By Patrick TomHon
The iPad is a device that can be utilized for numerous different tasks because of the over 200,000 different apps available for almost any situation imaginable from the app store. The iPad has the potential to inspire creativity and hands on learning, and take the process of learning itself to a whole new level. Taking notes via typing on the iPad can be a hassle because of difficulty of typing and the necessity of an additional keyboard. Teachers often restrict computer taken notes and require them to be taken by hand. However the apps presented may in fact persuade teachers otherwise with their intuitive features and innovative user interface, which promotes ease of use and rich features.
Notability allows users to choose between a more flowing writing system that attempts to simulate actual writing and a traditional full pen. The app also support making PDF annotations such as handwrite, type, and record, then you can share these annotations through email or a cloud service. Advanced word processing is also available within the app, styling, outlining, text boxes, and spell check are the perfect tools to get the job done. Another unique feature that makes this app very assuring to use is the auto-sync feature, with Notability’s auto-sync, your notes are always backed up in the cloud. Choose your favorite cloud service: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or WebDAV. Organizing within the app is very easy.
Noteshelf on the other hand is more drawing based note-taking rather than a text editor orientated application. At the same time, Note Shelf also allows you to file your notes into different books and arrange them on the shelf. The app itself also takes full advantage of the Retina iPad display as well, so your notes will look crisp and vibrant in stunning high resolution, like real life itself. Once you’re done, share pages with a tap directly to your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. You can also export your notebooks to Dropbox and Evernote, export as a PDF document and send them via email.
Compared to the others, Evernote is probably the best at syncing all your notes to all of your devices. Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there, as long as you install their application on it. Then seamlessly your notes and reminders are pushed to all of those devices without a single tap, making the experience absolutely brilliant. On the other hand, the application also includes every feature of the application above as well, and its FREE! However, the downside is that sometimes the application may lag, due the demanding nature of the program. Nevertheless, these problems with performance usually are fixed swiftly with incremental updates.