Below is an overview of the 5 best note-taking apps. Berlage students can request access to the document with the description on how to download the apps here. Whichever note taking app you chose to use. Stop using the simple Notes app that came with the iPad. It is not good enough to use in class. You need to use all of the other features of the iPad like, drawing, adding pictures, sound and making back ups. Below is an overview of 5 different Note taking apps. Take this weekend to try out all of them.
After you have chosen your favourite note app. Make sure you use it for each subject so that you can easily find all of your notes. Leave comments below to tell why you think that note taking app is the best or why the others aren’t any good.
Pages is Apple’s Word. It looks clean and is one of the apps that makes the ipad great for producing assignments.
- If you also use a mac pc it syncs via iCloud with the documents on your desktop.
- Clean look makes it ideal for handing in assignments.
- Notes can be saved in folders per subject.
- Easy to add diagrams and tables.
- Chose from different templates
- Auto sync notes to automatically upload your notes to a cloud service like dropbox.
- Double tap a word for meaning and get the definition of a word.
- Cannot draw in the app.
- Cannot annotate the text.
- Cannot easily save documents to Dropbox or Google Drive.
Notability is the Notebook app with the most features. Most notable the option to record sound along with the notes that you take. If you don’t understand what you wrote you can tap on the word and it will play the sound that was recorded at the time. For example the teacher explaining something in class.
- Record audio along with notes.
- Chose different lined, squared or coloured paper backgrounds
- Zoomed in option to draw clearer.
- Add figures, drawings, pictures to notes.
- highlight text
- Sync with Dropbox
- Annotate PDFs.
Haven’t found a negative comment about this app yet. Let me know in the comments if you have got one.
- Different lined paper including music paper
- Protect your notes with a passcode
- Wrist protection for drawing.
- Zoom mode to make drawing clearer
- Search and tag in typed text.
- Add small icons and smilies to text.
- Upload to Dropbox but no autosync function.
- No possibility to add audio
Paper is great for when you notes consist more of sketches than of text.
It looks like a stylish sketchbook rather than a notebook. Which is a good thing. Writing in drawing apps is much easier to read than you would expect in whiteboard apps.
- Draw pretty sketches with different types of pens and pencils
- Integrated with social media. Share notes via tumbler, facebook or twitter
- Quickly flip through notes like a flipbook.
- Difficult to cram a lot of information on one page.
- No extra features. Like adding text or pictures.
Another note taking powerhouse. This one is much like Notability in that it has a lot of different possibilities. It has some nice features that no other Note taking app has like a mode for left handed writers and an in-app browser that makes multi-tasking a breeze.
- In-app browser for multi-tasking.
- Full pages in full screen.
- Includes a left handed mode.
- Lock folder with a password.
- Auto sync to Google Drive or Dropbox.
- Pages can be a bit slow to load.
- So many features it can become a bit messy and crowded.