My iDevices are graced with more than a few notes taking apps but the one I’ve turned to the most in the past year or so runs on my iPad. It’s called Notability. Think of it as a digital notebook. That means you can use Notability to type in notes, sketch out ideas (drawing), use handwriting, record meetings and lectures (audio), drop in photos and graphics wherever you want and as needed. Nice, right?
Here’s what’s even better. First, there’s now a Mac version of Notability. Second, whatever you create on Mac, iPhone, or iPad can be synchronized, read, and edited on the other devices using iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, or simply share notes with others via email or Airdrop.
I cannot stress enough just how cool Notability works. Type on it, write on it, sketch or draw on it, save photos, graphics, or snippets of text on it, and record audio on it (which syncs with typed notes).
Notability uses the standard library method to store files. The Mac version makes it easy to add elements via drag and drop. Whatever you write or draw can be scaled, rotated, resized, and moved with ease, but all the notes you take will look the same on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
The Mac version lets you take notes with multiple fonts, styles, and colors. Drop in a photo and the text you type will reflow around the image. Handwriting is decent on the Mac (using mouse or trackpad) but obviously a bit easier on the iPad version.
What I like about the notes taking and audio syncing capability is that everything syncs together in playback mode. As you listen to a meeting you’ll be able to see what you doodled during the meeting. Notability is a superb annotation tool. Import a PDF and mark it up as needed.
Notability is about as good as notes taking can be if you bounce between devices. It’s not as feature laden as Circus Ponies’ Notebook but easier to use, and works on iPhone, too.