MxtNote Mobile App

Table of contents

Start Page

After first install, you will see the following page, you can start adding files and notes by the "+" button, after that, you can go to the individual views: Library, Arxiv, Notes, Notebooks, Graph. These will be explained in detail later.

There are a few interactive tutorial you can take to get familiar with some of the steps.

To set up cloud sync, you can click the the Cloud accout - Setup to start the setup.

Toward the bottom of the start page, there are shortcuts to go to the main screens: Library, Notes, Notebooks, Arxiv, Graph

Cloud sync setup

For cloud sync, you would need to sign in with either MxtNote account or your google or apple account.

If you don't have a MxtNote account, click Signup or visit to register a free account.

You can also choose offline mode, In offline mode file and notes are not synced and functionality which needs server API will not be available

Add a local file

In the library screen, tap the + button to add a file from your local device, or choose the URL option to add file with URL

Add a file from Arxiv

it can also be added from an Arxiv search, move to the Arxiv tab, click the + button

Click on the article to read it, or click the "..." menu to edit the description or delete the article. The list item can be expanded to show the note in the article.

Click the + button, then click on either the +file or +arxiv button

Search a file by description

the text field on top of the library screen can be used to search a file by its description.

Edit/Delete File

After a file is added, a card with the first page thumbnail and the description of the file will be shown, at the bottom right corner there is a popup menu. You can use the popup menu to edit file description or delete the file.

Arxiv Graph

If the file is from Arxiv, for online user the popup menu for the file will have option to build arxiv reference grap from and to this file. This is useful if you want to find new article in Arxiv which reference the one you have read. The first time you tap the "Arxiv graph", a request will be sent to the MXTSoft cloud server and its processed in background, you can check the progress by open the popup menu again, when the green indicator shows near the "Arxiv graph" text, you can tap on it and then tap "View current result" to see the result. In the "Arxiv graph" screen. You can tap on the article to add it to your library

Read article

Tap on a article in the library screen to open it. When it first comes up, the move tool is selected to indicate that we are in view mode. We can zoom in-out using the usual gesture. the zoom level will be remembered in a per-article settings.

Tap on the outline toolbar to open the menu, then select "Outline", if the PDF has outline, a dialog will appear and you can select the item to navigate to, if you want to go back to the original position, open the same menu and select "Back", the links in PDF file are painted with light blue, long tap on the link to go the the link target location.

Tap the search icon on the tool bar to start search, enter the search text, the search result will show, tap the arrow button to go to the result, after finding the desired result, tap on the checkmark button to close the search result window.

Write notes

The next three tool bar button are for writing notes, the pencil button can be used to write directly on top of the article, after tapping the pencil button additional writing toolbar will appear, you can choose different color and stroke width.

the selection tool can be used to select a rectangle area from the article, select it, then draw an closed curve on the page, the bounding box of the curve will be used as the selection

After note is added, if you want to change it, for example, add text note or tag to it long tap the red box to bring up the note context menu

Here the context menu are, move, edit, delete note, the next one is copy to notebook, and the last one is "go to reference in notebook". When the menu is active, the note can dragged (copied) to a notebook window opened in split mode

To search math symbol which is not possible to search by text, first select the image search tool, then draw a closed curve to select the image you want to search, then tap the search button in the context menu. In the pop up dialog, select whether you want to search all pages or a range. In the result window, check the preview for each match, tap on the arrow to navigate to the match.


If the article is in language you are not familiar with, you can translation part of the text to English by first tap the translate too button. then draw a closed curve to select text to translate, after the result is shown, you can modify the selection and see the result updated

Notebook in splitted mode

The last button in the library tool bar will open a selected notebook in split mode. In this mode you can see the book and your notebook side by side. In this mode, you can drag you note from book window to notebook window.

Notes View

You can use the "Notes" tab to review your previous note, search by note text, the book it originally came from, or the tags. Clicking on the "Tags" button will bring up a dialog in which you can choose which tag to use to filter note, or to create/delete tags.

If the note has reference to PDF, it will have a "cloud" icon, Click on it to go back to its original book to read more.

Click on the ... button to use the pop up menu to edit or delete the note

If the note has links to other note or locations in notebook, a "link" icon will show, Click on it to display the links from the note in more detail.

To toggle link between notes, you can long press the source note, then drag it to the target note.

Add Simple Note

In note view, you can tap + to add simple note, simple note are text based note, they are important building blocks for other more complicated form like notebook and graph

In the simple note edit window, you can enter text in the main window. You can choose different note type, text, markdown or math. If the type is markdown, you can write the markdown syntax in the text, or use the short cut to add header or item. If you choose math type, you can use the text editor to enter the Latex syntax. if you are not familiar with Latex, you can choose the math editor to edit math formula.

You can tap the "Draw" to attach a drawing to the note.

You can assign tag to simple note by tap the "Tag" button. You can assign a date or a date range to simple note, tap the "+" near the "Date". In the calendar, long press a date to select a single date, or first tap the start date, then tap the end date to select a range.

Notebook View

In the notebook tab, you can create your own notebook by using the "+" button, then click the notebook to open it.

The toolbar's first row buttons from left to right:

  • move: in this mode, you can pan and zoom the notebook
  • pen: use stylus or finger to write on notebook
  • select tool: draw a contour to select a group of previous ink, a context menu will allow you to delete the selection, you can also drag the selection to move it
  • text: click to add a text box, to add text to a text box, long press it to bring up the context menu, then click the edit button, you can also resize the text box in that mode.
  • undo: undo previous action
  • clear page: clear all the content in the current page(can be undone)
  • add page: add a new page in the end of the notebook, and make the new page the current page

If you select pen tool, the second row will show, to write, first select one of the 3 stashed custom pen slot, then choose the desired color and width, these custom pen will be saved and available later.

For small screen, one way to write small text is to use the magnifier mode, by tapping the magnifier button, in magnifier mode, when you start writing, it will magnify the area around the point where you start writing

Edit Text

To edit the text, long tap on the text, this will go into the text edit mode. A text toolbar will show under the regular tool bar. The left most button is a toggle between text mode or math mode. In text mode, you can enter normal text, or math equation with latex syntax. In math mode, you can still edit text, you can also add new math block, or edit existing math block by tapping on it and tap "Edit" menu.

In math editor, you can edit one part of the math block at one time, the part that can be edited is usually what appear to be in one horizontal line, for example, the limit of an integral needs to be edited separately from the integrand itself.

For operator with multiple part, like integral, you can tap on it, then select the "Option" to choose whether to include certain option, for example, the upper and lower limit of an integral

Select Notes

Select the lasso tool and draw a curve around the handwriting or text you want to select. After selected, you can delete the selection, long tap to drag it to move it, or delete it. You can also convert handwriting to text using the OCR button

Go back from note to its context

For notes copied from PDF, long tap to bring up the context buttons, then tap on it to go back to its original context

In the notebook tab, tap "..." button for a notebook, in the context menu, you can choose "Print" to print the notebook.

In the context menu, you can choose "Export", this will open the export dialog, you can choose the format and export destination, either "File", or "Email", for email, enter destination address, then tap "Ok" to start the export.

For latext format, the exported file is tar.gz format, the package contains a main latex file and several png files if your note has a context with in a document. Extract the package, edit the note.tex file as needed, then use command "pdflatex note.tex" to compile it to pdf file.

Graph View

In graph view, you can create a graph to connect a subset of simple notes. This is useful to capture some dependency structure in for example, knowledge or tasks. Start be tap the + and enter a name to create a graph. After a graph is created, a tag of the same now will appear in the tag list. Go ahead and tag the simple note you want to add to the graph with the graph tag. Now enter the graph editor by tap the graph in the graph view. Then drag the source note to the target note to toggle the edge between them.

In later version the edges between node is toggled by the following way: first select two notes, the first selected note will be marked with red and the second one blue, then tap one of the button to toggle the edge that either goes from the red notes to blue notes or the other way around.

Note sync

Normally all the changes are synced to the cloud automatically, if you temporarily lost internet connection, your edit might not be synced to cloud right away, you might see the following warning screen. When you reconnect to the internet. click on the online button menu, and click "Push" to push the edit. In the rare event where there is an internal error. you might need to use the menu "Reset and Sync" to sync with the server state before the last error.