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What is the best ipad 2 note taking apps

Discussion in 'Productivity Apps Forum' started by gurojee, Aug 11, 2011.

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    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me what is the best note taking apps for ipad 2? I want to take notes using stylus.

    Cheers

    GJ
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    UPad is the best option out of many right now. It combines features with silky smooth inking. I buy just about every one that comes out, but that's still king.
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    Another vote for UPAD. It is still better than Noteshelf, Notetaker HD and Notes Plus.

    Others may have more features, but UPAD's handwriting looks far better than all of them.
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    A vote for Notes Plus - both keyboard and stylus.

    Tim
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    Bamboo made by Wacom really shows my true handwriting. No jagged edges.
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    Bamboo in it's current status for me is too basic. In fact it's very basic. But, probably has the nicest freehand writing algorithms around.

    I love notes plus, but find it's handwriting too scruffy.

    I also love upad, but it's filing system isn't sufficient for me. You can't file together notes from the 3 of it's major modes in the same place. A major downfall.

    I'll be trying penultimate next
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    I can't really argue with that breakdown though I think UPad makes the best compromise. Notes Plus developer said a few months back that he was totally redoing the engine on the app to solve the smoothness issue, but I've heard nothing since then. It sells so well I can't imagine it's an easy decision to start over.
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    Well, I've been playing more over night with upad and found that you can basically do all what the 3 different modes give you all in the same first main mode.

    So i think i'll be using this from now on. I'll see how it gets on.
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    Yep I have notes plus and like both the window and palm features
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    I don't want to start sounding like a salesman or anything, I bought the app, but UPad has both palm protection and the input box. It just has far better inking, without artifacts or rendering issues. I took a ton of real world notes with it when I transferred to a new position at work and it left a great impression.
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    I bought Notes Plus on sale and found it's interface annoying. For example, It requires too many unintuitive screen gestures for basic functions. I switched to Note Taker HD, watched the YouTube video to get started, and am totally satisfied. The latest release adds folders.

    I'm keeping an eye on Notes Plus because the developer is talking about an add-in for handwriting recognition. After many years with a Palm I do miss that!
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    Try WritePad, it's a pretty great recognition engine. It's been licensed by a couple other apps as well. It's really better than you would think for how little you hear about the tech.
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    I think that's the program that Notes Plus is licensing. It's actually more of an issue with the IPod than the IPad because of the small screen. In Note Taker HD in addition to the typed titles and folders there are tags, so my text searching needs are met.
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    I haven't tried it again since it showed up with the radically new icon, I look forward to it. I don't think people know how good inking is on the device because it isn't systemwide and apple doesn't like that aspect.
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    I've used Notes Plus, Upad, neu.Notes, Penultimate and Note Taker HD (NTHD).

    NTHD is the best by far, imo.I use it extensively every day to prepare notes that are projected onto a classroom whiteboard. I also use it on the fly, instead of a board and marker. I really appreciate it's ability to add pics, shapes and text as well as handwritten notes.

    NTHD gets more and more intuitive with each regular update; the last few updates have been real corkers. All this ease of use is due to in no small part to the experience of its author, Dan Bricklin, who wrote the first spreadsheet program, Visicalc back in the seventies.

    Yes, I guess there is a learning curve, but the help documentation and videos are excellent.

    I agree that Upad has got very nice ink, but NTHD's is just about as good as Upad's, especially since the last update. And features-wise, NTHD makes Upad look like a toy.
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    +1 I spent quite a bit of time trying to use Notes Plus and no matter how much I tried, a pen and legal pad still beat it in terms of efficiency and ease of use. Been using Note Taker HD for a few weeks and have found the user interface considerably more intuitive.

    Have to say, though, that apart from the novelty of these apps, I've not found anything (sadly) that competes with a pen and paper. Another poster mentioned that he continues to use the old low tech solution and then takes a photo of his page of notes. Not nearly as sexy an approach but I strongly suspect he spends less time and captures information more efficiently than using any note taking app.
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    I suppose the utility depends on a variety of factors. For example, I have a set of notebooks where I've kept a record of teas that I've bought, how I've steeped them, etc. If this sounds weird then sub wine for tea. Anyway, the notebooks are in chronological order so If I'm looking for info about a particular tea from last year I need to read through the book until I find the best brewing parameters, etc. This year with Notetaker HD with tags and typed titles and folders I can keep an ongoing record of each tea, and find a record quickly when I need it. I was originally going to build a database, and while this isn't as searchable as a database it's more relaxing to use.
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    I agree with above comments. No device can beat pen and paper for taking notes. It is just so much faster and efficient :)
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    To me it's not really a matter of surpassing, it's about the added benefit of them being synced, carried and editable with my everyday device/computer/PIM. I achieved a near facsimile when it was needed, and I came out convinced the inking experience was very competent.
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    I like iPen. You can use both keyboard and pen and you classes are categorized

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