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

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