'Notability' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

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    Popular note taking app Notability has been named Apple's App of the Week, and as a result, it is available as a free download for the first time since it was released in 2011.

    Notability allows users to make sketches, take notes, annotate documents, sign contracts, record lectures, and more. It supports input via a finger or stylus and includes palm rejection to make note taking easier.

    In addition to touch-based input, the app has a built-in text editor and it also has the ability to record audio. Notability lets users import documents in a wide variety of formats, including PDF, DOC, and PPT.

    Notability is a universal app and it has iCloud support, so notes can be transferred between the iPad and the iPhone. It also has support for several different services, including Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive.
    As Apple's App of the Week, Notability will be available as a free download from the App Store for the next seven days. [Direct Link]

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    I downloaded right away since I didn't think it was worth paying for before. I was wrong
     
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    Never tried it but the icon is 1,000,000 times better than Notes on iOS 7! Long live Notes iOS 6!
     
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    WHAT?!! Noooo! I paid 99 cents for it just two years ago!!!
     
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    Why'd you quote me? lol
     
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    Amen to that. I've seen lot of notes app... on android, that puts Jony Ive's notes to shame. BTW you should check out Notability. It's not just one the best notes taking app but one the best app on iOS.
     
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    Awesome! Seems to have more built-in features and a more usable UI than Evernote. Not sure I'll be keeping Evernote on my iPad mini ;)
     
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    Downloaded it too. It was on my wish list, but then I got Noteshelf. Anyone have any comments about the PDF annotations?
     
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    And the Evernote Jot Script works with it. ;)
     
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    you should request a refund STAT!!!!!! Don't forget to adjust for inflation



    lol
     
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    Awesome app. Best all round note app IMHO. Pdf annotations can be a weakness though as the exported PDF file is flattened so you lose bookmarks, index etc. it's fine for signing PDFs or for marking up small two or three page files but for annotating larger files there are better apps out there.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    I just noticed yesterday and decided to download it directly. I'm thinking of using my iPad Mini for voice recording, while taking notes during lectures.

    Just a question, how much memory space does voice recordings take up? I only have the 16GB Mini, and it's nearly full already. If I were to empty it, how many ≈2hr lectures would I be able to keep in Notability?

    Thanks!
     
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    Notability lets you import a pdf straight into an existing notebook. There it becomes a layer underneath the note page itself, and you'd work on it like in a regular notebook.
    Noteshelf treats a pdf as a different resource, and some things are different from a regular notebook: you can pinch to zoom, but the inking is less fluent. You can add a page, but only a blank one.

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    Wow, talking about skeuomorphism :eek:
     
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    They'd be less than 20MB, so easily like two years worth. Hahaha.

    Thank you Donka and GerritV.

    I think I'll stick to my other app for PDFs then.
     
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    That's just AWESOME! :D Thanks!
     
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    Is there any way to edit the notes on my MacBook?
     
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    You can export in Note format, PDF or RTF. RTF could be a good option for editing on your Macbook as it carries text and recordings.
     
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    And I paid $2.99 just two months ago. But it's such a great app I don't mind, I use it almost everyday with iTunesU.
     
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    I wasn't aware it did, that's great. Can you give me your impressions on the Jot Script? I'm really done with these fat tipped styli and want to give it a try.

    Thank you.
     
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    Is there a way to sync notes to my desktop machine without having to export them with this app?
     
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    Yes, I do it using DropBox.
     
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    I love it. If I had a complaint, it might be too responsive. Sometimes, I don't get a clear delineation between letters. I mean I can still read it, but IMO, it looks a little sloppy. :p

    Is it worth the $80ish? I think so, but you need to be someone who wants to write on their iPad. I have not tried any art programs, so I cannot say if it works. Pairing Penultimate with Evernote is nice. That is how I have been using it for the most part. I sort of wish Onenote for iPad supported free writing, but I have not found out how to enable it if it does. I'm considering migrating from Dropbox to OneDrive, especially with the Office for iPad. Besides, I get a lot more drive space with OneDrive (30GB vs. 3GB). I also have an Office 365 University subscription.

    Let me know if you have specific questions. May make more sense to start a dedicated thread. If you do, let me know and I can post my thoughts specific to your questions.
     
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    Would be curious how it performs with Notability - perhaps even a short Youtube clip?
     

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