November 15th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments



Notely is a stylized text editor with automatic Dropbox sync capabilities. With the ability to view, manage, edit and share plain text documents on any iOS device and the Dropbox syncing, text editing is painless, accessible and enjoyable.

Dropbox sync is optional, but recommended as it not only keeps your data in sync with all your other devices, but your text notes are also backed up to Dropbox.

Notely works for every purpose you’d need for taking notes. Whether a writer, student, blogger, list maker, organizer, etc… if you need to jot down anything, Notely can handle the task.

Notely supports iOS 4.0+

– Universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
– Create, view and edit text notes
– Create folders with an endless folder hierarchy
– Copy or Move notes and folders
– Automatic Dropbox sync: all your notes are automatically synced to any folder you choose on your Dropbox account
– Choose amongst 9 file types to monitor for sync.
– Autosave/Autosync files (never lose your data)
– Support for Markdown syntax
– Extended keyboard with customizable keys and arrows to move back and forth between words and letters.
– Move back and forth between words or letters by swiping the text area while editing on non-iPad devices
– Send notes to Omnifocus for iOS as new tasks
– One tap home button to bring you to the root folder saves you time if you have a deep folder hierarchy
– Multitasking allows sync to happen in the background if in progress when you leave the app
– Portrait and landscape supported on all devices
– On the iPad, expand and collapse the editing area to give yourself less distraction and more writing room
– Open files from other apps in Notely
– Open your text files in any other supported apps
– Multi file/folder delete
– File info provides file size, word count, character count, line count and date last modified
– Print file (iOS 4.2+)
– Email files inline or as attachments
– Search file/folder names and file contents
– Sort folder contents by Name, Size, Date and Type
– Ability to Change Font, Font Color, Background Color and Font Size for the text editor (44 different colors)
– Turn spell checking on or off
– Choose to show or hide file extensions
– Support for TextExpander touch

Notely is available for $3.99

iPhone Screenshots

iPad Screenshots

  1. Chris Seow
    May 20th, 2011 at 20:17 | #1

    Hi Patrick

    Really love your app! Previously I was using Elements, but this is a good replacement.
    Only thing is, it does not have a Search All Folder/Documents function. Sometimes, I will like to search everything from the current folder and all the sub-folders below as I can’t remember which file is the information in. Is this a functionality in the pipeline?


  2. May 20th, 2011 at 23:23 | #2

    Hi Chris, I’m glad you are enjoying Notely. I can certainly look into a way of doing a recursive search through directories. I think that is great idea. I’ll have to think of a good way to implement it. I may just get it into v1.2. Thanks for your input, it is greatly appreciated.

  3. May 21st, 2011 at 01:07 | #3

    Hi, Botels Works Fine. Is there a Way to Change The name of a Folder? How? Tia jochen

  4. May 21st, 2011 at 01:07 | #4

    Sorry notely

  5. May 21st, 2011 at 21:04 | #5

    Hi Patrick,

    Great app – thank you. One thing I’m having trouble with – many of my text files contain Korean characters which aren’t showing up in Notely. I’m saving files as .txt with UTF-8 encoding. Should I be doing something different or are Korean fonts just not supported?

    Thanks, Paul.

  6. May 21st, 2011 at 22:38 | #6

    Hi Paul. Thanks for your purchase. This is something I’m not real familiar with but am willing to look into and fix. Is there any chance you can email me one of the files you are having trouble with so I can use it to test with?

  7. May 21st, 2011 at 22:39 | #7

    Yes. You can change the name of a folder by tapping on the name in the navigation bar when viewing that particular folder. Same goes for file names.

  8. May 26th, 2011 at 00:42 | #8

    Korean characters look like this:

    Hello – 안녕하세요.

    If you copy and paste that into a text file and save it to Notely only weird characters and squiggles come up when the Korean fonts should be. Thanks for having a look at it.

  9. Chris Anderson
    July 9th, 2011 at 05:28 | #9

    I recently got notely on my Ipod Touch and, so far, so good. However, I can’t figure out how to do a word search within a file. Your website says, of Notely, ” . . . Search file/folder names and file contents – Sort folder contents by Name, Size, Date and Type.” I keep my address/phone books in the form of text documents. With Notely, I can easily access to these lengthy documents on my Ipod Touch wherever I go! The Notely word-search feature (if it exists and you tell me how to access it) would be very useful to me because, for example, if I couldn’t remember my plumber’s name, I could easily get to his name and contact information by searching for the word “plumber” within my personal address/phone book on Notely. Please explain if, and how, this can be done.

  10. Chris Anderson
    July 9th, 2011 at 09:11 | #10

    This is Chris Anderson again. I am still using and learning about Notely on my Ipod Touch and Windows 7 desktop computers. There’s one little “learning” matter that I think you should pass on to other Notely users: With WordPerfect (my word processor of choice), in order to save (i.e. convert) a WordPerfect document to “.txt” document –so that it can subsequently be viewed with Notely– WordPerfect users are presented with a choice of six, different “flavors” of “.txt” to save in: (1) “ANSI (Windows) Delimited Text,” or (2) “ANSI (Windows) Generic Word Processor,” or (3) “ANSI Windows Text,” or (4) “ASCII (DOS) Delimited Text,” or (5) ASCII (DOS) Generic Word Processor,” or (6) “ASCII DOS Text.” Which format do you save in? The answer is simple: “ASCII DOS Text” file. Make sure you save it in such format and save it in your Dropbox file. That way, later on, you will be able to open and view your document on your Notely equipped portable device. Also, Notely users should be aware that when they subsequently open such “ASCI DOS Text” on a Windows-equipped computer, they should open it with with either Wordpad or their word processor software, not Notepad. Notepad doesnt “see” the “end-of-line” markers and the documents will appear as a bunch of run-together words with no formatting.

  11. Ted Goranson
    July 24th, 2011 at 01:33 | #11

    Hello, I have done a comparative review of note apps (iPhone). It is for my own use, but will be posted soon. I chose Notely over Notesy and Writeroom. A feature I really appreciate is the tinting of the background behind the keypad. I use a black background.
    My request is that when I scroll in a document and the keypad is visible, I would like the text that scrolls down to be visible under the keys.

  12. Edwin
    August 28th, 2011 at 19:14 | #12

    I just purchased Notely. I was interested in it because of the search feature that is listed. How do you invoke it? I can’t seem to figure it out.

  13. Clif Wright
    September 14th, 2011 at 13:18 | #13

    I just purchased your app notely and not sure if you would explain something to me. In your test document called Thank You.txt, I was wondering how you entered that text as I am interested in the “Markdown” to be able to use on my blog site. However, I do not understand how the document is converted to “Markdown” code. I select the document, select the Markdown Preview…and do not understand how you entered the code from the txt document. This would be helpful to me, just do not understand how it is done. Is there a place I could reference on how to add this code in the IPHONE. thanks

  14. September 15th, 2011 at 05:24 | #14

    Hi Patrick,
    I just purchased a copy of Notely. I am disappointed to see that it doesn’t seem to deal reasonably with Umlauts. If I type german umlauts (ö, ü, …), some non-printable characters arrive, if I look at the document (synced via Dropbox) on my Mac.
    Am I missing a setting or is this a known issue?
    Thanks, Christoph

  15. September 16th, 2011 at 07:47 | #15

    Integration with SimpleNote would make this perfect!

  16. Paul J. Lucas
    October 24th, 2011 at 20:30 | #16

    I can’t tell from your app’s description, but: although you can sent .rtf files, can you create/edit them in Notely complete with formatting (bold, italics, headings, tables, etc). Also, can you insert the Tab character to line up columns? Thanks.

  17. Ken
    November 7th, 2011 at 09:16 | #17

    Hi Patrick,
    I have several 400+ memos sitting in my old palm OS desktop app that I refer back to weekly. I can export them to a CSV format. Can I then import them into Notely and categorize then as separate notes? This would really solve my problems of having to referred back to my Palm desktop app, being able to use dropbox. I use an iMac and iPad/iPod Touch.
    Thank you,

  18. November 15th, 2011 at 12:52 | #18

    There is no way to import data in the form of csv. The only thing would be to get the data into dropbox as separate .txt files and they will then sync into Notely.

  19. November 15th, 2011 at 12:54 | #19

    Notely only supports Plain Text, so to answer your question, no, there is no formatting options in Notely. Also, there is no tab character.

  20. November 15th, 2011 at 13:00 | #20

    Thanks, great tip.

  21. marc
    January 16th, 2012 at 22:37 | #21

    special characters (like é, è, à) are visualised wrong when opening the docs on dropbox! editor does not work fullscreen on ipad! support sucks! not answer from the guy at all when looking for support.

  22. Andrew
    January 19th, 2012 at 02:58 | #22

    Hi Patrick,

    I really like your app and would like to use it more often. Is there any chance that you add in the near future unicode support to it. I have many german notes which I cannot use at the moment with your app.

    Thank you in advance


  23. Ted Goranson
    January 25th, 2012 at 15:27 | #23

    My comparison report:

  24. Ted Goranson
    January 25th, 2012 at 15:28 | #24
  25. Rhonda
    April 29th, 2012 at 03:56 | #25

    Hi Patrick, can you tell me why my Notely app will not stay open. Have re booted my iPad but did not help. I am afraid to delete app and re get I case my stuff will not sync back from Dropbox. Any suggestions???

  26. Tobias
    May 19th, 2012 at 13:39 | #26

    I was wondering how many taps it takes to open a URL from the text. A lot of apps only have highlighting in the markdown preview.

  27. September 9th, 2012 at 19:15 | #27

    I’m interested in finding out if the Markdown syntax implementation in your app is canonical. My main concern is if a carriage return will create a new line or if the carriage return must be preceded by 2 spaces (please see )


  28. Allan Roberts
    December 10th, 2012 at 03:03 | #28

    I am now unable to create legible handwriting and so have bought an iPad 3 to create notes, continue a diary, etc. I have also bought your Notely app as it seems to be a very useful app. I am used to a pc and Windows so am finding it a little difficult to adjust to using the iPad. However I have created one diary entry and cannot find out to print it out, in case I should need to – perhaps you can help please. I have a wireless printer and have downloaded the Epson iPrint app and have printed out a photo, so that side is o.k.

  29. Emre
    March 10th, 2013 at 16:36 | #29

    The app doesn’t connect with dropbox as advertised. Here is the error message I get:
    “This app uses an old version of the Dropbox API and cannot accept new users.”

    Also it doesn’t support Iphone 5, it seems. Size of the screen shows up shorter.

    Please advise,

  30. Emre
    March 10th, 2013 at 22:26 | #30

    Just purchased your app, but it doesn’t connect to dropbox as advertised. Here is the error message I get:
    “This app uses an old version of the Dropbox API and cannot accept new users.”

    Also it doesn’t support Iphone 5, it seems. Size of the screen shows up shorter.

    Please advise

  31. Lisa
    May 2nd, 2013 at 15:11 | #31

    Hello Patrick,
    I just bought and installed Notely and there is an issue when I link it to my Dropbox account. It says
    “Version 0 of the Dropbox Core API is no longer supported. Please upgrade your app:
    Apparently login to Dropbox is not possible with this version of the app…
    Could you help making Dropbox integration possible ?

  32. Lisa
    May 5th, 2013 at 10:34 | #32

    Dropbox integration doesn’t work
    ” Version 0 of the Dropbox Core API is no longer supported. Please upgrade your app:
    How to fix this?

  33. Dr. Helmut Scharrel
    July 25th, 2013 at 06:33 | #33

    Hi Patrick,

    where are you?
    Where can I find Notely?
    The synchronisation with my Home-PC does not work.
    Can you help me?



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