iPad iPad vs. the historian

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Voltron23, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Voltron23 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Hi everyone-

    I review tons of historical, primary sources for school and like to write notes in the margins. Instead of having to print all of them out I thought the iPad would work well and had a few questions I hoped you could help me with:

    -Can I easily review PDF sources and take handwritten notes on them?
    -Also, can I print out the PDFs with my notes on them?
    -Overall, do you find it easy to hand write notes via a note-taking app and on the PDFs?

    Thanks for your time and your help. Much appreciated! :)
  2. chumawumba macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
    To all of those questions I would give a yes. The iPad works great with pdfs, and AirPrint makes it real easy to print them.
  3. Voltron23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Thank you, chumawumba! Since I don't need much in terms of features at this point, I think I'd be okay with an older generation one, I think? Thanks again for your quick reply!
  4. twoehr macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    East Coast US
    I read a lot of pdfs on my iPad mini, but don't annotate, you may want to ask for recommendations on programs to do that.

    I would get at least a generation 3 iPad, so that you have the hi-res Retina display. If you own, or plan to buy another, newer Apple device that uses a lightning connector you may want to move up to a gen 4 so you aren't messing around with different adapters/cables.

    To save some $, look at Apple refurbs or Best Buy open box inventories.
  5. Voltron23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Thank you for the input, twoehr. I'm going to start researching apps for annotation.
  6. mrichmon macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2003
    You might want to consider iAnnotate for taking notes on your PDFs on the iPad: http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/

    Taking notes using your finger to input handwriting feels a little clunky for some users. But there are some reasonable styli for use with the iPad that give you the feeling of writing with a pen/pencil. For example, the Eco-Essential Pen (http://www.ecoessentialpen.com/) is a pen or pencil with a black iPad stylus built-in to the pen cap.
  7. Chatter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2013
    Uphill from Downtown
    I use the ipad almost daily for pdf annotation, notes etc. There are a few apps that work well - notability, goodnotes, topnotes, magicalpad...just to name a few. I really like notability and topnotes but spend some time researching them.

    An ipad2 and above will work just fine. Integrate dropbox and you will be all set. Stylus is optional based on personal preferences.
  8. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Old gen?? Can you deal with crash, limited app support, and slow performance? :apple:
  9. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    How large are your PDF files? Older iPads (the ones with less RAM) tend to take longer processing larger PDFs. Also, searching through a document is much faster on machines with more RAM.
  10. Voltron23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Thank you so much for all of your responses. Easily, most helpful forum I've ever posted in :)

    I appreciate the app recommendations and the tip about the stylus which had been a major consideration of mine as well.

    Badrottie, crashes and limited support could definitely be an issue but since the primary purpose will really be reviewing sources, the cost benefit may lean in that direction. However, if I manage to find an enticing offer for a newer-gen iPad, I'm okay with that too. From what I've read here and on other sites, it seems nothing lower than 3rd gen is what's best.

    Nightspring, I think that is definitely a great point. The performance issues you and Badrottie brought up have me considering a newer iPad. Typically, the sources are 30-60 pages long, sometimes longer if I'm working on a research project and am reviewing journals on JSTOR.
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Yes, for that kind of use, a third or fourth gen iPad would be best. I don't think a second gen would crash under that load, but it would definitely be a lot slower. I think if I were you, I'd look for a refurb fourth gen, as that should last you 2-3 years, while a third gen might be useful for only 1-2 more years.
  12. Voltron23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Thank you everyone. Your insights, recommendations and opinions have been invaluable. Cheers!
  13. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011

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