Interesting comments from colleagues during meetings

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jeffg819, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. jeffg819 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2006
    I've used my iPad in a couple of meetings for note taking, one an all day interview session with users of a system we are working to rewrite.

    A couple of folks have commented that unlike someone bringing a laptop to a meeting -- and thus creating what they view as a visual wall -- they found my use of the iPad unobtrusive.

    Because of these comments and my experience in general, I think I've finally found a way to take notes once!
  2. elleana macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
    Interesting. How do you hold the iPad to take notes? In your lap?
  3. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I agree that it is very annoying to be seated across from someone with an open laptop. There is that feeling they are behind a wall and its hard to fully communicate with them.

    The iPad is great to get rid of that, since its basically like you have a paper notebook with you, and there is no wall between you and the other person.

    The only obstacle with the ipad though is the way you input text when taking notes in that manner. You could write them out, although even with a pogo stylus, I'm not sure how well that will work out. You could also type them, but that is a bit difficult on the ipad's keyboard.
  4. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I'd also like to know how you are taking notes. What app are you using, how are you holding the iPad? Using a pen or typing?
  5. jeffg819 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2006
    I'm using the Apple case in landscape mode and the onscreen keyboard to take notes.

    The keyboard presented some challenges -- still does to some extent -- but I've found I'm able to keep up with the conversation and participate as needed. I'm flip flopping between hunt'n'peck and touch typing. I think after some more use, I'll touch type exclusively...or maybe not...seems to work either way.

    For my first attempt at meeting notes I used Pages but I've since gone to the stock iPad note app. After the meeting, I email the note to myself and then store it in DevonThink for future reference. I also embed "T:" on lines that are intended to create a task in Things.

    I'm cautiously optimistic at this point that I've found a solution to note taking and dropping my Mole Skin system. I also think as multitasking comes out, I'll be able to switch between notes, reference information, and email during a session without issue.
  6. DougFNJ macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Hey Jeff, have you considered the wireless keyboard? I find the onscreen keyboard good for quick messages and notes....but the iPad in the cover used the same way remains unobtrusive while maintaining typing comfortably :D
  7. mklnk macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2010
    If we're talking about the iPad being as unintrusive as possible to other people in the room, I think even the wireless keyboard would be a step in the wrong direction.
  8. LordEntropy macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2007
    I am thinking very much of doing this as well.

    I use Toodledo for task management so I was also thinking of using the iPad to take notes and record my tasks in Toodledo. Been off work all week on holiday so will give this a try on Monday.
  9. jeffg819 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2006
    Thanks for the suggestion. I have the Apple BT keyboard but I keep forgetting to bring it to work. The one time I tried it at home it seemed a little awkward moving my hands back and forth to the screen / keyboard but to be fair, I did not really give it a hearty attempt.
  10. David R macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    Interesting post, thank you.

    I'm still hoping for a good note taking app, something to use in meetings instead of the notes app or Pages.

    Something with the ability to add task icons (for example) and perhaps a way to create a quick sketch right in the middle of the notes using my finger.
  11. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
    I've been taking notes with iPad as well.

    In my case Evernote works pretty well. As soon as meeting or phone call is done, I can access the note from any of my computers.

    One upside of NOT using BT keyboard is that the typing can be nearly silent. Typing sound on physical keyboard can be annoying in conference rooms.

    I can definitely see a shrink taking notes on iPad saying "interesting" while she's looking up some articles online.

    Is there a note taking app with built-in web browser??
  12. Dustoff00 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2010
    Allen, TX

    Have you looked at School Notes Pro (Free for the time being) I downloaded it but did not get a chance to play with it before I had to take my iPad back :( (Horrible Wifi issues). My buddies iPad did not have the same issues, so just waiting on the replacement to arrive...;)
  13. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    I've had similar reactions after they ask a ton of questions and want to play with it.

    The other thing I have had people say is "I can't believe the battery lasted through 8h of meetings", when their laptops dies 1.5-2h into the meeting.
  14. surefooted macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    I was going to recommend this app. I like it a lot. The price is great (free!!). It gives you the ability to search google and wikipedia from within the app. You can take keyboard notes or draw on the same document.
  15. MacAttraction macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2006
    Interesting, indeed :rolleyes:
  16. David R macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    Thank you for the suggestion. I'll look into it. I ordered the iPad 3G so I still have some time to wait!
  17. ClaireL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2010
    New Jersey
    I LOVE that SchoolNotes Pro app! It's definitely not just for students. I think being able to paste in pictures and text from Wikipedia is terrific. This is now my fav note taking app
  18. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    I agree that a laptop has always been out of place on a conference table but a notepad has been fine.

    Electronic notepad FTW :D

    No iPad yet for me so I must live vicariously thru the iPad subforum for the time being :)
  19. Canedrive macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    I can't help feeling that a pad and pen is unbeatable for merely taking notes. :confused:
  20. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Thank you so much for the recommendation. :)

    I'm very slow when handwriting but I'm a very fast typist, so unless I have to draw graphs or whatever I much prefer to type.
  21. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Perhaps for the act of note taking itself, but once you need to search/organize/transmit them they are much better in digital form.
  22. DKatri macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2009
    Birmingham, UK
    Cool stuff!

    It would be really nice to be able to write notes with something like the pogo stylus and an app that does handwriting recognition.
  23. nazuk macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2007
    England, UK
  24. Mad.Rider macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Well said
  25. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2010
    I think if you had it under your desk, on your lap, it'd work great... of course, this assumes you can touch-type and don't need to look at the keyboard. it'd help if the keyboard was pretty silent too. So, you'd be typing away when you needed to, and occasionally, lift your arms up to click on something on the touch screen...

    The bigger problem I'd see is just lugging the keyboard around with you... just not sure if there is an elegant way to do this. And if your meeting requires a lot of getting up & moving around, it might not work so smoothly.

    I've taken notes in a meeting, just keeping the iPad on my lap. I couldn't go too fast though, as I really couldn't look at the keyboard much, and can't really touch-type on the on-screen keyboard.

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