We have tried several note taking apps on the quest for the “perfect one”, only to realize, it might not exist.
Handwriting recognition is cool, but maybe more cumbersome for your style than its worth. A keyboard mixed with a great typing app would work better for you.
Absence of delete and arrow keys on the iPad can make for a frustrating keyboarding experience
As with any digital medium, there is a risk you can lose your work. Some apps offer more protection than others.
There can be a fair amount of screen glare when using the iPad at certain angles and in direct sunlight.
Evernote is a digital note taking tool available for your computer or mobile device
Evernote on the Web is constantly updating all of your computers and devices with the latest versions of your notes, so you'll always have the right information, wherever you are.
Evernote has a built-in text editor, but you can also take ‘digital ink’ notes with any mobile device that supports it such as the iPod, iPad, or other tablets, and some smart phones. Incidentally, one of the features that makes Evernote so powerful is text recognition. While it is typically faster to just type new notes in to the text editor, having the flexibility to take hand written digital ink notes is great for classes like physics where diagrams are frequent, and lots of other situations as well. Evernote can search your handwritten notes for specific words so you’ll always be able to find what you are looking for.
Write or type your notes, highlight, lasso tool to move stuff around and a palm rest.
Export options include to pdf and email for sharing
Cons – no dropbox sync
Some come with a pen which is helpful if you are trying to go all paperless (some meetings require sign-in).
Samsung Galaxy Tab Detachable Travel Charger with USB , $20. Belkin Mini Surge Protector Dual USB Charger , $12
Taking Notes On Your Tablet
Taking Notes with Your Tablet
Apps & techniques for today’s brave new world
With Michelle Carter & Julie Ryan
We’re predominantly Apple users and know more about
apps for our own devices than for Android, Kindle, etc.
Determine what you really need by
taking a look at the way you currently
Look for an App that suits your style
(** read reviews before you buy)
• Do you work with a lot of PDF or Word files in meetings?
• Do you need to draw or doodle?
• Do you need to share your notes?
• Do you need to secure your data?
• Pen, highlighter, keyboard
• Store and organize notes into notebooks
• Import and annotate PDFs, photos, Dropbox files
• Export to Dropbox & Evernote
• Share notes & notebooks with other GoodNotes users
• Auto-saves every 15 seconds
Note taking, PDF annotating, Photo decorating
Cost: FREE, $4.99 for full version
• Pen, highlighter, keyboard
• Annotate PDF files and books from iTunes (no Dropbox
• Draw on pictures
• Bookmark favorite notes and files
• Export to email, PDF & PNG images for sharing
• Palm rest feature prevents interference while writing
• Last update deleted user data – company working on a fix
(don’t forget to backup your info if the app allows it!)
OTHER APPS OF NOTE
Other apps you may find useful
Idea Sketch by NoSleep Software
Create Mind Maps
Voice Thread by VoiceThread.com
Annotate images and documents with voice & text
Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications
Speech to text
Optional accessories for a better experiance
• TouchTec® II 9mm Capacitive iPad Stylus and Ball Point, $20
• BoxWave Capacitive Stylus for All Touchscreens, $8
• Arcadia 2PCS Micro-Knit Retractable Stylus , $10 for 2
• With or without a case
• Be sure to make note of your specific tablet model before buying
particularly with iPads (version 2 and up need a hole for rear camera)
• Can hold your tablet in the perfect position for you
• Different angles help reduce screen glare in office setting
• Julie recommends the Belkin FlipBlade Adjustable Stand for iPads
• For transferring data between your tablet and computer & charging
• Longer cables are available for purchase (and worth the money)
• Some computers can’t charge your device
Docking Cable & Travel Charger
1. Press & hold the sleep/wake button
2. Immediately after, press the home button
Your screen capture is saved in PHOTOS
How To: Screen Captures
1. For alternate characters, press and hold down
on a key until a second menu appears
2. slide your finger to the correct character
How To: Alternate Characters
1. Press and hold the “.com” key
2. Slide your finger to select .edu, .net, and .org
instead of typing them in.
How To: Quick Web Addresses
Press and hold
the .com key
1. Tap and hold the number selection
2. Slide your finger to correct number
You will not lose the letter keyboard
How To: Quick access number keys
Tap and hold a number
At the end of a line of text, tap the spacebar twice.
iPad will automatically insert a period and capitalize
the next letter for you.
How To: Type Faster
Double-tap the spacebar
List of Apps
1. Daily Notes
4. Good Notes
1. Idea Sketch
3. Dragon Dictation
Popular Note Taking Apps Other Apps of
Credits & Notes
Michelle Carter | x2891 | email@example.com and
Julie Ryan | x2734 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Content Creators and Presenters
iPad pictures, screenshots & application icons
Are included for illustration purposes only and belong to Apple and/or their respective
Forte, BrushScript, Adobe Fan Heiti, Calibri
Charlie Chaplin picture
Modern Times, 1936
These slides were originally designed to accompany Julie & Michelle’s CLC PDC Workshop
session titled “Taking Notes on Your Tablet”, September 2012
iPad glare picture (slide 5)
By Yutaka Tsutano, downloaded from Flicker here: