To-Do & Note­tak­ing

iPhone Life Magazine - - Contents - BY RHEANNE TAY­LOR

Ever­note ($7.99/month for Pre­mium) While Ever­note has seen its fair share of con­tro­versy after hik­ing its prices and slash­ing fea­tures for free users, it's still one of the most trusted apps for note­tak­ing. Not only does it do all the ba­sics like al­low you to cre­ate notes and lists and col­lab­o­rate with friends, it also lets you scan doc­u­ments, dis­play notes as pre­sen­ta­tions, and eas­ily trans­form busi­ness cards into phone con­tacts—a handy fea­ture for net­work­ing. To re­ally ben­e­fit from Ever­note, we rec­om­mend pay­ing for a Plus ($3.99/month) or Pre­mium ($7.99/ month) ac­count. While a free Ba­sic ac­count lets you sync notes across two de­vices and up­load 60 MB worth of new data per month, a Pre­mium ac­count per­mits you 10 GB worth of new up­loads per month across an un­lim­ited num­ber of de­vices. Also, keep in mind that cre­at­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and scanning busi­ness cards is only avail­able to Ever­note Pre­mium sub­scribers.

Wun­derlist (Free) If you're new to to-do lists, Wun­derlist is a great choice with its sim­ple, straight­for­ward of­fer­ings. This cross-plat­form app al­lows you to cre­ate lists, as­sign to-dos, and save web­pages and ar­ti­cles that you'd like to re­visit later. Best of all, you can share the lists you've cre­ated with friends and fam­ily and col­lab­o­rate on them to­gether (which is a perk when you're co-host­ing an event or work­ing on a group project). The app seam­lessly syncs your in­for­ma­tion across your de­vices, al­low­ing you to ac­cess lists no mat­ter where you are. While the app al­lows you to set re­minders, sadly, it doesn't of­fer lo­ca­tion-based re­minders at this time.

Bear (Free) Ap­ple's Notes app gets the job done when you need to quickly jot down thoughts and ideas, but there's no deny­ing that it lacks quite a few key fea­tures that would make the ex­pe­ri­ence much more en­joy­able. Bear is a much more so­phis­ti­cated al­ter­na­tive. It's as ba­sic and straight­for­ward as Ap­ple's Notes app, but with a few ex­tra fea­tures baked in that we know you'll love. With Bear, you can write every­thing from to-do lists and notes to more com­plex projects like a novel or an es­say. The app of­fers a va­ri­ety of markup options, as well as the abil­ity to in­clude hash­tags for easy sort­ing and links to web­sites or other notes you've writ­ten.

Any.do (Free) This app does it all, al­low­ing you to cre­ate to-do lists, view up­com­ing events in a built-in cal­en­dar, set re­minders, man­age projects, and com­pose notes. You can set lo­ca­tion-based re­minders for your­self too. That means next time you are in the gro­cery store, the app will re­mind you to grab that jug of milk that you added to your shop­ping list a few days ago. De­spite all its fea­tures though, this app is re­mark­ably sim­ple. To cre­ate a task, all you need to do is se­lect Task and the app will pro­vide a va­ri­ety of prompts such as Call, Buy, Pay, etc. to help get you started. And when you cre­ate a note, not only can you add pho­tos to your note, you can add videos and voice memos too!

Re­mem­ber the Milk (Free) One of the most an­noy­ing things about to-do apps is the man­ner in which they re­mind you to com­plete your tasks. Most send you a sim­ple no­ti­fi­ca­tion, and that's all good and fine; but in our ex­pe­ri­ence, it's all too easy to dis­miss the re­minder and go about our days, con­vinced that we'll re­mem­ber what we need to do, only to hastily for­get. If you're look­ing for a to-do app that's a lit­tle more dili­gent, Re­mem­ber the Milk is for you. Not only does it al­low you to eas­ily cre­ate lists, it will send you re­minders via text, email, or even Twit­ter, so you'll have no ex­cuses. You can also pri­or­i­tize to-dos, add tags, and search the app us­ing key­words.

Mi­crosoft OneNote (Free) Few note­tak­ing apps of­fer as many fea­tures for free as Mi­crosoft OneNote. The app lets you cre­ate a col­lec­tion of dig­i­tal note­books, mak­ing it easy to keep sep­a­rate sec­tions for work and per­sonal projects. Once you cre­ate a note, you can type, draw, or at­tach a slew of other doc­u­ments like au­dio files, spread­sheets, and PDFs that you can an­no­tate. A fa­vorite way that we've seen this app put to use for home ren­o­va­tions, help­ing take your idea from vision to re­al­ity. You can start by snap­ping a photo of a room and then cre­at­ing a plan of at­tack by writ­ing in di­men­sions and us­ing color-cod­ing to rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als you'll need to com­plete the project.

GoodReader ($4.99) If you've ever needed to sign a PDF while you are away from home, then you un­der­stand how frus­trat­ing it can be—es­pe­cially if sign­ing the doc­u­ment is an ur­gent mat­ter. In just three steps, GoodReader al­lows you to sign your doc­u­ment, as well as make nec­es­sary ed­its. You can also use GoodReader to ex­tract text, com­bine files, cre­ate ZIP ar­chives, and lis­ten to au­dio files. Although the iPhone's Markup lets you make notes on PDF files as well, you won't find the ex­ten­sive list of fea­tures that GoodReader of­fers. You can eas­ily view every­thing you need, from books and maps to movies and pic­tures. The app will even read your PDF and TXT files to you!

Noteshelf ($7.99) If you love adding your own per­sonal touch to notes, then this is the app for you. Noteshelf al­lows you to cus­tom­ize your note­book by pro­vid­ing a range of note­book cover options (i.e. stripes, leathers, flo­rals, ba­sic colors, etc.) and even al­lows you to se­lect a pa­per tem­plate that suits your needs best. Want to cre­ate a plan­ner or a log to keep track of all your free­lance work? There's a tem­plate for that! Noteshelf also pro­vides one of the smoothest writ­ing ex­pe­ri­ences on the iPad. You can take notes by hand (or type them out) and an­no­tate PDFs and pho­tos. You can also pass­word pro­tect notes, sync and share notes, and record lec­tures for later.

Google Keep (Free) This sticky notes app is about as sim­ple as it gets—which is ex­actly why we love it. Cre­at­ing notes is sim­ple and oddly sat­is­fy­ing, no pen and pa­per needed! The app does have the abil­ity to tran­scribe hand­writ­ten notes if you pre­fer writ­ing them out, although we have found this fea­ture to be a lit­tle faulty for those with lessthan-per­fect pen­man­ship. Once cre­ated, you can pin im­por­tant notes to the top of your Notes page or search the app at whim by topic, color, and images. As ex­pected, Google Keep works well with Google's other ser­vices, mean­ing notes are au­to­mat­i­cally search­able within Google Drive.

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