Help Overview

Welcome to JotNot Help.   There are four main sections to this guide:

If you are a new user start with the Quick Start Guide or Quick Start Guide for iPad.   If you have a question or a problem check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), which we will update regularly as we receive support requests.  If you want to find out about the features available on JotNot and how to use them read the Instruction Manual.

Of course you can contact us at any time for support by tapping Request Support under Settings or by sending an email to support@jotnot.com.


Quick Start Guide

This Quick Start Guide shows you how to begin using JotNot immediately.  Here is all you need to get started using JotNot:

  1. Overview
  2. Creating a New Document
  3. Enhancing an Image
  4. Adding a Page (to an Existing Document)
  5. Emailing/Sharing a Document
  6. Tips for the Best Scans

To learn even more about JotNot please consult the Instruction Manual.

An Overview of JotNot

JotNot is organized into three simple views: the Document List view, the Page List view, and lastly the Photo List view which is basically a document viewer.  Each of these views shows your scans in a different way.

The Document List view, shown in the figure above, shows all of the documents that you have scanned.  Documents are groups of zero, one, or more pages that are treated as a unit.  From the Document List view you can select a particular document that you want to work with.

From the Document List view, when you select a particular document by tapping on it, you go to the Page List view, which shows a list of the pages in that document.  The Page List view is shown in the figure above.

From the Page List view, when you click on a particular page, you go into a document viewer called the Photo List view.  Here you can flick to go to the next page and pinch to zoom in or out.  Tap the screen once to pull up the controls.  The Photo List view with the controls visible is shown in the figure above.

Creating a New Document

To create a new document, in the Document List screen (shown above) tap to take a new picture with the camera, or tap to import a picture that you have already taken from the camera roll.  Tapping either of these buttons automatically creates a new document and inserts the picture you chose as the first page of the document.  After creating a new Document, JotNot allows you to process the image you have just added.  If you want defer processing the image until later, you can tap Cancel.  You can always process or reprocess a scanned image at anytime by tapping  in the Photo List view.

Enhancing an Image

Whenever a new document or new page is created, JotNot gives you the option to enhance the image (as shown above).  If you do not wish to enhance the image simply tap Cancel—you can always enhance any image at a later time.

JotNot will automatically find the document in the picture and highlight it in blue.  It works best when the document is the only thing in the picture and the background is a different color.  If the blue area does not precisely overlap your document, move the blue area by dragging your finger on the screen.  JotNot will select the nearest corner to your finger (you don’t have to click on the corner itself) and move it as you drag.

JotNot will also automatically find the size of the document.  To change the size of the document, just tap the button in the lower left corner (the button is labeled “Letter” in the figure above).

Adding a Page (to an Existing Document)

To add a page to an existing document, either in the Photo View screen (which is shown above) or in the Page List screen (not shown here)  tap to take a new picture with the camera, or tap to import a picture from the camera roll.  In the Photo View screen, the new page is inserted into the document after the current page you are on.  In the Page List screen, the new page is appended to the end of the current document.

After creating a new Page, JotNot allows you to process the image you have just added.  If you want defer processing the image until later, you can tap Cancel.  You can always process or reprocess a scanned image at anytime by tapping  in the Photo List view.

Emailing/Sharing a Document

To email  the document, or to push it to Evernote, or to save it to WebDAV including MobileMe iDisk, tap in the Page List screen shown above.

To email the document select “Email Document” from the options provided.  Write the body of the email and tap send—JotNot will attach a PDF of the document to the email and send it.

To send the document to your Evernote account, select “Send Images to Evernote.”  JotNot will create a new Evernote note and append all the images to it.  You can change the title, select the notebook, add tags, or even add a body to the note.  Tap “Send” to save the note to Evernote.

To save it to WebDAV including MobileMe iDisk, select “Save PDF to WebDAV.”  Simply navigate to where you want to save the PDF of the document and tap “Upload.”

Tips for the Best Scans

Now that you have learned the basics of using JotNot, here are some tips to get the best possible scans:

  • Ensure that your document is brightly lit; this is probably THE most important thing that you can do to improve scan quality
  • If you have the 1st Gen or 3G iPhone hold it AT LEAST 12 inches away; if you bring it closer, your image WILL be blurry
  • Make sure the document or receipt is flat
  • Use image stabilization
  • Keep the edges of the document within the picture
  • Place the document on a contrasting and uniform background
  • Use the processing presets when you can
  • Push large documents to WebDAV/iDisk and Evernote only over WiFi

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The JotNot FAQ covers the questions we receive most frequently through our email support.  Here are the questions of the FAQ:

  1. I have blank documents. How do I delete a document?
  2. How can I access the PDFs that JotNot creates?
  3. How can I turn off WiFi sharing?
  4. Can I take a picture now, but process it later?
  5. I’d like to create smaller scans (JPGs and PDFs)?

Deleting Documents and Pages

To delete a document, simply swipe to delete in the Document List view.  A delete button will appear to the right of the document that you selected.  Tap it and the document will be deleted.  This is shown in the figure below:

There are two different ways to delete a page within a document.  The first is to simply swipe to delete in the Page List view.  A delete button will appear to the right of the page that you selected.  Tap it and the page will be deleted.  This is shown in the figure below:

The second way to delete a page is from the Document Viewer.  A single tap will bring up the controls—tap the trash icon at the bottom left of the screen to delete the current page.  You will be show a confirmation dialog as shown in the figure below (the trash icon is highlighted orange):

Accessing The PDFs

JotNot automatically creates PDFs for each page and for each document that you create. There are actually a couple of ways to access the PDF files. The first and easiest way is to attach the PDF to an email and send it by doing the following:

  1. Tap in the Page List screen or the Photo View screen and select either “Email Document” or “Email Page” respectively
  2. If emailing a page, choose PDF as the attachment type
  3. Write the body of the email and send it—the PDF will be sent as an attachment

The other way to access your PDFs is via WiFi. This is the preferred way to access several PDFs or the PDFs have many pages.  You can read more about this feature in the WiFi Sharing section below.

WiFi Sharing

Here are the steps to accessing the PDFs using the WiFi Server feature:

  1. Turn on the WiFi server in JotNot.  On the iPhone, this option is located in the bottom toolbar of the Document List View.   On the iPad, the option is location in the top left corner of the navigation bar.  When the dialog appears saying “WiFi Access On”, the WiFi server should be running and accessible (as shown in the figure above).  At this point, don’t close the dialog. Leave it up until you’ve finished the remaining steps.
  2. Next, open a web browser on your laptop or desktop and go to the web address printed in the dialog window.  The computer needs to be on the same WiFi network as your iPhone.
  3. Download the PDF files that you need.  You can download entire documents or single pages.
  4. Turn off the WiFi server when you are done by closing the dialog.  Note that JotNot will completely disable the WiFi server when the dialog closes to ensure that your files are no longer accessible from the browser.  You can test this by refreshing the page.  You should get an error message indicating that the page is not found.

Deferred Processing

JotNot allows you to rapidly capture several scans and defer processing them until a later time.  To do this take a new picture or import an existing one as you normally would.

Instead of hitting the Process button, hit the Cancel button on the upper left as shown in the figure above.  JotNot will save the scan allowing you to move on to the next image that you want to capture or import by tapping  or  , or will even allow you to exit the app saving your scans for later.

Later, when you are ready to process the image go to it in the document viewer Photo View.  A single tap will bring up the controls here.  Tap  to process the image as shown in the figure above.  Tapping  also allows you to reprocess any image at any time.

Creating Smaller Scans

JotNot has two settings for controlling the size of scans: Resolution, and JPEG Quality. These controls appear under Settings => Enhancement Options (shown in the figure below):

You can get smaller scans (PDFs and JPGs) by turning down both of these sliders, although they work in different ways.

The Resolution slider controls the actual resolution in pixels of the enhanced image produced by JotNot.  Turning this slider down reduces the number of pixels in the enhanced image.

The JPEG Quality slider controls the amount of compression used in the JPEG algorithm.  The lower the quality setting, the more the compression.  At low quality levels (or alternatively at high compression) you will begin to see artifacts in your scans.

Therefore there is a tradeoff between quality and file size in using either of these sliders.  Generally smaller the file size, the worse the quality of the scan will be either in terms of the number of pixels or in terms of the compression.


Instruction Manual

This Instruction Manual aims to be a guide to using JotNot.  You can learn even more about JotNot at http://www.jotnot.com. Here are the topics this manual covers:

The Three Main Screens

JotNot has a new user interface made up of three main screens: the Document List, Page List, and the Photo View.  When you launch JotNot the first screen you see is the Document List.

This is what the Document List screen looks like:

The Document List Screen

From the Document List screen you can create a new document, delete an existing document by swiping, or access JotNot’s settings. Tapping on any of the listed documents takes you to the Page List screen.  This is what the Page List screen looks like:

The Page List Screen

From the Page List screen you can:

  • append a new page to the document by tapping  or ,
  • delete an existing page by swiping,
  • reorder the pages of the document by tapping Edit,
  • change the name of the document by clicking ,
  • email or push the document to Evernote or WebDAV by clicking .

All the options available on this screen use the entire document (for example you can choose to email entire document as a PDF).  Clicking on any of the listed pages takes you to the Photo View screen.  This is what the Photo View screen looks like:

The Photo View Screen

In the Photo View screen you can pinch to zoom in or out.  You can flick left or right to browse through the pages.  A single tap will bring up the controls.  When the controls are visible you in the Photo View screen you can:

  • delete the current page by tapping ,
  • email, save, or push the current page to the cloud by clicking ,
  • process or reprocess the current page by tapping ,
  • insert a new page to the document by tapping  or ,
  • or view thumbnails of the whole document by clicking See All.

All the options available on this screen use only the current page (for example you can choose to email just the current page as a PDF).

The Select Screen

After adding a new page to an existing document, or after creating a new document, JotNot presents you with the Select screen (shown above).  JotNot automatically selects the document in in the image highlighting it in blue.  The Select screen allows you to select to select any area you wish by dragging the corners of the highlighted blue area.  The corners of the highlighted area are labeled TL for Top Left, TR for Top Right, BR for Bottom Right, and lastly BL for Bottom Left and correspond to the corners of the enhanced processed image.  In the Select screen you can:

  • select the entire image by tapping ,
  • have JotNot detect the document by tapping ,
  • change the processing / enhancement options by tapping ,
  • change the paper size by clicking the button in the lower left (Letter above),
  • skip the enhancement step by tapping Cancel,
  • or process the image by tapping Process.

Settings

JotNot’s Settings screen (shown above) is accessible from the Document List screen by tapping the info (i) button on the top left.  The settings screen allows you to change and customize many of the features and functions JotNot provides.  We will go through each of the features listed under the Settings screen in this section.

The Image Stabilization switch allows you to switch between the default camera and the custom image stabilization camera that JotNot 2.0 offers.

Credits

We would like to thank


Quick Start Guide for iPad

This Quick Start Guide shows you how to begin using JotNot immediately on your iPad or iPad mini device.  Here is all you need to get started:

  1. Overview
  2. Creating a New Document
  3. Enhancing an Image
  4. Adding a Page (to an Existing Document)
  5. Emailing/Sharing a Document
  6. Tips for the Best Scans

To learn even more about JotNot please consult the Instruction Manual.

An Overview of JotNot for iPad

JotNot for iPad is organized into two simple views: the Document Picker view, and the Document Editor view, which is basically a document viewer.  Each of these views shows your scans in a different way.

The Document Picker view, shown in the figure above, shows all of the documents that you have scanned.  Documents are groups of one or more pages you have scanned, which are treated as a unit.  From the Document Picker view you can select a particular document that you want to work with.

From the Document Picker view, when you select a particular document by tapping on it, JotNot will present the Document Editor view, where you can preview all the pages in the document and make changes to it.  The Document Editor view is shown in the figure above.

Creating a New Document

To create a new document, in the Document Picker screen (shown above) tap to take a new picture with the camera, or tap to import a picture that you have already taken from the camera roll.  Tapping either of these buttons automatically creates a new document and inserts the picture you chose as the first page of the document.  After creating a new Document, JotNot allows you to process the image you have just added.  If you want defer processing the image until later, you can tap Cancel.  You can always process or reprocess a scanned image at anytime by tapping  in the Document Editor  view.

Enhancing an Image

Whenever a new document or new page is created, JotNot gives you the option to enhance the image (as shown above).  If you do not wish to enhance the image simply tap Cancel—you can always enhance any image at a later time.

JotNot will automatically find the document in the picture and outline it with a blue border.  This process works best when the document is the only thing in the picture and the background is a different color.  If the blue border does not precisely overlap your document, you can adjust it by dragging your finger on the screen.  JotNot will select the nearest corner to your finger (you don’t have to click on the corner itself) and move it as you drag.

JotNot will also automatically find the size of the document.  To change the size of the document, just tap the button in the upper right corner (the button is labeled “Auto (Letter)” in the figure above).

Adding a Page (to an Existing Document)

To add a page to an existing document, open it by tapping on its icon in the Document Picker view.  As mentioned above, JotNot will open the file and present it in the Document Editor view.  From here, you can tap to take a new picture with the camera, or tap to import a picture from the camera roll.  JotNot inserts the new page into the document after the current page you are on.  The current page number is always displayed along to top toolbar.

After creating a new Page, JotNot allows you to process the image you have just added.  If you want defer processing the image until later, you can tap Cancel.  You can always process or reprocess a scanned image at anytime by tapping  in the Document Editor view.

Emailing/Sharing a Document

To email the document, or to push it to one of the supported cloud storage services, tap in the either the Document Picker or Document Editor views shown above.

JotNot will present the sharing menu with a list of all the sharing methods available to the application.   The first section on the sharing menu lists the options that are common to all devices and all users.  This includes options like: Email, Save to Photo Library, Open In, and iTunes.  The second section is reserved for cloud storage services that the user has linked to the device.  By default this section is empty until the user adds accounts by tapping the Add Account button.  The user can also remove accounts under the JotNot Settings menu by swiping the item and tapping the red delete button that appears.

For example, to email a document, simply select “Email Document” from the options provided.  Write the body of the email and tap send—JotNot will attach a PDF of the document to the email and send it.

To upload a document to your Evernote account, first make sure you’ve logged into Evernote, then select the Evernote button in the second section of options.  JotNot will create a new Evernote note and append all the images to it.  You can change the title, select the notebook, add tags, or even add a body to the note.  Tap “Send” to save the note to Evernote.

Follow the same process to upload to other cloud storage services.

Tips for the Best Scans

Now that you have learned the basics of using JotNot, here are some tips to get the best possible scans:

  • Ensure that your document is brightly lit; this is probably THE most important thing that you can do to improve scan quality
  • Make sure the document or receipt is flat
  • Use image stabilization—you can enable this under the JotNot Settings menu
  • Keep the edges of the document within the picture
  • Place the document on a contrasting and uniform background
  • Use the processing presets when you can—Black and White works best on documents
  • Share large documents over WiFi

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