We’re pleased to announce our latest Notebook update. This one includes business card scanning, the ability to search for objects and text within images, and new note capabilities, like favoriting, linking, and public sharing. Let’s dive on in.

Scan Business Cards

With Notebook you can already capture images and scan documents. We figured you should be able to scan business cards, as well. To do so, open the Photo Card, then toggle to the “Business Card” option. From here you’ll be able to scan business cards in 16 different languages, and securely save them to Notebook.

Find Notes Quickly: Search objects and text within images

Some of us think visually, saving and snapping inspiring photos and image. We think that once you save a thought in Notebook, it should always be easy to return to it. Our new deep search capabilities make it possible to do just that. Now you can search for objects and text within images across your notes and notebooks, just like your text-based notes. On mobile, just enter your search terms, then tap the black bar above your keyboard. On the web and Mac, just type your search term, then hit return.

Please note: object and text search will only work for notes that have been added after this update.

Do More with Notes: Favorite, link, and share

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a special stack of notes available outside your notebooks? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could link one note to another for easy reference? And wouldn’t it be convenient if you could share someone a link to one of your notes? You can now do all these things in Notebook.

Favoriting a note will put it into a stack on the home screen, giving you the ability to create a master to-do list, or keep important notes on hand. To favorite a note, you can simply swipe one to the left, then tap the star icon. Linking notes is also simple: just tap the link option while editing a note, then select the note to which you want to link. Lastly, if you have a Notebook account you can quickly share notes through a public link by tapping the share icon.

What’s Next?

We quietly opened up early access to Notebook for Windows. You’re welcome to request access to that, which will officially be launched really soon. In the mean time, we have more Smart Cards in the works. And finally—I’m sure this will be music to many ears—we have decided to do note tagging. We do not have a release date for that just yet, but it’s officially on our road map. We hope you enjoy this update.

  1. Brad

    Thank U thank U thank U for putting tagging on your roadmap. I so much want to move to Notebook immediately, but I have done extensive, and I mean extensive tagging in Evernote. Kinda lockked myself into it. But if you are now building in tagging, then hello Notebook, here I come.
    I hope the tagging has nesting features that I’m used to. Can’t wait to see it!

    • Taylor Backman

      Glad to hear it, Brad.

  2. Jacob Nevill

    Thank you for adding a favorite feature for notes! Is there any future development on a webclipper for Microsoft Edge?

    • Taylor Backman

      Hey Jacob, we’ll release a web clipper for Edge after the Windows app. It’s on the roadmap.

  3. Kris

    Nomething I missed so far (web app) when saving a weblink as a clip page link to a notecard is that you can not insert a comment whith it, nor that there is no possibility to choose a specific notebook to save to. Thirtly it would also be interesting if one can add a reminder to it. Last but not least I miss the possibility to group notecards and notebooks in the web app (using windows on PC)
    Nevertheless: ZOHO Notebook (PC and Android) is a great help to me. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
    Thanks!

    • Taylor Backman

      Hi Kris, thanks for your feedback. Just so you know, if you need to select a notebook to save to, you can do that from Clean View. But again, thanks for your feedback.

  4. James

    Excellent work, folks – I’m just starting to use Notes, and it’s great so far. Nice to see lots of active development!

    • Taylor Backman

      Thanks James!

  5. Julius

    I was excited first…. But after a whie of testing the new release, I wasn’t able to find any text in any image, therefore I assume the OCR doesn’t work at all

    • Taylor Backman

      Hey Julius, sorry to hear this. Can you send us an email to support@zohonotebook.com please? We’d like to see what’s going wrong.

  6. Reda

    Nice, I was wishing for a way to fave a note. Can’t wait for tagging! Is collaboration on your radar as well? I miss it from Keep since I moved my years-worth of notes to Notebook.

    • Taylor Backman

      Hey Reda, what kind of collaboration capabilities are important to you?

      • Reda

        Nothing fancy for me, just the ability to add someone to a note and allow them to edit it with me. I used this feature in Keep to have a common shopping list together with my wife.

        • Taylor Backman

          We’re still figuring out our plans, but we’ll keep this in mind. =]