ISO Notes Help

Many note taking applications only allow note organisation with a very limited set of categorisation levels such as notebooks, sections and pages. This often leads to a cluttered and unmanageable collection of notes in the long term.

ISO Notes provides two fields called Category and Subcategory. These fields accept a string, up to the maximum of 100 characters each. This will allow you to create and categorise your notes in a much more flexible manner.

You can use the Edit View to create and edit your notes. You can also delete or email notes to yourself.


Your category or subcategory, can be a single word, a sentence or a combination of words separated by a separator character such as a comma or semi-colon. We recommend using a pipe (i.e. |) as a separator character.

Of course, you can create any category or subcategory but some examples are listed below:

# Category Subcategory
1 Hobby Golf
2 Recipe Soups|Chicken
3 Recipe Soups|Korean|Kimchi
4 Medical Pet - Ginger
5 Medical Pet - Milo
6 Services Electricity
7 Services Insurance
8 University 2018; Biology; Assignment 1
9 University 2018; Chemistry; Lecture 1
10 Customers Maria Garcia
11 Diary 2018|October|22

When creating or editing notes, your existing categories or subcategories can be accessed by clicking on the associated combo box and selecting from the drop-down list. The fields also provide auto-complete feature that will short list the existing values when you start typing. The body of the note can be created and formatted with the range of features such as underlining, formatting as bold, italics, as well as indentation and much more.


You can also insert images, link to images or videos as well as inserting Google maps for addresses. The toolbar also provides a button to insert the map of your current location. Please note that there are limitations on number of maps searched or inserted. If you reach this limit, you can contact us and we may increase the limit for you during that period.

If you are a Programmer, you might require to insert code snippet into your notes. Our editor allows you to insert code in variety of programming languages such as, JavaScript, Go, C#, Java, Bash, CSS, HTML and many more. Currently 49 languages are supported.

Our system also provides a very powerful set of filters and search capabilities, that will allow you to locate your notes conveniently. More information about our Search and Sorting filters can be found below.


NB: When inserting links to online videos, please use the "Embed" version of the URL. For example, on YouTube, click the Share button, select Embed, and use the given URL (i.e. src value). This will allow your videos to play when notes are exported.

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View Notes page, is suitable for reading your notes as it provides a more distraction free interface displaying 4 notes per page.

You can also use swiping left or right on your mobile device to go to the next or previous set of notes conveniently.

Similarly to Edit Notes page, this page provides you with a set of filters for searching and sorting your notes.

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Bulk managing notes is one of the most important features of our service, because not only you can control your usage or restructure your notes in only a few simple steps, but you can also export your notes for off-line access without the need for installing any additional software.


Manage Notes page, similarly to Edit/View Notes pages, provides a range of sorting and searching filters. This also includes search and sorting filters based on how much space they have used. You can find out more about our sort and search filters in the section below.


Often when notes are created, they become a reference and not needed to be modified. That is why we have provided a Bulk Export feature for you to export your notes for off-line access, without a need to install any extra software.


This has been made possible, because the exported notes are in the form of an HTML file which can be opened with any browser. The exported notebook, also includes search boxes at the top which will allow you to search for your notes based on Category, Subcategory or the note's contents. This is a very flexible way to store your files long term, share with your friends or transfer them to any computer or device without the need to install any extra software.


Another important feature on this page is Bulk Delete. Since your current storage usage is available in the Profile Settings page, you can use Bulk Export and Bulk Delete to keep your usage low so you don't have to upgrade to more expensive plans. However, please keep in mind that if you delete the notes, they cannot be recovered and this action is irreversible.


Our bulk note management page, also provides means to restructure your notes in a few simple steps. You have the options to bulk update the Category or Subcategory of your notes by appending, prepending, removing or replacing the current values.

Finally, we have created some utility HTML pages that you can save to your local machine. The first utility helps you to catalogue your exported notebooks. Since this catalogue is also a bookmarkable HTML page, you can easily search through your notebooks by title. The second utility is also an HTML page that you can use to password protect your notebooks. This operation is performed in your browser on your local machine so your notebooks are not uploaded anywhere. Currently exported notebooks up to 40 MB each can be password protected.


NB: After you export your notes, if your inserted links to online videos such as YouTube, don't play, it could be for one of the following reasons:

  • The video might be restricted to a geographical location.
  • You might have used the wrong version of the link. Please make sure that you choose the Embed option of the video, and use link that is normally specified by the 'src' tag to insert into the note.
  • You might need to add the exported HTML file to a local web server (such as IIS) on your local machine.
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Text scan feature can be used to detect text in an image using optical character recognition (OCR) and extract the recognized words into a note which can later be searched for, edited and formatted. This saves time and provides convenience by allowing you to take photos of text instead of transcribing the text. Once the image is scanned, you have two options for creating a note. You can save the text as a note and use the Edit View to format it.


The second option is to save the image as note. In this scenario you can still find the note by searching for the text in the image. In both scenarios you can adjust the text before saving. We are also in the process of implementing a similar feature to allow performing OCR on the images with handwritten text.


Additionally, ISO Notes automatically detects the language and supports 25 different languages. The supported languages are: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Serbian (Cyrillic and Latin), Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian,


If needed, OCR corrects the rotation of the recognized text, in degrees, around the horizontal image axis. Some of the requirements for a successful scan are:

  1. The size of the input image must be between 40 x 40 and 3200 x 3200 pixels.
  2. The image cannot be bigger than 10 megapixels.


The input image can be rotated by any multiple of 90 degrees plus a small angle of up to '40 degrees. The accuracy of text recognition depends on the quality of the image. An inaccurate reading may be caused by the following situations:

  1. Blurry images.
  2. Handwritten or cursive text.
  3. Artistic font styles.
  4. Small text size.
  5. Complex backgrounds, shadows, or glare over text or perspective distortion.
  6. Oversized or missing capital letters at the beginnings of words.
  7. Subscript, superscript, or strikethrough text.


NB: On photos where text is dominant, false positives may come from partially recognized words. On some photos, especially photos without any text, precision can vary a lot depending on the type of image.
NB: Exported notes may not support languages other than English.

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Text scan feature can be used to detect written text in an image using optical character recognition (OCR) and extract the recognized words into a note which can later be searched for, edited and formatted. This saves time and provides convenience by allowing you to take photos of text instead of transcribing the text. Once the image is scanned, you have two options for creating a note. You can save the text as a note and use the Edit View to format it.


The second option is to save the image as note. In this scenario you can still find the note by searching for the text in the image. In both scenarios you can adjust the text before saving.


If needed, OCR corrects the rotation of the recognized text, in degrees, around the horizontal image axis. Some of the requirements for a successful scan are:

  1. The size of the input image must be between 40 x 40 and 3200 x 3200 pixels.
  2. The image cannot be bigger than 10 megapixels.


The input image can be rotated by any multiple of 90 degrees plus a small angle of up to '40 degrees. The accuracy of text recognition depends on the quality of the image. An inaccurate reading may be caused by the following situations:

  1. Blurry images.
  2. Handwritten or cursive text.
  3. Artistic font styles.
  4. Small text size.
  5. Complex backgrounds, shadows, or glare over text or perspective distortion.
  6. Oversized or missing capital letters at the beginnings of words.
  7. Subscript, superscript, or strikethrough text.


NB: On photos where text is dominant, false positives may come from partially recognized words. On some photos, especially photos without any text, precision can vary a lot depending on the type of image.

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The Visual Content Scanner page will help you to create notes out of images which contains objects rather than text. Our system will scan the image and automatically create tags and description which later can be used to search for the image. Our system uses state-of-the-art algorithms to process images and return the required information. Even some of the celebrities and landmarks are recognized.


Image requirements:

  • Supported image formats: JPEG, PNG, BMP.
  • Image file size must be less than 4MB.
  • Image dimensions must be at least 50 x 50.


Please note we may transform or change your image format when creating a note. We have also provided a filter called Scanned Image, in Edit View, Read View and Manage Notes pages which will help you to locate such notes. This is any easy and flexible way to categorise and search for images.

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Many note taking applications only allow note organisation with a very limited set of categorisation levels such as notebooks, sections and pages. This often leads to a cluttered and unmanageable collection of notes in the long term.

ISO Notes provides two fields called Category and Subcategory. These fields accept a string, up to the maximum of 100 characters each. This will allow you to create and categorise your notes in a much more flexible manner.

You can use the Edit View to create, edit and delete your notes.


Your category or subcategory, can be a single word, a sentence or a combination of words separated by a separator character such as a comma or semi-colon. We recommend using a pipe (i.e. |) as a separator character.

Of course, you can create any category or subcategory but some examples are listed below:

# Category Subcategory
1 Hobby Golf
2 Recipe Soups|Chicken
3 Recipe Soups|Korean|Kimchi
4 Medical Pet - Ginger
5 Medical Pet - Milo
6 Services Electricity
7 Services Insurance
8 University 2018; Biology; Assignment 1
9 University 2018; Chemistry; Lecture 1
10 Customers Maria Garcia
11 Diary 2018|October|22

When creating or editing notes, your existing categories or subcategories can be accessed by clicking on the associated combo box and selecting from the drop-down list. The fields also provide auto-complete feature that will short list the existing values when you start typing. The body of the note can be created using Github flavoured markdown (GFM).


Using markdown editor, you can also include Flow and Sequence diagrams. The editor also provides a range of shortcut keys to help you with editing your markdowns. To see the details, please click the help button on the toolbar when you are in the edit mode.

Our system also provides a very powerful set of filters and search capabilities, that will allow you to locate your notes conveniently. More information about our Search and Sorting filters can be found below.


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View Markdowns page, is suitable for reading your notes as it provides a more distraction free interface displaying 4 notes per page.

You can also use swiping left or right on your mobile device to go to the next or previous set of notes conveniently.

Similarly, to Edit Markdowns page, this page provides you with a set of filters for searching and sorting your notes.

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Bulk managing your markdowns needs to be simple. For this purpose, we have provided you with features to restructure your notes based on their category or subcategory or delete one or more of your notes in a few simple steps.


Manage Markdowns page, similarly to previous pages, provides a range of sorting and searching filters. This also includes search and sorting filters based on how much space they have used. You can find out more about our sort and search filters in the section below.


We also have provided an export feature that you can use to export your markdowns as a file for off-line access. You can use the search and sorting filters to organize your markdowns the way you prefer them to appear in the file. This feature, exports your notes as an *.md file. You can use variety of editors such as Visual Studio Code, to read and modify the file.


Another important feature on this page is Bulk Delete. Since your current storage usage is available in the Profile Settings page, you can use Bulk Delete to keep your usage low so you don't have to upgrade to more expensive plans. However, please keep in mind that if you delete the notes, they cannot be recovered and this action is irreversible.


Our bulk note management page, also provides means to restructure your notes in a few simple steps. You have the options to bulk update the Category or Subcategory of your notes by appending, prepending, removing or replacing the current values.


NB: Please note that when you export your notes as *.md, only Github flavoured markdowns will be rendered in Visual Studio Code, but the Flow and Sequence graphs will only appear as text.

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Our Word-inspired Rich Text Editor provides you with many features to conveniently create and manage elegant text documents. You will be able to save your documents as Microsoft Word Document (*.doc), Microsoft Word 2007 Document (*.docx), Electronic Publication (*.epub), HyperText Markup Language Format (*.html), Web Archive, single file (*.mht), OpentDocument Text Document (*.odt), Text Files (*.txt), Rich Text Format (*.rtf) and Word XML Document (*.xml).


Our powerhouse word processor, includes a rich set of character formatting options, paragraph formatting options, built-in style gallery, section management, page layout, headers, footers, and much more. Please view the screenshots in the gallery to find out more about all the features.

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We are pleased to provide you with an Excel-inspired fully featured Spreadsheet editor. Create sheets with colourful graphs, pivot tables, and save time with built-in financial, logical, date and time, text, maths and trigonometry, statistical, engineering, information and compatibility formulas. You will also be able to download your Spreadsheet document in many different formats such as Excel Workbook (*.xlsx), Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook (*.xlsm), Excel 97-2003 Workbook (*.xls), Excel Template (*.xltx), Excel Macro-Enabled Template (*.xltm), Excel 97-2003 Template (*.xlt), Text (Tab delimited) (*.txt) and CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv).


Please view the screenshots in the gallery to find out more about all the features.

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Use our HTML Editor to design and export your documents. You will be able to export to different file formats such as Rich Text (*.RTF), Portable Document (*.PDF), Plain Text (*.TXT), Microsoft Word 2007 Document (*.docx), OpentDocument Text Document (*.odt) or Web Archive, single file (*.mht).


Please view the screenshots in the gallery to find out more about all the features.

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Our web interface provides you with a simple file explorer that will allow you to manage your files conveniently from the comfort of your browser. With our web interface you can create/delete and move folders, upload, download, search, rename, delete or move your files. You can upload huge documents up to 200 MB per file.


Currently the supported file types are .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .rtf, .txt, .avi, .png, .mp3, .mov, .xml, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .pptx, .zip, .xls, .xlsx, .htm, .html. If you would like different file types to be permitted, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Please view the screenshots in the gallery to find out more about all the features.

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Profile Settings page offers different panels that you can use to administrator different aspects of your subscription. You can easily change your password, change your credit card details or subscription plan. You can also cancel your subscription. Please note that when you cancel your subscription, the cancelation takes affect at the end of current subscription cycle. Once cancelled, you can resume your subscription from this page if you change your mind.


The Profile Settings page also includes a range of graphs that shows you our current usage. This in combination with bulk note management features puts you in control and allows you to stay on smaller plans. As over time your collection of notes grows you can bulk export your notes and delete them. This will bring your usage low and helps you to manage subscription more efficiently. For more information about the Bulk Export and Bulk Delete please see our Manage Notes section.


The Profile Settings page, also includes a panel to configure your UploadCare account. You can find more information about this in the UploadCare Feature Activation section.


Finally, you can configure some more settings such as secure login (Two-Factor Authentication), private mode, archive mode, sidebar visibility, footer visibility or the navigation bar:

  • Secure Login: When enabled, you will be prompted to enter a code during login. To find out more please see the Two-Factor Authentication section.
    • To enable or disable you are required to enter your password.
    • When disabled you will be sent a notification email.
  • Private Mode: When enabled, any notes that has the word Private, in its Category or Subcategory, will not appear under the Edit, View or Manage Notes pages.
    • To enable or disable you are required to enter your password.
    • When this option is enabled, then the Category or Subcategory that contains the word Private, will not appear in the search filter or combo boxes.
    • When disabled you will be sent a notification email.
  • Archive Mode: When enabled, any notes that has the word Archive, in its Category or Subcategory, will not appear under the Edit, View or Manage Notes pages.
    • This option is not password protected.
    • When this option is enabled, then the Category or Subcategory that contains the word Archive, will appear in the combo boxes when creating or editing notes.
  • Remember Filters: When enabled, any filters or search terms you use under the Edit, View or Manage Notes pages, will be remembered between sessions.
  • UI Settings: These settings allow you to customize some of the basic aspects of the pages such as hiding or showing sidebar, footer or top navigation bar.

Please note that Global Preferences are in effect across devices but Local Preferences only apply on the device that they were set.

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In any system where records are created it is critical to have the ability to locate each record based on their characteristics. So, we have provided very powerful set of search and sorting filters that can be used to find your notes.


There are 3 sets of filtering available:

  • Text search: This is where you can enter any text to perform a free text search in all fields.
  • Field Filters: Each of the fields such as Category, Subcategory, Dates, etc... can be used to find the notes based on their values.
  • Advanced Filters: This can be found at the bottom of the page and can be used to create more advanced combinatory search criterion.


There is also a field filter called Scanned Image which can be used to locate notes that are saved as images, using the Text Scan or the Visual Content Scan feature. You can also sort your notes by simply clicking in the middle of the field filters instead of clicking the funnel icon.


Please view the screenshots in the gallery to find out more about all the features.

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ISO Notes provides means to insert images or, links to images and videos, natively. However, to provide more flexibility with our pricing plan, we made file attachment an optional feature which can easily be activated through UploadCare. UploadCare is a scalable file system as a service. If you are an individual or an enterprise, UploadCare has suitable plan for your file storage needs.


In order to take advantage of this, all you have to do is register for a plan with UploadCare (Registration Page), create a project and copy its associated Public API key. Then use this key to activate the feature in ISO Note's Profile Settings page. To see the step by step instructions please see the screenshots.


NB: UploadCare provides a free plan.

NB: Using the free plan you can attach images limited by the specified quota per month.

NB: To attach files using the free plan you will need to add billing information to your UploadCare account.

NB: UploadCare has different quota limits to suite individuals or enterprises.

NB: Once registered with UploadCare, you can insert files from 10 different sources such as local files, Facebook, Instagram, Google photos, Flicker and more into your notes.

NB: Using the UploadCare widget you can also resize or edit your photos before inserting them into your notes.

NB: Each time you insert a file into the note, UploadCare creates a new URL which contains a random 32 characters long UUID for that file. This approach has some benefits as well as some trade-offs:

  • One benefit is that, since each file has a unique, difficult to guess UUID, if compromised, then only a single file will be affected.
  • The trade-off is that, if you give the link to a file to anyone, they will be able to access the file. So, please always be cautious of files you share online.
  • Another benefit of this approach is that when you export your notes, if you decide to unsubscribe from ISO Notes, you will still be able to use your exported notes, since the attached files point to UploadCare servers.

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Why you need it

While online any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen:
  • Using the same password on more than one site
  • Downloading software from the Internet
  • Clicking on links in email messages
Two-Factor Authentication can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.

How it works

  1. You'll enter your password
    Whenever you sign in to ISO Notes, you'll enter your password as usual.
  2. You'll be asked for something else
    Then, a code will be sent to your email or you can use a code generated by Google Authenticator application.

Keeping it simple

During sign-in, you can choose not to use Two-Factor Authentication again on that particular computer. From then on, that computer will only ask for your password when you sign in. You'll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, Two-Factor Authentication will be required.

How it protects you

Most people only have one layer – their password – to protect their account. With Two-Factor Authentication, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he'll still need your phone or your email to get into your account.

Sign in will require something you know and something you have. With Two-Factor Authentication, you'll protect your account with something you know (your password) and something you have (your phone or email).

Verification codes made just for you

Codes are uniquely crafted for your account when you need them. If you choose to use verification codes, they will be sent to your email or you can use the Google Authenticator application which will be configured by scanning a QR code that is uniquely encoded for your specific account. Also, each code can only be used once.

How to enable this option

It is simple. You can go to your account's Profile Settings page, select the 3 rotating gears icon. Then click on the switch called Secure Login. This will bring up the dialog you see above. At this point you can choose to receive the code for the login via email or choose to add ISO Notes to your Google Authenticator application by scanning the QR Code.

NB: While enabling this option, if you entered a code accidentally that was expired, please remember to remove ISO Notes from Google Authenticator before retrying the process again.