Organized. CLICK HERE for more info.

Want to know what else Notability can do? Click the links below!

Notability 8.0 new features – several that you don’t know about

Notability 9 New Features

Notability for IOS – Drag-n-Drop? Side-by-side notes? Indexed Handwritten notes so you can search them? Handwritten notes to text conversion? Zooming in? Typing Math Symbols?

Did you know Notability can do all this?I

VIDEOS

Using the Recording Feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyWjRq85D0Q

Using the Recording Feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyWjRq85D0Q

Notability PDF Features: https://youtu.be/2SmAbRInMUk

How to Use Notability [Good overview of all the features]: https://youtu.be/6S66NPvCNSU ParagraphStart with the building block of all narrative.Font SizeDrop Cap

Toggle to show a large initial letter.Search for a block

Notability PDF Features: https://youtu.be/2SmAbRInMUk

How to Use Notability [Good overview of all the features]: https://youtu.be/6S66NPvCNSU


Notability, iCloud, Docs gone, Google Drive

Friday 2:00 pm update: Waiting on tech support to get back to me.
Friday 2:30: Our issue has reached the front of the line and someone is looking at it.

Monday 7:30: Things seem to be back to normal. See advice below under “What You Need To Do” to prevent this headache from happening again.

The Symptom: ALL of your Notability documents disappeared.

The Cause: Some device policies were mangled by some system somewhere AND you had iCloud backup turned on AND POSSIBLY you didn’t turn your Google Drive backup on.

Additional Notes: Basically your access to iCloud drive got turned off. Because Notability had iCloud sync on, all your documents disappeared when iCloud access was blocked by a policy.

The Current Working Theory is that your iCloud docs are still safe up in iCloud. They should reappear when you get to a wireless network off-campus. [If they do not, please email ipad@……]

**IF** you had Google Drive backup enabled, then your docs should be safely stashed in Drive. To check, fire up the Drive app and look inside the Notability folder.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Wait until further notice. Tech support knows about the issue. This article will be updated when additional news is available.
  2. In the meantime, go into Notability –> Settings [gear icon, bottom left] –> Autobackup. MAKE SURE YOU ARE BACKING UP TO GOOGLE DRIVE.
  3. CHANGE THE FILE FORMAT – it’s at the bottom of that dialog box – to PDF + RECORDING
  4. If Drive Backup REFUSES to work, then bring it by the ARC, OR you can try going into Settings –> accounts & passwords. DELETE the MDS account from this screen [you lose NO data, just the iPad <-> account connections]. Add a new account, select type Google, and login. Then fire up Notability and setup auto-backup to Drive again.

Notability: Backup to Drive, Retrieve from Drive

Backing up Notability to Drive

Make SURE your Notability files are backing up to Google Drive

First, Open Notability.

2. On the screen where your documents are listed, at bottom left, click the gear icon.

Gear = Settings.
? = help.
i = app info.

3. Select AutoBackup.

4. if Google Drive has a checkmark, your files are being backed up. Look at the bottom of the box to check the location – the iPad Guy suggests /Notability/ as the location [i.e. inside a folder named “Notability”]

If there is NO checkmark, then click on the text Google Drive. Login.

Getting files from Drive into Notability

The import icon is the middle one.
The middle icon is “import”.

FIRST:

  • Get your Dividers and Subjects setup in Notability
  • Select a location[folder]  in Notability.
    THEN select what to import. Drive is organized just like notability was – if you had folders/dividers in Notability, then you will see folders in Drive, inside the Notability folder.
    Your Notability selection is WHERE the files will be imported to.
  • You will need to do this for each folder/divider you set up.

Once you get Notability setup:

  • Open up Notability
  • Click the icon, top right, that looks like a square with an arrow going INTO it
  • Select Google Drive
  • It should automatically show you the Notability folder on your Drive.
  • Select what you’d like to import.
REMEMBER THAT Folders on Drive = “Subjects” in Notability.

WANT HELP KEEPING YOUR NOTABILITY MATERIAL ORGANIZED?