Second Notes is an app for making a note with Live Markdown.
You can share the note with your iOS devices via Second Notes for iOS. And Live Markdown automatically indents lists and quoted strings, and changes font to bold or italic.
Typing text with Live Markdown and preview via converted HTML
iCloud and Second Notes for iOS
HTML snippet via "Copy as HTML"
Text search in Notes
Second Notes uses Markdown like text formatting, and automatically indents text in a list and quote paragraph, and make strings bold or italic. The preview button shows HTML converted text in the web view.
A line begins with sharps
# converts to bold string. The line converts to
html tagged block where N means number of sharp.
A paragraph begins with hyphens
- or asterisks
* is indented and converts to a list html block.
If multiple hyphens or asterisks are placed, indent depth is multiplied accordingly. The paragraph ends with a blank line which contains only a newline.
A paragraph begins with
> character is indented and converts to a block quote html block. If multiple
> is used, indent depth is multiplied accordingly. The paragraph ends with a blank line.
A line begins with a tab or more than 4 spaces converts to a html code block and is shown by a monospace font.
If a word is wrapped by asterisks or underscores, the word is shown by a italic font. If a word is wrapped by double asterisks or double underscores, the word is shown by a bold font. If a word is wrapped by double tildes
~~, the word is struck through.
If square blankets are used as blow, the string convert as a html link block.
[title](url options) --> <a href="url" options></a> ![title](url options) --> <img src="url" options></img>
If the line begins with a square blanket
[, the line treated with a reference link definition as below.
[identifier]: url options
The identifier is an arbitral word to identify the link definition.
You can use the reference link from any link element like this.
[title][identifier] --> <a href="url" options></a> ![title][identifier] --> <img src="url" options></img>
If you can't see bold or italic, please check if the selected font has a italic or bold font in its family. For example "Lucida Grande" that is used as a system font doesn't have a italic in the family.
If you want to show a local image in the preview, the image has to be located in you picture folder due to the security protection of Mac OSX.
Second Notes saves a note in your iCloud folder. You can share the note with your iOS devices, iPhone, iPad via Second Notes for iOS which has the same Live Markdown feature.
The menu "Copy as HTML" in the edit menu can be used to copy a HTML snippet. Here is the example. When you copy the following lines, the HTML snippet will be the following string.
Example of "Copy as HTML".
# Sep 30th - 10:00 Meeting
<h1>Sep 30th</h1> <ul><li><p>10:00 Meeting</p></li></ul>
The search field at the upper-left can be used for searching a string in the whole notes listed in the folder view. The result is shown in a note by highlighting the string.
Second Notes doesn't have a save button or menu. The text in a note is automatically saved when note is switched or a certain interval.
Type a fomula and click the Arithmetic button, the result is inserted after the fomula.
When you start Second Notes at first, new note is created and it is shown in the iCloud folder. The title is also created the date and time automatically, but you can change it anytime.
If the first note is created in the "On My Mac" folder, please make sure if iCloud is enabled of the Second Notes in the System Preferences. It is located in the "Document & Data" menu in the iCloud setting as below.
The title of a note shown in the folder view is taken from the first line of the note. It is not same as the filename. You can see the actual filename through the "Note Info" menu in the file menu.
You can change the font which is used in the note view from the font menu in the format menu. The default font is taken from the system text font, typically Helvetica.
You can move a note between iCloud and "On My Mac" from the "Move To" menu in the file menu.
The "Import From" and "Export As" in the file menu are used to export and import a note. You can import a plain text which has "txt" or "md" extension. And when you export a note. you can select a plain text or HTML.
Second Notes has a standard keyboard shortcuts, ctrl+tab, and tab.
ctrl+tab: Move focus between the search field, the folder view and the note.
tab: Move focus between the search field and the folder view.
Command+Up-arrow: Beginning of the document
Command+Down-arrow: End of the document
Command+Left-arrow: Beginning of the current line
Command+Right-arrow: End of the current line
Option+Up-arrow: Beginning of the current paragraph
Option+Down-arrow: End of the current paragraph Option+Left-arrow: Beginning of the current word
Option+Right-arrow: End of the current word
According to the view type, the contents of the note shown in the window is converted as PDF.
Same as "Export as PDF". the contents of the note shown in the window is printed.
If you can't see italic text, please check if the selected font has a italic family. For example the system font, Lucida Grande doesn't have a italic family.
Upside down image
If you see the image upside down, please check the orientation embedded in exif.