Alright, to be brutally honest, Apple’s new Notes app in OS X El Capitan is great, and it’s hard to overstate the value of free. But Notes is missing a few must have features.
One of my favorite meeting apps is Notability, a note-taking app for iPad and iPhone. As you take notes during a meeting or class, Notability also records the audio. Notability runs on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but AudioNote works much the same way and has a lower price tag and it works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus Windows and Android.
I can’t think of a better way, other than a video camera (which many attendees might object to), to record details of meetings or classes when using a Mac. AudioNote lets you take notes using the keyboard while it records the audio. Even better, it keeps notes and audio synchronized make it easier to find a specific moment from the meeting or class lecture.
Start the audio recorder and start taking notes. AudioNote records both and keeps them synchronized as you type.
Click on the notes and audio is automatically found for that moment. AudioNote is versatile, too. Drop in drawings, photos, and even highlight your notes.
Here’s the best part. There’s also an iPhone and iPad version of AudioNote which uses iCloud to sync files between iDevices.
The iOS versions of AudioNote look and work about the same.
For Mac, iPad, and iPhone owners there’s really no excuse to not get all the details of a meeting or classroom lecture. What I’d really like to see is a way to export the audio and notes separately, so they can be shared with others who don’t have AudioNote.