College Note Taking App?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Karenl39, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Karenl39, Apr 25, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012

    macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2011
    St. Louis
    I am going back to college and have been handwriting my notes. However, I have an Ipad and plan on using it to take notes. Which apps are best for this?


    I need to also mention I have a wireless keyboard I will be using.
  2. macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Question probably asked a few times each month. Here's the most recent thread on the topic.

    One thing I'll add that you'll also find mentioned in the above thread. For college note-taking, you really would benefit from a note-taking app that also has a recording feature. That allows you to "synchronize" what you are typing with what was being said at the moment you typed it. So hours/days later, if you find yourself looking at a note and trying to remember why its important, you can remind yourself by listening to the synchronized course instructors words being stated at that moment in time.

    Seriously a killer feature. Most of the more popular note-taking apps support this feature.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2011
    St. Louis
    Thanks! I did do a search and it was tough to wade through all the results.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Dec 9, 2011
    I use Circus Ponies Notebook and Notability. Notability is the best app for handwriting, IMO, and also has a recording feature. 7NotesHD is also a good alternative.
  5. macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    i posted a thread about this last year. see my profile for a link to it. in short, i recommend note taker hd for handwriting, evernote for typing (i use an external keyboard -- really nice to have this), and recorder pro if you really must record lectures. i don't. for the syncing of recorded lectures with notes, i am sure people can advise you better than me.

    my notesand just about everything else in my life go into evernote. for students, i just cannot recommend it enough. voodoopad is also
    worth looking at if you are interested in personal wikis.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2005
    Cool, thanks for the help!
  7. macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011

    Do you use voodoopad on both Mac and iPad? How do you use it?
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2012
  9. macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    I do use it on both platforms. Now that it has Dropbox syncing, you can easily make and edit notes on both platforms. I'm pretty pleased with how it has developed, and if you are looking for something straightforward and simple to use, I think this is a great app. One of my favorite things about it is that everything is exportable as a text file (PDFs and other proprietary files get moved into the folder as-is). So, no worries about having your stuff altered in any way when you put it into VoodooPad.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2012
    Check out LooseLeaf

    I've been developing LooseLeaf - an app that allows you to quickly write and sort notes, tasks, questions, and ideas. All you have to do is write your notes, and then put symbols in the margin to classify your notes. Then you can choose to see only tasks, or only questions, etc.

    It's a much more pared down approach, but I think that the focus and simplicity of it leads to better notes and easier recall of information.

    The app is currently in a closed beta, but looking for more feedback - please sign up at if you're interested.

  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Evernote charges you for online storage and does not allow or give you the option to just store info on just your device unlike S-Note on the Samsung Galaxy Note. The S-Note on the Galaxy Note does pretty much everything Evernote does while allowing you to store info and pictures on just your device without requiring you to upload every bit of private info on to some server and then pay for the uploaded data that you upload. One has to upload and download every time. If they made it work like the S-Note on the Samsung note it would be perfect. The one from Samsung is for free and allows you to keep personal and private info just on your device without needing to upload to their server.


    Even with Premium the option not to sync does not exist :rolleyes:


    They give you one option on sync and it is for Wifi only :rolleyes: What happened to the option of not wanting to sync and allowing us to keep info just on our own device :confused:
  12. macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2009

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