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Old Apr 8, 2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question Best Note-Taking App to use with a stylus

I recently purchased a stylus for taking notes on my iPad. I need some recommendations for a good note-taking app where I can use the stylus as well as the keyboard when I don't want to take handwritten notes. The app should have a palm rest feature, the ability to zoom-in, smooth pen strokes, ability to insert graphs.

Penultimate
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Notability
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I like Penultimate and Noteshelf's UI but do they have the features I want? What do they lack?
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Old Apr 8, 2012, 12:54 PM   #2
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Old Apr 8, 2012, 01:59 PM   #3
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I've read that it's very slow on all iPads especially the iPad 3 which I'll be using it on. And when using a stylus, there's a lag. Any other recommendations? What about the ones I've mentioned?
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Old Apr 8, 2012, 02:23 PM   #4
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I use Noteshelf. All around winner.

Penultimate has super-smooth ink action but is missing features the others have.
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Old Apr 8, 2012, 07:16 PM   #5
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I've used them all I rEcommend good notes. Try the free version to make sure you like it.
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I use Noteshelf. All around winner.

Penultimate has super-smooth ink action but is missing features the others have.
What features are missing?

Does Noteshelf and Penultimate have a palm rest feature?
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Old Apr 8, 2012, 11:53 PM   #7
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Penultimate does have a palm rest feature. I've used it for a couple years now, and I love it. Great with my stylus in my lecture halls.
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Penultimate does have a palm rest feature. I've used it for a couple years now, and I love it. Great with my stylus in my lecture halls.
What stylus do you use? I have an Adonit Jot Pro. Will it work fine with it?
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I use Noteshelf. All around winner.
Noteshelf looks great and I'm thinking of downloading it. I'm assuming it has a palm rest feature, right?

One of the in app purchases in Noteshelf is Writing Papers for $0.99. Does that mean that I have to spend 0.99 every time I want to take notes?

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Old Apr 9, 2012, 01:12 AM   #10
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No one else liking noteability? Wish these apps all had free trials as noteability is the only I've downloaded and liked. Any particular reason others are choosing the other apps over this one?
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 02:15 AM   #11
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I've been between one of three apps, GoodNotes, Ghostwriter Notes, and Noteshelf. I need to come up with a decision because I have meeting and school notes in all three as I have been testing them out. I have a feeling I will end up with GoodNotes at this time. All three have very similar offerings with Ghostwriter Notes being the only one of the three that offers fully automatic backups to dropbox which I love but much prefer the interface of GoodNotes.
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 08:43 AM   #12
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Noteshelf looks great and I'm thinking of downloading it. I'm assuming it has a palm rest feature, right?

One of the in app purchases in Noteshelf is Writing Papers for $0.99. Does that mean that I have to spend 0.99 every time I want to take notes?
No. Noteshelf has a bunch of different "paper" sytles. You can buy additional styles, but it isn't necessary.

I've been using Noteshelf for months now. I have several "notebooks" with dozens of hand written pages in each. The app is really a great buy. (I use the Amazon basics stylus, btw)

It has everything you asked for as well.

The only things that I would like added are:

The ability to write protect individual pages.
The ability to export an entire notebook to dropbox.

Currently you can write protect the entire notebook and export individual pages.
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 09:04 AM   #13
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What stylus do you use? I have an Adonit Jot Pro. Will it work fine with it?
I use a Targus stylus. It's pretty good; doesn't get stuck up on the screen like some others. I've never used the Adonit, but I assume it would work. If it works like your finger in any other app, I'm sure it'll be just fine.
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No one else liking noteability? Wish these apps all had free trials as noteability is the only I've downloaded and liked. Any particular reason others are choosing the other apps over this one?
Notability is okay. Their interfacen isn't as nice as good notes. They dont export to Evernote and they've taken forever to update for retina.
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Notability is okay. Their interfacen isn't as nice as good notes. They dont export to Evernote and they've taken forever to update for retina.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but, none of the other mentioned note taking apps are retina-ready. Have some of the apps already got updated for the new iPad?
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 01:08 PM   #16
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Just an easter egg regarding Multi-Touch with a stylus (6:35 min):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyx_v...e_gdata_player
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 07:09 PM   #17
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Mike +1 for noteability
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Old Apr 9, 2012, 07:41 PM   #18
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upad - it's retina

There is lite version to try for free.

Best handwriting engine out of all note taking apps IMO
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but, none of the other mentioned note taking apps are retina-ready. Have some of the apps already got updated for the new iPad?
More than a few are. Good notes, remarks, iPad and note taker hd submitted to Apple on Friday.
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A lot of people seem to like Notability, the interface is just way too ugly for my liking though.

I prefer something more simple. Try Bamboo Paper, Penultimate or Paper.

If you really need to have the zoom in feature though, then Notability probably is your best bet.
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What features are missing?

Does Noteshelf and Penultimate have a palm rest feature?
They both have palm rest features.

Penultimate is much more limited in terms of "ink" colors and pen widths while Noteshelf has lots of different colors and pen width is completely customizable. Also has 3 different eraser sizes and several highlighter colors.


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The only things that I would like added are:

The ability to write protect individual pages.
The ability to export an entire notebook to dropbox.

Currently you can write protect the entire notebook and export individual pages.
You can export a whole notebook from Noteshelf. Go to Page Finder (the binoculars icon), tap the top right hand Export button, tap Select All, then tap Export.
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Old Apr 10, 2012, 04:33 PM   #22
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Noteshelf

I have to put in another vote for Noteshelf. I use it everyday in college. I have been using an iPad for the pass 2 years taking notes. I started with penultimate and then tried just doing text based notes in pages. It works for some classes. But if you need to mix text and drawings, noteshelf is the one.

I really do like penultimate, The interface is clean. They just have not solution for highlighting and more importantly it doesn't have a zoom feature. I tried penultimate, but would just end up with way to many pages at the end of the day. I do really like how penultimate does photos. It remains an object that you can move after pasting. Others should implement this feature.

I emailed note shelf yesterday about an issue and they responded that they are going to release a retina update towards the end of the month. Can't wait.
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Old Apr 10, 2012, 06:44 PM   #23
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Anyone look at Noteledge? Very very nice app, also with a moveable palm rest.
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Old Apr 10, 2012, 07:48 PM   #24
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Notability for sure. 99 cents is a joke.

Covers everything you will ever need except Retina support (hopefully soon)
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Anyone look at Noteledge? Very very nice app, also with a moveable palm rest.
Just tried it. Nice, but no magnify feature for handwriting. That's a deal-killer for any iPad note taking app. It's too hard to take notes on a 9 inch screen and have it look neat without magnification.

UPAD, Notability and Notetaker HD are the only options, IMO.
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