Need help! Preparing to study for a test.

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I am beginning to prepare for my test at work and need help choosing apps that will assist me in my journey. I need a quality scanning app as I need to be able to scan hundreds of documents to my iPad. I need a good note taking app as I will need to be able to annotate/mark up/ highlight those apps scanned. I also need a good pdf reader.

I'm new to the iPad so I'm not sure if I need several apps or if there is an app that does it all....

Please help
 

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I am beginning to prepare for my test at work and need help choosing apps that will assist me in my journey. I need a quality scanning app as I need to be able to scan hundreds of documents to my iPad. I need a good note taking app as I will need to be able to annotate/mark up/ highlight those apps scanned. I also need a good pdf reader.

I'm new to the iPad so I'm not sure if I need several apps or if there is an app that does it all....

Please help
Update to iOS 11 Beta. It has an awesome built in document scanner and File App for organizing your documents. You can annotate directly on the scanned documents.
 

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Nigel Goodman

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Sorry, I cannot answer that. I don't do much annotation and I've not used Notability so cannot compare. There is a review on Documents 6 that mentions annotation and they seem satisfied with it.
 

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If you're going to scan hundreds of documents at one time, I'd use a work scanner or something that can do it quickly (and that hopefully outputs the scan as a PDF). It will take a long time to scan hundreds of pages with an iPad. It can be done, but it's not fun. Takes me about 5 minutes or so for 20 pages. That's not bad or even too slow, but if it is much more than that I use a dedicated hardware scanner because it can scan hundreds of pages in 2-5 minutes. Just my two cents.
 
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If you're going to scan hundreds of documents at one time, I'd use a work scanner or something that can do it quickly (and that hopefully outputs the scan as a PDF). It will take a long time to scan hundreds of pages with an iPad. It can be done, but it's not fun. Takes me about 5 minutes or so for 20 pages. That's not bad or even too slow, but if it is much more than that I use a dedicated hardware scanner because it can scan hundreds of pages in 2-5 minutes. Just my two cents.
If you have a child you can bribe with ice cream, well. Problem solved
[doublepost=1499197796][/doublepost]Just a side question for those in the thread suggesting notability: why notability over something like one Note? Any special reason?
 

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If you're going to scan hundreds of documents at one time, I'd use a work scanner or something that can do it quickly (and that hopefully outputs the scan as a PDF). It will take a long time to scan hundreds of pages with an iPad. It can be done, but it's not fun. Takes me about 5 minutes or so for 20 pages. That's not bad or even too slow, but if it is much more than that I use a dedicated hardware scanner because it can scan hundreds of pages in 2-5 minutes. Just my two cents.
To add on, find those scanners or all-in-one printers that have auto feeders that can scan a stack of documents at once. One heck of a time saver they are!

Remember, spend more time on the actual studying rather than on the tech, it is too easy to get lost in this tech today I swear...
 

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To add on, find those scanners or all-in-one printers that have auto feeders that can scan a stack of documents at once. One heck of a time saver they are!

Remember, spend more time on the actual studying rather than on the tech, it is too easy to get lost in this tech today I swear...
Thank You. So what will be a good all in one printer that I can buy that will slow me to seamlessly import documents from machine to iPad?
 

darkarn

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Thank You. So what will be a good all in one printer that I can buy that will slow me to seamlessly import documents from machine to iPad?
Not sure what you mean by slowing you, but I am using a Canon MX886 (discontinued model though). It scans documents and converts to PDFs, which then can be transferred to your iPad via iTunes.

If you are looking for a workflow that uses only the iPad, I can't help much I am afraid, other than having to say that using an iPad to take pictures of each page to scan them using the iPad app will be quite slow and tiring too. Believe me, I was in a research project that needed me to take pictures of every pedestrian pathway in a certain area with the iPad. It got tiring on my hands after a while.
 

neutrino23

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As a scanner I recommend the ScanSnap ix500 or similar model.

You can load in a stack of documents and it does double sided scanning very quickly. You can get various kinds of output including searchable PDF. It has built in WiFi. I don't know if it will scan direct to an iPad. It scans very nicely by WiFi to my MacBook.

Prizmo, Scanner Pro and others are good, but only for a few pages. The ScanSnap will do a beautiful job on hundreds of pages. They did a really good job on the sheet feeder mechanism.

PDF expert and Documents by Readdle are both good.

Note taking is very personal. Everyone tries several and settles on the one they like. Apple's Notes would be a good place to start (it's already installed on your iPad ) then you can branch out from there.

Myscript Nebo is one to look at. Myscript has one of the best script to text converters around.

Tip: I've found that if you expand the paper a little then drawing with the Pencil works much better.