Type, write or draw in this attractive, syncable notebook for OS X and iOS
Note-taking is best done at speed. If you have to switch apps to capture text, handwriting, illustrations and voice recordings, you’re certain to miss something, so handling each in a single app is Notability’s master stroke.
The individual tools are smart too: the ink pen lays down variable widths for greater realism, and each stroke is recorded separately. So, if a set of scribblings over-runs another you can delete the top or bottom scrawl by striking through it with the eraser, leaving all else untouched.
Audio recordings play back at single, 1.5x or double-speed, or 70% of their original rate, and a single document can contain multiple tracks, which you switch between using a drop-down menu. Any notes you made while recording the track will appear in time with the audio.
Text formatting options are basic, covering bold, italic and underline and a range of font sizes, but only 46 typefaces. However, by locking out most of your pre-installed fonts this way, Notability should sync more smoothly and uniformly between its OS X and iOS editions.
Syncing takes place over iCloud, and you can back up your work to Dropbox or Google Drive. Inside the app, notes are organised into subjects, and related subjects can be corralled in dividers for keeping things filed. You can search notes, but there’s no option to attach keywords to them. Nik Rawlinson
Its ‘catch-all’ approach makes Notability an effective and genuinely pleasurable app to use.
Three apps in one? Notability takes text, drawings and audio in its stride.