Good app for students that take notes w/ powerpoint and want audio?

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  1. marklight macrumors 6502

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    So i take most of my notes using powerpoint... and I'd like to be able to record audio as well. The problem is that in powerpoint, the record features are horrible. You can record a presentation, but while doing so you cant edit the powerpoint document...and the audio drops out.

    Any students or professionals out there who have a good solution to this?
    I'd love it if i could easily just record audio for each slide, and take notes at the same times, but this seems to not be easy in powerpoint.
     
  2. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    IMHO Powerpoint is not the most suitable software for taking notes. I would either use a word processor, or something neat like WriteRoom.

    Regarding the audio, you need a separate application. One great feature would be the ability to insert time tags in the text when there is something noticeable, in order to find it back quickly.

    I have not idea for the audio application. I would probably try first with Audacity.
     
  3. dws90 macrumors regular

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    Circus Ponies Notebook is made for notetaking, and I believe it has audio options. I haven't done anything more than glance at it, so I can't tell you exactly what it does, but it may suit your needs.

    Whatever you do, though, you don't want to take notes in Powerpoint. If you have a Powerpoint presentation you want to make up, really the best thing to do is to print it to a PDF and annotate that.
     
  4. steveoc macrumors regular

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    I'd just like to confirm the previous post that Circus Ponies' Notebook can record audio. It is a great note taking app. It creates a separate audio file.
     
  5. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    Good tip ;)
     
  6. marklight thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The issue is that all of my classes use powerpoint. It's easy to just download the ppt lectures, and then take notes using the note box in powerpoint, or to just insert text.

    The circus notebook doesnt work with powerpoints. i'd just like some way to be able to integrate audio into each powerpoint slide for easy referencing.
     
  7. motts1AD macrumors newbie

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    2 solutions.

    You might consider using Pear Note. You can record audio annotations (i.e., the lecture) while typing notes, and the audio is indexable. You can also sync powerpoint slides with your notes.

    Also, you can simply use Microsoft Words Notebook layout view, and paste each slide, in order, prior to class. Then you can take notes that correspond to a given PP slide, while recording audio. Cheers!
     

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