Note-taking is best done at speed. If you have to switch apps to capture text, handwriting, illustrations, and voice recordings, you’re certain to miss something, so being able to handle a variety of different elements within one single app is Notability’s master stroke.
Handwriting apps are hardly novel anymore. There was certainly a time when we would download the latest digital whiteboard or notebook just to marvel at the realism of its pen strokes, but these days we're more interested in usefulness than newness. But despite its cringe-worthy name, INKredible grabbed our attention. With a clear focus on work rather than art, developer Viet Tran distills the fantastic ink effects of his popular Notes Plus release into a simple, elegant app that just might make you forget you're not using a pen.
Acquisitions are all the rage these days, and one of the companies making some of the most interesting acquires is Evernote. After bringing Skitch into the fold, the company has announced Penultimate as the next to join the Evernote family.
Even in a world where SMS messages can be pecked out on a virtual smartphone keyboard and internet searches made with a single voice command, there’s still a place for handwritten notes. For those of you that prefer jotting down your memory joggers using an iPad, we’ve put together a short list of pointers to ensure that your digital writing experience is a pleasant, legible one.
An early knock against the iPad (and the iPhone) was that people want physical keys, that touch screen typing is difficult and unnatural. As we move more and more towards a paperless world, what's a non-touch-screen-typist to do in this tabletly world? With a wealth of handwriting apps in the App Store, where do we start?
There are probably hundreds of note taking apps in the App Store and many of them offer a very simple text or rich text format. Apple's own offering is probably the most prominent, but that little yellow pad is notoriously limited -- such as the only export options are through iTunes or emailing yourself a copy.
But note taking means more these days than simply a pad on which you jot down ideas. It means handwriting on the iPad, it means accessibility no matter where you are, it means cloud access, it means integration and more. And with those things in mind, here's where we went with our search.