iPad Pro Document editing and note taking with Apple Pencil in 1 App...besides Word

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  1. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    I have and will continue to sing the praises of my iPad Pro 9.7". I've been using this more, and differently than any iPad I have owned before. It has changed my level of productivity. I was hoping someone can help with an app suggestion.

    Typically I write notes in Goodnotes from client and office meetings.

    I put together a list of questions for a project I am working on in a Word doc. Word works with the Apple Pencil which is great, but it doesn't work well in typical Microsoft fashion. It is slower than any other app and a lot of things I handwritten disappear while writing.

    What I am looking to do is simple increase the space between questions so I could write below the question. If I am writing more than I expected, I'd like to increase the space more by pressing enter a few times. Goodnotes only allows me to write in the existing doc. But I cannot modify that doc other than drawing on it. It seems to be the same with Notes and PDF Expert, and for some reason I cannot get Apple Pencil to work at all in Pages.

    Any App suggestions that may help me with this?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Notability allows you to paste in text, then change and fully edit that text and spacing if wants.
     
  3. rellit macrumors newbie

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    Same goes for GoodNotes. You can just copy & paste your text out of that word document or an email into GoodNotes and edit it as you like (increasing space, changing the size of your text etc.). I'm doing this daily and it works quite good.

    Another option (e. g. when you have a scan and you aren't able to copy & paste there) is to make a screenshot of an area of that picture/document and paste it into another page. You can then arrange this screenshot as you like and write as many as you like below.
     
  4. jlc1978, Jun 12, 2016
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    PDF Expert, at least 5.6.1 can edit pdfs, in the sense you can add markups. The edit icon (Pen on paper) will bring up the ability to select a segment of text and edit it.
     
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  6. DougFNJ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to have to take a look at that, thank you.

    I love Goodnotes the most out of all the note taking apps. I had tried the copy and paste, it inserted it as a text box, as soon as I began writing with the Apple Pencil, it would not allow me to edit anything in the text box any longer. It would add another text box typing over the existing content. I have to be doing something wrong....

    PDF Expert is good for existing docs and excellent for signatures. But I cannot add that extra space.

    The Microsoft products are great, but for some reason they are slow with the Apple Pencil. The line doesn't keep up with the drawing and sometimes it deletes entire words that I had just written. It's buggy.
     
  7. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Yep - I have the same experience annotating in Word, but I guarantee you OneNote is a million times better for hand written notes.
     
  8. DougFNJ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's good to know for handwritten notes. How does it work with the scenario I am mentioning, either copying and pasting my questions in or migrating a Word Doc in there? GoodNotes has been great for the handwriting my notes, but its the typed areas and creating space between the questions I am struggling with for Question and answer purposes.

    Thanks
     
  9. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Combining text and handwritten notes works pretty well for me. You can copy/paste text and write notes in between. You can even select handwritten notes and move it around on the page.

    I've put interview questions in text and wrote my answers in handwriting.
     
  10. DougFNJ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you very much, I will try it out and report. I appreciate your help :)
     
  11. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    Good luck! Always happy to spread the gospel of OneNote!

    Oh - just don't expect a lot of formatting in OneNote - the text editor is pretty basic.
     
  12. Allograft macrumors regular

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    Biggest disappointment of iOS 10, no built in handwriting recognition
     

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