Version 2.6: 8 Jun 2020
Customisation For Line Spacing
You can adjust your font size, from 12 to 24 and your line spacing. Nebo gives you a small window to try out your new settings, making sure you are satisfied with your adjustments before exiting. It saves time wasted going back and forth between settings and the app.
Multi-level lists have been challenging to create in Nebo, until now! They added an indentation tool. You can also indent paragraphs. Nebo continues to add new features without adding more icons to the app. Minimalism and simplicity are trending; Nebo developers know that.
Improved Block Reordering
Simply pick a paragraph and move it between two sections. For those times, when you have an afterthought to switch paragraphs. Before you had to copy & paste but now, you can move your paragraphs around with minimal effort.
Vertical Space Between Notes
Creating a new paragraph with their paragraph gesture worked, but they improved it! Long press on a line with two fingers to add space between paragraphs. Ever since Apple Notes and OneNote introduced this feature, most of us want it in every app now, with good reason. Digital note-taking is all about convenience and flexibility! Creating new space between notes is as flexible as it gets.
They have also improved their handwriting conversion, but there’s no way to quantify that in a few days.
We are in touch with the Nebo developers, and they continue to assure us that they are going through our wish list to improve their app every day. This is evidence enough. Which update excited you the most from this update?
Version 2.7: 2 Sept 2020
Nebo is adding a feature they are calling the freeform page. It is an infinite writing canvas for brainstorming ideas. They have enlarged the drafts feature to make it an independent page. Nebo has always emphasised on superb handwriting recognition and responsive content. With the introduction of freeform pages, it is pushing towards becoming a broader handwriting note-taking app. One that will potentially compete with Notability and GoodNotes.
Nebo’s freeform page is infinite in any direction you write. If you are crazy about writing on infinite pages, you will love this. The writing canvas is a grid with extremely narrow line spacing at the 100% zoom percentage. You can zoom in up to 200%, at which point the grids start becoming usable. We definitely need more zooming options. We must commend the developers for displaying the zoom percentage on the screen when we zoom. For consistency in handwriting, it is necessary we know how zoomed in we are as we write our notes.
The developers created this freeform page to help us brainstorm ideas before writing our final notes in the app. Brainstorming is a crucial part of writing. You get similar writing tools like those for normal Nebo pages, except for the keyboard. In the freeform, you can’t type your notes. You can add photos to your freeform page. You can resize and move them around. You can also search your notes.
Once you’re done brainstorming, you can copy your notes as text, sketch, math or diagram to paste them to other apps or the normal Nebo page. Nebo doesn’t support multiple instances yet, so this process is tedious. You have to copy your section, exit the freeform page to look for the normal Nebo page, open it and then paste your notes.
To make this efficient, Nebo needs to start supporting multiple instances and drag & drop – two things we know are on their development radar. In the future, we should be able to open two documents side-by-side so we can drag & drop sections of our notes between freeform and normal Nebo pages. Without drag & drop and multiple instances, the drafts feature (which they will now be calling freeform section) is more useful within the normal Nebo pages.
Version 2.8: 18 November 2020
Support For Passive Styluses
For a very long time, Nebo has only supported specific active styluses. Many users have been unhappy with this because it meant they couldn’t use Nebo, especially if they had passive styluses. You couldn’t even use your finger to write notes in Nebo. In their latest update, they have changed that!
Nebo now supports passive styluses. To test that, we turned off the Use active pen feature and tried writing in Nebo using our fingers. That’s mostly because one of us in the studio misplaced the one passive stylus we have. We’ve had to increase the line spacing to allow more comfortable writing and it works like a charm. All the gestures work too! This is amazing.
You can quickly switch back to using your active stylus. In case your Apple Pencil runs out of battery while writing, switch to using your finger and switch back when it’s charged! When writing with your finger you have to scroll with two fingers or switch to scrolling mode.
Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to reach Nebo’s developers yet to know what inspired such a dramatic move. Nebo has for a long time been adamant on writing with active styluses. Could it be Scribble that triggered this or are they simply targeting a new market? Does it matter though? Many of you guys have asked us Nebo to support other styluses (that were not like the Apple Pencil), now they do!
Handwriting in the app with my finger is amazing. This is a huge game-changer for Nebo! Unlike other note-taking apps, in Nebo your handwriting always gets converted to text if you’re not using their freeform page. So it really doesn’t matter what it looks like. It makes a lot of sense that they have made this change. What are your thoughts on this?
Pen Tool Settings
Nebo has added a new setting for your pen. You can turn off: Use active pen and choose your writing position from six options.
Improved User Interface
They have improved the user interface to match with iPadOS 14. When creating a new notebook now, you’re prompted to choose whether you want to create a New Page or New freeform page. It’s good to define your motives right from the start. Long-pressing your document now gives you options to take actions on them:
- Export as text, HTML, PDF or Word.
For your notebooks you can:
And for your collections only Edit or Delete.
This is certainly a significant update from Nebo, certainly. Those with iPads with no Apple Pencil support can finally use this amazing handwriting recognition app. At first, we thought Scribble would put Nebo out of business, but it doesn’t seem to be happening. Who else prefers Nebo to Scribble?