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I take a lot of notes, whether it be for my work here at AppStorm or in other aspects of my day-to-day life. Whichever industry you work in, you’re likely to work with documents of some sort and the introduction of the iPad greatly improved one’s ability to be on-the-go with all of their notes and other documents in tow, organised.

However, for many projects, notes aren’t the only form of media that we need to work with. Instead, notes are joined by photos, videos, audio, webpages, diagrams, sketches and other files that can easily get lost when every one needs its own app with its own structure for organisation. Notebooks is here to solve that problem, offering to collect all your files of varying formats together into one app and be the “only notebook that you’ll ever need”. Let’s take a look and see whether it lives up to that claim! (more…)

It feels like just yesterday when Evernote got a big 6.0 update. At the time, it was a pretty big hoopla. It was universally well-received. From top to bottom, 6.0 was to Evernote what iOS 7 is to the iPhone: a complete and total rethinking of how it works and how it looks. And, to be completely frank, I hated it. I thought it was slow and I thought it slowed down my process with unnecessary and ugly menus.

With the release of iOS 7, Evernote is once again getting another huge visual update. This time, Evernote’s release is version 7. Not only has it been redesigned, but the very basics of how people use the app has been rethought on both the iPhone and the iPad. And, to my surprise, I love it. Read on to find out why I plan on making Evernote a steady part of my workflow again.

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You’d think the iPad had seen its fair share of note-taking applications, but you’d be wrong entirely. Last month, NoteSuite came along — and it really impressed me. I gave it a commendable out of 10 in our review from last month for its uncluttered interface, impressive feature set and ease of use. The developers of NoteSuite have certainly learnt from the problems that plagued Projectbook, the app’s predecessor and it is, in my opinion, one of the best iPad note-taking applications out there.

And now, thanks to the kindness of the developers, we’ve got 10, yes 10, promotional codes (each one worth $4.99) which we’re giving away to our readers!

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It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

Let’s be honest: The iPad screen is almost perfect for PDFs. So why doesn’t the iPad handle them better? It’s not like it’s a terrible experience, but I’ve never once thought to myself that I’d love to sit down on my iPad and just go through some PDFs. I like to read screenplays sometimes, and they’re primarily available in PDF format. Reading them on my iPad, however, leaves something to be desired.

iBooks makes for an okay PDF reader, but it’s got a lot of missing functionality, for example, you can’t fill in a PDF form with iBooks. Recently, I bit the bullet and gave Readdle’s PDF Expert a try. I think it’s the best PDF app available, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Check out my detailed thoughts after the break.

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It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan tshare with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

I think I can say with absolute certainty that there’s one type of app where iPad owners are app-solutely (sorry, terrible pun) spoilt for choice — and that’s note-taking apps. From Evernote to Simplenote, there are literally thousands of offerings out there on the App Store, all promising new ways for you to streamline your notes and make yourself more productive.

I guess I’m old-fashioned in the way I make notes: with my good old-fashioned Moleskine and a fountain pen. I’m not a dinosaur but I prefer handwritten notes and there’s something vaguely satisfying about opening up a notebook with loads of scribbled notes in it, complete with a load of vague diagrams and thoughts that made sense once upon a time. Normally, new note-taking apps don’t really grab my attention but given the amount of press and hype surrounding NoteSuite recently (it’s been featured on a score of different websites), I thought maybe this one could tempt me and coax me away from my old-fashioned technology?

Let’s find out if it did.

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Note-taking apps for the iPad come at a dime a dozen. From the more popular offerings such as Evernote and Simplenote to fairly obscure ones, there’s something out there on the App Store for almost every kind of iPad user. And now, with Beesy, from French developers BeesApps the business user is also covered as well. It’s received rave reviews from publications such as MacWorld and was recently featured as an Evernote Pick — a pretty astounding achievement, especially from such a massive and well-established company.

Beesy helps to make note-taking in the workplace a simple and painless task. At $5.99, it’s certainly priced towards the business end of the market so let’s find out whether or not Beesy is the note-taking app for professional use.

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Just released to the iTunes App Store on Monday, Codex is a notebook app that strives to combine all of the best aspects of Moleskine with the iPad. Codex isn’t affiliated with the notebook giant but has definitely captured what makes them so special. Not just a place to jot down a to do, Codex is also where you can sketch out your art, write notes to yourself and your friends, or just do any of the things you would do in a paper notebook.

We’ll try out this brand new handwriting app and see if it has the features to get you to make the switch from pencil and pad to fingertips and iPad! (more…)

There’s not a lot you can do with your notes in iOS for the most part. Most notes apps let you type and that’s about it. If you need to call out specific sections of text or give emphasis to certain phrases, there’s only so much you can do.

Rich Notes is an app that allows you to not only create notes with bold, underlined, and italicised text, but you can also add color and even highlight passages. If you’ve been looking for a notes app that will let you create rich text in iOS, this may be the one. We’ll take a look at it and see how it holds up against the rest. (more…)

A notepad test: take a pen and a piece of paper or notepad and write a few words or your name. Easy, isn’t it? Now what about doing that on your iPad, but add the ability to carry with you many pens and paper types, preprepared perfect shapes, highlighter pens and a virtually unlimited reference book that you could cut and paste from (the Internet). Sound a little bit better than the pad and pencil? You’d like to think so.

Here’s the ultimate question: can you replace a notebook in college or your workplace with an iPad and some good software? Well, lets take a look at some of the best offerings out there and see how well they match or exceed your notepad test. (more…)

One of my favorite things about the iPad (and its nice big screen) is the ability to draw, sketch and take notes on it. I think it offers a unique experience as far and going paperless goes, and a lot of developers have put time and effort into designing apps that emulate drawing with a pen and paper. In this roundup, were going to look at a few! (more…)

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