Essential Apps for College?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by klang, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. klang, Jan 21, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2013

    klang macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    I recently just picked up an iPad Mini for school. The main plan is to use it for note taking to take the load off the amount of notebooks and books i am going to need to carry since i will be commuting this semester. I did also pick up a wireless keyboard to help with this.

    So now my question is, in your opinion, what are the essential apps i should purchase/download that will assist both in and out of the classroom?

    If it matters, i am currently an undergrad majoring in Finance and Accounting.

    The only apps that i really know of, that i am torn between are Evernote and Noteability.
    I will also try and update this post with current recommendations so they aren't repeated too often.

    Thanks Guys.

    Recommended Apps:
    Pages (only app with footnotes)
    Scanner Pro
    iStudiez Pro
  2. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Hi. Congrats on your purchase. Make sure to do some searching, because this question comes up a lot. Short list of apps I use daily:

    Pages (only app with footnotes)
  3. jstnlzr macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2012
    Space Coast
    note taking on iPad is not fun, at all, for me anyway
  4. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011

    It isn't for everyone, but I love it. For handwriting, I strongly recommend the Pogo Sketch Pro (the stylus makes a huge difference). For typing, I strongly recommend an external keyboard (it makes a huge difference). By the way, if you want to record lectures, Recorder Pro is free and runs in the background (one of the few that does).
  5. ithinkimalion macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2011
    Dropbox, Evernote, QuickOffice, Soulver, Scanner pro, Notability, Byword
  6. klang thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    Dropbox i definitely agree with, question though... Evernote Vs. Notability, is it really worth it to have both? I know Evernote is free but my main use would be note-taking in class and using drop box to access those notes with my laptop at home.

    Also, QuickOffice Vs. Pages/iWorks?

    I definitely won't be purchasing/downloading both, so which would be the better investment?
  7. ithinkimalion macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2011
    To me they are both different. I archive stuff and Evernote and I take notes in Evernote. Notability I used to annotate PDF files.

    Quickoffice works better with the Microsoft document formats. But the iWork suite is a much better selection of apps.
  8. klang thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    As for Microsoft, the only programs on a laptop i would be using are Access and Excel, so would it, in your opinion, make sense to get at the minimum the Pages app to be able to work on papers using the iPad at school and being able to transfer that over to my laptop. My Laptop does already have iWorks installed
  9. ithinkimalion macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2011
    Yes. Pages is nice. It works pretty well. Grab a keyboard case for your iPad too.
  10. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Evernote syncs to any device. No need for Dropbox for it. GoodNotes (or Notability) is great for annotating PDFs or handwriting. When you are finished, just open in Evernote and it is all in one place.
  11. hkim1983 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2009
    You're a finance/accounting major? You need Excel, Word, a calculator, familiarity with database applications, and maybe a Powerpoint application every now and then. Uh, basically, the iPad will be nearly useless (imo), but you can use it for note taking and avoiding carrying around the ridiculously sized accounting textbooks. It can also be used to entertain you while taking tax courses (sorry, I hate tax).

    I think accounting is hard to type out in terms of notes (on the fly that is, if you have stuff waiting pre-formatted for you then by all means...), so if you insist on using the iPad, get a stylus and an app that supports that.

    I think Evernote, Dropbox, and GoodNotes are good general apps to have around though.
  12. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Like others said

    Evernote for note taking
    Notability (for hand writing)
    iAnnotate (or GoodReader or PDF Expert, for marking up pdfs)

    I also second getting a stylus, and QuickOffice for any MO docs you'll need to work with.
  13. Pinkie Pie macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2012
    Los Anhelles
    My professors post notes online in both PDF and Docx formats, so I use Notability to take notes and annotate PDFs and PowerPoints, Pages to edit the docx files, and Dropbox to keep everything in sync. I recommend Inkling, too, if your textbooks are on it (they're probably not, but it's really cool if they are!).
  14. ethansamuel17 macrumors newbie


    • Evernote
    • DropBox
    • QuickOffice
    • iStudiez Pro
  15. klang thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    Does anyone have any feedback on Notability vs Evernote. As of now i will not be getting a stylus, but will be using apple's wireless keyboard to actually take notes, so in this aspect which would be the better option?

    Also iAnnotate vs Notability for editing PDFs?
  16. Luis2004 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2012
    Notability is garbage if you want a good PDF annotation app. The rendering of PDF pages lags horribly.

    iAnnotate isn't bad. Has a lot of features. The only drawback to it is that if you have text boxes or highlights near the page edges, when you go to turn the page your finger will often "catch" on them and you will end up repositioning the annotation instead of turning the page.

    I like PDF Max Pro personally.
  17. Kelly90 macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    Notability - for handwriting
    Cloudword - for typed text, presentations, and get ready for test (it has great tool to study)

    You do not need more than that. Believe me.
  18. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I'm working on my 2nd degree now in Chemical Engineering, and all I use is at this time is:

    Calculator Pro
    Google Drive
    Logtitech Ultrathin keyboard.
  19. JoshMKB24 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2013
  20. Deadp1xel macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2012
  21. Lindseystar macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2013

    Those apps are very essential for college. Each and its benefits to start get ready and finish college on good grade.
  22. klang thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2013
    Thanks for all the replies, if anyone has any other suggestions keep em' coming!:D
  23. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    iHandy Calculator HD Pro - It hasn't been updated since last February, but I like how it has a notepad on one side to type notes, and the calculator on the other end. Works great on my Mini.

    Noteshelf is pretty good too.

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