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Nebo

Within a notebook Select text
Manage your notes Add objects (picture, sketch, diagram, math)
Write and convert Search in your notes
Gestures and formatting Save and export
The tutorial is displayed when you open the app. Try the exercises to learn more about Nebo and discover the gestures that will help you make the most of it. You can also skip this part for now and try again later by tapping Tutorial in the top-right menu.

Within a notebook

When you first open the app, you have to create a notebook. Choose a title, set the recognition language and define a color for its icon.

Once a recognition language is set for a notebook, it cannot be changed later on.

To create a page, tap in the preview of your pages.

Tap a page to open it, then use the following buttons:

  1. Return to the notebook manager view.
  2. Use the pen or the eraser. You can also change the ink width and color.
  3. Undo your last action.
  4. Redo your last action.
  5. Add an object (picture, sketch, diagram, math).
  6. Open a search bar.
  7. Choose between the following options:

    • convert or clear
    • export your page (plain text, HTML or Word),
    • display the tutorial,
    • open the Nebo help section,
    • display app settings,
    • see general information

Manage your notes

Your notebook is part of a folder named My folder. A folder contains your notebooks, and each notebook contains as many pages as you wish.

Tap the notebook to display a preview of your pages and the date they were created.

Tap to go back to the notebook manager and display your notebooks.

Tap to create a folder or notebook, or to import a notebook.

To rename a folder or notebook, tap the menu icon and choose Edit.

To delete a folder, a notebook or a page, tap the menu icon and choose Delete.

To export a notebook, tap the menu icon and choose Export. The choices offered depend on what is installed on your system.


Write and convert

To write text on your page, tap .

We strongly recommend writing on the lines, so that your text is better recognized.

If you want to make a bulleted list, use one of these bullets:

- * #
a) a- a. A) A- A.
1) 1- 1.





~
① ② ③ ④ ⑤ ⑥ ⑦ ⑧ ⑨

The preview displays a converted version of your text in real-time, so that you can check your handwriting has been properly recognized.

If a word is incorrectly recognized, just tap it in the preview to bring up a list of suggestions. Tap a suggestion to substitute the original word.

To convert a block of handwritten text (figure A), double tap it with your finger. It now appears converted with small characters (figure B). To edit it, you need to enlarge it. To do so, double tap it again, so that larger characters are displayed (figure C). You can also tap next to the conversion preview.

Note that you cannot edit your converted text if this has not been enlarged first.

To convert the whole page, tap at the top right corner then Convert all.


Gestures and formatting

Use simple gestures to edit your notes:

  • a strikethrough or scratch-out gesture to erase characters, words, paragraphs, shapes or equations,
    Scratch out thoroughly and cover all the characters.
  • a straight downward stroke inside a word to split it (and potentially insert a new letter),
    Draw a straight vertical line downwards. Start above characters and end well below the baseline.
  • a long downward stroke between two words to create a line break,
    Draw a straight vertical line downwards. Start above characters and end well below the baseline.
  • a straight upward stroke to merge together two words into a single word,
    Draw a straight vertical line upwards. Start it well below the baseline and end above characters.
  • a straight upward stroke to merge together two lines into a single line,
    Draw a straight vertical line upwards. Start it well below the baseline and end above characters.
  • a single stroke around one or more words to frame them,
    Once converted, your text will be highlighted.
  • a stroke below one or more words to underline them,
    Once converted, your text will either be bold or displayed as a second level title (or h2), depending on whether your gesture covers the whole paragraph or only a part.
  • two strokes below one or more words to double underline them.
    Once converted, your text will either be bold or displayed as a first level title (or h1), depending on whether your gesture covers the whole paragraph or only a part.

Some gestures can only be used in certain contexts:

  Text Diagram Math
Erase x x x
Join x x  
Break x x  
Frame x    
Underline x    
Double underline x    

You can also use to erase elements on your page.

To clear your whole page, tap at the top right corner then Clear all.


Select text

Tap a block of text with your finger to select it. It now appears selected, with selection handles. You can now drag and drop it on an empty area or use the handles to resize it.


Add objects

To add objects in your page, double tap an empty area with your finger and choose between:

You can also use the button.

To resize an object: Tap it and use the handles.

To move an object: Tap it then drag and drop it on an empty area.

To convert, copy or delete an object: Tap an empty area in your object, then tap next to the conversion preview. Depending on your object, you can choose among the available options, that are Convert, Copy or Delete.

To paste an object: Long press an empty area and choose Paste. You can also paste it in another application.

Picture

Double tap an empty area with your finger and choose Camera to take a picture with your device or Picture to import an existing picture.
You can draw over your picture, but any text you write will not be recognized.

Sketch

Double tap an empty area with your finger and choose Sketch to create a dedicated object.
You can use both the pen and the eraser, but editing gestures and written text are not recognized here.

You can double tap a second time to fit and stack the sketch. A third double tap on the sketch object will expand the drawing zone on the top and on the bottom.

Diagram

Double tap an empty area with your finger and choose Diagram to create a dedicated object.

Write inside your diagram, just as you do on the rest of the page, and your text will be recognized. You can also edit or erase your text and shapes with simple gestures.
To see how you can edit your diagram, see the Gestures and formatting section.

Tap your shape to display the conversion preview and check that your text and shape have been properly recognized.

To set your shape as doodle, tap the shape icon in the preview and tap Set as doodle. If a word is incorrectly recognized, just tap it in the preview to bring up a list of suggestions. Tap a suggestion to substitute the original word.

To convert a shape, tap next to the preview then Convert. To convert your whole diagram, double tap with your finger anywhere in the diagram object. This will trigger the beautification of your diagram. You can double tap a second time to fit and stack the diagram. A third double tap on the diagram object will expand the drawing zone on the top and on the bottom.

To move or resize a shape, tap it to select it and display handles. Shapes can be aligned, congruent or connected, if needed.

The following diagrams are supported: org charts, flowcharts, concept maps and mind maps.

Math

Double tap an empty area with your finger and choose Math to create a dedicated object.

Write your expression and double tap it when you are ready to have it converted. If needed, use the Erase gesture to edit it. You can double tap a second time to fit and stack the expression.
A third double tap on the math expression object will expand its writing zone on the top and on the bottom.

To select your expression, just tap it. Handles are displayed so that you can resize it, for example.

Tap next to the conversion preview to choose between a truncated or rounded result, an angle unit in degrees or radians and whether you want your equation to be automatically solved or not.

Tap Copy to copy a LaTeX version that you can paste in any LaTeX editor.

Some equations can be solved if they contain supported symbols.

The solver supports horizontal calculations, one at a time, using the following symbols:

  • Basic Operations: %, +/-
  • Basic Operators: +, -, x, ÷
  • Basic Functions: |x|, 1/x, , ln, log, e^x, x^y, , x!
  • Brackets: ( )
  • Trigonometry: cos, sin, tan, acos, asin, atan
  • Constants: π, e, φ

Search in your notes

To search in your current page, tap . Enter a keyword in the search bar.

The results appear highlighted. Use the arrows to go to the previous or next occurrence. Your last searches appear next to the search bar.


Save and export

Note that your notebook is automatically saved every 10 seconds.

To export your notes, tap at the top right corner and choose between:

  • Share as text to share your current page in plain text,
  • Export as HTML to create an HTML file of your current page,
  • Export as PDF,
  • Export to Word to create a Word document of your current page.

To export your whole notebook, go in the notebook manager, swipe it from right to left and choose Export.