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Note Taker HD

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Editors' Choice: "Bottom Line: Affordably-priced and feature-rich, Note Taker HD is the iPad app for professionals in need of note-taking software.", June 2011

Note Taker HD is a powerful app for writing and organizing handwritten notes, diagrams, etc., on the iPad. It can also be used to annotate PDF files. It can shrink your writing so you can easily fit a lot of text on a page. You can read the reduced-size "ink" as if you had written those letters with a very fine pen. It gives you solid functionality and control to produce the pages you need.

Documents are flexibly organized by tags, date/time last modified, favorites, and more, with a scrolling list of thumbnail images of part of each page to help you find them later. You can email one or more pages as a single PDF file, "Open In" other apps, or, if your iPad supports it, print.

Note Taker HD lets you create pages by writing on the screen with your finger or an iPad-compatible stylus. You can either write directly on the page for large drawings, or have the "ink" you write shrunk down. You can write in large letters on the screen rather than trying to make tiny motions like a pencil. You just keep writing and Note Taker HD automatically adds new writing next to the old. To quickly correct mistakes, it has multi-level undo and redo buttons as well as an eraser -- just drag your finger over the page to erase the "ink" under it.

You can zoom in and out on a page using the pinch gesture while viewing or editing. The Zoomed Editing window lets you see both a zoomed-out overview and a zoomed-in close-up writing area at the same time.

You can use "Open In" in other apps or iTunes to send PDF files to Note Taker HD for annotation.

Other features include:

- Pages organized into documents and folders
- Typed blocks of text with optional borders
- 60+ highly customizable shapes
- Insert and crop images from Photo Albums, Pasteboard, or the iPad camera
- Custom backgrounds from images or PDF pages
- Free templates and clip art on the support web site
- VGA/HDMI/AirPlay support with zoom, pan, and a moveable pointer
- Wrist guard to avoid inadvertent touches
- Layout variations better suited to some left-handed users
- Optional fields in output footers like in a word processor
- Extensive built-in help
- Smooth and crisp ink on screen and in PDF output
- Share editable copies of your documents with others
- Backup to a single file for off-iPad storage
- Password protected folders
- Support for the iOS Data Protection API
- Support for languages written right-to-left
- Full-screen preview mode
- Support for the retina display on new iPads
- Automatic advance and auto-return in zoomed editing
- Copy/Cut/Paste between pages, rotate/resize ink

Note Taker HD was designed and programmed by Dan Bricklin, the same person who over 30 years ago came up with VisiCalc, the pioneering electronic spreadsheet that made working with numbers on a personal computer so easy.

To see it in action, click on the Support link here or go directly to

What's New in Version 6.8.2

Fixes a few bugs. The infrequent bug where the app, when starting, freezes with just a few buttons visible at the top of the screen, has been fixed. The bug that showed up in iOS 7 where the "+" and "-" buttons on shape settings sliders caused a crash has been fixed. The camera now shows in full screen instead of a popover, and should now work in all orientations in iOS 7.

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Customer Reviews

Best note taking app I've seen!!

I've gone through a lot of note taking apps and this is by far the best one I've come across! Lots of options to customize the app. Wish there were more color options for backgrounds and the look of the app itself but there are at least some. Would love to see a rounded eraser and also a bit smoother pen. If I could have one feature added it would be a built-in browser so that when I'm doing research I don't have to leave the app and then copy & paste. Aside from that it's still top-notch!! Highly recommend!!

Fantastic App

I have been using this app for several years now on a daily basis at work. I prefer writing to typing when I take notes in a meeting and this keeps everything in once place. It has completely replaced my bulky diary - I simply pdf my outlook calendar and upload it to the program. I can write directly on it.

The responsiveness to the stylus is superb.

The additional features allowing me to incorporate photos, graphics, and to draw tables and charts on the fly are fantastic!

Thanks for creating and continuing to maintain this app.

Perfect for college. Best app I've ever purchased.

I can't say enough good things about this app. Reliable, easy to use, integrates well with other programs, easy customization. I have notes from all my classes from the last two years organized in folders with color coded and very neat illustrations, neater than I am with just plain paper. A good stylus really made the difference for me I recommend a Maglus stylus because of the stiffer tip, makes writing accurately on glass easier. Amazing app, worth every penny.

Note Taker HD
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2014
  • Version: 6.8.2
  • Size: 4.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Software Garden, Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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