Another new note taking App

19 Dec

As students perform more and more of their class work on the iPad we are really putting note taking apps through it. We have tried Goodreader, iAnnotate, NoteShelf, Remarks, Notability and now UPAD. So far none of them are perfect but we are now leaning towards UPAD. Remarks was our standard at the beginning of the year but we saw consistent problems with data corruption and deleted annotations. While we really like the typing features and the interface of Remarks we can’t stand by and watch our students keep losing work. We have moved to UPAD. It has a great handwriting engine, pretty good folder structure, decent typing tools and the ability to read PDFs and take free hand notes. Students have not lost data and are therefore trust UPAD with their work.

We are always looking for a new note taking app. If you have suggestions send them our way.
Requirements for a good note taking app…
1. Handwritten notes
2. Typing took
3. PDF reader
4. Free hand note taking section
5. Connect to either WebDAV and/or Dropbox
6. Folder structure that allows students to organize their notes
7. A way to open the notes in other PDF apps
8. Ability to change tools, colors and options quickly and easily.

I know there are more but at some point you have to stop!

3 Responses to “Another new note taking App”

  1. Jules Hormin January 15, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I wouldn’t want an app that does all of those things. Would be too confusing. I like apps that do one thing really well. ( ever see http://www.onethingwell.org ?)

    NotesDeck seems to be best notes app for me – fastest way to capture text notes on iPad and they sync automatically on my computer and iPhone —> http://www.notesdeck.com

  2. Jules Hormin January 15, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Well, I guess I would definetly try something that did all those things. But I have trouble enough just with text notes :0 Sorry to disagree Wes!!!!

    • Wes January 15, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      I love hearing feedback and other peoples opinions. I just like giving the students choice on how to take their notes. Plus, even if they can type most things, they are forced to draw some for the lab assignments.

      Thank you for your feedback!

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