Best note taking app for iPad

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  1. Patrick

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    So you are either...

    1. The app developer, or a friend/family member, or
    2. Someone hired by the app developer to shill for them, or
    3. A private individual who just happens to love this particular app
    If (1), then shame on you. I think it is unethical to portray yourself as unaffiliated with the app yet promote it.

    If (2), then you're even a lower form of life than in case (1).

    If (3), then I'm floored. To think that there's someone who has only two posts to their name used both of them to pump up a single app so effusively, while everyone else thinks it's junk, is such an amazing coincidence. Don't you think?

    BTW... If you are in category (3) then you really ought to think about not promoting any more apps, cause you suck at it, and you make people think very, very strongly that you're in one of the other two categories, which doesn't help the app developer at all.
     
  2. Matth3w

    Matth3w iPad Ninja

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    There really isn't a single note taking app that gets what I would consider overall positive reviews. Penultimate is the highest and even that is like 2.5-3 stars last I checked.
     
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    The real trouble is that note taking covers such a wide range, from jotting down a telephone number to taking lecture notes. Throw in audio, images, scans and photographs, to say nothing of folder organisation and searches and you have an impossible task to satisfy everyone.

    We just have to experiment to find which one/ones fulfill our needs best.
    For me that's been Penultimate for the quickies and Evernote for the omnium gatherum.
    YMMV
     
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    Evernote

    I just got Evernote for my iPad. Many of my friends swear by it. I'm uder using it , I know. Where can I go to get best triaing on how to use it to best take notes remotely?
     
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    Heh do what I did. Just used it for a week and bunged everything into the one notebook.
    Then at the end of the week see what you have got and create new notebooks and drag entries accordingly.
    Takes one hell of a lot of info to get anywhere near the free usage monthly limit.

    Evernote forums are very active with lots of ideas and info available.
     
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    Purpleorchid iPad Enthusiast

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    It's not the best app to fit your req, but Corkulous is a fun app. It's basically multiple corkboards (with nested sub boards if you want) with notes, tasks, photos, contacts, etc.

    No voice or hand notes. No syncing, but you can email PDFs of the boards.

    OneNote would be nice to have for the iPad!
     
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    Like others here I've found myself to be inept at making notes writing with one finger - but I can type with one hand, so for me Simplenote has been far and away the best app for basic note-taking. It's plain text only so won't suit everyone, but seamlessly synchronizes notes ovr the air between iPad and your desktop note-taking app e.g. Notational Velocity, and between other of your devices running Simplenote e.g. your iPhone.

    Simplenote - does what it says. Recommended.

    Pete
     
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    You don't say what the other two apps you tried were, but either you write way faster than me, or you didn't try Note Taker HD. I can't write faster than it can respond, although I am still using my finger, haven't gotten around to ordering a stylus yet. I haven't tried going back and writing between lines I have already written, but it does allow you to change the width of the lines, and you can put the box that fills in the text anywhere on the page you want. I'm just waiting for Dan to add handwriting recognition to be completely happy. Finding this app was the final push I needed to convince me to buy my iPad.
     
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    I got writepad today and I'm not happy with it. They are going to have to do a lot of work in it before it is worthy. I just don't think they will do the work.

    I'm at a loss with the available vote taking apps right now. We will really need some developers to step up and deliver soon.
     
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    I got this for a few reasons, but total waste of money, maybe not much but if you mount it up with more bad apps it starts to eat into the piggy bank.
    This app is not worth much to write about as its does not really do anything. Take a look by all means but save your money, i think i made a mistake at looking at there site and then looking at what i though the app was, i got it wrong.
    TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND CASH. Have seen better cheaper and even free, i don't mind paying something if it does something, you get more from pen and paper, thinking about it, it might be better to use slate and a chisel...owwwwwwwwwww im old. Have a great day folks..UK Has sun today:D:D:D:D:D
     
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    I just got SmartNote and it is awesome!!!!!!!

    I have notetaker hd and pentultimate but SmartNote is pretty darn good.
     
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    What do you like about SmartNote over Notetaker HD? Do you write a lot of notes or just quick notes. I saw the video for SmartNote and like the fact you can write small, but do you have to keep moving the screen as you write a sentence or will it automatically scroll for you?
     
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    SmartNote recently updated again!

    It will automatically scroll. SmartNote has just been updated again with a neat print feature, as you print each letter it recognizes it and adds it to the text window.
     
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    Rats. Another long thread that is refusing to coalesce into a sound recommendation.
    So many apps with similar aims and executions but not one that really stands out.

    I'm currently running with Evernote for storage and organisation since it has several years of notes, Penultimate for quick notation of addresses and phone numbers, and NoteTaker HD for multiple pages of scribble. The latter while great could do with a wider writing box since I scrawl rather than write neatly :(

    It's not the organisation that I want so much in a note making app as a fast and efficient way to write notes clearly over several pages of bad finger writing.

    Nearly expired watching those SmartNote videos. Can they spell turgid I wonder?.........
     
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    I used AudioNote and liked what it did. It sounds like it and SoundPaper do about the same thing. I needed something quickly and grabbed it for a meeting. I am not wedded to it, nor do I find it fabulous or lousy. It did what I needed at the time, but I could see needing more in the future.

    I like synchronizing the audio to what I am typing... a lot. I'd like to be able to add location to the notes as well. And the handwriting/drawing wasn't very impressive... but also synch'd with the audio which was nice.

    I will check out SoundPaper. If there are other apps that will sync the audio and actions (typing, writing/drawing, dropping pictures in the notes, etc) and have location information that would be great.

    Thanks,
    Chris
     

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