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    Default Noteability Equivalent

    So, I have been scouring the internet and these forums for over a week now. I have several classmates using Noteability, and I want it. Here is the thing though, I do not want to buy an Apple product ever. I contacted Ginger Labs, the makers of Noteability, and they tell me that they may do something with Android devices, but it is not in their current plans. Something about multiple interfaces and firmwares and resolutions, etc to deal with and it just being too time intensive.

    So, here I am. I have played with Evernote, and I currently use the PC version of MS OneNote. I do not want to spend $500 on a tablet. Is there an equivalent or even close app to Notebility available for a resonably priced Android device - in the $250-$350 range?

    Here is what I have seen with noteability.
    Good old, typing of notes.
    Insert Web Clips
    Insert Tablet Cam pics.
    Open a new writing pad, as you are working on that pad, being able to link it to the section in your pdf that the info was contained in from the professor'e lecture handout (this seems to be the most unique.)
    Write over pdf files in ink. Just like taking notes on paper.

    Do you guys know of anything or am I scouring Craigslist for an Ipad and etching all of the logos off in shame just for a $5 app that I can't find a functional equivalent for in the Android Universe?

    Thanks


    Edit:

    Follow up question: Assuming there is an option (I believe there is a Transformer Native App that might fit my needs), would it be better to get the Nexus 7, or the Transformer Prime? I know I can grab a 16 or 32 GB Prime for about the same price as a N7, the only possible downsides are the 10 point touchscreen on the N7 that I don't know if it exists on the Prime and the need to upgrade to ICS vs. JB. And then on the flip side there is the larger screen and expansion slot on the Asus. I am just trying to figure out the better performer for now and for the next few years since I have to get through graduate school with this.
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    Default Re: Noteability Equivalent

    I use for just about everything these days. Sorta like Evernote, but with a lot more organizing capabilities. The data reside on Microsoft's SkyDrive service, on which I'm grandfathered in with 25 GB of storage. I doubt whether I'll ever be able to use all of it.
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    Have you ever compared it to noteability?aThe copy I tried on q lesser tablet did not.seem to.do what I was looking for. Can you link ink to pdf, write ink over off, word, etc like you can on pc onenote or notability?
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    I tend to do all the heavy-lifting stuff on my desktop workstation, then carry the results with me on the mobile device on which I do minimal entry and editing, so I can't really give you a useful answer on the tablet side of things, but I didn't want to leave your question hanging. I avoid PDFs on the BIONIC, as I did on the Palm Pre before it, because they all have to be downloaded and I then need to go in from time to time to clear all of that cruft out. Ink sounds like a useful concept, but I'm the world's worst artist, so I'm generally more interested in handwriting recognition to enable direct entry into a document rather than scribbling over the top of it. Each of us uses technology differently to achieve our individual goals. I wish I could be more help, but I'll let others hereabouts weigh in on your ink-related questions.
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    I used Notability on my ipad. The only thing close is LectureNotes. Yes, I have used ezpdf, iannotate, quoppa, all of the rest. They all suck. skitch for Evernote is good, but the PDF must be converted to PNG (which is what Notability and LectureNotes do, this is better than ezpdf, which just layers an annotation file over the pdf and forces you to export 2 separate documents). I often make notes on LectureNotes, and since I store them in Evernote, I use skitch to add little stuff later, but it always saves a new png, so it isn't for power use).

    The only thing with LectureNotes is that the guy who wrote it made it ULTRA customizable. He doesn't care about the aesthetics only the functionality. This means that there is a serious learning curve. If you need any help setting it up, post on this forum and I'll let you know how I got it to work.

    As someone who has used both, I'll say that Notability is easier, but LectureNotes is better. Also, LectureNotes can export to Evernote, and as a med student, I'll say that Evernote is an amazing way to make and share school material. And the phone and tablet widgets for Evernote are great.

    EDIT: p. s. you could get a Galaxy Note 10.1. I hear the hardware is crap, but the pen function looks great. LectureNotes is still better than any Samsung writing app though, and then you can still get any hardware you want (I want a Transformer Infinity so bad, but I'm stuck on my touchpad for now).
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    make notebooks

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    import and mark pdf

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    Make a notebook for handwriting (though Anti paper is much more beautiful for this) There is the option for the page to auto-scroll (red lines)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrsharp70 View Post
    I used Notability on my ipad. The only thing close is LectureNotes. Yes, I have used ezpdf, iannotate, quoppa, all of the rest. They all suck. skitch for Evernote is good, but the PDF must be converted to PNG (which is what Notability and LectureNotes do, this is better than ezpdf, which just layers an annotation file over the pdf and forces you to export 2 separate documents). I often make notes on LectureNotes, and since I store them in Evernote, I use skitch to add little stuff later, but it always saves a new png, so it isn't for power use).

    The only thing with LectureNotes is that the guy who wrote it made it ULTRA customizable. He doesn't care about the aesthetics only the functionality. This means that there is a serious learning curve. If you need any help setting it up, post on this forum and I'll let you know how I got it to work.

    As someone who has used both, I'll say that Notability is easier, but LectureNotes is better. Also, LectureNotes can export to Evernote, and as a med student, I'll say that Evernote is an amazing way to make and share school material. And the phone and tablet widgets for Evernote are great.

    EDIT: p. s. you could get a Galaxy Note 10.1. I hear the hardware is crap, but the pen function looks great. LectureNotes is still better than any Samsung writing app though, and then you can still get any hardware you want (I want a Transformer Infinity so bad, but I'm stuck on my touchpad for now).
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I will be hitting you up. I think I am going to be getting an ASUS TF300 today. I am a Pharmacy student, so knowing that it is working for you as a med student is comforting. I will be sending you messages if I get stuck. I am just sick of carrying all this paper around.

    I was looking at the infinity vs the TF300, and because the GPU is the same running a higher resolution, it actually bogs harder in gaming and multitasking around media. Only one person out of about 30 reviews said the extra cash was worth it.

    Thanks again jsharp70!
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    I heard the models up to the infinity had WiFi issues that the infinity solved with a plastic strip over the antenna.

    I want the infinity so bad, but as you know, I'm broke! I am also in love with the IDEA of the note 10.1, but it seems like it was built poorly.

    Regardless, you can get an iPad 2 for $300 these days... just consider that the iPad is the most widely used by medical professionals, and it is easier to use. I actually used GoodNotes on the iPad, I liked it better than Notability.

    Anyway, send me a private message when you get the app.

    There are really no limits to what this app can do. I use it about 8 hours a day, so I'm very familiar with it... I can probably save you hours and hours of time to get the best settings, and how to use it.

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    Thanks for the info. I have noticed all of the other Pharmies/PA students, and Nursing students using iPads and Macs. I don't understand the why, but I try not to stress it too much. I have been tempted to look for a used iPad 2 more than once. I just have a lot of issues with Apple - the primary of which is cost/benefit/quality justifications. I guess if the TF300 drives me too crazy, I will sell it and get an iPad 2 on Craigslist. Thanks again.
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    No prob... There's a reason that I use Android, and once you get the transformer set up, you'll realize how much better Android can be than ios.

    I'm pretty jealous that the transformer has jelly bean... but I'll probably just wait until I start my rotations top upgrade to the 7" nexus. I think the only real reason I keep a 10" tablet these days is because I take so many notes.

    Anyway... less forum, more study for me. Let me know when you finally get your gear!

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    Hi guys - I appreciate your discussion and willingness to help each other - outstanding!

    My son will be allowed to use a tablet in school to augment notetaking (very bright, but he has challenges keeping up with anything involving handwriting). We have a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 that he can use and I'm looking for a note taking app for android that will allow him to simultaneously type or write and record audio for review later (to make sure he captures anything he couldn't keep up with). I know notability is great at this... how about LectureNotes? Do either of you use audio recording to augment your lecture / class notes? Any other ideas or strategies you could recommend?

    Best Regards!
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    This might work best for him. You can often use it in environments less okay with laptops and it syncs audio lectures with your hand written notes at the same place in time. It can export to some digital formats as well. If the difference in note taking ability is documented, you can often get clearance to us this in classes in college as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Persistent Dad View Post
    Hi guys - I appreciate your discussion and willingness to help each other - outstanding!

    My son will be allowed to use a tablet in school to augment notetaking (very bright, but he has challenges keeping up with anything involving handwriting). We have a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 that he can use and I'm looking for a note taking app for android that will allow him to simultaneously type or write and record audio for review later (to make sure he captures anything he couldn't keep up with). I know notability is great at this... how about LectureNotes? Do either of you use audio recording to augment your lecture / class notes? Any other ideas or strategies you could recommend?

    Best Regards!
    I hope I am not too late in responding.

    I am a former Firefighter/EMT-B IV changing career fields into Avionics. So I know the importance of studying and note taking. Though, maybe not as much as "Doc" and "Pharm-Tech" above. Lol

    But LectureNotes does let you record lectures. It is written by the same developer as LectureNotes. And is an extra $1-$2. But it seamlessly flows into LectureNotes.

    There is also an app called TapeMachine that does a remarkable job. It consistently records lectures for me similar in quality as my digital voice recorder did before my niece threw it into the drink. Lol. TapeMachine is an older app, but it is a very strong app. And I use on my Galaxy Nexus phone and put it into airplane mode as to not interrupt or disrupt the lecture. And I have it pretty close to where the instructor is doing lecture if I an mot sitting in the front. I also take pics with my phone while recording, and if I am in the back, I snap pics with my Galaxy Tab 7.7.

    I also have an app called CamScanner, and I can take a pic from my phone or Tablet and create a PDF with it.

    I'm like freeking Batman in my classroom. Lol!

    Hope that helps. And hopefully its not too little, too late.
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    Here is my notetaking process:

    1. I use an audio recorder to record the lectures.
    2. I write all my notes on an infinity binder (it's a dry erase binder so I don't waste paper).
    3. I reference the time on the recorder for every written note entry.
    4. I take pictures of the board during class.
    5. After class I take pictures of my notes with CamNote ()
    6. When people ask me why I'm so good at taking notes, I say: "Because I'm Batman!"

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