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BKNotes Pro

BKNotes Pro for iPhone offers the superior capability to create, scan and update reading notes for your books. With built-in powerful OCR engine, BKNotes Pro can fast capture the snapshot of the book page and notes, and convert them to electronics text, which could be easily copied and emailed anytime anywhere. In addition, it is also a powerful notes/books library, supporting fulltext search and online book info retrieval, and even ISBN barcode scanning for fast book info entry.

BKNotes Pro is very suitable for students, researchers, avid book readers, and anyone who enjoys reading and wants to write down instant excerpts, thoughts and comments.

For example, with BKNotes Pro, you can easily take excerpts or notes of any books, just write the page number, and capture snapshot of your book page or paragraph, and add comments and notes. If you just have iPod Touch without camera, you can also use OCR functionality for imported photo.

BKNotes Pro’s Main Features:

  1. Scan and OCR book excerpts and notes, currently support English text (French/German/Italian languages are supported by In-App purchase, Asia languages will also come soon)
  2. Search and grab book information automatically from internet to build your own book library
  3. ISBN barcode scanning for fast book info entry (iOS devices with auto-focus camera required)
  4. Browse, manage or delete books from your library easily and conveniently
  5. Add snapshot of the reading book page or paragraph by device camera
  6. Instant access to your latest book notes
  7. Fulltext search and fast access to your notes
  8. Intuitive UI and note book interface

In-App Purchase of OCR Languages:

  • Specific French/German/Italian OCR Language can be bought by In-App Purchase. Literally, you could also use the default English OCR Language to scan roman character text, but with specific OCR language support, better recognition result can be achieved, especially on text with special characters.
  • In-App Purchase of OCR language will only charge you once. If you buy IAP and reinstall the app or install on a new device, just purchase again the target language, IAP will prompt you that you have already buy the item, and will re-download for free. Note: you must do this under the same iTunes account with which you bought the language for the first time.

User Interface:

Scan ISBN barcode and Fetch book info from internet:

Take notes and search:


  • BKNotes Pro recommends iOS 4.0+ device with auto-focus camera, but also supports lower version iOS devices without camera, like iPod Touch
  • Please kindly note that BKNotes is not a ebook content reader, but you are welcome to use it to take notes when reading with Kindle, iPad or any other ebook device
  • BKNotes Pro will also be updated continuously, please remember to check and update from itunes

13 Comments so far

  1. Clain October 11th, 2010 1:28 AM

    Hi, do you know when OCR recognition currently support french language ?

  2. Ryefone October 12th, 2010 12:28 PM

    Hi, Clain,

    French, German, Italian and other languages will be supported by In-App purchase in the upcoming update, which is now under testing. It might roll out in November, with proposed price USD$1.99 per language.

    Stay tuned!

    Ryefone Support

  3. George L. November 23rd, 2010 10:01 AM

    Recently purchased your APP, spent all night making entries, in addition set a password. Today updated my iph4 with the new software update. NOW this APP it doesn’t allow me to acess the keybord in order to type my PW so I have no acess to anything. Can you assist me or this was a complete LOSS???
    Please reply urgently

  4. Ryefone December 4th, 2010 10:55 AM

    Hi, George,

    Don’t panic, it’s the new iOS framework issue. The iOS 4.2 compatibile free update will be soon out. All your data would be safely there. Just wait a few days for the new update to get passed.

    Ryefone Support

  5. Uwe Brahm December 5th, 2010 8:47 AM

    Are you planning an iPad Version?

  6. Ryefone December 13th, 2010 3:33 PM

    Hi, Uwe,

    Yes, it’s now under alpha working with more wide page layouts and handwriting recognition support (iPad lacks camera, but is very suitable for finger input). It might be shipped as a standalone HD version, because new added handwriting features is mostly for iPad. But the final decision hasn’t been made, a universal upgrade is also possible.

    Anyway, stay tuned!


  7. Nigel February 11th, 2011 4:42 AM

    Where there are extensive notes on a book I think it would be good to be able organise these under chapter and section headings (sort of in an outline format). Might this be considered for future versions?

  8. Ryefone March 3rd, 2011 2:48 PM

    Dear Nigel,

    Currently notes are organized with simple and neat page number, while sections/chapters are good alternatives, but might require a bit of manually text input. We are considering how to add this feature with easiness and elegance.

    Thanks for your advice! Stay tuned!


  9. Makoto March 25th, 2011 12:13 PM


  10. Kim April 17th, 2011 9:52 AM

    iPad 2 has a camera, but this app doesn’t recognize it, so it won’t let me use the features that require a camera.

  11. Ryefone April 24th, 2011 8:26 PM

    The update for iPad2 is just coming, please wait a few days.

  12. Ryefone April 25th, 2011 10:34 AM


    Ryefone Support

  13. Nigel February 4th, 2012 2:42 AM

    I would like to be able to export my notes in a format that I can read on computer. I am sure that this used to be available (pdf export I think) but can’t find it now. Is this possible? Thanks.

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