Evernote’s latest update to hit the App Store brings two great features to the iPad: drawing and multitasking. iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support were also added, but I couldn’t quite test that yet, for lack of all the necessary hardware. I’ll just have to take their word for it.
Evernote now plays nicely with other split-screen apps on iOS 9, so I can have it loaded alongside Safari or Mail for taking notes. This is a very big deal and is really changing the way I use the app across my iPad. I like keeping Evernote as my active Slide Over app, so that I can swipe left from any screen and quickly access or search my notes. This feels comparable to having a desktop-level widget on iOS, and I can only imagine how cool it would be to have Evernote open full-time on an iPad Pro.
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.
Finding a favorite iPad notes app has been an ongoing process for me since the day the first iPad was released. Several of the leading contenders are apps I also use on the iPhone. The thing with notes apps for the iPad / iOS though is that thus far it seems impossible to find the one, perfect all-round app for everything I want. The closest I’ve got so far is something along these lines:
— Simplenote was for a long while my favorite notes app for actually writing and editing notes on iPad and iPhone – because of its clean, simple UI. It also has a pretty nice web app that it syncs to automatically.
— Then my friend and writing colleague Thomas introduced me to Plain Text. Right now, it has replaced Simplenote as my favorite app to take notes in on the iPad. It syncs with Dropbox and I’ve been using Byword to edit notes made in Plain Text on the Mac.
— Evernote is the most powerful and feature-rich notes app I’ve used on iOS. I have never enjoyed it’s UI when writing / editing notes on the iPad or iPhone, but it is available via any browser, has a very solid Mac desktop app, and is always my default place to store notes that I want to keep around and have access to months or years down the road.
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.
Evernote – the powerful and feature-rich notes app for iOS – got a huge update yesterday. Nearly all of it was directed at the iPhone version, even though it’s a universal app. So the iPhone version has had a massive UI overhaul.
And it looks miles better. It now has a far more attractive home page, a dedicated search page, and some great ‘resource views’ to see attachments, images in notes, tags, and maps of where notes were made. The only thing that, sadly has not improved much is the actual note editing interface.
The Evernote team is not forgetting about the iPad though. They’ve got plans for an iPad-focused update as well:
Evernote for iPad got numerous behind-the-scenes improvements as part of this update. You can expect many of the ideas and concepts from this iPhone redesign to make their way into upcoming versions of Evernote for iPad. Stay tuned.
Good to know.
Via: Evernote Blog
Springpad – the note-taking / idea and information managing app for iPad and iOS (and online) – has had a big update today, to Version 2.2. Here’s the list of changes in the new version:
New Features and Improvements
– Audio Notes: Record audio notes or append a voice memo to an existing note
– Sharing to Twitter and Facebook: Post items to Twitter and Facebook including a sprng.me link linking back to your public page
– Rearrange Notebooks: Rearrange your notebooks and automatically sync the order to the web app
– OpenID Support: Register and log in using your Google, Facebook, Twitter or Yahoo accounts
– Fixed keyboard position when in landscape mode
– Changed default tag entry to be lowercase
– Fixed unicode issues on attached notes
– Removed orphan tags from navigation
Additional performance and stability improvements
Springpad recently reached the one million user milestone and is said to be growing even faster than Evernote. It looks like quite a capable app, and I installed it last night to give it a whirl.
Here’s an App Store link for Springpad. It’s a free app.
Writepad for iPad – one of the more versatile and powerful iPad note-taking apps – has had another update this week, to Version 4.5 (or in fact now to 4.5.1 by the time of writing).
The two big additions in V 4.5 are a Palm Rest feature that lets users rest their hands while in handwriting mode, and the ability to export documents to PDF. Improved printing and new graphics are the other notable changes.
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.
Simplenote – one of the leading notes apps for the iOS platform for a long while – has just had a huge update last night, to Version 3.0.2. As its name would suggest, one of Simplenote’s strongpoints has always been its simple and elegant look and UI.
With this new update, the app has managed to maintain that simple, elegant quality while adding a substantial amount of functionality and some lovely bells and whistles as well.
Writepad for iPad – the iPad note taking app that converts handwriting into text – has been recently updated, to Version 4.2. The big new feature is Dropbox sync. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of Dropbox (for online file sync and backup), so it is always a big plus for me to see this feature added to any app.
Writepad is an interesting app – one I’ve kept around on my iPad and always intend to use more. Its handwriting recognition – via fingers or stylus – is pretty good, though a little hard to get used to. If I ever get over that hurdle, it may become a much more frequently used app for me.
You can find this latest version of Writepad for iPad in the App Store now, priced at $9.99.