Getting Started with nvUltra

Getting started with nvUltra is as easy as choosing a place to store your notes. If you already have a bunch of notes in another app, check the “Switching to nvUltra” section to get your existing notes ported over before you get started.

Open A Folder

When you first open nvUltra, you’ll start by picking a folder for your notes. This can be an existing folder of text files, or you can create a new folder. nvUltra works with any number of different folders, and you can even have multiple folders open at once. Subfolders are allowed, and nvUltra will recursively search all folders automatically.

You can put these folders on a file syncing system, including Dropbox, iCloud Drive, or Google Drive. Anywhere you can put a folder with plain text files in it will work, and a synced folder will allow you to open your notes in any text editor on any other machine or platform.

Create A Note

Everything starts in the Search/Create bar. You can click inside it with your mouse, but for the most convenience, just memorize the keyboard shortcut: L. As its name indicates, you’ll use it to both search for notes and create new ones, all from one place.

Notes begin with a title. Simply type the subject of the note in the Search/Create bar and press Return. A new note with that title will be created and the focus will move to the editor. Type the content of the note (you can use MultiMarkdown syntax) and it will be automatically saved. You can start another note as easily as going back to the Search/Create bar (L) and entering a new title.

Search Your Notes

The Search/Create bar is also where you start looking for notes. What you type in the Search/Create bar is compared against all of the files in the current folder and subfolders, looking for the closest matches. This isn’t limited to titles, you’re searching the full text of the note as well. When you see the note you’re looking for, use the up and down arrow keys to select it from the list (or click it using your mouse/trackpad), and press Return to jump straight into editing the selected note.

From the editor you can always get back to the file list by selecting the Search/Create bar again (L) and using the up and down arrow keys.

Find Connected Notes

While a note is selected, you can turn on Connections mode and see all notes similar to the selected one. The entire contents of the note are compared against all of your other notes to find the most relevant ones.

Preview Your Notes

nvUltra provides a live preview of your text, turning your Markdown into beautifully-formatted HTML. Open the preview with Window Toggle Preview (P). Once open, it will connect to the editor window and synchronize scrolling so you’re always looking at the part of the document you’re editing. Hold down the Command key () to scroll the two halves independently.

The synchronization settings can be modified in the nvUltra Preferences, Preview pane under Synchronized Scrolling. You can change the Modifier key (the key you hold down to scroll independently), choose whether synchronize while you’re typing, or disable synchronized scrolling entirely.

In the Preview prefences you can also choose what theme to use. nvUltra comes stocked with several well-crafted options, and you can create your own with a little CSS.

The Preview also supports KaTeX for math rendering and highlight.js for syntax highlighting.

Next up: Importing Notes


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