Notes app gets new turbocharged text tools iOS 11

ios11 notes Notes app behaves
more like a piece of paper than ever in iOS 11.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Up until now, if you wanted to do fancy formatting with the iOS
Notes app, you had to dust off your Mac to do it. Now, with the
iOS 11
Notes update
, you no longer need to boot up a desktop
computer just to switch a note to a monospaced font, or add a
table. You can do it all on your iPhone or iPad. And this is in
addition to the great new in-line sketch features and document
scanner that headline this update.

Notes now works like you always thought it should

In iOS
, there’s a new set of tools above the keyboard. The
little + replaces the old camera icon, and now
includes options to add a sketch in the old-fashioned way, by
creating a full-screen canvas and then attaching whatever you
draw to the note; scanning a document and save it in Notes,
ready to mark it up with the Apple Pencil; and either snapping
a photo or adding one from your library.

Before and after: the text options have gotten better in iOS 11.Before and after: the text options
have gotten better in iOS 11.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Tapping the little Sketch icon (a pen tip)
brings up the pen controls, and you can just start drawing with
the Apple Pencil anywhere in the page, just liken paper.

iOS 11 Notes app works like the Mac

The checkmark icon
remains, letting you start a checklist, and now the
Aa text button allows you to do proper
formatting. As you can see in the screenshots, you now get
options to make the text monospaced, as well as options for
bold, italic, underlined and strikethrough. You can also indent
text (to make nested lists, for instance), and all this is in
addition to the list and Title/Heading/Body options from iOS

The Notes
app looks almost exactly like it did before, only it’s a lot
sleeker and more feature-laden. In short, it now behaves like
you expected it to when it got its last shiny makeover —
especially if you use the Apple Pencil.


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