What is Polybook?

Polybook is the fastest way to build your own personal encyclopedia.

Use it to store knowledge long-term using your visual and spatial memory.

Pin facts to an interactive Map and Timeline; visualize your knowledge with stats and graphs; benefit from powerful collective-learning features - where like-minded users #learninpublic, helping each other speed up and automate their note-taking.

What is Knowledge Tracking?

Unlike regular note-taking software, Polybook is designed purely for facts.

This might be facts from a podcast, a documentary or a class at school.  Historical events, general knowledge, trivia, book recommendations, travel destinations…

NOT shopping lists, meeting notes, door codes or random thoughts (you can keep using your old notes app for those).

Creating a distinction between short-term admin and long-term knowledge allows Polybook to be more useful - and powerful - when it comes to the latter.

How do I create a note?

On the main ‘View Menu’ page you’ll see a circle with a ‘+’. Tapping this will take you to the ‘New Note’ prompt where you can type the title of your note.

Take care to use a clear, distinct title - much like an encyclopedia or wikipedia entry. Doing so will make it easier for you to recall the note in the future, and (if you set your note to ‘Visible’) it will increase the chances it will help other users.

Why are there notes already in my list when I first load the app?

Polybook comes preloaded with a number of facts on fascinating and diverse subjects. They’re included to demonstrate how Polybook can be used; and to immediately showcase the power of the list, map and timeline views.

If you don’t want to keep these notes, they’re easy to delete from the ‘Note Options’ menu, at the bottom of each note.

Why are summaries limited to 220 characters?

We encourage users to write short, bitesize summaries, as this is the best way to store and recall information. It also allows other users to quickly swipe through alternate summaries and read them at a glance.

If you want to add more detail, you can always use the ‘More Text’ module.

Can I write a note more than 220 characters?

Yes, of course. We encourage you to keep your summaries short and sweet. That way they’re easier to view and remember. But if you want to add more detailed text, use the ‘More Text’ option in the ‘Add New Module’ menu.

What does it mean to create a ‘Visible’ note?

Polybook works on one simple principle: If you find something fascinating, the chances are someone else finds it fascinating too! So if another Polybook user has already created a note on the topic you’re interested in, then Polybook can ‘adopt’ their summary, links and tags to speed up your note-taking.

We call this ‘Collective Learning’.

If you set your note to ‘Visible’, this means you’re contributing the community and allowing your note to help other users.

Of course, this isn’t compulsory, so if you want to keep your note private, set it to ‘Hidden’ and no-one else will see it.

What is my PolyScore?

Your PolyScore is a way for you to keep track on how much you’re learning, and how helpful your notes are to the Polybook community. It breaks down like this:

2 points for adding a new note to your list.
4 points for adding an original note to the Polybook community.
2 points for every ‘Summary’ module adopted by another user.
1 point for every other module adopted by another user.

(with Date, Location, Summary, Links and Tags all counting as separate modules, you’ll see how quickly this number can multiply).

A great way to quickly increase your PolyScore is to create ‘Visible’ notes on trending subjects. In the future we plan to reward the highest scoring Polybook users, so watch this space!

What is modular note-taking?

We’ve designed Polybook to be simple when you want it simple, and powerful when you want it powerful.

For this reason we’ve built a modular system. You can create a quick, clean note with just a Title and Summary. But if you want to add a date, location, links, tags and more text, they’re available with just a tap of the ‘Add New Module’ button.

Increased functionality, such as ‘Add Audio’ and ‘Attach PDF’, will follow shortly.

Why are there Left and Right buttons below each module?

These are how you swipe between different user’s content. If you’ve created a note on a trending subject, Polybook will do it’s best to auto-complete your note. However, if you’re not happy with the content you’ve been given, you can swipe though alternate options, to see if someone’s added content you prefer.

Or you can swipe left and ‘Clear’, if you want to add your own.  

How do I report a bug?

Polybook is currently in open Beta, so bugs are to be expected. Please be understanding. And please DO report the bug. You can use the form here.

Can I request new features?

Absolutely. We’d love to hear what you think about the app, and what features you’d like to see in the future. Please use this form to request new features.

Remember to tell your friends about Polybook, give us a good review on the App Store. All will help us expand our development team and get you new features faster.

Will there be Android and Browser versions of Polybook?

Yes! We’re working on it. But we’re currently a small team and self funded. The best way to get these versions quicker is to support us in these ways:

1. Tell your friends about Polybook.

2. Give us a great review on the app store / facebook / any other social platform.

Polybook Ltd

Cloud-based note-taking app in the e-learning / productivity space. Polybook is designed to work with your visual memory to aid recall. Currently available on iPhone. Android and browser versions coming soon.

Cloud-based note-taking app in the e-learning / productivity space.