Best note taking app for iPad

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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.

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    Codebook is a possibility

    Codebook is a notebook app with nice organizational properties and it keeps notes absolutely secure for those looking for privacy

    [FONT=&quot]http://zetetic.net/c/codebook-forum[/FONT]
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    This may sound a little odd at first for a note taking solution but I use LogMeIn Ignition to connect to my home or work computer and then I use One Note. I love One Note and hope that some of these various note taking apps for iPad rise to a similar level but until they are there onenote is still my note taking solution of choice.

    LogMeIn is a great solution for other issues as well, helping mom when she gets stuck and doesn't know what to do on her computer, accessing company e-mail that I can't get directly on the iPad, accessing documents on different machines, graphic remote control for home computer, and on and on.
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    I just use different apps for different purposes. Penultimate is a must for hand written notes mostly for work. I use smart note for general typed stuff mostly personal. I use Evernote for shared stuff for family and friends. I use the delivered notes app for quick cut and paste stuff like links, email addys, and phone numbers
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    This is exactly my experience. From reading this thread, my ideal app would be Evernote, with the sound functions of audionote!
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    I've bought both Not Taker HD and Notes Plus, and to me, Notes Plus is the better of the two and an excellent app.

    It allows you to take both handwritten and typed notes. Handwritten notes can be selected and moved, which can't be done in Not Taker HD. You can also select and move drawings.

    It's not perfect, but it is definitely worth the 5 bucks.
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    I have Penultimate and Note Taker HD. A combination of the two would be ideal. Penultimate with a zoom feature or Note Taker HD with the smoothness of Penultimate. What I mean by smoothness is that in Note Taker HD my handwriting looks like I wrote it after drinking 10 coffees. Penultimate must have some algorithm that smoothes out the lines.
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    A few of my friends have used it and say HelvetiNote is a nice note taking app!
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    Five apps reviewed

    SoundPaper - now called SoundNote - has one great feature for journalists or others who take notes in meetings or interviews. It time codes your written notes to the recording, so all you have to do is click on a point in your notes and it will automatically go to that point in the recording.

    As a journalist this would be invaluable. I don't think overall SoundNote has the best note taking feature set, but this one aspect makes it a great app for a certain purpose.
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    I made an app called "Side by Side". Although it is not a specific note taking app, but it allows you to write some text notes while keeping one or more other windows (e.g. web browser, PDF reader) open side by side.

    It has some special features like: one tap to copy today's date; two taps to create a new note from clipboard; edit up to 4 text notes at the same time; resize the note panel.
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    WOW! Great find! I'm not thinking just journalist or students, but I'm a technology sales reps, and frequently meet with clients and take meeting notes. Today I use Livescribe pen...I hate that it is an entirely different system, and one more thing to carry, when I want to consolidate. I am demoing this now (just dloaded it), and so far, so good! Not as robust as Livescribe, but if I can consolidate it to my iPad and ditch the pen...I'm a happy camper. Thanks for the great find!!!:D
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    Evernote vs. the rest of the field

    I think of Evernote as more of a note management system - something it does terrificially. I was using Yojimbo, but Evernote has better integration across all platforms so my notes are always with me - even on my iPad or iPhone. Still, I don't see it as a note taking tool. SmartNote comes closest to OneNote, but still have to say there is nothing in the iPad or Mac space that rivals OneNote yet. I hate to say that!
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    I prefer typing my notes. Does anyone know of a note taking app that would allow me to type in chemistry equations? I have tried a bunch of different apps, but none seem to have the ability to insert an equation or the symbols (subscripts, exponents, and charges) into my notes. So far I like sundry notes the best out of the apps I have tried, but it is still far from what I want. If anyone has any ideas, I would really appreciate it.
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    EverNote vs. OneNote

    I have been using Evernote, but now see where the new Windows 7 Phone is going to utilized OneNote.... I am torn. I really hate to have to switch and start all over again... anyone else have a thought on this?
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    Have you tried WhiteNote?

    I have it, can't say I'm using it that often, but in terms of features it's a very good on.

    Check it out: WhiteNote.

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