Handwriting on iPad - iAnnotate

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  1. benedge89

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    Hi All - a new user here.

    I want to take handwritten notes on the iPad using iannotate for my university courses.

    My only concern is due to it being multi touch I have seen that most people have to hold their palm/wrist off the screen while wrtiting with the stylus.

    For me this would be very annoying and I fear my writing would become illegible and it would just be plain awkward and uncomfortable.

    Any users here that have had experience using iAnnotate?? Exactly how easy is it to write using a stylus? Are you always keeping your wrist off the screen? Making mistakes etc?
     
  2. nateccnn

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    Quick Note and Paper Desk are my favorites. IAnnote is nice for marking up PDFs but Goodreader does some stuff that iAnnote won't, and vice versa...I feel like I need both to get the job done.

    As for my wrist...it has never been an issue. If that is your biggest concern, don't fret over it.

    I never bought a stylus. I looked for them locally but all the stores were sold out. I think I am glad they were sold out. I find I don't really need one.

    Nate
     
  3. Diane B

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    I just found Note Taker HD from a comment about it on this forum. I have several others but Note Taker is the best I've found. A bit of a learning curve but once you get it, really fast, very good wrist protection or enlarged area to write, even with your finger there--2 edit options IOW. I've noticed its chosen by quite s few students.

    BTW, using the new Ipad forum app. Very nice.

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  4. Caco

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    The only one I've found that really works to write is NatsNote but it's too basic, it does work but you can't highlight, put names on the notes....awful
     
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    When you write or draw on an iPad screen you've got to be careful that only the tip of the stylus (forget about finger!) touches the screen. If not, you'll get extra unintended marks or other unwanted results like zooming/panning.

    So what do you do? Write with your hand floating above the screen? Boring, painful, untenable.

    Many note-taking apps have a feature called "wrist-protection" which, when activated within the app, supposedly allows you to rest your hand/palm/wrist/pinky/whatever on the screen without causing any problems.

    Here is a summary of what I have learned about wrist-protection over the last three weeks in four different apps: it is shite.

    The app Note Taker HD (which incidentally offers wrist-protection; I ignore it) circumvents this problem brilliantly by offering the input method that I describe above.

    From here: http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-apps/2037-best-note-taking-app-ipad-9.html#post111251
     
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    First, welcome to the forum! To answer your original question, iAnnotate has a guard so that you don't get [too many] stray marks. It works pretty good, actually - I tried it before I posted this. So, I would think that with a bit of practice, you'll be fine using iAnnotate. I know that I like iAnnotate because of the way you can open various PDFs in tab format. Very nice if you are switching between a lot of PDFs.

    However - and I have to say this. :D

    I don't use iAnnotate that much for taking notes (and I am also a full-time college student). I like GoodReader (for its filing system) and, now that you can import PDFs for annotation, I doubly like Note Taker HD - mainly for the reasons outlined by chowdown above; you can rest your hand on the bezel to write. That guarantees no stray marks. Note Taker HD = awesome (IMNSHO)!

    Good luck.

    Marilyn
     
  7. zrome

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    PDF Expert, Notes Plus are very good apps for your purpose.
     
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    Or you could start a fashion statement. Wear one glove with the thumb and first two figures cut off. ;)
     
  9. benedge89

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    Hi marilyn, thanks so much for your informative reply. So are you telling me this note taker HD app allows you to import pdf documents and then write on them using a specialized ipad stylus while offering excellent wrist protection so you only get the stylus making marks - not the rest of your hand?

    Are you then able to go back to these edited pdfs in your next lecture with all of your annotations still on them?

    Just looking at the app now - do you have to write in that box at the bottom of the page to appear on the pdf? this would not work for me.

    See I am a maths student and in my notes there are specific sections where i need to write down answers/equations etc... sometimes only one line sometimes 20 lines. so instead of writing in a box and then the writing appearing somewhere else on the screen... i want the option of being able to put my stylus where i want to write on the pdf (rest my wrist so i am comfortable) and then write where i want to...

    can you do this on note taker hd? on the imported pdfs?


    is there a file size limit? the pdfs i want to import and annotate are approx 30mb
     
  10. JohnMorris

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    iAnnotate is a good app for annotation and writing documents in a PDF Format for university assignments. I hope you will find it useful.
     

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