Developed by Viet Tran, Notes Plus – Handwriting, Typing, Shape Drawing and Sound Recording is a powerful note taking app for iPad.
Allowing you to both type and record hand-written notes with ease, Notes Plus has much more flexibility and features than the iPad’s stock standard Notes app.
Notes Plus features include:
- Close-up handwriting
- Palm handling
- Typed text mixing
- Shape auto-detect
- Voice recording
- Easy editing & organizing
To start typing with Notes Plus all you have to do is tap the screen with two fingers. If you want to make a handwritten note you can put finger to screen immediately and the app will smooth out your text. You can pinch to zoom in on the note so that you can achieve smaller handwritten text, and uses two fingers to scroll across the page.
With Notes Plus you can draw a circle around text to select it, then tap and hold to drag the text. Notes Plus features auto shape detection and if you draw a circle, triangle or rectangle on the note a smooth-lined shape will be laid down of the size you specify. This shape recognition enables you to easily create text boxes to help separate your notes.
There are several options for editing both handwritten and typed text. You can change line thickness, stroke opacity and stroke color for your handwriting and change font type and color for typed text. You can also change the paper type, from ruled to grid to plain.
A unique feature – the palm pad – allows you to create an area on the screen where you can rest your palms while writing/typing so you don’t get any accidental strokes. It’s a nice touch.
Notes Plus also allows voice recording so you will never miss any important information at your next interview, meeting or lecture. Simply tap on the microphone symbol to being recording and tap on it again to stop. Voice recordings are attached to pages and a play button will appear if there is a recording on a particular note.
Once you’ve made your notes, you can export to PDF, email PDF or upload to Google Docs, giving you flexibility in how you share and distribute your notes.
Bottom Line: Notes Plus for iPad is a full-featured note taking app that offers a lot more note-taking power than Apple’s default Notes app. Well worth the $3.99 if you need to take detailed notes on-the-go.
Notes Plus [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.