Notalon is note-taking, simplified. Its aim is to streamline your focus on taking notes on books and during class lectures.
Your first document
As a student, you take notes on two types of things -- Books, and Lectures. Let's start with a Book, and take notes on a copy of Roald Dahl's The BFG as we read. After skimming through the book a bit, we will format our notes and print them out.
- Start Notalon. (By default, Notalon opens with a blank Book.)
- If you want to shut out all distractions, go Fullscreen! (You can do this with View->Fullscreen, or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+J.)
- Replace the text that says "Replace this text with your name" with your name.
- Edit the title on the left to something relevant, like The BFG. (You can do this either by going to Edit->Change heading, or by pressing Ctrl+E)
May the Source be with you
- Before we start taking notes, it's nice to cite our source. Go to Edit->Source and input the fields, so that in the future you'll know which book these notes are from. (The ISBN is a serial number that's usually on the back of a book.)
- Now start reading the book. Create a heading for the first chapter, titled "Chapter 1." (You can do this either by going to Edit->Add heading, or by using the toolbar, or by pressing Ctrl+M).
- As you read Chapter 1, take notes as you would in a word processor. For visual simplicity, Notalon does not have bullet points in this window, but it works the same way, so just put each new point on a new line and Notalon will treat it as a separate bullet point.
- While still editing "Chapter 1," try adding a sub-point by pressing Tab and typing some text.
The most satisfying part
- Let's see the result of our handiwork by exporting to a PDF (either through File->Export as PDF, or through the toolbar, or by Ctrl+P). Remember the filename!
- Open the file in your favorite PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Reader). Congratulations! You have just formatted your first Notalon document.