4 Apps Simplify Note Taking

They say handwriting is fast becoming a dead art, but I say not so fast!

Advances in technology are great, but sometimes the option to do things the old way—albeit in the digital realm—is better. If your typing skills are questionable, these 4 note taking apps will have you doing a happy dance:

  1. Notability is both a note taking and PDF annotation app that lets you choose to type,
    handwrite, or record your notes. A very cool feature is the ability to adjust the thickness of the digital stylus, as well as the ink color for your handwritten notes.
  2. Penultimate was one of the first note taking apps developed. It allows you to type, handwrite, or draw using your finger. You can even search and browse all notes, including your handwritten ones. If confidentiality is an issue, sign-up for the premium account which offers passcode protection.
  3. Use Your Handwriting lets you use your finger to make quick notes, lists, and messages. Its unique handwriting engine gives your notes a natural handwritten look. An additional cool feature allows you to quickly draft a to-do note and set an electronic alert reminder that works even if the app is not open.
  4. Noteshelf a handwriting and drawing app with natural digital ink is the perfect choice for typing challenged individuals. It offers a variety of ink colors and styles including calligraphy. It’s also great for designing and organizing your notes. A choice of 20 different note templates, the ability to organize and group related notebooks together, password protection, and the option to rearrange pages within a notebook or move pages to different notebooks make this app a top choice. You can even use tags to quickly search and locate pages within a notebook.

About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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