How to Sync Notes between iPad and Mac using Cloud Storages

Outline is a perfect app to take notes on both your iPad and your Mac. Take a minute to learn how to keep them synchronized via Dropbox / Box or OneDrive.

Case 1: Your notebooks are on iPad

      1. Create a Dropbox / Box account if you don't have one yet. Install Dropbox client to your iPad and Mac.

      2. In Outline on iPad go to Settings > Synchronization > Dropbox / Box > Link. Enter your credentials.

     3. On the homescreen long tap on your notebook's cover, choose Properties > Location >
      Dropbox, Box or iCloud > Choose folder (optionally) > Done.

      4. In Outline on Mac click “+” next to NOTEBOOKS in the navigation tree (on the left) Open from Local, Dropbox or Box / Open from iCloud > Choose your notebook. You can also simply drag&drop your notebook folder into Outline from Finder.



Case 2: Your notebooks are on Mac

      1. Create a Dropbox / Box account if you don't have one yet. Install Dropbox client to your iPad and Mac.

      2. On your Mac find your local notebook folder: right-click on the notebook's cover Properties.

      3. You can navigate to that folder manually or just click Show in Finder.

     4. Cut&Paste the folder of your notebook from your local folder into the Dropbox / Box or iCloud folder. In Outline, reopen it from the cloud storage via + button. ("+" > Open from Local, Dropbox or Box / Open from iCloud).

      5. In Outline on iPad tap “+” on the homescreen and choose Open from > Dropbox /Box  / iCloud > Enter your credentials > Choose your notebook.

Case 3: Your notebooks are in OneNote on PC

Please note: We suggest the following scenario if you are planning to use this notebook alone. In case you are going to share the notebook with other users, we recommend OneDrive for syncing your notes between OneNote on PC and Outline on other devices.

      1. Create a Dropbox / Box account if you don't have one yet. Install Dropbox, Box or iCloud client to your iPad, Mac and PC.

      2. On your PC move your notebook folder (cut&paste) into Dropbox / Box / iCloud folder and then reopen your notebook with OneNote for PC from this new location to refresh the connection.

      3. In Outline on iPad tap “+” on the homescreen and choose Open from > Dropbox / Box / iCloud > Enter your credentials > Choose your notebook.

      4. In Outline for Mac click “+” next to NOTEBOOKS in the navigation tree (on the left), choose Open from Local, Dropbox or Box / Open From iCloud > Choose your notebook. You can also simply drag&drop your notebook folder into Outline from Finder.

How to Sync Notes between iPad and Mac via OneDrive

Case 1: There are no notebooks yet or there are notebooks on iPad

      1. Create OneDrive account if you don't have one yet.

      2. Create new notebook in your iPad Outline: tap the "+" next to NOTEBOOKS > Create Notebook .

      3. In Outline on iPad go to Settings > Synchronization > OneDrive > Enter your credentials.

      4. Check if the notebook you want to move to OneDrive is in OneNote format (OneDrive only supports OneNote format notebooks): long tap on your notebook's cover, choose Properties > Format > OneNote.

      5. On the homescreen long tap on your notebook's cover, choose Properties > Location > OneDrive > Choose folder (optionally) > Done.

      6. In Outline on Mac click “+” next to NOTEBOOKS in the navigation tree (on the left), choose Open from OneDrive > Choose your notebook

Case 2: There are notebooks on Mac

      1. Create a OneDrive account if you don't have one yet.

      2. In OneDrive web client click “Create a OneNote notebook”, give it a title. 

      3. In Outline on Mac click “+” next to NOTEBOOKS in the navigation tree (on the left), choose Open from OneDrive > Choose your notebook.

      4. Move section tabs from your local notebook into the newly opened OneDrive notebook by drag&drop and sync changes.

      5. In Outline on iPad go to Settings > Synchronization > OneDrive > Enter your credentials.

      6. Tap “+” on the homescreen and choose Open from > OneDrive > Choose your notebook.

Case 3: There are notebooks in OneNote on PC

      1. Create a OneDrive account if you don't have one yet.

      2. In OneNote on PC right-click on your notebook's title in the list on the left, choose Share this notebook > OneDrive.

      3. In Outline on Mac click “+” next to NOTEBOOKS in the navigation tree (on the left), choose Open from OneDrive > Choose your notebook.

      4. In Outline on iPad go to Settings > Synchronization > OneDrive > Enter your credentials.

      5. Tap “+” on the homescreen and choose Open from > OneDrive > Choose your notebook.



This being done you can edit your notes and keep them in real-time sync between your iPad and Mac. 
In case anything is now working as described, please contact support@outline.ws


Enjoy your notes!

 

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