NOTE TAK­ING

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The sty­lus-en­abled smart­phone is called the Gal­axy Note5 for a very good (and ob­vi­ous) rea­son. One fea­ture in­tro­duced in the Note5 is the abil­ity to write memos down with­out need­ing to wake up the phone. Called the Screen Off Memo, it starts the mo­ment you re­move the S Pen from its dock. It can be handy if you need to jot a point down quickly with­out hav­ing to flip through pages of apps, es­pe­cially for some­thing tran­sient like copy­ing the gro­ceries list onto the phone, or help­ing some­one pass a mes­sage along.

For notes that will be re­ferred to within the day, there's Ac­tion Memo. This op­tion lets you pin notes onto your Home screen, as a wid­get. It's handy if you need some­thing done af­ter a busy day at work, with er­rands you can't af­ford to for­get run­ning be­fore head­ing home.

Even with th­ese op­tions, the full-fledged S Note is what de­fines the Note5's note-tak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. In a nut­shell, this in-built app lets you write, and it also al­lows you to an­no­tate or il­lus­trate with pho­tos taken in­stantly via Photo Notes, topped off with the abil­ity to record au­dio as well. What you get is a suite that's per­fect for pro­duc­ing min­utes for the meet­ing, or di­gest­ing an ex­tremely im­por­tant lecture.

One handy bonus is how the S Pen lets you sign off PDF doc­u­ments. Sim­ply open it and choose 'write on PDF' via the An­no­tate on PDF fea­ture. If your of­fice is in the habit of ex­ces­sive red tape, this fea­ture elim­i­nates one rea­son for you to dou­ble back to the of­fice, or pull out the lap­top just to ap­pend a sig­na­ture to a sim­ple doc­u­ment.

Save your work in Scrap­book (bot­tom) if you want to at­tach cropped images, or URLs for fu­ture ref­er­ence.

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