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May 20, 2006

10 Feature Requests For Google Notebook

Dear Google Notebook team,

I used Google Notebook from the first day you launched it and I liked it. I even created notes to help me with my blog posts. But I have some small request for you.

1. export notes as PDF files
2. images should be cached on Google servers (at least as thumbnails if it's a copyright issue, or even as files from Google Image Search cache)
3. gadgets for Personalized Homepage and Google Desktop
4. share a private notebook with your Gmail contacts, or only with some people
5. integrate Google Notebook with Google Calendar, so you can show notes from events
6. upload documents (.doc, .pdf, .xls) and images
7. notes should be searchable from Google Desktop and Gmail
8. a version optimized for mobile phones
9. original text should be differentiated from annotations
10. integrate Notebook with Google Toolbar and kill the Firefox extension and the IE plugin

and another request: sticky notes, notes that should stand out (maybe linked with events from Google Calendar)

I hope I don't ask for too much.


  1. A human readable url for public notebooks...

  2. Two things:
    The ability for it to take bookmarks that you have stored locally on you computer ( like firefox bookmarks) and add them online and whne there are new bookmarks sych them.

    The other is I wouldn't like it with the toolbar becasue not everyone uses it....
    and it slows your browser down to have too many extentions
    ( or could could just make a version with it, like with google pack)

  3. I second request number one. Perhaps make it possible to import PDFs as well.

  4. Surprised that tags or labels, as google calls them haven't made your list.

  5. I have used the scrapbook extension for Firefox and a few features could be included in Notebook.

    1. Capture an entire web-page (including images per 2 above).
    2. Refresh the web-page capture as above.
    3. Snippet refresh (could be complicated).
    4. Add metadata not already present (author, capture time, licence (CC) ..)
    5. Make links work (oh, they work in full page view).
    6. And after trying to save this comment, notebooking within open textareas.

    I don't agree with the killing the Firefox extension and the IE plugin, I dont want the toolbar mandatory.

    Greater integration across all google applications is becoming increasingly important, and a downside to the continual beta programs. Maybe google needs some more meta-programs (I am trying out homepage now).


  6. I support the following request
    -> Integrate as a Desktop Gadget
    -> Link with Google Calendars so notes can be made calendar events (setting reminders), link to calendar events or viceversa

  7. Please, add MindMap amd/or ConceptMap support for the notebook!... Or a total new app for making ConceptMaps and/or MindMaps!

  8. MindMap support/development gets another vote from me;

    anyone else wanting wiki integration features? e.g.

  9. just might use (firefox extension) + tiddlywiki + tiddlyspot to host instead..

  10. I would love a google notebook mindmap function, plus an extention for a little known browser called google chrome

  11. also is there a way that captured noted could include full harvard refferencing citations

  12. Mindmaps will be ultimate way to organize the information, and would make a great feature... I support...

  13. Should be able to sync google notebook with your WM device! Syncing the notes from WM to google notbook! and vice versa

  14. Integrate Notebook with PDF. We should be able to note the points while reading a PDF file.


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