A near-perfect notes app
£9.99 FROM Ginger Labs, gingerlabs.com NEEDS iOS 10 or later
Notability is great for two kinds of jobs: creating notes and annotating
docs. If you’re looking for a reliable note-taking app that works with Apple Pencil, enables you to convert handwriting to searchable, editable text, imports PDFs, and syncs with the Mac app via iCloud, buy Notability.
You can input PDF, DOC, PPT files, text files, Excel spreadsheets, and images – the DropBox import is particularly handy. You can share in many ways, and drag and drop into other apps and between notes.
With PDFs, you can annotate, highlight, and copy content but you can’t edit. You can group notes by subject or subject dividers, but can’t repeat titles.
Notability’s audio recording ability can be used to add voice notes to a doc. You can add annotations as you record and they’ll appear at the right point during playback. You can then export a note in a zip file containing either a PDF or RTF file and your audio.
Handwriting recognition is superb even with a cheap stylus, but the app is elevated when using Apple Pencil. Text recognition is the icing on the cake for this brilliant app.
The app’s handwriting recognition is superb, especially with Pencil.