PaperDesk is not a new app. In fact, it was one of the first note taking applications in the App Store. The development team behind the intuitive and feature-rich just released an update to the popular app that adds rich text formatting (RTF), automatic Dropbox syncing, and Retina display support.
I’ve never really felt like I needed a note taking application. For the most part, the native Notes app that comes with the iPad is good enough for me. However, this app is so simple to use that it seems silly not to take advantage of the additional features that comes with it.
With PaperDesk, you can create new notebooks with unlimited pages so you can keep your subjects separate. For example, students can have individual notebooks for each subject they are studying. The notebook will automatically return to the page you saved last, so you can quickly access the most resent notes.
There are eight different paper styles including basic lined, yellow college rule, grid, blank white, blank gray, musical notation and more. Each paper type can be changed without having to start a new notebook.
You can also write freehand using the pen feature. The app is optimized to allow users to see just above where their finger or stylus is, so mistakes are made less often. If you prefer the typing method, there are more than 50 different fonts to choose from and six different colors.
There is a feature that allows you to either take a photo using the iPad’s camera, or import images from the devices photo library. One imported, images can be move and scaled to fit the notebook page.
If you’re hands aren’t free, or you’d rather not take notes, you can record lectures, interview or what ever you like with the app’s recording device. You can even record while typing and later go to a specific spot in the recording by tapping on a word that was typed at that same time.
This full-featured, smooth note-taking app is reasonably priced at only $3.99, but if you are not sure you are ready to move from real pen-and-paper to digital note taking, there is a lite version that allows you to have three pages per notebook.
What I liked: The app is easy to use and very intuitive. Even though it is feature-rich, it is not overly complex. Users can quickly access their notebook and start taking notes with ease.
What I didn’t like: You can’t copy-and-paste from an outside source. When you copy from something, like an email, and try to paste it into the app, all you get is the option to import the date and time. Hopefully this simple feature will be added in an update.
To buy or not to buy: If you are a heavy note taker, this is an essential app for the iPad. If you are new to digital note taking, this is a great way to get used to the format.