iPad Essential Apps – Evernote
iPad Essential Apps – Evernote
Evernote is brilliant on the Mac, the iPhone and now it is an essential app for the iPad. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web. It easy to get started with a free account. You do need to get an account because the best thing with Evernote is that it syncs your noes to the cloud. I often use Evernote to write my notes for the podcasts and then go to my studio open up the Mac Book and have the note right there without me having to do anything else. Evernote also have Skitch as an iPad app now too.
Evernote can help you remember whatever you put into it, it is the memory you never knew you had. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. Evernote will keep it all safe. I often select text in a web page while I am on the iMac, hit the put in Evernote button on the safari tool bar and I am done. I know I won’t lose it as it will be in the Evernote iPad app, one of those essential iPad apps. You can use Evernote as part of your GTD iPad options.
Evernote is one of those apps for the iPad that is an iPad Universal application. You get it for your iPhone and you also have the iPad version. A new feature to the iPad version. You’ll now see a set of small arrows in the upper left corner of the note. Click them to toggle between the split-screen view and a new full-screen note view. This is great when reading a long note, viewing a big picture or scrolling through a PDF and works in both portrait and landscape modes.
I like the way I can use Evernote to take different types of note. You have voice notes as well as the snapshot or getting something off the camera roll (on the iPhone – There will be a camera in the iPad eventually.) and of course the text notes. You can choose to display only thumbnails or a detailed view. Then there is a scroll bar on the right that lets you get quickly to all of your notes. The notebooks are displayed as stacks of notes, you tap on them to explore the content of a notebook. I must say it looks pretty sweet on the iPad. You can even view your notes in a map view, you would expect that in one of the iPad essential apps.
What Makes Evernote One of the iPad Essential Apps
You can save your searches. Creating a new note is easy and you can put in text at the same time as you are recording an audio note. That is very useful when you are in a meeting for example. The developers must think about these things when making iPad apps.
Try this with Evernote on your iPad.
Try the new map display in the “Places” tab. The thumbnails will automatically update to show only those that relate to what you’re seeing on the map. So, as you scroll and zoom the map, it’s easier than ever to find exactly the note your looking for.
Scroll through all your notes in the “All notes” screen. Try the “View options” in the upper righthand corner to toggle between thumbnail and detail display and to change how your notes are grouped. If you have a lot of notes, try using the quick-scroll bar on the right side of the screen to quickly jump from group to group. The tick marks on this bar show you how many notes you have in each group, so it’s easy to jump to the “busy” parts of your life with just one tap!
Evernote Remembers your Place – iPad Essential Apps
The new Evernote for iPad is so fast that we were finally able to implement another frequent request: when you quit and relaunch the app, it starts exactly where you left it. If you were viewing a particular note or search result and quit to run another app, your note will be right back on the screen when you restart Evernote. If you don’t care about what you were last looking at and just want to make a new note quickly, the “New note” button is always in the lower left side.
There are plans to add many more features to Evernote, some that you can already do on your Mac or even on a Windows computer and then some! Like drawing a quick sketch will be possible. It is impressive to make iPad apps so good to make iPad app essential list.
I love Evernote but the one thing I would love to see is calendar integration so I can put reminders of notes into iCal or google calendar.
Have a look at MacJournal which has calendaring facilities.
I love Evernote but the one thing missing is calendar integration.
I could not agree more that the iPad has the POTENTIAL to be one of the best tools for taking meeting notes.
I also agree that, in general, EverNote is a great app, especially on the Mac and Windows. For more info, see http:www.evernote.com
Unfortunately I find EverNote on the iPad to fall far short of what I believe is needed. The biggest shortcoming is that EN iPad does not support rich text in any way. You can’t create new notes with rich text, nor can you edit existing notes (made on your Mac or PC) that use rich text.
Without rich text, there is no good way to create lists.
About 90% of all of my meeting notes involve lists of one kind or another, and usually require multi-level lists.
I have written extensively about this in the EvernNote iPad forum:
Make Evernote be THE Premier Meeting Notes App for the iPad
If you would like Evernote to add these features to make it a great Meeting Notes App, please login to the EverNote iPhone/iPad forum, and add your supporting comments to the above thread.
Please note that my only relationship to Evernote is that of a paid premium user, for about 2 months.
SUMMARY OF EVERNOTE IPAD FEATURES NEEDED FOR MEETING NOTES
Amazingly enough, there is NO iPad app that is well suited to taking, let alone distributing, MEETING NOTES!
I have personally tried most of the available “Notes” apps for the iPad.
They all suck except for Evernote.
Evernote has all the infrastructure to make it a GREAT Meeting Note iPad app.
You just need to add two key features:
1. Bullet and numbered lists
2. Meeting Templates
3. Handwritten notes (OK ,this is 3)
Here’s the Use Case:
Walk into a meeting with nothing more than an iPad.
Quickly take notes using either the KB or handwritten.
Quickly record standard meeting info:
1. Meeting title/name ((pick list)
2. Participants (selected from Contacts)
3. Actions (take aways)
5. Next Meeting
Most meeting “quick-notes” benefit from lists:
There are many enhancements one can envision, like Action Item tracking, but that can come later.
“Rich Text” editing on the iPad is something users have been begging for since the first release of Evernote for iPad.
I’ve just tried to move from OneNote to Evernote for my complete note taking needs (iPhone, Win7, and iPad) but without the ability to edit on my tablet the notes I took on my desktop, I can’t consider this a mature or full solution.
I’m disheartened by JMUnderwood11’s comments that he’s yet to find an appropriate note-taking tool for the iPad which meets his needs. OneNote would be perfect if only there were an iOS client with cloud-syncing!