Nebulous Notes

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Description of App: 

As described in the iTunes Store:

If you want to try-before-you-buy, try "Nebulous Notes Lite."

Nebulous Notes is the text editor that "just works."

Stop emailing your notes one-by-one to "save" them. ★ Stop using clunky cloud storage services.

As seen on LifeHacker.com!

"This is quite possibly the best tool for any writer, blogger, or journalist who needs to get work done on-the-go" - AppAdvice.com

Nebulous Notes connects with your Dropbox account to let you create, edit, and save text files. ★ If you don't have a Dropbox account, no worries, as you can just open the app, and create a note right there and save it later.

No Dropbox account necessary unless you want to save your notes in the cloud. If you don't have a Dropbox account, you can create a free one in less than 30 seconds within Nebulous Notes (free accounts come with 2GB of space). Dropbox is super-reliable, and is the gold standard for cloud file storage. If you delete a file by accident, no worries, Dropbox keeps track of your revisions.

FEATURES:

  • Edit files offline.
  • Open as many files from Dropbox as you want.
  • Protect your login with a PIN.
  • Full-screen support for "Writeroom"-style editing.
  • Handy themes for coding, writing, and dream journaling.
  • Supports TextExpander touch snippet expansion.
  • "Insert Tab" key.
  • Save with CR+LF line endings.

NOTE:

  • This won't help you edit Word Documents or other rich text documents.
  • You can only customize the display of the documents, but that formatting won't be saved to the documents themselves.
  • Nebulous Notes is not affiliated with Dropbox.

TIP

Q: How do I delete files?

A: Swipe your finger over the file/folder listing

Version: 

2.1

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 3GS

Accessibility Comments: 

AppleVis Editor Note: this app was submitted before Usability Ratings were introduced, so one has been chosen on the basis of the accessibility comments made by the original poster. If you have used this app, please post a comment to let us know if you agree with the Rating.

Original Comments: The developer of this app could have labeled one or two buttons a little better, but you can tell what they are. This app works fine if you're editing a document that's only a few pages in size. You can view files that are larger, but VoiceOver will become sluggish if you try to edit them. To switch between documents, simply tap the button which VoiceOver calls open dropbox icon. There is no other way to switch between open documents. If you're worried about whether your document has been saved or not, tap the button which VoiceOver calls SaveCountBtn.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Comments

Added Accessibility features to label keys

Recent versions of this app, such as version 4.8 (September 14, 2011), allow the user to label buttons in the Settings Menu. One of the features of this app is a "Keyboard Utility Bar" that can be turned on, and which can let the user customize keys for functions such as "undo", "redo", access to arrow keys for up, down, left, and right, tab keys, and keys that will insert the present date. The problem is that when the "Keyboard Utility Bar" is switched on, functions that have icons (like undo and redo, or the arrow keys), are not announced by VoiceOver. The current version of this app lets you double tap "Customize keyboard" in the Settings Menu after switching "Keyboard Utility Bar" on. For the active macros with keys that are not announced by VoiceOver, you can double tap a "Compose" button to the right of each listed macro, and reach an "Edit Macro" window with a definition in the "Text to insert:" field and an "Alias:" field that contains the icon used on the key. So you can double tap the Alias field for the "$undo" macro, delete the icon that VoiceOver doesn't announce, and replace it with a text label like "undo" that VoiceOver will announce. This can give you access to an extended virtual keyboard with a row of custom keys that can let you undo or redo editing changes, move through text with arrow keys, add a few frequently used characters without switching to "more numbers", add a tab key, or a key that will automatically insert the current date, and other such features. (You probably want to be selective about the keys you want to add, and delete some of the options.) This is a really nice addition that lets you change the labels of keys to what you want, and is a nice improvement to the app's accessibility.

How Is This App's Development Progressing?

How is the development of Nebulous coming along? Would someone please briefly summarize some of the features in its latest updates? I am starting to evaluate text editors, and Nebulous is one of those that has attracted my attention. Thank you. Craig