Saturday, December 29, 2012

Note Taking on the iPad is Easy. See How

Although note taking might be considered a lost art, we all scribble notes virtually every day. Can we take notes using an iPad? Of course we can and we can do it simply and easily.

I took cryptic notes when I went to meetings and still do at my local computer club meetings. I used to take a note pad but now use my iPad.

Let's define simple for a moment.
  • Screen is not crowded with feature buttons.
  • Instructions are easily understood by non computer people.
  • The average person can figure out how to use the app even without the directions.

My personal favorite note taking app is called Penultimate (say Pen and Ultimate). This very simple to use app does one thing, it lets you hand write notes. That's it. Penultimate's User Guide is hand written and only 9 pages. See 4 pages of the guide below.

Take notes, e-mail them, print them or save as a PDF for future reference.

Penultimate is 99 cents and, in my opinion,  worth every single penny. By the way, this is NOT 99 cents per month--just 99 cents PERIOD.

The next note taking app is called Notes and included with the iPad. Off course this means it is FREE and it too is very simple and easy to use. Contrary to Penultimate, Notes allows note taking via typing. That's it. Just open a blank note by touching the '+' and start typing. Save and start a new note.

I know what you're thinking, can't we get a single app that does both handwriting as well as typing. Absolutely but that will be for another day. For now, I strongly encourage simple to use apps that provide common value and Penultimate and Notes fill that bill perfectly.
Credit: Apple

Please share your favorite note taking app or even your favorite apps. I'd love to read about them.

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