Has anyone else tried UPAD? There is a free "UPAD lite" app where you can check it out before buying. IMHO, the inking in UPAD rivals Penultimate, and you can markup/highlight PDFs and images as well. The biggest downfall to me is that other than being able to add a new page anywhere within a notebook, you can't organize pages within a notebook and/or copy pages to another notebook.
I've been using it for business for about a week now. It has replaced my paper notepad, and is great for marking up PDF contracts.
I am not affiliated with the developers/sellers in any way, just an enthusiastic user. If anyone else has tried UPAD (or UPAD Lite) and knows of an app with comparable handwriting quality and functionality with better page organization, please let me know. Thanks in advance for any info or feedback.
Last edited by ajstan99; 02-17-2011 at 02:23 PM.
This app has everything you are looking for and has become my go to app note taking app. Now much user you have a compacitive styles and you are good to go.
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I have just downloaded Springpad Springpad: a free app that helps you remember which is an app plus an online suite .. It's free & it has some cool capabilities so far - It's similar to Evernote but with a far superior UI & includes audio recording, a brainstorming board plus other stuff.
- I have also seen an app called Notebooks for iPad which sounds great as well tho' I haven't downloaded it yet - one feature in particular caught my eye - you can create links within the app to other notes/notebooks and have them open in apps that support the 'open in' function.
Springpad: a free app that helps you remember
Notebooks for iPhone
Last edited by shanshuprophecy; 02-20-2011 at 06:26 AM.
I have been using Soundnote for months, and loved it. However, it is a bit limited. This thread turned me on to Notability. I bought it and have been fooling with it.
Notability is superior in almost every respect I tested. It is now my central app for recording conversations and taking notes that sync with the conversation. Brilliant app. Thanks ginger labs!
- the outline feature is awesome!
- easy to change text colors and size/font
- the "insert figure" option is fantastic - easy, intuitive, and allows me to draw full screen without the end result being full screen. Love it!
- the ability to organize documents is incredibly helpful.
Last edited by asexymind; 02-20-2011 at 02:17 PM.
Yeah, Notability is the best I've seen, but it's mainly for typed-in notes. I believe the original poster was looking for a note-taking app that specializes in handwritten notes (via a stylus). Personally, I need my notes to be searchable, so typed-in is the way to go, in my opinion - especially since I'm using a ZaggMate w/keyboard!
I just checked and its still there (iPad-only app though).
Notability is good to write in & has some excellent features - BUT - trying to read notes becomes an issue - there is no way to turn off the controls & simply read or revise notes - this is a big issue for me & I have contacted the developers who have advised that they will take it into consideration for future updates - which is great but - for the moment, it's far too distracting when trying to read my notes.
Besides trailing Springpad - which I already posted about - I am leaning more & more toward simply using Pages & then setting up folders in Readdle Docs for file management & search capabilities - Pages allows for great composition when adding pictures, has good font choices etc although it's obviously a no-go for handwriting.
For basic handwriting together with audio - audio note is pretty good & has a free lite version but for a combination app - handwriting, text, web clips, audio recording, graphics/photos etc with excellent handwriting capabilities - Whitenote is an impressive app- the UI isn't too pretty but it has email & Dropbox capabilities & you can also paste PDF's into a notebook - the 'notebook' motif is also useful & has possibilities for different books for different uses - eg lecture notes, meetings, assignments etc ... It's definitely worth a look if looking for a complete multi-capable app - audio is not as good as with dedicated audio recording apps such as Audio Memos - the paid version of audio memos allows for background recording however so this is yet another way to go? Audio Note has good recording plus text and handwriting and will highlight text during playback - very handy.
I have tried a variety of different note systems and I am beginning to think that there isn't one app that can meet all my needs all the time - at the moment I am dedicating different apps to different needs - eg meetings require audio so I use audio note or audio memos - if I want straightforward notes with some graphics then Pages is clean and pretty - more complex stuff - such as lecture design I use Whitenote. & writing assignments based on PDF's I will use Noterize as I can annotate plus add entire pages to my PDF's - file management is through Readdle/Dropbox as mentioned so that although I create documents in different apps, I store them in relational folders that make sense to me & ensure they are available through both iTunes to transfer onto my computer and/or Dropbox for both desktop access and access to my stuff if at a work computer ....
Apologies for the long post & if I have repeated apps mentioned elsewhere ... It's a subject I am passionate about- I spend a lot of time testing these apps as note taking/document creation & VGA output of said documents in class are the main reasons I bought my iPad.