SideNotes: Getting Started

SideNotes: Getting Started


Hey everyone welcome to SideNotes, the note taking application for macOS that allows you to monitor and manage your notes without distracting you. In this video we’re going to run you through some of the key features of the application so that you can use it to it’s full potential and unlock some productivity that you may never knew you had. So let’s kick off by looking at how to start SideNotes and there are several ways to do this. Once it’s installed and you run it for the first time, you should see a bar on the right hand side of the screen It’s designed to be out of the way and not distract you If you click on the bar, the SideNotes panel will open Then to hide it simply click on the panel once more and it’s gone You can also activate the notes panel via a keyboard shortcut. If you type CTRL ALT CMD and Space, then the panel will appear and if we open up the Preferences for Sidenotes which we can do by pressing Command and , there are some more options at our disposal. I’ll run through all of these preferences in detail later, however it’s worth pointing out that if you prefer having the SideNotes panel on the left hand side of the screen you can change that here However to show or hide the note, the bottom half of this preferences window There are a couple more options available to us. Currently it’s set to use the Open Bar, but you can change this to a Hot Side, which is my own personal preference. Let’s select that. And I’ll just click away to hide the SideNotes panel. Now, all I have to do is move my cursor to the far edge of the screen and the panel appears. There we are, very simple action there. It doesn’t stop there. An update to version 1.1 of the application includes a menu bar icon So let’s select that. And a panel has just opened there because I’ve made the Preferences window active and because the Preferences window is part of SideNotes it’s pushed that panel for us. But now up in the menu bar there is an icon. I’ll just hide the SideNotes panel by clicking on the OpenBar and I can show Or hide SideNotes by clicking the icon As well as options for showing the panel, we have some further Options here for how the panel can get closed or hidden. We can hide the notes by clicking on the empty space between the notes here. Also you can select to hide the notes whenever you click outside of the application and finally you can choose to hide the Open Bar when the mouse is inactive – let’s select that And the Open Bar disappears and when I move the mouse, it’s back again Also on this page we can select to Launch SideNotes on Startup So that covers how to make the panel appear and disappear – let’s run through now how to create notes. So there are different kinds of notes that we can create and we can organise them in folders as well. Now when the app is installed we’re provided with a tutorial folder that contains a variety of notes the app is installed we’re provided with a tutorial folder that contains a variety of notes within so I’ll double click on that – it’s called Showcase And we have nine sample notes in here that showcase some of the different note types and modifications that we can make. Now by default new notes are written in Markdown format so if you use Markdown that’s a huge plus point and if you are still learning the Markdown syntax then you can manually make modifications to text via the drop down here. We can change the colours assigned to Notes as well by clicking on the cog and selecting the colour And as we scroll down we can see the different note types available We have To Do Lists, images, also there are hints and tips here relating to the app and there is an example of a code block note and also here relating to the app and there is an example of a code block note and also A list of shortcuts at the bottom. Let’s go back to the top of this list though and I’m going to create a new note so I’ll click the plus button in the top right hand corner And I’ll start typing my note. As I said earlier, you can write in Markdown By default and if I highlight some text come down to the Text Transformation icon, I can select something here if I can’t remember the Markdown syntax. There is of course a keyboard shortcut for creating new notes. Pressing CTRL OPT CMD and N will automatically open a new note Then enter your text and there you have your new note. Creating tasklists Within SideNotes is simple. Let’s add a couple of tasks in here I need to wash my car and I need to pick up the kids So if I highlight all of this text then go down to the Text Transformation icon Select To Do and we now have checkmarks that we can check off as and when we complete the task Next we can paste notes directly into SideNotes. Ive got the Apptorium webpage open here and I’m going to highlight some text here within Safari Then once it’s highlight I’m going to press Command C to copy to the clipboard I’m going to go over now to the SideNotes Open Bar And if I long press on the Open button, we’ve got some more options available and I’ll run through all of these later however for now we want Note form Pasteboard There. The text is copied across. We can also within Preferences Create a shortcut for this action as well. OK we’ve been adding a few notes to our Showcase folder but that’s not where I want to keep them long term. I want to have any notes that I create now sent to a different folder. One for testing purposes. So I need to create a new folder and we can do that by clicking on the plus button as we did earlier, or alternatively We can type the keyboard shortcut CTRL OPT CMD and N which is to create a new note and when we press that in the folder view it’s going to create a note but we can specify which folder to place it in So I’ll press that and a folder picker appears. It knows we want To create a note and if I click Create Note now then it will be create din the Showcase folder however, if I click the dropdown and select New Folder I’ve got the word Test already typed in so I’ll tap Create Note And the new note is ready for me to draft. It’s contained within the new folder. We saw earlier that one of the note types we can have is images, so I’m going to open up Finder where I’ve got some image files here. I’ll click on one and drag that across into the new note that I have – and it pastes in there nicely. I can create a new note here as well from the image, it doesn’t just have to be appended to an existing note. Let’s drag this Rise of Skywalker image across until we see the green plus sign. And I’ll release and there, we’ve got another new note as well. And you can have multiple images on notes, you’re not limited to just one I’ll draft this one across, it snaps nicely underneath the existing one Now that’s we’ve created a new folder, let’s move the stuff that I’ve created in the Showcase folder across. I’m going to Double click on Showcase and there is an error in the footer of the note that is a Move To button so I’ll tap that, then select the folder I’d like to move the note to – in this case, Test And the note moves. Now onto the other two notes. Click the arrow. Select Test, and then repeat that process For a third time. So let’s verify they’ve moved across OK I’m going to click the back arrow and our folder list appears and the item count within them has changed – there were 12 items in the Showcase folder and 2 in the test. There is now 9 and 5 respectively So I’ll double click on Test and all of my notes are in there So organising notes within SideNotes is a very simple process OK let’s finish creating notes directly from the application by looking at lists Now SideNotes allows you to create lists on the fly with ease. I’m going to click on Plus to create a note and I’m going to give this note a title This is going to be a list of apps that are available from the Apptorium website And I’m going to start trying them out – we have SideNotes, then WorkSpaces – I’ll just pause the video now while I complete them OK that’s all of them listed. I want to give this note a header So what I’m going to do is I’m going to highlight the title then go to the Text Transformation button and select Header. Alternatively I could just Type Shift Command H or put hashtag before the text. That’s the power of Markdown. Next, let’s highlight all of the apps and go to the Text button again. This time I’m going to select List And they all appear listed in Markdown format. Now I’m going to press Command Z to undo that last lot of formatting – go back to the Text Button and this time I’m going to select the Ordered List option and this shows all of the apps here in numerical order from 1-9 Let’s move this one stage further. Let’s say we want to buy these apps and mark them off as they are purchased I’ll just press Command Z again to undo And this time when I click the Text button I’m going to select To Do and now they’ve all been turned into to do list items and I can check them off as I go been turned into to do list items and I can check them off as I go Now you may be in another application and wish to send content to SideNotes If that’s the case you are covered because SideNotes has a Share extension To use it, it does need to be enabled and there are several ways to do this dependant on where You are in the OS. So I’m here on the Apptorium website and I want to make a note of this URL so I’m going to click on the share button SideNotes doesn’t appear in the list of default applications here so I’m going to select More, then I’m going to check the box to the left of SideNotes and I’ll close this window Then I need to click on the share button one more time And there SideNotes is. I’ll select it I’m prompted for a location to place the note. I’m happy for this to go into the Test Folder although I can select another folder or indeed create a new one But I’m OK with this so I’ll click Create Note – and the URL is stored in a brand new note. As well as web URLS, we can Share images and files from Finder and create notes from them. So I’m going to go down to the dock to open up Finder and I have the Workspace icon downloaded to my Downloads folder. I’m going to right click on this And select Share. Then from there, I’ll select SideNotes SideNotes does need permission to be able to access my Downloads folder so I”m going to say OK to that, and as before I need to select a location for the file so I’ll stick with the Test folder And there we have our image file. And whilst we’re here it’s worth pointing out that these notes aren’t just images, or just text. You can have a combination of the two. KI’m going to close this and if I wanted to copy some of this text from this webpage to SideNotes Then I can do that too, all I need to do is highlight the text, right click Select Share and then if I select SideNotes I”ll have another new note created. This final share type that I’ll show you is A document so I’ll open up Finder once more from the dock And I’ve got some text documents here, I’ll right click on one of them Select Share, choose SideNotes again, and I’ll select the default folder by clicking Create Note And we can see on the right hand side here we have the title of the text document In the lower half of the note and the contents have been extracted Into the main body. Another way of getting Stuff into SideNotes is from your iPhone or iPad You need the devices to be on the same Wifi network for this to work and I’ve just changed the account Here quickly so that I’m signed in with an account that is also signed into to an iPhone and iPad that I’ve got here. So to add an item from your mobile device, you need to be in the folder that is going to receive the file and then long press on the Plus button. Now in here we’ve got some choices and because I’ve got two devices available sitting on the table here, I’m going to hover over Import from iPhone or iPad and we can see both devices are there Import from iPhone or iPad and we can see both devices are there You have the same options for both you can either Take a Photo Scan a Document or Add a sketch. Now I don’t need to show you them all but I would like to show you one so let’s go for Add a Sketch And I’ll do that from my iPad. So on my iPad screen currently It’s opened up an Apple Note and I’m just quickly writing out a brief note here There, that’s done – and I’ll tap Done on the iPad note There, within less than a second that’s appeared now as a note within SideNotes – so you can add drawings, you can add manual notes You can add photos and scanned documents to SideNotes directly form your mobile device Searching within Sidenotes is almost effortless. Click on the magnifying glass to bring up a separate search Window and type in some text that you wish to search for When you see the hit that you would like press Enter and you are taken to the note and it even flashes Yellow for you to let you know which one it is Let’s just do that again and watch for the yellow flash. I’ll click Search Type in the text then press Enter on one of those Notes – and there Taken straight there – so searching for what you need – quick and easy with SideNotes. Let’s close off this screencast by looking at the Preferences you have available. You can get to Preferences by pressing Command and , or alternatively, when you are in the folder view, you can click on the cog In the bottom right hand corner. From the menu that appears, click Preferences. Now we covered the General tab earlier, so moving across to Text, and we’ve got a few options here. We can increase the size of the text In the notes – so let’s open the Showcase folder because that’s got some text In the notes at the top – and as I adjust the slider left and right The text size changes. Moving down and We can change the default text formatting options from Markdown To plain text or to code and there are also a couple of options for pasting and dropping text. You may wish to remove any indentations from pasted text or any new lines that will be created. Then finally At the bottom you can reduce the size of the file links. So what do we mean by File link? Well let’s go across to the Test Folder again. And highlighted here on the screen is a file link. If I was to double click on this file link It would open up the file directly. Right now the link Takes up the full width of the note. If I click the dropdown and select Compact We can see that it’s reduced. Across to the Shortcuts Pane now and there are a lot keyboard shortcuts available. We have some non-configurable ones at the bottom however you can create your own Shortcuts for opening and hiding the app window, pinning it to the desktop Creating a new note or creating new note from the Pasteboard Then the final thing that you can do in the Preferences Is to open up the Data Folder. So I’ll click on Open Data folder and a Finder window opens with the SideNotes Data contained within. So that’s how to use SideNotes. We hope you love it

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