If you are a user of Samsung Galaxy Note, or Note II, you will find the S Note in Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is quite different from that in Note or Note II. For example, a lot of seasoned S Note users will ask “where is the productivity tools?” in Note 3.
In this post, I will share with you the top 10 new features of S Note in Samsung Galaxy Note 3. These include select and transform (replacing and enhancing productivity tools in old S Note), select and format (formatting your S Note), easy chart, line eraser, searchable S Note, full screen by default, landscape template, preview S Note, default template and default cover, and add from scrapbook.
Please note, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition has almost identical S Note as that in Galaxy Note 3. So this post also applies to Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, although I just mention Note 3 in the post.
1. Select and transform (replacing productivity tools)
Productivity tools is one of the most welcomed features in S Note. It is powerful and east to use. If you are not sure about the productivity tools in previous generations of Galaxy Note devices (Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 8.0, and Galaxy Note 10.1), you may check this video.
Once you get the new Galaxy Note 3, you will find you can not find productivity tools in the new S Note. Quite a lot Galaxy Note 3 owners asked me where to find the productivity tools.
In Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the productivity tools are deeply integrated into S Note. The term is no longer used for the new S Note.
All of the functions and features (except formula search in Wolfram Alpha) of productivity tools now can be easily accessed from select and transform in Galaxy Note 3. You can write/draw whatever you want in the S Note, tap the selection button, draw a closed (roughly) line to include the written objects, now you have the options to convert/transform the written objects to text, shape, formula, text shape+text. This is more efficient than that in productivity tools.
The transform function is more accurate compared to the productivity tools. You can also convert text+shape. This is something that you cannot do with the old productivity tools.
For the function search in Wolfram Alpha, you cannot access from S Note any more. But you can use this feature in S Finder. In other words, if you want to search a function in Wolfram Alpha, you can simply write the function in S Finder and you can get the search results from Wolfram Alpha.
2. Select and format
Formatting S Note used to be a tedious task in creating a S Note (you may refer to this video on typesetting/formatting on the old S Note) . There are quite a few useful functions buried here and there in the old S Note.
In the new S Note in Galaxy Note 3, formatting S Note becomes easier. You just select the range to be formatted use the select function, then tap properties. All the typesetting settings are there now.
3. Easy chart
Easy chart is a new feature. It lets you create charts and graphs quickly and easily using S Note.
You can create tables, line charts, bar charts, and pie charts with easy chart, which can be accessed from insert button (bottom left). It is also very easy to edit the chart.
Easy chart is one of the most polished features in S Note. For Galaxy Note or Note II users, it should be quite straightforward. A lot of Samsung device owners complain about bling-bling features in its high-end smartphones. Easy chart definitely does not belong to this category.
4. Line Eraser (erase the whole line)
In the old S Note, eraser is just a eraser: it clears the area it passes. Of course, you can define the thickness of the eraser just like that in many photo/image editing apps.
In the new S Note in Galaxy Note 3, the eraser has additional function: line eraser. It can erase the who line with one tap. The line eraser can also clean your S Note line by line.
A lot of S Note heavy users will find this function is extremely handy.
5. Searchable S Notes
Now, you can search your S Notes in Galaxy Note 3. The search covers tags and contents of the notes.
This actually is a feature of S Finder, which allows you search almost everything in your Galaxy Note 3. Of course, you can limit the search to S Notes only, and limit the date range as well. It seems the S Finder does cover a blind area of Google search.
6. Full screen by default
5.7″ is not so large when you take notes. The new S Note give you more working space. S Note in Galaxy Note 3 now works on full screen by default. The toolbar also shrinks to one line.
You can even hide the one-line toolbar to get really full screen for your S Note. The gesture for hiding the toolbar is a bit nerdy. You need touch the screen with 3 fingers and spreading them apart.
7. Landscape template
Although you still cannot create your own template with other apps or tools, there are more templates to choose from for your S Note in your Galaxy Note 3. As many S Note users noticed, the templates in the old S Note are for portrait mode. When you use S Note in landscape mode, the S Note looks less impressive.
In the new S Note, there are some landscape templates. They are especially useful if you want to export the S Note as an image for a PowerPoint slide. Of course, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition owners will use these templates more frequently than Note 3 owners.
8. Preview S Note
When you open the new S Note in your Galaxy Note 3, you can now preview existing S Notes by just dragging the cover down a bit with your S Pen. You can preview all pages of the S Note without opening it. Of course, you can tap any pages to open the S Note.
9. Default template and default cover
Another nice feature I like is the default feature and default template. In the old S Note, when you create a new S Note, you have to pick a template. For occasional users, it is not a big issue. But for heavy users, this can be annoying.
In the new S Note in Galaxy Note 3, by default, a default template and a default template is used. So, it is not necessary to select template every time when you want to create a new S Note. For new users, this may cause minor inconvenience.
10. Insert from scrapbook
Scrapbook is a new and exciting feature in Galaxy Note 3. It is essentially your own digital collection of contents from webpages, videos and many other sources on your Galaxy Note 3. You may refer to Galaxy Note 3 online user manual page to know more about scrapbook.
The better thing is that the new S Note can use all items in your scrapbook in your Galaxy Note 3.
Do you like these new features? How do you enjoy these new features? Let other Galaxy note 3 owners know in the comment box below.
More tutorials for S Note app can be found here in the S Note guide page.
More tips on Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Note 10.1 can be found in Tips and Tricks page.
Galaxy Note 3 online manual (HTML edition) is available here.
If you want to download the PDF version of Galaxy Note 3, Note Ii, Note 8.0. Note 10.1, or read the PDF version on line, you can find all of them in this User Manual page.