Note-taking Application for iPad

I do a lot of scribbling/note taking and draw diagrams (how can a software Architect be without diagrams :-) ) while in meetings, reading technical books and so started looking for a decent note taking application for my new iPad. Honestly, there are many notes applications but not many satisfied my key requirements sufficiently: 1. Handwriting & 2. Free-form drawing. Many iPad notes applications support keyboard (onscreen) based typing but who will have the patience to type in notes in quick meetings or change your flow from reading to typing. After doing quite a bit of research I finally ended up with Notes Plus. Just awesome!! For me this is only next to Microsoft’s OneNote in terms of features and well worth the money. It has features much more than what I expected. If you use a stylus (iPad-compatible), then that completes it!

Notes Plus photo

Worth mentioning features are:

  • Palm Pad (grey area at the bottom in the above screenshot) – help you rest your palm on the touch surface for comfortable handwriting (palm pad area becomes insensitive to your palm touch)
  • Excellent drawing support (though not extensive, I can do my mind-mapping diagrams in quick & dirty way )
  • Integration with Google Docs
  • You can mix handwriting, voice recording, freehand drawing, keyboard typing to any extent – something I love in Microsoft’s OneNote also!

There is one big compliant however: if you do lot of complex drawings then later delete them, the application simply crashes! I think it is because it over-does drawing pattern recognition, handwriting manipulation, etc.

I only wish Microsoft had developed iPad version of its OneNote application, but I am well settled with Notes Plus now.

I highly recommend this iPad app for those who are looking for a ‘value-for-money’ notes app for iPad.


Note: I am just one among the satisfied users of Notes Plus application and no way connected to the company developed it.

category: iPad, Tools    

2 Comments so far

  1.    Viet Tran on November 14th, 2010

    Hi Siva,

    Thank you very much for your kind words about Notes Plus. I’m working hard toward the various crashes. All I need is just some way to reproduce the crashes; fixing them are not too difficult. Please check out version 2.1 which will be live in couple days. It should be much better.

    Best regards,

  2.    siva on November 14th, 2010

    @Viet – The crash behavior is random; anyway not something I would worry too much about.

    Thanks for the heads up on 2.1 and an excellend app; look forward to it.