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Summarizing & Notetaking

Evernote

Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

New York Times ‘Top 10 Must-Have App’, Winner: TechCrunch Crunchies, Mashable Awards and the Webbys.

Key Features:
• Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices you use
• Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
• Save, sync and share files
• Record voice and audio notes
• Search for text inside images
• Organize notes by notebooks and tags
• Email notes and save tweets to your Evernote account
• Connect Evernote to other apps and products you use
Free

GoodNotes - Notes & PDF

GoodNotes lets you take handwritten notes, sketch diagrams, mark-up PDFs and organize them on a beautiful bookshelf. Turn pages with a swipe, highlight or add notes to any page, and share your notes with anyone. GoodNotes will automatically save your notes and has full backup function to prevent data loss.

Good Note-taking Experience
- Built-in plain, ruled, graph and music papers
- Ten-color pen, five-color highlighter, eraser and lasso tool
- Insert text and images easily
- Shrink down your handwriting as you write using the close-up input
$5.99

Inkflow: Think Visually!

DIGITAL WRITING DONE RIGHT
Inkflow's ink feels like a really smooth fountain pen. Great for expressive writing or sketching. Effortlessly scale or move anything you select. This will change the way you think about ink: Jot down a list of concepts then rearrange them to fit into the bigger picture. literally move your thoughts around the page, and assemble big ideas with your fingers. This works great for brainstorming and planning. It's also perfect for prototyping layouts, sketching, and drawing.

FULL RESOLUTION ZOOM
Zoom and pan with two fingers. Inkflow's ink stays sharp no matter how much you zoom in, so you can add fine details at full quality. It's also lightning fast and lag free. This allows writing and drawing with incredible precision, with or without a stylus.

TEXT, PHOTOS, and PAPER BACKGROUNDS TOO
Insert text boxes and photos anywhere on the page and resize them seamlessly with the ink. You can also choose from a selection of different paper backgrounds.

EASILY CREATE and SHARE
Inkflow let's you export your books to PDF, high-resolution JPEG, and share them via Twitter, Email, or with other Apps.

TRY INKFLOW FOR FREE
Rather than just read about Inkflow, go ahead and try it out: We've decided to make the Basic Edition of Inkflow completely FREE. The Basic Edition is a full featured note-taking and sketching app. It comes with the Fountain Pen with black ink, photos, and a standard set of 5 popular fonts for text. Books max out at 20 pages each, but you can create as many as you like.
Free edition

Penultimate

The original and most popular handwriting app for iPad. Penultimate gives you the natural experience of writing on paper, with the added power and availability of Evernote. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea -- in the office, on the go, or at home on the sofa.

THE EXPERIENCE OF INK AND PAPER, MADE BETTER
Your handwriting and drawings look spectacular in black or color gel ink on your choice of three different photorealistic paper styles, or import any image to create your own personalized paper. Our inking technology produces pen strokes that look better than real ones, and the automatic Wrist Protection mode prevents stray marks from appearing on a page for writers of all grips.
Free

Springpad

KEY FEATURES
Whatever You Save, Springpad Makes It Better
- SAVE your favorite recipes and we’ll put the ingredients in a shopping list on your phone.
- KEEP a new-movies-I-must-see list. We’ll let you know when they are on Netflix.
- PLAN your vacation ideas. Save hotel, restaurants, activities, subway maps, videos and more.
- BOOKMARK sites for reading later - never forget an important article or book.
- FOLLOW trusted experts and others to be on top of trends and useful tips.
- BUILD your personal to-do list with reminder alerts.
- COLLABORATE with co-workers on a project with notes, videos, links and tasks.
- SHOW pictures and videos your family to collect and comment on captions.
- INVITE your foodie friends to share their favorite recipes and wine pairings.
Free

Sticky Notes for iPad

Sticky Notes is the premium note taking application that is an amazing, multi-touch enabled noteboard designed specifically for iPad.

Features include:
- voice dictation on the new iPad. Just speak, no typing required
- choose from a host of beautiful backgrounds
- save to photos, email, print, and tweet
- landscape and portrait mode are both supported
- multitouch-enabled; you can move multiple notes around the screen at once just by dragging.
- a beautiful way to keep reminders and thoughts.
- notes with multiple colors, fonts, and text colors.
- resize notes by pinching.
Free

Notability - Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox & Google Drive Sync

Apple names Notability one of the Top 25 All-Time Paid Apps *** ON SALE 60% OFF ***
Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad.

Notability encourages productivity to be beautiful. Use our gorgeous retina ink to capture information, while liberating yourself from piles of paper and books by keeping this data in Notability.

** Full-featured Handwriting **
Stunning retina ink makes capturing ideas easy and awesome. Notability's zoom window helps you quickly and clearly draw every detail, while the palm rest protects your notes from unwanted marks. Your notes should be as unique as you are, so choose your favorite style pen and paper to create beautiful notes.

** PDF Annotation **
The same tools that help you take beautiful notes in Notability equip you to annotate PDFs: handwrite, type, and record. Then share these annotations through email or a cloud service. Bookmark important pages and easily find annotations.

** Advanced Word-Processing **
Features like styling, outlining, text boxes, and spell check are the perfect tools to get the job done quickly and accurately. Other tools like bullets, bold, italic, underline, font presets, cursor controls, and more, seamlessly integrate to help you create rich notes.

** Linked Audio Recording **
Audio recordings automatically link to your notes, so go ahead and take notes with confidence. While reviewing your notes, just tap a word to hear what was said at that moment. Use the recording feature to capture your own voice for memos, presentations, or speech practice.

** Auto-sync **
Work with confidence: with Notability's auto-sync, your notes are always backed up in the cloud. Choose your favorite cloud service: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or WebDAV.

** Media Insertion **
Enhance your notes by adding pictures from your photo library or from the iPad camera. Insert web clips, figures, and drawings to compliment your notes. Crop, resize, and draw on images to make them perfect.
On sale: $1.99

Wonderopolis

Over 1 MILLION downloads! Turn your camera roll into beautiful, pro-quality videos. Choose your music and photos and share your amazing videos with everyone!

“Supercharged videos more akin to music videos than slideshows.” - The Wall Street Journal

Features include:

  • 40 different video styles
  • Huge music library to choose from
  • Caption, edit, trim
  • Sharing via email, text, Facebook and Twitter
  • Much more!