Note taking made easy

lifestyle July 21, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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At less that Bt300, the GoodNotes 4 app is the best value app around



WITH NEW 9.5-inch iPad, the Apple Pencil, and GoodNotes 4, you can easily take notes by hand. 

You simply use the Apple Pencil stylus pen to write and draw smoothly with this flexible app from Time Base Technology.

GoodNotes not only let you take beautiful handwritten notes, but it also allows you to annotate PDF documents.

The hand-written notes are also searchable. They’re created using a vector ink engine, so your notes will look beautiful even on high-resolution displays.

And the apps support iCloud sync, so your documents in GoodNotes will synchronise between your iPad and iPhone automatically.

The app is really flexible. Apart from using the Apple Pencil to write, you can type using the keyboard and also insert images or draw shapes. You can insert PDF docs inside your notebook and rearrange or delete pages as you like.

The app is useful for students as it can be used to annotate PDF documents so they can underline important parts while reading their school text books in digital format.

GoodNotes can also be used to fill in and sign forms and it conveniently supports Microsoft Word and PowerPoint can be used for coordination on projects and works. A nice feature for people with eyesight problems is its powerful zoom window feature that allows you to write quickly with your fingers or a stylus in a large area. And your handwriting will be shrunk automatically.

The app has a lasso tool that will let you move things around or resize them so that you can correct mistakes at any time. A digital rubber is also provided.

If you have accidentally deleted something, you can use the trash function to undelete it. You can also back up your “Notebooks” or files to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive automatically.

During the test, I found that the app ran fast and smoothly on the new 6th Generation iPad and was able to write surprisingly quickly with the Apple Pencil. 

When you first open GoodNotes, you will be presented with an empty library. 

The library lets you manage your files – called notebooks – visually. You can simply tap a plus button to create a notebook and you can choose from a variety of covers and paper templates by tapping on the preview. Each template is designed in vector format. There’s lined paper, graph paper, musical scores and lots of notebook covers to choose from.

The toolbar above the app screen provides several tools for you to choose, including Pen, Highlighter, Eraser, and Shape-Recognition tool.

The pen is the default tool when you open the app so that you can start writing away. The Shape-Recognition tool is useful because it will make your drawn shapes, such as triangles, rectangles, squares and circles, perfect.

The Highlighter is useful for highlighting PDFs and text boxes.

A feature that is very useful is the palm rest function. This function lets you rest your palm on the screen while writing so your palm won’t interfere with what you’re writing.

GoodNotes also has a powerful feature for teaching and presenting. When you connect your iPad to an external screen, GoodNotes will show only the content of your Notebook file and hide all user interface elements.

GoodNotes can be bought and downloaded from the App Store for only Bt279 – and after trying it, I can assure you it’s worth a whole lot more. 

>> Seller: Time Base Technology

>> Size: 201.4 MB

>> Category: Productivity

>> Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 |or later. Compatible with iPhone, |iPad and iPod touch.

>> Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

>> Age Rating: Rated 4+

>> Price: Bt279