My favorite iPad Apps: Notes Plus

Notes Plus is a powerful note-taking tool that supports handwriting, typing and audio recording. It offers close-up writing mode for small text, stroke smoothing, vector shape auto-detection, palm handling, complete folder structure, PDF exporting, emailing, Google Docs uploading, and more.

iPad Notes Plus close-up Screenshot

I have tried others like Penultimate or Ghostwriter, and all of them are getting better every new version is released. Nevertheless, so far Notes Plus is the best option to me.

I love how easy is to use the folders to organize your notes. A folder can have many notebooks; a notebook can have many pages. Pages are listing with thumbnails. Provide ability to move, copy, duplicate and delete notebooks or individual pages.

I wrote other post about IA Writer as my favorite application for typing on the iPad. You will wonder why I need other app for taking notes. Well, I have 2 main reasons:

1) When I am in a meeting, I don’t want to type. I can’t be the stenographer in the meeting. Especially when you meet with your customers, it can look very odd.

2) Additionally, many times I need to draw a diagram or a schema, and this is not possible with a typing app.

iPad Notes Plus app Screenshot

Other nice feature of Notes Plus is that you can record voice and attach it to the note. Later on, you can upload the audio through iTunes and archive it in your own folder structure. So, you don’t need to buy another voice recorder app.

Finally a key point for this app category is the need to use an especial stylus to write on the screen, as writing with the finger is not easy. While the iPad capacitive touch screen is great, it’s not possible to use a the common stylus with itCapacitive iPad Styra

I have tried different stylus designed for the iPad, and I am not convinced with anyone yet.

So far, the best to me is BoxWave Capacitive iPad Styra. It allows you to use your iPad without ever touching the screen with your finger.