Note Taker HD
By Software Garden
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
One of the first note taking apps designed specifically for the Apple iPad, Note Taker HD has long been known as a powerful and stable application for writing and organizing handwritten notes and diagrams. 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 35 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 www.notetakerhd.com.
What's New in Version 6.10
Version 6.10 fixes some bugs and cosmetic issues arising when running under iOS 9. A bug which could cause a crash when importing PDF files with Open In in iOS 9 has been fixed, as well as a bug which caused extra empty space to be shown when using an external keyboard in iOS 9.
Most Used App on my iPad
I work as a proofreader and copy editor for a science fiction author. I have used this app for years. The author and I do not live near each other, and we do everything electronically. She sends me a manuscript as a PDF document which I then load into Note Taker HD. It loads a 400 page document in a matter of seconds. I read through the document making notes as I go along. After I have edited a chapter, it is very simple to have Note Taker display only the pages which I have marked up. I then export only those pages and send them back to the author as a PDF document, which she uses to incorporate my changes into her master manuscript.
Note Taker provides many options for highlighting in different colors and writing remarks in different colors to call attention to problem areas. It is also simple to include photographs, drawings, sketches and any other thing that you would like to include. Once they have been incorporated into your document you can then write on them, draw or whatever you need to do.
I highly recommend this app for anybody who does intense work with PDF documents!
For those who have not yet update it ur ipad to iOS 11 and value this app I say wait, don't do it yet, because app will not behave pleasantly. In my case all of the folders and sub-folders now are no longer displayed in an alphabetical order.
I have emailed developer and waiting for an answer. I'll update this review if I hear anything.
Updated: I have received an email from dev very promptly, a few days after my original review but I have failed to post and update here, my apologies. Now, I feel kind of being left behind myself..seeing that a major update made its way on the market but without the requested correction. Plus, it crashes when I attempt to open tab for "file protection" and "password protection" too after updating to latest.
Great app - please update
I use this app every day for giving presentations, annotating and editing pdfs, and transferring documents between devices. It does everything that I would possibly want to do and I love this app. For giving presentations it is far superior to annotating on PowerPoint or any other PDF annotation program I've tried and I've tried many of them. However, In the past 6-12 months, it's been increasingly unstable and bugs when I try to import and export files. This functionality is a key feature for why this app is so useful for me. I like this app so much I would pay more $ for access to an update without bugs. To repeat, I love this app and want to keep using it. Please update!
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Oct 07, 2015
- Version: 6.10
- Size: 11.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Software Garden, Inc.
- © 2009-2015 Software Garden, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.