Best note taking app for iPad

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  1. mach5k

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    I take a ton of notes. And I am a big fan of Microsoft Onenote for ability to write text, draw with ink, include pictures, audio, etc.

    Looking for a solution that rivals One note. Ideally would import my existing one note notes.

    Would like the ability to:
    * write text, draw, include photos, audio.
    * have multiple folders/notebooks however you term it
    * search across notes, sections, folders, etc
    * option of sharing notes
    * sync possibly - either with a client on laptop or with one note

    Right now I am looking at School Notes Pro, mobilenoter, and Evernote.

    Tried evernote when first came available with iPhone. I know it got a lot better, but would love to hear from someone using now on iPad how easy it is for my requirements above. Also, I am a bit nervous on the security/privacy front.

    Mobilenoter just seems to be a couple steps back on some of the capabilities, but I like the onenote sync feature.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
  2. GiPad

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    I'm right there with you. I dont have my iPad yet, but I'm a long time user of Evernote, and have abandoned the TabletPC about a year ago. I've tried many solution, including Livescribe, Evernote, etc. To my knowledge nobody offers exactly what you are looking for - but I think it's going to get better as more apps come out. I am most hopeful for Evernote, since that is where I dump everything, and because it is so cross-platform (on my Mac, PC, iPhone, and iPad when I get my 3G). Check out this article on GTM: iPad ink blogging comparison | GottaBeMobile There are several others where they discuss inking on the iPad. Good luck, and curious to hear if anyone else has found a great app to do this...
     
  3. Greg G

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    So far I just used (returned wifi for pending 3g) the notes application that came with the iPad and emailed the notes to myself. I then dumped the email into OneNote. Seems like a pain but it really is not too bad and it lets me keep OneNote as the master. I would love to hear if there is a better solution that does not require me to post my files to a public place.

    -Greg
     
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    I just bought penultimate for $3 ... And it is really good for input (I use a stylus) ... It supports PDF generation and you could email it or push to ever note.

    It does hit all your wants but for $3 it's the best handwritten one I have used.
     
  5. brhon

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    I'm using Evernore on my Ipad and my Mac. It works well for me and I love the way it syncs.
     
  6. 4phun

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    Quick Review: Evernote for iPad

    Quick Review: Evernote for iPad


    by Chad Garrett, Friday, Apr 9, 2010, 7
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    I am a huge fan of Evernote [Free- iTunes Link]. I knew they were working on an iPad version of their software, but I had no idea what to expect. Needless to say I am pleased with their design decisions and love the completely new layout for iPad.
    Evernote for iPad gives you several new and fun ways to view and organize your notes. First, you can view them by thumbnail or details. I think thumbnails work best with pictures. I tend to have more text notes, so details works best for me. It gives me the name, etc. of the note at hand.
    I love the way Evernote organizes notebooks and tags; the notes appear stacked on each other just like the Photos album. You can’t pinch to peek and open (though that would be cool) instead you simply tap to open the notebook or tags you want. You can also sort by name or by count. There is now a separate area of view notes by place too, you can even use location services to find notes by your current location. Take audio and picture notes? Now you can do both in one note on the iPad app. This is a very nice addition.
    If you are an existing Evernote user, you are in luck — the app is universal. Download it once and use it on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.




     
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  7. fracol

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    Definitely Notemaster

    Ok people i have one word for the best notetaking app i have yet seen NOTEMASTER. I have emailed the creator and he is very good at emailing back. It puts headers and pictures right in the text where you want them. It also syncs with google docs and unlike evernote it also keeps the files on your ipod so all you with ipod touch and ipad, you never have to be in a wifi zone again. I emailed kabuki vision and in future updates you can expect bulleted lists numbered lists and checkboxed lists. I'm telling you this is the next greatest note app. check it out and you won't be disapointed. I am sure this will be the next awsome note, but better. give it a try and make sure you write a great review for it.

    Note to those who want free writing (this is not supported yet but i can tell you the hardworkers at kabuki vision are going to be including it in future updates i'm sure.):):):):D:D:D
     
  8. Matth3w

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    I just realized with a stylus I could take notes at my Farsi class in Germany instead of in a notebook. I guess I need to get a stylus and note taking app.

    Does the text come out super big though, or with a stylus it works like a notepad?
     
  9. 4phun

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    What a piece of crap! Did you even look at it before you posted that here?

    It isn't even an iPad app but a mere iPhone app run in 2X and everyone knows how unsatisfactory that is!

    The real sleeper is an app called SmartNotes which just got updated to version 1.3. Now that is an impressive iPad application. The only thing hold me back from recommending it with unreserved delight is it the programmer s do not have a clue when it comes to sharing documents with other applications right there on the iPad.

    iSilo, GoodReader, iAnnotate, GoAruna, Stanza (as a receiver), DropBox, and the Apple iWork apps have got it together. iBooks should join the crowd when it gets its update to read PDFs.

    This Notemaster POS doesn't have a clue about handling files on the iPad and it can't do most of the things already found in SmartNotes.

    Two thumbs down!
     
    #9 4phun, Jun 9, 2010
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  10. mossman

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    I'm trying an app called Mental Note. I've just played with it for now, I'm waiting on my stylus to arrive to really give it a spin. I picked it because it allowed both free form drawling and type text, although the placement of the latter seems to be quite limiting.

    I like to write novels (see below) and I'm looking to this note taking app to help with the initial creative thinking and outlining process. It's too early to render a judgment, but I am hopeful.
     

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