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Volume 84 | Issue 2
March/April 2016

Technology Showcase: Road Test: Apps for Notetaking

Some people still prefer traditional pen-and-paper methods for notetaking, but for those wanting to apply notetaking technology, we roadtested various apps currently on the market. This is what we found.

For those who are serious about their notetaking and are looking for an app that includes many features at your disposal, then Evernote is a great tool. Evernote was founded in 2007 and, according to their website, their products reach more than 100 million users worldwide.

The app itself can be used to: write notes, checklists, and research; organize web articles, docs, and photos; and discuss work with others within the app.

You can also add text, images, audio, and files to notes, then organize them into notebooks. Other features include to-do lists, business cards scanning capabilities, audio file recording, a web clipper, and more.

It is free for basic features and up to 60MB file uploads per month, but a premium plan can be purchased for $49.99 per year.

Microsoft OneNote
A big competitor of Evernote is OneNote. Free on iOS and Android, and also available on Windows, Chrome, and Mac, OneNote is versatile and highly functional on both desktop and smartphone. It is useful on iOS, especially with the iPhone 6 Plus, but the downside for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users is that they get fewer features.

OneNote allows users to record audio and add pictures, tables, and hyperlinks to notes. It is organized into notebooks, tabs, and pages that can be shared with others. Text, handwriting, images, web clips, and more can be placed anywhere on the page. Users can search all notes, including text that has been handwritten and the content of video and audio files. For those who like color-coding notes, OneNote has a variety of fonts and many colors. One of the best elements of OneNote is that notes can be accessed on all devices because they are synced to the cloud. OneNote also allows users more free storage than Evernote, 15GB compared to Evernote’s 60MB.

Those looking for something simpler can turn to Simplenote. Available for iOS, Android, Mac, and the web, the app keeps your notes updated across all devices. The app allows users to keep their notes, lists, ideas, and more in one place. Notes can be searched and organized with tags and pins. They can also be shared and published for others to see. The appeal of the app is simplicity. Users can quickly open the app, jot down their notes, and move on with their day.

Super Notes
If you are into color-coordinating, then Super Notes is a free app worth checking out. It is not quite on the level of Evernote, but still good for more than just notes. The app incorporates typed notes, pictures, and recordings. Users can transfer their notes to their computer using email, WiFi, or Dropbox. There is also the option of setting reminders/alerts.

Notability is best for those who want to doodle or handwrite their notes during a meeting or lecture. It costs $5.99 and is better used on an iPad rather than a smartphone. The app allows users to combine handwriting, photos, and typing into their notes. Users can choose different fonts, sizes, styles, and colors of type. Audio also can be recorded while taking notes. When recording is complete, users can go back through their notes, tap a word, and the app will play what was being said at the moment the word was written down. Once finished, notes can be saved with Google Drive, AirDrop, email, and Dropbox.

Free on the iPad, Penultimate is a handwriting app created by Evernote. A recent update at the end of 2015, after a previous update received complaints from users, has improved the app immensely. Users can multitask on Penultimate and work synchronously or along with another app. It is organized into notebooks, and users can choose a paper type (for free) when creating notes. Users also can work on any part of a page, and the app has a zoom function. Handwritten text can also be searched.

For those Android and Windows users out there, Squid (formerly Papyrus) is a good notetaking app. It is free but contains in-app purchases. Users can take notes with their finger or stylus, work with different colors, and select from a multitude of paper types. To organize notes, users can attach labels for searching later, sort notes into notebooks, and notes can be exported as PDFs, PNGs, or JPEGs. Multimedia can also be incorporated into notes; images can be imported, and audio can be recorded and attached to a note.

Another app that works well on Android, but is also available to iPhone users, is Fetchnotes. This app is free and best used for quickly jotting down ideas and short notes rather than lecture and meeting notes. Notes are organized with hashtags and can be shared by tapping the @ sign and following it with an email, phone number, or someone in your address book.