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Learn iPad Week: Organise your life with ThinkBook

Part four of Learn iPad Week explains ThinkBook, a flexible note-taking tool, which can also be used to organise events and parties

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The App Store is swimming in note- taking apps, but there’s not many that can boast the range of features that ThinkBook can. As well as being able to group notes by pages and books (useful for creating detailed plans), ThinkBook also allows you to create to-do items, tasks, questions, and even whole projects. The best part of this app though, is the ability to back up and restore everything using Dropbox. This is useful for syncing between different devices or simply making sure that your to-do list doesn’t go astray.

One way to make good use of a few of the plethora of ThinkBook’s features is to create a project with to-do items on a number of different levels. These work well for projects that contain a few different elements with lots of smaller sub-elements, for example, booking a caterer and choosing napkin colours to organise food for a birthday party. It’s a great way to break projects into smaller, more manageable chunks. ThinkBook makes it simple to create a hierarchy of to-do items, keep them safe by backing them up to Dropbox and even send them via email to a friend or co-organiser.

1: Create a project

Tap on the triangle at the right of the page (known as the slider) and select the project icon to create a new project. The slider is key in ThinkBook for copying, pasting and creating new notes.

2: Give it a name

Give your project a name, preferably something descriptive and simple so it’s easier to find at a later date. The circle next to the project name will fill up when completed.

3: Create a to-do

Once you’ve entered a name, hit the return key to create a to-do. Tap on the right arrow at the top of the keypad to indent it – this means that the project wont complete until the to-do is checked off.

4: Indenting away

You can indent to-do items as many times as you like to create parent and child to-dos. It’s a great way to group similar to-do items under one main heading to make projects easier to handle.

5: Hide and show

Clicking on the arrows to the left of to-do items will allow you to hide and show their child items. This is great for larger projects and this also works for the entire project.

6: Ticking off

As you tick off to-do items, the circle next to the project name will start to fill up to indicate project progress. It’s a useful picture for seeing exactly how well you’re progressing at a glance.

7: Finishing up

Once you’ve completed all your tasks within a project, the circle icon will turn blue and display a white tick. If you add any more to-do items it’ll untick itself and unfill a part of the circle.

8: Project options

Double-tapping a project’s name will bring up the Project Options dialogue box. From here you can send your project to Dropbox as a .txt file – this allows you to back-up your notes or share them.

9: Mail it out

Selecting the ‘email this project’ option will bring up a Mail window with the project in text form. From there you send the email as normal. Recipients will see the project as a normal text document.

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This tutorial is the fourth in our Learn iPad Week series; for more articles just like this, visit the Learn iPad Week tag. At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize to one lucky person who gets in touch with a question or problem related to the iPad. To get involved, simply tweet your question, plus the hashtag #LearniPadWeek, to @iCreateMagazine or post on our Facebook wall.

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