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OneNote for Mac Released

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Sync multiple devices with the cloud

Today, Microsoft released a Mac version of OneNote that is compatible with several iOS apps.

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You can download the app from the app store. You can learn more about the app from http://www.onenote.com.

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This note taking app allows you to organize information and share it with others.

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The app is described as follows:

Harness the immense potential of your thoughts and discoveries with OneNote, your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that’s too important to forget.
Whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:
•Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
•Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
•Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
•Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
•Collaborate and share ideas with your team
•Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
•Keep and edit all of your notes – whether taken from OneNote on Mac, tablet, phone, or browser

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Key Features:
•Sync your notebooks seamlessly across computers and devices -then share them to your friends, family, or colleagues
•Your notes look just the same on your Mac – including rendering ink annotation and formatting
•Bold, italicize, underline, highlight, increase indent, decrease indent – format your notes like you want in a free form canvas
•Search your notes and files for anything you’ve captured by just typing a keyword or phrase
•Create, move, copy, re-order, rename, color code and delete pages, sections and notebooks to organize your content as you’d like

Requirements:
•Requires OS X 10.9 or greater
•A free Microsoft account is required to use OneNote for Mac
•OneNote for Mac opens existing notebooks created in Microsoft OneNote 2010 format or later and are saved to OneDrive

Also, several apps are already compatible with OneNote. You can read about those apps and devices here. You can get Microsoft’s OneNote for iPad from here.

Outline + Update Brings Livescribe Compatibility

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The latest update to Outline +, a OneNote compatible app, brings new functionality in conjunction with Livescribe’s newest smartpen.

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Now, using the Livescribe Smartpen 3, you can take notes that are entered directly into Outline +. You will need to use the Livescribe special journals or paper you can create with the proper printer and Livescribe’s desktop software. You can read about the various features and benefits from the developer’s site.

The only issue noticed was if you use Livescribe’s own iOS app, notes you take that are transferred into Outline + are not transferred into your Livescribe app journals. Knowing this, it may be a good idea to print your own paper to use when you are entering notes into Outline+. You can use the Livescribe desktop app to print your own paper.

With Outline + and Livescribe’s newest pen, you can take notes on paper and share, store and take them with you on your iPad.

 

 

 

WritePad for iPad Sale (limited time)

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If you are considering buying a note taking app that converts your handwriting to text, check out WritePad for iPad on sale now for 99¢. The app is normally priced at $9.99.

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The developer describes the app as follows:

WritePad is an advanced notetaker app that lets you to take notes in your own handwriting, which is immediately converted to the digital text using PhatWare’s state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software. You can also use simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, and insert special characters.

WritePad has a spell checker with its own custom dictionary, a context analyzer, auto-corrector, and a Shorthand feature that fills-in words and phrases you frequently use, once entered into the Shorthand Editor.
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WritePad lets you save and transfer notes over Wi-Fi from your iPad to another iPhone or iPad, or synchronize your notes with Box, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, SkyDrive, Google Drive, and iTunes.

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In the beginning the recognition quality may depend on your style and how comfortable you feel writing on the iPad screen; however the more you use it, the better it will become as the software will adapt to your patterns. In addition, you can use simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, insert special characters such as space and return, invoke the spell checker for the selected word, correct recognized text, and more. You can further improve recognition quality by modifying the user dictionary and the Autocorrector word list.

Benefits and Features

- Create and edit text documents using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or iPad keyboard for text entry in landscape or portrait mode.

- Improve productivity by utilizing inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features.

- Statistical analyzer, which improves overall handwriting recognition quality by addressing common recognition errors. If this feature is enabled, WritePad will learn the user’s own handwriting style.

- Email, Tweet, Print, or post Facebook updates directly from WritePad.

- Synchronize WritePad documents with Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, SkyDrive, iCloud, and iTunes.

- Translate documents to 16 supported languages using Bing Translator.

- Change WritePad’s appearance by manipulating text, page, and ink colors using the customizable Styles feature.

Document Synchronization support:
- Box
- Dropbox
- Evernote
- Google Drive
- iTunes (direct to PC)
- iCloud
- SkyDrive
- WiFi (direct to device)

Supported Handwriting Recognition Languages:
-English (UK, US)
-Danish
-Dutch
-French
-Finnish
-German
-Italian
-Norwegian
-Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal)
-Spanish
-Swedish

UI translated to the following languages:
-English
-Dutch
-French
-German
-Italian
-Portuguese
-Spanish

You can watch a recent demo of the app below.

Apps for Attorneys (and others)

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Thanks to the folks at Technolawyer for choosing this post as the Technolawyer Blawgworld Pick of the Week January 23, 2014.

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With the new year and new resolutions being made, this is the perfect time to consider digital apps to work with your iPad. There does not seem to be a single place that has organized the different apps available into a one stop site. This is my attempt to do so.

Whether you are a lawyer, law student or work for a law firm, perhaps you have promised yourself that you will go more digital and be more paperless. If so, consider the apps below to help you practice law better with your iPad.

Case Organization

  • TrialPad

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This $89.99 app helps you present and display information and exhibits to a jury or judge. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Circus Ponies NoteBook

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This $29.99 app helps you organize information, documents and materials in a familiar notebook form. You can even sync it with the Mac version of the app. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Outline+

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This $14.99 digital notebook app is similar to OneNote and can be used with Outline for Mac. You can download and learn more here.

Transcript Reviewers

  • Transcript Pad

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This $89.99 app allows you to review and mark up deposition and other TXT file transcripts. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • iAnnotate PDF

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This $9.99 app allows you to read and mark up PDF, DOC, PPT and other files and share your annotations via Dropbox, WebDav, Email, etc. You can download the app and learn more here.

Note Taking Apps

  • Notes Plus

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This $9.99 app (50% off right now at $4.99) is perhaps one of the best note taking and paper pad replacement apps out there. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Penultimate

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This free app provides a digital handwriting experience that combines with Evernote to make your notes searchable and available via the internet. You can download and learn more here.

Word Processing

  • Pages

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This $9.99 word processing app made by Apple can be used to write letters, draft memos and more and uses iCloud to make your documents available to you via the internet. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • Textilus

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This $5.99 word processor and editor can be used to edit and create Microsoft Word and other documents on your iPad. You can download and learn more here.

Legal Research

  • Westlaw Next

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This app allows you to research your Westlaw Next account as well as share, highlight and save information for specific projects and clients. Learn more about the app here.

  • Lexis Advance HD

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This app allows you to conduct your legal research from LexisNexis with your Lexis Advance subscription. Learn more about this app here.

Organizational Notes and Reminder Apps

  • Reminders

The free Reminders app is built into your iOS and lets you set location – or time ‑ based alerts for things you need to get done — even recurring ones. iCloud keeps this information synced on all your devices.

  • Notes

Apple’s free built in Notes app is a great place to write or edit a quick note and have it sync with your Mac, other device or internet via iCloud.

  • Drafts

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This $2.99 app is the one starting point for quick note taking, gathering and entering of ideas and things to do. Open this app, type in text and send it to another app, email or reminder. You can learn more about this app here.

Jury Selection Apps

  • JuryPad

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A jury selection tool for $24.99. You can download the app and learn more here.

  • iJuror

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A juror selection tool for $19.99. You can download the app and learn more here.

The American Bar Association has also reviewed some of the above apps and you can learn more from here.

Drafts Receives High Rating from MacWorld

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Drafts is a “different kind of note taking app.” In April, iPadnotebook.com reviewed Drafts. MacWorld has now awarded the app its highest rating of 5 mice. There are two different versions of the app, one for the iPhone and one for the iPad. (To learn more about syncing between the two apps, read the support page.)

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The idea of Drafts is simple. Capture ideas, email, messages, notes, tasks, etc. in the app and then use the app to send the information to another place to act on. The time savings of not having to open multiple apps and transfer information manually can be well worth the small price of the app to increase your efficiency.

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You can read more about the app from the developer.

The developer describes new features and abilities of version 3.5.x as follows:

  • “Post to Google+” action. This uses the SDK provided by Google. It is not quite a seemless as Twitter/Facebook posting, but it is the only method currently supported. When you run this action you will leave Drafts (either to the Google+ app, or Safari if the app is not installed) and get a share screen, you will still have to confirm the post (and select circles, if desired), but you will return to Drafts when done.
  • Magic + Button. The new draft button still functions as it always did, but now you can tap and hold on the “+” button to get new draft options, including the ability to create a new draft with the contents of the clipboard, or using the current selected text.
  • “Import from Dropbox”. If you have the Dropbox app installed, when you tap and hold on the new draft button (see above), you will get an additional “Import from Dropbox” option which allows you select files from your Dropbox and create a new draft with their contents.
  • Most actions can now be run on an empty draft. This is useful for a number of circumstances, such as a case where you have actions that rely only on the [[clipboard]] tag, or if you simply want to use Drafts a launcher for other apps, quick emails, etc.
  • “Show status bar in editor” setting allows hiding of the status bar on iPhone.
  • Tags now work in Email Action recipient (to, cc, bcc) fields, so you can use values in the lines of your drafts to address messages for actions.
  • “Notebook” field in Evernote actions now supports tags, so you can dynamically route notes to different notebooks in Evernote based on values in the draft.
  • New action tag: [[selection]]. Inserts the last text selection used when editing the draft, or the full draft if there was no selection.
  • [[line|n]] tag now supports ranges using the “..” range syntax. Such as [[line|2..4]] for lines 2, 3 and 4, [[line|2..]] for line 2 through the end of the draft, [[line|..3]] for lines 1, 2 and 3.
  • Option to show number of drafts in the inbox as an app badge.
  • Settings > Sync and Storage > “Archive Inbox Drafts” function moves all drafts currently in the inbox to the archive.

Misc. changes and improvements worth mentioning

  • “Copy” buttons in tag help views now dismiss tag help after placing tag in clipboard.
  • Allow tweets with >140 characters if they contain URLs that will be shortened by Twitter and result in a total of less than 140 characters.
  • Added Helvetica Neue-Light font, because, you know, iOS 7.
  • Added OpenDyslexic font.
  • Added tab key to extended keyboard.
  • “Markdown: Preview” action now works properly with URL callbacks. It always should have, but didn’t. Useful if you want to use Drafts as a Markdown preview tool from another app.
  • Improve Markdown preview with new CSS.
  • Setting to disable/enable TextExpander expansion as you type.
  • Improved accessibility in several areas of the app, partially due to VoiceOver fixed in iOS 7.

TextExpander Integration

Drafts has always had support for Smile Software’s TextExpander Touch, a great utility that allows you to create text shortcuts that expand when typed. Changes in iOS 7 have required TextExpander to change the way they go about sharing data other apps that integrate with it. Be aware that for TextExpander to work on iOS 7, you will need to update to the latest version of TextExpander and re-share your snippets. TextExpander will request access to Reminders and store its snippet data there. You will also have to be sure you have allowed Drafts access to Reminder (iOS Settings > Privacy > Reminders) and have turned on the new “Expand while typing” setting in Drafts. Once you have done these steps, TextExpander integration should work well in Drafts 3.5.

Conclusion

If you feel you are constantly opening different apps to type in information just to close that app and open another to type something else, check out Drafts as the focal point app to type your thoughts and have the app send the text to another app to increase efficiency.

Notes Plus Updated to 4.2

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One of the best note taking apps is Notes Plus. It keeps getting better and better.

Aside from the ability to create different note pads and store them in folders, you can choose the paper and pen style as well. An in app purchase allows you to turn your handwriting into text as well.

Version 4.2 adds some new pen types, including Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Ballpoint Pen and Wet Brush.

Whether you use your finger or a stylus, you can get some very nice looking ink. (Above, version 3.x compared to version 4.x.)

The area of the paper has increased as well as steps have been taken to rearrange the tool bar as show below.

You can watch the app in action and learn more here.

Notes Plus 4.0 Released – Feels Like a Whole New App

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If you have been looking for a natural feeling and powerful note taking app, look no further than Notes Plus. This strong note taking app  offers lots of flexibility. You can enter notes with your finger or stylus. You can type and record audio. You can annotate your PDFs. You can even type notes and draw shapes. With an additional in app purchase, you can translate your handwriting to text.

If you are trying to create details, it offers a close-up writing mode, stroke smoothing, vector shape auto-detection, palm handling, complete folder structure, images, PDF exporting and emailing, automatic backup to Dropbox and more.

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The video below shows off many of the features and abilities of this app.

 

The developer describes the features as follows:

1. SMOOTH HANDWRITING
Close-up writing mode lets you write comfortably with your big finger or stylus just like pen on paper (refer to the screenshot). Lay your palm down comfortably on the palm pad or below the close-up box.

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2. TYPED TEXT
Mix typing with handwriting by inserting movable textboxes or full-page text in any font the iPad supports.

3. BACKGROUND RECORDING
Record audio easily while taking notes. The audio will be linked to the pages on which it was recorded for easy playback. When you switch to another app, the recording continues in the background.

4. PDF ANNOTATION
Import a PDF via iTunes File Sharing or choose “Open in Notes Plus” while it’s being viewed in another app to add it to Notes Plus library for annotating. You can add interleaved pages for more notes, or even move/copy pages from one notebook to another to create one single notebook that keeps all your related notes together!

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5. IMAGE INSERTION FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES
Enrich your notes with images from Photos, your iPad camera (iPad 2 and new iPad only), or the web. You can then rotate and resize them to your every need.

6. AUTOMATIC BACKUP WITH DROPBOX
Take notes without worrying about backing up all your important data. Just link to Dropbox, turn on “Automatic Backup and Restore” and let Notes Plus do the rest. Notes Plus will also automatically download backed-up data from Dropbox to your newly purchased or restored iPad.

7. BUILT-IN WEB BROWSER FOR QUICK REFERENCE
Enjoy the convenience of having reference materials handy while taking notes! Just flick the splitter bar aside and the web browser is ready for use. You can also drag images from the web or capture partial screenshots over to your notes. Notebooks can be opened in the browser panel as well.

8. COMPLETE FOLDER STRUCTURE FOR NOTEBOOKS
A notebook can have as many pages as you want and can be stored in folders or subfolders like in a file system. Password protection of your notebook/folders is also possible.

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9. HANDWRITING RECOGNITION (in-app purchase: $1.99)
Conveniently convert your handwriting to searchable text with MyScript™ handwriting recognition module. Notes Plus supports the same set of languages as MyScript Memo.

10. CLEAN & NATURAL USER INTERFACE
As you can see from the screenshots below, this app stands out for its clean interface. A great effort was put in to hide controls so that it would not clutter the interface. You should be able to start without a tutorial, but in case you need one, there’s a built-in Quick Start Guide. Check it out now at: http://notesplusapp.com/files/QuickStart_V4.pdf

 

Conclusion

If you want a powerful and natural feeling note taking app, look no further.

Notability Updated – Multiple iOS Devices Supported

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Notability version 5.0 is a note-taking app for iPads and now will work with all iOS devices including iPhones (3Gs and later) and iPod Touch (4th Generation and later).

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You can sketch ideas, mark up documents and contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, make travel notes, teach a class, make a presentation and more. Now, with iCloud support, your notes can stay up to date on  your iOS devices.

The developer explains how to use the feature as follows:

“iCloud allows your notes to stay up to date on multiple iOS devices. For example, changes made in Notability on your iPad will automatically update on your iPhone and vice versa.

To turn iCloud on or off, start by tapping the gear icon in the lower left of the library screen in Notability to open settings. Select Online Storage on the left.  You will see a switch for iCloud. When you turn iCloud on, you will receive a message that your notes are now being stored in iCloud. Tap ok. Once iCloud is on, your notes will update on all other devices with Notability that also have iCloud on. In order for iCloud to work between devices, you need to make sure that each device has iCloud turned on. To turn iCloud off, simply toggle the switch to off.”

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Some of the new features of version 5.0 include the ability to scale and rotate handwriting using the scissor tool.

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Use this app to keep up with various assignments and tasks needed for school including completing homework, taking notes and organizing information. In your business, you can organize various pdfs in files, mark them up and share them.

Learn more about the app from the developer’s home page.

CaptureNotes 2 Update

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CaputureNotes 2 was updated to version 2.3.4 today. This note taking, audio recording, typing, pdf modifying app allows you to do more than simply keep notes.

Whether you are thinking about classes approaching or the next business meeting, this app is one you may want to try out.

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While recording notes, you can drag flags to indicate important things to listen to.

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You can share and collaborate your notes with others via email, Dropbox or iTunes.

You can watch the app in action from here. ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=im7bL8WCQZw ) Macworld also reviewed the app about 1 ½ years ago.

To learn more, you can visit the homepage of CaptureNotes.

Penultimate Goes Free

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Penultimate, a notetaking app purchased by Evernote, has gone free. The latest version, 4.0, now has some new features and abilities to work better with Evernote.

One of the benefits of working with Evernote is that your handwriting becomes searchable.

You can search through your handwritten text within the app, or browse quickly through all pages. View your list of notebooks as a carousel or sort and scroll in a fast grid view. Penultimate also allows you to insert, delete, duplicate, and reorganize pages within and between notebooks.

What’s New in Version 4.0

• Full Evernote sync: Save all of your Penultimate notes to your Evernote account to keep, view, and search them across every device where you have Evernote installed.
• Handwriting search with Evernote: Evernote’s powerful handwriting recognition allows you to search your Penultimate notes.
• Remember Everything: Evernote stores all of your Penultimate notes forever, ensuring that everything, from random doodles to important diagrams, are available any time you need them.
• Redesigned: Now sporting a lovely new design.
• Improved, sharper ink on retina displays.
• More languages: Available for the first time in Russian and Traditional Chinese.

• iOS 6 is required for this version. iOS 5 support is coming in the next update.

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