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I think I can state with absolute certainty that there’s one sort of app where iPad owners are app-solutely (sorry, horrible pun) spoilt for choice – which’s note-taking apps. From Evernote to Simplenote, there are literally hundreds of providings out there on the App Shop, all promising new ways for you to streamline your notes and make yourself more efficient.

I estimate I am old-fashioned in the means I make notes: with my excellent old-fashioned Moleskine and a fountain pen. I am not a dinosaur however I choose handwritten notes and there’s something vaguely pleasing about opening up a note pad with lots of scribbled notes in it, total with a lots of vague diagrams and thoughts that made sense once upon a time. Typically, brand-new note-taking apps don’t really get my attention but given the amount of press and buzz surrounding NoteSuite recently (it’s been included on a rating of various websites), I thought maybe this one could lure me and coax me far from my old-fashioned innovation?

Let us find out if it did.

Getting Started

NoteSuite is available from the App Shop for the special initial price of $1.99 and if you are an existing Projectbook user, then you can upgrade for definitely nothing. The app begins with a fast tour that showcases NoteSuite‘s attributes, and if you enable iCloud from the Settings menu, you can sync all your notes with the Mac variation, available individually for the initial cost of $4.99.

The main interface of NoteSuite.

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The main interface of NoteSuite.

The main screen of NoteSuite is easy and clean, which raised my hopes currently. A lot of times do I see iPad applications (consisting of ones for note-taking) that are a jumbled, unorganised mess however NoteSuite amazed me with its condensed and neat user interface.

The drawing tools available to you in NoteSuite.

The illustration devices available to you in NoteSuite.

You can capture practically anything with NoteSuite, from text to images as well as audio. A helpful function about the iPad variation is the capability to draw and handwrite directly on note pages and you’ve actually got lots of devices at your disposal, from a felt-tip pen to a fountain pen as well as a broad array of various colors and nib thicknesses.

Taking Notes

When it actually concerns taking notes, NoteSuite excels in practically every location. One attribute that stood out was the enhanced keyboard, as you can see in the screenshot below, which not just enables you to produce lists and checkboxes with a single tap, however also allows you to format your text how you desire it. You can pick in between a number of different fonts and presets (heading, subheading and so on – which can also be personalized) and if you tap on a word or sentence, you can also highlight it straight by tapping the Highlight button.

You're presented with absolutely loads of options when it comes to taking notes with NoteSuite.

You exist with absolutely loads of choices when it comes to bearing in mind with NoteSuite.

You can add pictures, audio snippets as well as e-mails to notes (if you have set up your e-mail account with NoteSuite from within the Settings pane – the app currently only sustains IMAP accounts). NoteSuite likewise offers integration with several web-based services, such as Instapaper, Wallet, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.net and enables you to connect individual files from these services straight to your notes, which can show a lifesaver in the long run.

Tagging notes makes them a lot easier to find.

Tagging notes makes them a lot easier to find.

Tags can be attached to notes which enables you to find specific ones a lot easier. Unlike various other note-taking apps, NoteSuite‘s inbuilt search function will really permit to browse within any files imported into the app (notes aside, you can also deal with Word papers, PDF files and PowerPoint discussions within NoteSuite), which can be a genuine bonus if you are looking for a particular file but you do not know its name or the tags you affixeded to it.

Managing Your To-Dos

Aside from taking notes, NoteSuite will likewise let you keep track of those all-important order of business. You can track both due and begin dates, set suggestions and match to-dos and projects with any appropriate notes and documents, enabling you to track every little thing. Any tips created within NoteSuite can be assigned to certain individuals (if you have set these up within the app, which is exceptionally easy) and particular files attached to them, making the app very flexible for a broad range of situations.

Tasks are handled really nicely within NoteSuite.

Tasks are taken care of truly perfectly within NoteSuite.

Other Features That Impressed

Within the iPad version of NoteSuite (unlike the Mac variation), you can annotate PDFs and even complete PDF kinds straight on your iPad, which can then be uploaded or e-mailed as needed. You can likewise convert both MS Workplace and iWork files from within the app which can then be annotated (an example right here: you could change a PowerPoint presentation so that you annotate it in a college lecture or conference, for instance). And with iCloud synchronisation, every little thing stays in best consistency with your desktop computer – a genuine bonus.

Conclusion

NoteSuite has revealed remarkable improvement since Projectbook, its predecessor and it seems that the developers have actually settled the problems that bugged previous versions, such as no iCloud sync, a hit-and-miss search algorithm and just one default font. In terms of iPad note-taking apps, it’s certainly some of the very best we’ve actually ever before reviewed (and think me, we’ve actually seen our reasonable share!) and it’s well deserving of its modest $1.99 price tag.

The app earns a well-deserved 9 out of 10 rating for its impressive feature set, uncluttered user interface and convenience of use. One complaint, however, is that there’s no iPhone equivalent – although the iPad variation is wonderful for making long notes in, say, a business conference, there’s no way to scribble down something quickly when you are on the move without needing to go into your bag to hoist your iPad out. Sure, it’s a small little concern, but provided the perfect iCloud sync between versions it’s something that could surely be carried out sometime quickly.

That being said, NoteSuite is a possible prospect for the appreciated title of ‘Finest iPad note-taking app’ (at least in my opinion) and given the reality it’s currently on special deal at just $1.99, it’s well worth grabbing. Especially when you consider it will probably change all those other apps you have got holding on your iPad, such as Evernote, Reminders, Skitch and so on. It’s the Swiss Army knife of the note-taking app world – and it’s mighty outstanding. Go and get it now: you certainly will not regret it.