Create Theocratic Outlines using Safari and the Notes App
In the past, Safari bookmarks were the tried and true way that I used to save theocratic points I wanted to refer back to in the future. And bookmarks worked well. I used them for personal study projects and for encouraging point to share with friends. But the one point of contention I had with bookmarks was that I couldn’t really add notes to them. I wanted to be able to jot down my thoughts along with having the links to the reference material. This was never possible, that is until iOS 9.
iOS 9 brings many exciting new features to our iPhones and iPads. Here is a write up summarizing all the highlights of Apple’s operating system. Included in the mix is the ability to send webpage links from Safari to the Notes app. This is all carried out through share extensions, a feature that was introduced in iOS 8. As with everything they do, Apple makes this a petty smooth process to carry out. And the result is a nice box with preview text added right in line with your note text. Here is a screenshot of how it looks on the iPad.
With this method I can write a talk or outline theocratic points to share with friends, and have the scripture or article links right there in the outline. Follow the screenshots or the step-by-step instructions below to start making your own theocratic outline.
- Open Safari and find the article you would like to link to.
- Tap the Share button.
- Choose Notes in the pop-up box.
- In the next pop-up box, add any additional text you would like to be added to your note. If none, you don’t need to do anything.
- At the bottom of the box, choose which existing note you would like to save to. You can also create a new note.
- Tap Save. Your link has now been appended to your note in the Notes app. Open the Notes app to see your link.
Sharing to Notes has been an efficient way to keep me organized while making it easier to write talks and other theocratic outlines.
October 27, 2016 @ 12:25 am
I haven’t heard anything about iOS 10 nor iPhone 7. I have learned a lot from you and would like to continue learning. Thank you for all the information
October 27, 2016 @ 7:53 am
Hey Carol. Thanks so much for the nice comment. I’ve been busy recently and haven’t had a lot of time to devote to the site here. But comments like this will get me moving. Thanks!
December 22, 2016 @ 8:36 am
hi what tools and apps would you use for preparing a public talk from outline to presenting.?
Many thanks for all your hard work.
December 22, 2016 @ 8:53 am
Hi and thanks for the question. For the last year or so I’ve been exclusively using Notes to write talks. The reasons mainly being the use of plain text to keep things simple, the ability to include active web links, and seamlessly syncing between iPhone, iPad, Mac, and my work PC using iCloud.com. So no matter where I go or when I think of an idea, I have my talk with me.
When I begin a talk I’ll first grab all the scriptures and article references from the outline and throw them into a wol.jw.org search to create one link to all the references.
Here is an example: http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/l/r1/lp-e?q=Pr+1%3A8%3Bw07+2%2F15+25-26+11%3Bg94+7%2F22+5+3%3BPr+13%3A20%3BLuke+2%3A51%2C+52%3B%28w09+7%2F15+11+16%3B+cf+62+18%3BDe+6%3A6%2C+7%3Bw00+6%2F15+15+14%3BLuke+2%3A48%2C+49%3Bw07+2%2F15+25+10%3BLu+2%3A51%3Bw13+5%2F15+22+14%3BEphesians+6%3A1%2C+2%3BCol+3%3A20%3BPr+23%3A24%2C+25%3BPr+3%3A1%2C+2
You can simply separate the scriptures or articles with a ; in the search bar. I’ll then paste this link at the beginning of my note for quick access.
Once I’m done with my talk outline I’ll throw it into Word or Pages to format it for easier glancing while on stage.