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Best ipad app for taking notes

I take notes for work and use Microsoft Onenote on my desktop, which lets me type text notes as well as draw with ink, attach pictures, audio, etc. Is there a similar iPad app with these features and possibly a Onenote import option? I would like the ability to: [list] [*] type text, draw with a stylus, include photos, and record audio notes [*] group notes into folders/notebooks [*] search inside notes and folders [*] sharing notes via email/Facebook [*] sync option or import/export to Onenote [/list]

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I like Sundry Notes. It lets you write text, draw anywhere in your notes, import pdfs from the internet, export notes as pdfs, import photos from your library, and record audio notes. You can sync your notes online and share your notes using email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I don't use Onenote so I don't know if it syncs with it. Maybe try the free version first to see if you like it (it's exactly the same except it adds watermarks to the pdfs).

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Evernote is great for notes, the interface however, is a little more structured, and thus limited compared to other apps that support drawing. Rather than constructing notes from individual objects stuck on a page, you create notes similar to the way you create an email, by attaching photos and audio. You can't draw on notes or control the position of photos and audio and there's no import/export features, only emailing and printing.

Where Evernote really shines, however, is with syncing. It seamlessly and automatically syncs your notes in the background so that wherever you go, your notes will always follow you around. This makes sharing a breeze, which means you could create an account for your office team that everyone can log into–from work or home–and always be able to see the latest notes from your meetings. This feature alone makes it my top choice for a note taking app.

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I have them all, Evernote, PenUltimate, Sundry Notes, NoteTaker HD, SoundNote (formerly SoundPaper), MobileNoter, etc. The ones I find the most useful are Evernote, due to their desktop client and seamless syncing between work/home/iPad, and Sundry Notes for their comprehensive multimedia feature set, intuitive interface, import/export flexibility, and ability to access notes online.

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Noterize is by far the best note taking app, it lets you create notes, draw on notes, type on notes, add sticky notes, record audio notes, import photos from the web or from your library, and then export your notes to pdf, email, Dropbox, and Google docs. You can password protect documents.

Best of all, it supports VGA output so you can broadcast your notes onto a projector or external monitor. An excellent note taking app and pdf annotator and at $2.99, it's also one of the most affordable apps for taking notes.

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If your priority is syncing with OneNote notes, I think MobileNoter is the app you want. It's designed specifically for importing OneNote notes, so your pages look exactly the same way as they do in OneNote. You can:

  • Edit and create new text blocks on your pages
  • Format the text (change font size, color, create lists)
  • Add images to pages
  • Draw and write with your hand using inks
  • Move or delete the images
  • Move or delete the whole outlines with text or pictures

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Penultimate is a really cool app for taking handwritten notes, especially when used with the Pogo Sketch stylus pen. Other than that, it lacks any extra bells and whistles like audio recording, import/export, typing with the keyboard, or adding photos. For that, you'll need something more robust like Sundry Notes or SmartNotes.

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Notes Plus is amazing. It smooths your handwriting, lets your add typed text, auto-detects shapes and converts them to vectors, records audio, and even removes stuff you 'scribble out'. There's a nice feature that lets you zoom in or an area of your note, making it super easy to make edits. The only thing that's missing is the ability to insert photos, bummer!

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I like SmartNotes because you can export your notes into a variety of formats: you can email a jpg, export a pdf, or export full html. The note taking features are comprehensive, with photo importing, audio recording, drawing and text tools, etc. There is no integration with Evernote or Dropbox, however, so you're on your own as far as syncing goes.

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I have tried many note taking apps and Noteshelf is the only one that had everything I was looking for. It integrates smoothly with all my other productivity tools (e.g. Dropbox, EverNote). I use a stylus and the ink handwriting renders the smoothest and most natural looking of any app I've used. You can also insert photos into your notes and annotate on top of them and you can pick from a variety of note templates. It lacks some of the more advanced features like zooming in, adding shapes, and audio notes, but I don't find those very useful anyway.

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