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Pad & Quill is a new note taking app for the iPad and iOS. Here’s its intro in the App Store:
Pad & Quill organises your notes in classic notebooks kept on a wooden shelf. It’s intuitive, simple and beautiful. Inspired by the Italian bonded leather cases made by Pad & Quill, the app turns your device into books you will truly love.
And some of its key features:
– organise notes into different books
– sync notes on all your iDevices
– realistic page turn effects
– universal app
– beautifully designed
This is an appealing idea for an iPad notes app, so I installed the app very soon after it was released in the App Store and have got to know it quite well. My reactions to the app are mixed. There are some very nice things about it, and some decidedly not nice things as well. Hit the break for details on highlights and lowlights of Pad & Quill …
Microsoft OneNote for iPad hit the iPad App Store yesterday. There’s been an iPhone version of the popular OneNote note taking app for some time now, and now it’s got a big brother on the iPad.
Here’s a little about what OneNote for iPad can do:
Create searchable notes with text, pictures and bullets. Make and manage to-do lists with checkboxes. Then keep your notes in sync using free Microsoft SkyDrive® online storage to access, edit and manage them from virtually anywhere, from your PC or almost any web browser. Access your notes online at http://skydrive.com.
The app requires a (free) Windows Live ID to sign in with. You can use an existing one or setup a new one from within the app. It also requires iOS 4.3 or higher. It opens notebooks created in OneNote 2010 or the OneNote web app.
Evernote, the powerful and feature-rich note taking app for iPad and iOS, has been updated again this week, to Version 4.1.6.
The big new addition for iPad users is a new rich text editor for iPad running iOS 5. This has always been Evernote’s Achilles heel. It syncs beautifully and automatically between iOS devices and desktop, it’s available everywhere, it’s got powerful OCR capabilities, and increasing number of links to other iOS apps, and plenty of other strong features – but editing notes in the app has always seemed crappy.
I take tons of notes on my iPad 2, and the apps I use most often for this are the ones where the UI for editing and writing is much nicer than Evernote’s – Plain Text, iA Writer and Elements have been my favorites for a while.
I’ve been playing with the new rich text editor for Evernote a little bit and so far I quite like it. It’s still nowhere near as clean as the apps mentioned above, but it has got some very slick formatting features now. For starters, you can now edit any note on the iPad – no more need to append and lose formatting or any of that nonsense.
Evernote – one of the best and most feature-rich note-taking apps for iPad and iOS – has had a huge, major update this week, to Version 4.1.0.
The single biggest new headline feature is rich text support. You can now use formatting options like styles, bold and italic, underline and strikethrough, bulleted and numbered lists, blockquotes, and even add links to text. It’s excellent to see this added to Evernote.
There are lots more big new features though – as the Evernote blog indicates when talking about the update:
There are updates and then there are UPDATES. Our users are not shy about letting us know what they want, so we get incredibly excited to release an update that we know will make a lot of people very happy. I have four words: iOS rich text support. I have two more words: shared notebooks. But that’s not all. We’ve also added passcode lock, a redesigned new note screen, a completely new iPad interface, and much more.
PhatPad – the versatile note-taking app for the iPad – has been updated this week, to Version 1.3. Three big new features in this update are:
- A clipart library with over 1,200 images in 27 categories, that can be inserted into PhatPad notes
- Support for the iPad 2 camera (not sure which one)
- The ability to send PhatPad notes to Google Docs as PDFs
PhatPad was already quite a feature-rich notes app. This update makes it even more capable and the Google Docs support is an especially useful feature.
Here’s an App Store link for PhatPad; it’s priced at $7.99.
WritePad for iPad – the versatile and feature rich note taking app – has been update this week, to Version 5.0.
The big new feature is sync with Evernote. The app already offers sync via Dropbox by default but adding Evernote as a sync option is a big plus. I’ve used Evernote for years now as my main ‘storage vault’ sort of notes app, bu I’ve never much enjoyed its UI for creating / editing notes on iOS devices. Having WritePad as a sort of ‘front end’ option for Evernote is interesting.
Here’s the full list of changes for WritePad for iPad 5.0:
1. Improved handwriting recognition engine now allows disabling unused letter shapes, which may help to expedite the application’s learning curve. *
2. Synchronization with Evernote (by default, WritePad synchronizes with Dropbox; use Options->Synchronization Settings to enable sync with Evernote).
3. New command displays document statistics, such as word and character count (Toolbar->Info).
4. Improved synchronization with Dropbox.
5. New command allows users to upload WritePad documents to their Google Documents account as text or PDF (Share->Send to Google Docs).
6. Improved user interface and graphics.
7. Text selection modified to mimic standard iPad selection style.
And here’s an App Store link for WritePad for iPad: it’s priced at $9.99.
The latest update to the excellent Evernote app for iPad and iPhone adds a new Snapshot Notes feature for use on the iPad 2. So while you’re editing a note, or in fact as soon as you create a new note, you can snap a picture with either of the iPad 2’s cameras and have it instantly added to your note.
Like most users, I cant imagine ever thinking of the iPad 2 as a top choice for taking photos – but as the Evernote Blog points out in their post on the update, it may well come in handy for a quick snap of a whiteboard in a meeting or similar scenarios.
Here’s an App Store link for Evernote; it’s a universal app and it’s free.
Simplenote – one of the very best note taking apps for the iPad and iOS – got a big new update a couple of days back, to Version 3.1.0. Two of the biggest additions (for premium users only for now) are Dropbox sync and some basic support for lists.
Here’s the full list of what’s new in this new version:
This is a big update with lots of fixes and a couple new features:
Added option to lock the app with a passcode
Improved tags and sharing
– tags can now be added to a note via autocompletion
– you can tag people (email addresses), and the note will be shared with those people automatically
– you can add people to a tag to create a group tag
– notes with a group tag get shared with everyone in the group automatically
– tags can be renamed
– tag syncing is greatly improved
PhatPad for iPad – the versatile and powerful note-taking app – has had a recent update, to Version 1.1. Here’s the list of notable changes in this new version:
1. Voice notes: record, play, use in presentation mode.
2. New advanced presentation mode supports VGA monitor and allows to create unattended presentations by synchronizing document pages and voice.
3. New “erase” gesture allows quick deletion of ink, text, and images.
4. Improved digital ink flow and recognition of geometrical shapes.
5. Cut, copy, and paste commands now supported by text labels and images.
6. Increased (doubled) maximum width of the digital ink, useful to highlight or markup documents.
7. Allows changing of the Z-order of overlapping images and text labels.
And here’s the elevator pitch for PhatPad, via its App Store page:
PhatPad offers everything you need to express your ideas, enabling you to draw pictures, jot notes, or put a mixture of drawings, images, handwritten and typed text on a virtual scratch pad. The included handwriting recognition engine automatically converts your handwritten notes into digital text, and PhatPad even takes objects you scribble and translates them to perfectly formed shapes.
You can find this latest version of PhatPad in the App Store now, priced at $3.99.
CourseNotes – the popular and well-reviewed note-taking app for students – is on sale for the remainder of this week at just $2.99. That’s down from its standard price of $4.99.
The sale goes through January 17th. Here’s a list of CourseNotes’ notable features:
• Take notes with text and drawings
• Print your notes via AirPrint
• Organize notes by subject and class meeting
• Track assignments that sync to your iPad’s calendar
• Keep a unified ToDo list for each subject
• Share notes on Facebook for viewing, printing or sharing with friends
• Export notes via email to yourself or friends
• Transfer note sessions peer-to-peer with other CourseNotes users
• Keep a lexicon of terms and definitions for each subject
• Get in-app studysheets and other educational content
You can find CourseNotes, at its current sale price, in the App Store now.