Starting uni tomorrow..nervous and also don't know what PDF/note app to choose

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by snowydog, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. snowydog macrumors 6502

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    I Know there's so many threads on this topic, but I start uni tomorrow and I need to make a decision on what notes taker and PDF, word, ppt reader/annotators to use.

    I've looked at so many threads, reviews and I'm still undecided.*

    I bought notes plus and tbh I love it.....and they are bringing out version 3-completely revamped, with built in browsers, widgets, file imports and annotation....but that won't be for another month...so i need something I can use in the meantime*

    I've looked at good reader and iannotate .... Each to their own have their advantages......I need to be able to annotate ppt docs, I remember reading somewhere about an app that converts word, ppt etc to PDF for annotation but I can't remember which one.....*

    I don't know whether to take notes from scratch and forget the PDFs as the lecturer will have them on screen anyway, or to annotate the lecturers ppts as he goes....I wish there was an app that had a PDF on the left and a notepad on the right...splitting the screen so I can do both.,,, tho I know it wouldn't be big..

    I think I'm leaning towards handwritten notes on the PDFs (ppts converted).....*

    Once notes plus v3 is released (just after ios5 is released) *I'll be using that as my primary note/PDF app

    I'm gonna just use the iCal for timetable and assignments as it integrates with my google calendars-both personal and work....

    I'm not sure what else I'll need.....I use a lot of articles from journals so maybe something for them.....

    I have no laptop ATM :( .... Desperate to get a MBP 13" but waiting on the status of my broken Sony vaio and what Sony aregoing to do about it (faulty graphics set chip or something that had a press release 2 years ago saying they would fix for free)....*

    S basically I'm trying to use my iPad as much as I can for notes/revision and will have to use dads desktop for lab reports ....*

    Anyway...bit nervous about starting my final year tomorrow so I'm just wanting to make sure I have everything organised.....I'll know better at. The end of my first week but eeek...kind of excited to get started...

    Tho nervous about using my iPad in class as no one else had any with them at induction and the lecturer made a joke about waiting on his iPad so he had to read his scribbled notes (I didn't bother bringing it out in class lolcos I was a bit embarrassed)*

    Anyway sorry I went off on a slant there .... Nervous much ? Lol*
     
  2. Grolubao macrumors 65816

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    Relax! That's what you need.

    Back in the days, we didn't used computers in classrooms, was all about pen and peper to take notes. Use it as well!
     
  3. ctbear macrumors 6502a

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    I have tried NotePlus, Penultimate, Noteshelf, Note Taker HD, Bamboo and UPad.
    To me the most important thing is the ink. I want it to be natural and responsive. Second thing is wrist protection. I am a southpaw writer and it gets incredibly annoying to see all kinds of stray marks on screen because of my palm.
    Penultimate has the best natural ink and wrist protection by far, but it doesn't have any features except photo imports. Right now I'm using Noteshelf - very good ink, good features, and workable wrist guard.
     
  4. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    HANDWRITING: NotesPlus or NoteTakerHD (I haven't used this one). I've been testing NotesPlus out for a few weeks and so far I love it. No wrist problems because of the way it is set up.

    PDFS: iAnnotate (I haven't used this one) or GoodReader. I love GoodReader, but I suspect iAnnotate is better, especially if you use Dropbox as your backup device.

    Alternatively, handwriting with ink. Print out the PPT slides if you'd like. Later, you can use something like ScanSnap to make notes into PDF file.
     
  5. Karimmansour92 macrumors newbie

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    I'm at uni as well and I've just been using the lite version of uPad. It's stable, good inking experience (not as awesome as bamboo, but still very gd), has wrist protection with zoom and best of all it's free (the lite version). What's nice about it is that it also has PDF annotation (quite a good Implementation) so you don't need to bother about looking for another PDF annotation app. Perhaps one thing I don't like is that it's got no integration with dropbox (another handy app to have). I too use iCal for assignments etc.. Mail for all my mail, both uni n personal. I also have just started using team viewer incase I'd like to access my laptop which I leave at home.

    Hope that helps!
     
  6. Kyian macrumors newbie

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    Denfently iannotate.
     

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