Recover or auto-save unsaved note text

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spinality
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Recover or auto-save unsaved note text

Post by spinality » Mon May 08, 2017 1:57 am

When adding notes, I sometimes inadvertently touch the screen in the wrong place before saving the new note, and lose the text and format details I've just entered. This is especially likely when standing on stage, where precise movement is more difficult. Obviously I can just create a new note and retype the text, but when it's complex this can be a little time consuming. It would be wonderful if the note editor could help in this situation, e.g. by either: a) automatically saving an unsaved note, rather than just discarding it, b) prompting to save an unsaved note, c) copying the unsaved note text to the clipboard, or d) if a new note is created before leaving the page, populating it using the text from the last unsaved note.

If any of these or some other approach would be relatively easy to implement, it would be a help for those of us who often need to add notes on the fly. It also might help with a learning curve issue that I've seen with some new users, who don't remember to use the save icon and are then surprised to see their notes disappear.

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Re: Recover or auto-save unsaved note text

Post by fretless5 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:25 pm

I agree - the notes are really hard to use. But should be made far easier to use since they're most likely going to be used while in the band - on stage or in the middle of a practice. There are plenty examples in other apps of how to make similar behavior way easier to use. As is, they feel like '90's interface design shoehorned into a modern app.

1 - Notes should save by default. There's no reason to have a confirmation to save. Hold-Click on the text note should make the input window pop up and since there's a delete button on it, it's easy to delete the note when the user wants it gone.
2 - When editing - Since the user is already typing into an input window, there's no reason to lock out the "drag-ability" of the text rectangle on screen. Its frustrating to have to exit out of typing mode just to reposition the text. Especially since the controls in the input window are glacial to use.
3 - instead of using number spinners in the input window just to adjust note size and position, the note rectangle should just have a grab-able "hot" corner in upper left and lower right corners. so user can just hold the rectangle corners to stretch it to the desired size. and coupled with #2 above, if they click in the middle of the rectangle, they should be able to slide it to any desired position on the page.

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..And for people who have a stylus, it would be great if they could use it to mark up a page!

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Re: Recover or auto-save unsaved note text

Post by jonkip » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:20 pm

It does seem that the new version 5.2, on ipad air, took away the ability to quickly resize the note box....

Or am I missing something?

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Re: Recover or auto-save unsaved note text

Post by Phil Smith » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:59 am

jonkip wrote:
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:20 pm
It does seem that the new version 5.2, on ipad air, took away the ability to quickly resize the note box....

Or am I missing something?
You can quickly change the size of the note by dragging the lower right hand corner of the note BUT the note must have a minimum height AND width of 60 for this to work.
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Re: Recover or auto-save unsaved note text

Post by jonkip » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:04 pm

Phil Smith wrote:
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:59 am
jonkip wrote:
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:20 pm
It does seem that the new version 5.2, on ipad air, took away the ability to quickly resize the note box....

Or am I missing something?
You can quickly change the size of the note by dragging the lower right hand corner of the note BUT the note must have a minimum height AND width of 60 for this to work.
Great point, thanks.....perhaps that info is in the help page of the app about notes...but mine is missing that page....go figure....thanks

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