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adamvk
May 22, 2012, 07:35 PM
I'm looking for an iPad application that allows you to type, use handwriting, draw the occasional image, etc. What's the best app that does this?

Also, it's it's retina, that would be preferred. :)

Yes, I know, there's a million threads/articles on this, but since there are new applications available each day this answer changes frequently. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!



palpatine
May 22, 2012, 11:02 PM
I'm looking for an iPad application that allows you to type, use handwriting, draw the occasional image, etc. What's the best app that does this?

Also, it's it's retina, that would be preferred. :)

Yes, I know, there's a million threads/articles on this, but since there are new applications available each day this answer changes frequently. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

here is a review that recommends note taker hd.
http://www.princeton.edu/~cmayo/reviewhandwriting.html

here is one recommending notability.
http://www.cultofmac.com/167892/best-of-round-up-ipad-note-taking-apps/

your mileage will vary depending on your usage.

adamvk
May 23, 2012, 05:00 PM
here is a review that recommends note taker hd.
http://www.princeton.edu/~cmayo/reviewhandwriting.html

here is one recommending notability.
http://www.cultofmac.com/167892/best-of-round-up-ipad-note-taking-apps/

your mileage will vary depending on your usage.

Ok thanks for the reply! Yea I've heard good things about Notability. Note Taker Hd also looks fine, I'm just personally not a fan of the ui. Being a graphic designer is a curse sometimes. I notice too much. :)

JacaByte
May 23, 2012, 05:20 PM
So far I'm enjoying GoodNotes and am considering purchasing the full version. You should give it a try, there's a free version on the app store that's limited to two notebooks so you can try it out.

bijju
May 23, 2012, 06:42 PM
i would say try UPAD app .. i am using it from last 4 months for all my college classes(5) to take notes... worth $5.

gorskiegangsta
May 23, 2012, 07:29 PM
Having tried more than a few note taking apps, Notes Plus (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notes-plus/id374211477?mt=8) beats all of them handily. It isn't cheap (at $7.99) but for the quality of the app and number of features it is well worth it.
I'd recommend checking out videos on it to see if it suits your needs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty3tdlSbM7M

adamvk
May 23, 2012, 08:00 PM
i would say try UPAD app .. i am using it from last 4 months for all my college classes(5) to take notes... worth $5.

Good suggestion, thank you!

So far I'm enjoying GoodNotes and am considering purchasing the full version. You should give it a try, there's a free version on the app store that's limited to two notebooks so you can try it out.

This is basically EXACTLY what I'm looking for, thank you!

Having tried more than a few note taking apps, Notes Plus (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notes-plus/id374211477?mt=8) beats all of them handily. It isn't cheap (at $7.99) but for the quality of the app and number of features it is well worth it.
I'd recommend checking out videos on it to see if it suits your needs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty3tdlSbM7M

Oh, wow. This is also EXACTLY what I'm looking for, but seems to have a little more features. Hmmm....You can customize more it seems like which I really like.

andrewnguyener
May 23, 2012, 08:15 PM
So far I'm enjoying GoodNotes and am considering purchasing the full version. You should give it a try, there's a free version on the app store that's limited to two notebooks so you can try it out.

I agree with GoodNotes. It's so worth it. I've tried all the notes apps and this is def the best.

palpatine
May 24, 2012, 12:14 PM
I agree with GoodNotes. It's so worth it. I've tried all the notes apps and this is def the best.

goodnotes is really nice. and free :)

notes plus? blurry handwriting in my opinion.

sk1wbw
May 24, 2012, 02:27 PM
What about Remarks, from Readdle?

juliainor
May 24, 2012, 03:41 PM
What about Remarks, from Readdle?

Remarks if my personal favorite. I like its UI. The handwriting is very good for me. Literally my only gripe about it is I wish its highlighting tool would automatically follow a line of text (or at least have that option). My highlighting is a bit messy at times.

Remarks does everything I want it to and looks good doing it.

I can't stand Note Taker HD's UI and I don't find the handwriting to be very smooth.

I used Notability until Remarks came out. No real complaints about Notability, but I prefer the look and feel of Remarks. Handwriting is slightly better (for me) on Remarks.

I have not tried either Notes Plus or GoodNotes, but I have not seen anything about them that is tempting me away from Remarks.

sk1wbw
May 24, 2012, 06:49 PM
Remarks if my personal favorite. I like its UI. The handwriting is very good for me. Literally my only gripe about it is I wish its highlighting tool would automatically follow a line of text (or at least have that option). My highlighting is a bit messy at times.

Remarks does everything I want it to and looks good doing it.

I can't stand Note Taker HD's UI and I don't find the handwriting to be very smooth.

I used Notability until Remarks came out. No real complaints about Notability, but I prefer the look and feel of Remarks. Handwriting is slightly better (for me) on Remarks.

I have not tried either Notes Plus or GoodNotes, but I have not seen anything about them that is tempting me away from Remarks.

I find Remarks to be, well, remarkably easy to use, no play on words intended. I tried to annotate some PDF files the other day and Remarks came out the winner on how easy it was to do.

wadjj
May 24, 2012, 06:59 PM
Remarks if my personal favorite. I like its UI. The handwriting is very good for me. Literally my only gripe about it is I wish its highlighting tool would automatically follow a line of text (or at least have that option). My highlighting is a bit messy at times.

Remarks does everything I want it to and looks good doing it.

I can't stand Note Taker HD's UI and I don't find the handwriting to be very smooth.

I used Notability until Remarks came out. No real complaints about Notability, but I prefer the look and feel of Remarks. Handwriting is slightly better (for me) on Remarks.

I have not tried either Notes Plus or GoodNotes, but I have not seen anything about them that is tempting me away from Remarks.
Highlighting seems good with remarks,that's the only thing I don't like with notability. But as I recall, remarks doesn't have zoom writing box, right? That's a big no to me.

epicmar
May 24, 2012, 08:56 PM
Highlighting seems good with remarks,that's the only thing I don't like with notability. But as I recall, remarks doesn't have zoom writing box, right? That's a big no to me.

I primarily use the zoom writing box for the handwriting apps I use, Note Taker HD and Notes Plus, but I have to admit that the handwriting in Remarks is so good that it might not need a zoom writing box. It is not my default notetaking app because it doesn't yet have the ability to copy/cut/paste/move handwriting entry, at least not that I found the last time I checked.

JacaByte
May 25, 2012, 12:25 AM
I also heard that Remarks has stability issues, have those been smoothed out since its release or is there still a threat of losing your unsaved notes?

wadjj
May 25, 2012, 04:13 AM
I primarily use the zoom writing box for the handwriting apps I use, Note Taker HD and Notes Plus, but I have to admit that the handwriting in Remarks is so good that it might not need a zoom writing box. It is not my default notetaking app because it doesn't yet have the ability to copy/cut/paste/move handwriting entry, at least not that I found the last time I checked.

Not for me cuz I have to write formulas, anything without zoom writing makes little difference to sketch apps like penultimate. If PDF expert and remarks have zoom writing I'd definitely try them. I don't like goodreader's userface but for now I have to stick with it.

juliainor
May 25, 2012, 11:41 AM
I also heard that Remarks has stability issues, have those been smoothed out since its release or is there still a threat of losing your unsaved notes?

I have not had any stability issues with Remarks but YMMV

qijianjonathan
May 25, 2012, 12:23 PM
I use Note Taker HD.

GerritV
May 25, 2012, 02:16 PM
Interesting topic!
Here's a comparison test of Noteshelf vs Remarks vs Notability, I thought it to be quite interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw18-CTo6ok&feature=related

GerritV
May 26, 2012, 01:59 AM
What about Remarks, from Readdle?

Soon after reading your tip, I googled some and checked several apps from this topic.
But I was instantly in love with the unique and clean interface of Remarks.
Bought it right away :-)
So, cheers to you!

sk1wbw
May 26, 2012, 06:30 AM
Soon after reading your tip, I googled some and checked several apps from this topic.
But I was instantly in love with the unique and clean interface of Remarks.
Bought it right away :-)
So, cheers to you!

Glad to hear that. It is rather a nice app and very easy to use. :)

shyam09
May 26, 2012, 11:21 AM
which stylus are you guys using. I've heard a lot of things of Amazonbasics and the targus one... are there any recommendations?

GerritV
May 26, 2012, 12:14 PM
I'm using the Architect Stylus from Arctic Accessories (http://www.thearcticstore.com/). The protective cap is a nice feature IMHO.

sk1wbw
May 27, 2012, 07:09 AM
The Wacom Bamboo stylus is the one I like to use.

GerritV
May 27, 2012, 01:24 PM
Highlighting seems good with remarks,that's the only thing I don't like with notability. But as I recall, remarks doesn't have zoom writing box, right? That's a big no to me.

Remarks does have a zoom writing box, actually.

Kaspers
May 28, 2012, 03:52 AM
Notability is in my opinion the best note taking app if it comes to handwriting.

wadjj
May 28, 2012, 09:39 AM
Remarks does have a zoom writing box, actually.

Not shown on its website, can you please describe how it works?

GerritV
May 28, 2012, 11:30 AM
Not shown on its website, can you please describe how it works?

At the bottom of the Note screen, click the magifying glass to enter the zoom mode.
Once in the zoom mode, the top part of the screen shows the note (dimmed), with the zoombox (highlighted). You can either drag it around with your finger or stylus, or you can use the cursor keys from the floating palette.
The bottom part is the zoomed view. Here you can drag the black anchor point at the bottom to resize the zoombox' height, and the blue one for it's width.
Click "Done" in the top right of the toolbar to exit zoom mode.

http://i50.tinypic.com/v3zy83.png

http://i50.tinypic.com/11wd653.png

wadjj
May 28, 2012, 02:09 PM
At the bottom of the Note screen, click the magifying glass to enter the zoom mode.
Once in the zoom mode, the top part of the screen shows the note (dimmed), with the zoombox (highlighted). You can either drag it around with your finger or stylus, or you can use the cursor keys from the floating palette.
The bottom part is the zoomed view. Here you can drag the black anchor point at the bottom to resize the zoombox' height, and the blue one for it's width.
Click "Done" in the top right of the toolbar to exit zoom mode.

Image (http://i50.tinypic.com/v3zy83.png)

Image (http://i50.tinypic.com/11wd653.png)
thank you so much, I might give it a try then