I would like to go paperless in my work as a Systems Engineer. My typical working day consists of meetings where I sit and talk to people about their requirements. Based on those requirements I provide a course (I'm a trainer too), consult my colleagues or set up a CRS (Customer Requirement Specification).
During these meetings I use a note pad (pen and paper) to take notes. The notes are entered in chronologic order and if I need to access the notes I need to have my note pad around. I have multiple projects and multiple tasks within those projects so my notes are scattered across the pages and it usually takes some time to find what I'm looking for. Using a laptop to enter notes is not a client-friendly solution, because the client only sees the back of the screen and this prevents an open discussion. Additionally, sometimes I lay my note pad on the table to make a drawing in order to show the client what I mean. Hard to do with a laptop.
So I was thinking maybe an iPad is the solution.
I have the following requirements and concerns:
1. unintentional touch
When sketching (drawing) I will put my hand on the surface I'm drawing on. On paper, nothing unexpected will happen. How about when I lay my hand on the iPad surface while drawing?
2. App for text + draw + picture
I will typically want to add text (handwritten), drawings (hand drawn) and images (taken with the built-in camera) into one single document. It would be nice if the app could convert the hand written text to digital text by using OCR software. Any suggestions for such an app?
I have 3 Macs, all running SL. No iCloud there to sync contacts. Is there any way to sync contacts between the iPad and my Macbook? Syncing using Bluetooth or even a USB cable would be fine.
4. Which iPad?
I'm not overly tech-savvy and I'm not really interested in the latest and greatest, just for the hell of it. I'm interested in pure functionality and my guess is that even an iPad 1 would do the trick for me, provided the processing power is enough for what I want to do. If I want to buy new, iPad2 or iPad4 are now my options. An iPad mini is too small for what I want to do. I don't need SIM, wifi will do because I'll always have my android phone w/ tethering at hand.
Any suggestions on which iPad for my objectives are very welcome.
One thing I've learned as a Systems Engineer is that it's possible not to be aware of some things I don't know. So: what do you people know that I don't but should, regarding what I want to do?