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Note Taker Lite

By Software Garden

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


"Best App for Handwritten Notes" - O'Reilly Best iPhone Apps

"Using Dan Bricklin’s Note Taker is a beautiful experience, as the app is a brilliant workaround to a formerly sticky situation. More important, it works like a charm." - John Fuller, (writing about version 1.0 . . . and version 2.0 is even better!)

Dan Bricklin's® Note Taker makes it easy for you to quickly write down and organize names, phone numbers, addresses, shopping lists, notes, and more. You write directly on the screen with your finger. It's like having a stack of note cards and a pencil always with you.

Pages are flexibly organized by date/time last modified, tags, favorites, and more, with thumbnail images of part of each page to help you find them later.

You can write in large letters on the screen rather than trying to make tiny motions like a pencil. Note Taker automatically shrinks your writing so you can fit a lot of text on the screen. You just keep writing and Note Taker automatically adds new writing next to the old. To quickly correct mistakes, it has a multi-level undo button as well as an eraser -- just drag your finger over the page to erase the "ink" under it.

The "paper" your writing ends up on is equivalent to about a 3"x5" card. You can write anywhere on it, so you can cross out shopping items as you buy them, go back and underline, draw diagrams, and more. You lay out the page the way you want. Use any markings: stars, underlines, and characters in any language. Create multiple pages.

You can email your notes as JPEGs, or save them to a photo album.

This Lite version has a limit of 15 pages at a time in the page list.

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

See the Note Taker YouTube channel: -- MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THE "How to write on the screen" video or follow the "Try It" tutorial in the app itself to learn the "trick" to writing.

What's New in Version 2.0.0

Version 2.0 is a major upgrade. Here are some of the changes: It adds thumbnails, tags, favorites, sorting, and more to the list of pages. Auto-advance now handles cursive handwriting better, especially when dotting an "i" or crossing a "t". The Lite version page limit has been raised to 15 pages. Writing is reportedly smoother on iPhone 3G and the older devices thanks to new code.

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Customer Reviews


Last year I gave up on digital note taking despite it's many advantages (the speed of typing, search ability, the ability to rearrange things later, having all my notes in my phone... the list goes on), and went back to taking notes with pen and paper. Why? I found it impossible to keep up taking notes in my engineering classes while trying to add equations and diagrams to my notes on the computer. I found myself writing a ton to avoid having to make diagrams. Still, a simple hand drawn diagram ends up explaining things soooo much better.
My new note taking strategy: have note taker open on my iPod and evernote open on my laptop. I can type simple text notes, and when I need an equation or diagram I can draw it in note taker and then I have the default settings set so I can quickly email it straight into evernote. Then for some copy and paste magic, and voila! My typed and hand written notes in one place. Evernote even makes the text in my images searchable. This app has renewed my faith in digital note taking. I plan to get the full version soon.

Handy app

Well, this app was just what I wanted. I plan to use it for all of my assignments in the fall. As a grad student I've found going digital is easier than ever now. The app is simple easy and fast. I love writing on my iPod touch because it is quick and easy. Also it's easier to remember things if I have to actually write the letters. The app is slightly pixilated and the amount of notes is limited. I will buy the full program if this can help me replace my planner.

SImple, perfect

After the short tutorial, this was incredibly easy to use, and does exactly what I was looking for: simple, stupid sketches with some written notes. Easy as pie. The only thing I might ask for is the option to type text instead of hand-writing it over a sketch. I mostly use this for making a quick sketch with written dimensions that I later use as a reference for CAD drawings.

Note Taker Lite
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 2.0.0
  • Size: 1.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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