I could use some help with note taking

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    I apologize if this is dealt with elsewhere but I didn't see a thread that specifically addressed this. I do a lot of listening to lectures and I need to take good notes. So really this breaks down into two questions.

    1. PDF. Some of my notes are given to me in outline form via PDF. I can add notes to them easily enough with goodreader but have no good way of then putting them on my Mac and adding new notes. I have PDFEditor but the two apps don't seem to play nice together. When I add notes on the Mac my iPad has a hard time recognizing the notes and visversa. Any suggestions?

    2. Free hand. Some classes require me to pull up a word processor and just take notes. I use pages for this. The problem is that Pages doesn't work all that well for note taking as you usually need to do bullet points, use the tab key, and then tiered numbers for topics and their sub topics. So the only way I can see is to manually tab and add new numbers, this however is too time consuming when trying to quickly write notes as the teacher is speaking. This as well I need to be able move back and forth between my iPad and Mac without messing up the formatting. Any suggestion?

    Thanks guys,
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    Notability is a good app for (2).

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    When exporting PDF's from Goodreader to the Mac, you should make sure that it 'flattens' the PDF, that way all notes are saved directly in the PDF and will be shown by all PDF readers.

    Edit: Moved into the Apps section.
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    Thanks guys. I will try the flattening and see if that makes my PDFs work better. @svenster- does notability format with the Mac? How do you view it on your Mac?
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    Can't help with that as I don't have a Mac. I use Notability to take notes and it has bullet/ numbering and ident.

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    Hi I bought notability on the strength of this thread and it does export in a format suitable the Mac. It exports in format suitable for windows or mac computers (RTF, RTFD, PDF and Notability) Must say after just 30 minutes playing with it I am very impressed- for the cost it's a steal! It even exports your notes and any voice recordings together seamlessly.
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    I'm confused on your needs but I thought that Adobe Reader could actually extract text out of some PDF documents in case if that helps.

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