If you own an iPad then you know how basic the native Notes app is. While it may suffice for jotting down the odd piece of information or reminder, if you require a serious note-taking app for school or work then Notability is just what you need.
Developed by Ginger Labs, Notability makes note taking simple – and that’s its greatest feature. The interface is easy to understand and uncluttered, yet functional at the same time. There are ample ways to customize the text with three font styles, three font sizes, 15 font colors and your standard B, I, U functions. You can insert images, figures or web clips with a tap and the text automatically wraps around the inserted object.
The figures feature is a basic drawing app in its own right, and allows the user to sketch out simple drawings, say from a whiteboard or during a lecture for example, using free-draw, straight lines, squares, circles and other shapes. Once you’ve added shapes to your figure it’s easy to manage and move the shapes or even add a text label.
Audio recording is integrated into Notability, so that you can record as you type – you can even tap a word to hear what was said when you typed it. Once you’ve finished your note, you can organize it in the note library, adding note name and subject for easy categorization. Your notes aren’t confined to Notability however, and you can export your files easily via Dropbox.
Ticking all the boxes for interface, ease of use and functionality, Notability is my new iPad go-to notetaking app.
Notability [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.