Circus Ponies NoteBook 4 Released

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Circus Ponies has released the latest version of NoteBook for the iPad. This is a paid upgrade that is currently on sale for $4.99 for a limited time.

According to the Circus Ponies blog, “If you own NoteBook for iPad you will also need a copy of NoteBook 4 for iPad to continue syncing your Notebooks between your Mac and iPad. A free major update to NoteBook 4 for iPad that includes full iOS 7 support will become available at a later date.”

Each notebook stores and organizes your notes and other information with electronic notebooks that look and work like paper. With outlining, diagramming, sketching, voice annotation, and PDF mark-up, NoteBook helps you take notes consistent with your note-taking style.

It easy to find anything with just a few taps in the Multidex™, an auto-generated dictionary of the content in your Notebooks. Circus Ponies NoteBook is a great app for managing projects of any size, assignments and classwork, client information, research, and much more.

You can see a video tour of the app at this page. The current videos appear to show the app in a prior version. However, the videos give you a sense of what the app can do.

Note Taking Apps NoteLedge Premium and Notability


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If you are looking for note taking apps, you may consider NoteLedge Premium and Notability.

Notability, currently a  free Apple app of the week, is a powerful note-taker on iPad and iPhone: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, record a lecture, jot travel notes, or teach a class. With iCloud support, your notes always travel with you!

Write, illustrate and annotate using different ink. Notability’s zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail, while the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Choose various pens and paper for your project.

Import forms, contracts, worksheets, documents, presentations, and even books; then use the same tools to make notes in Notability and to mark up PDFs. Notability can import other files via Google Drive.

Type an essay, create an outline, fill out an application, or make a list with Notability’s word processor. Choose a font, style, color, and size that enhances your work. Even place text exactly where you want using text boxes.

Replay your notes! Everything you type, write or add to your note is linked to the audio recording, giving you more context than ever when reviewing. Just tap play and watch your note unfold. Jump to a specific recording by tapping a word with the navigation tool and you’ll go to that point in the recording.

Finding information quickly is an important part of note-taking. Use search to quickly locate notes by title or content. On iPad, bookmark pages of a note, filter a PDF by annotated pages, or search your note for a keyword in the page navigator.

Organize your notes by subject in the library and automatically backup all of your work to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or webDAV. Also, use these services, plus email, Airdrop, and twitter, to share your Notability files with colleagues, classmates, students or teachers. iCloud will help make sure your notes are automatically up to date on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.



NoteLedge is a robust note-taking application that allows you to take notes with powerful editing functions such as handwriting, typing, photo-editing, audio and video recording. NoteLedge makes a great tool for making a scrapbook, composing a brief memo, keeping a daily diary, writing a travel journal, and recording brainstorming results.

(Currently, this app is free for a limited time.) This may have expired already.

There are various features for this note taking app that include:

+ Realistic handwriting and drawing experience
+ A full set of stylus including pencil, crayon, watercolor and more
+ Various fonts/colors/sizes are available for text typing
+ Take notes and record at the same time
+ Audio and video recording supported
+ Palm rest supported
+ Organize your notes with table tools

+ Crop and copy selected contents and paste them wherever you like within the active area
+ A wide selection of built-in stamps are available
+ Create close-up writing and painting under magnifying mode

+ Crop and drag screenshots from websites directly to your notes
+ Copy text from the browser and paste on your notes

+ Choose among blank, graph, ruled, loose-leaf, E-card and Halloween themed note papers
+ Customize note papers and covers with your own photos
+ Support various photo filters

+ Manage your notes under calendar view
+ Back up you notes to major cloud services including Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, FTP and WebDAV
+ Password protection supported
+ Open in Animation Desk (3.0 or later) and animate your work

+ Share your notes on Facebook and Twitter
+ Present your thoughts under the slideshow mode
+ Export notes to PDF and back up to major cloud services (Evernote, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, FTP and WebDAV supported)
+ Export your notes to Evernote in PDF format
+ Email your notes in either JPG or PDF format

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

•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)
-Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal)

UI translated to the following languages:

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.


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 for iOS 7

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.


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.

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