I usually save the mobile apps for my Mobile App of The Day blog, but this one seems particularly useful for attorneys and worth a mention here in the Studio. Remarks is a new PDF app designed for the iPad from the fine folks at Readdle who know a thing or two about annotation and PDFs on the mobile screen. It is a fully featured PDF annotating application, with a variety of tools to fine-tune your marks. You can highlight, underline, strikeout text, draw upon the documents – that means pretty much anything you can do with the document on paper. But what sets Remarks apart from other apps, like another fav of mine iAnnotate and the like, is the extremely simple view / interface. It drops the complex layers and just gives you the WYSIWYG experience. Combine that with an able note-taking interface and it seems Remarks might be a replacement for more than few apps on your iPad. Notes become PDFs, which can then be easily viewed, printed and edited on your computer. Share notes with others for their perusal and comments. From the iTunes description, here are a list of features:
★ Make notes
Write everything you think is important on a meeting, lecture or presentation.
★ Sketch new ideas
Draw the plan to take over the world. Maybe even two, just in case.
★ Type in text notes
Prefer typing text to handwriting? We have a tool for that.
★ Annotate PDFs
Mark important things in books, journals or documents that you need to review.
★ Draw with your finger
Use it to make remarks in scanned books or simply draw something beautiful.
★ Co-edit notes with friends
You can edit notes made by any other Remarks user and vice versa.
What else Remarks lets you do:
✓ Add Notes Quickly
Only one tap is needed to start new a note, no matter where in the application are you located at the moment.
✓ Exchange documents with your computer
Use a USB cable and iTunes File Sharing to transfer notes and PDFs between your iPad and your computer.
✓ Edit your notes on the Mac or PC
You can make changes into your notes using any PDF editing application like Preview on the Mac or Adobe Reader on the PC
✓ Annotate Email Attachments
Open PDF attachments directly from the Mail app to annotate them.
✓ Share Notes With Your Friends
Email your notes to any other person with Remarks and they will be able to edit it like their own.
✓ Import PDFs from Dropbox, Box.Net, Safari and other applications.
Use “Open In” to transfer documents for note-taking or annotation from any popular cloud storage or iPad app.
You can get Remarks for $4.99 in the app store – a small price to pay if it becomes your favorite note-taking, PDF annotating, document collaboration app on the go.
Cool. And for just note-taking, have you tried Notability? It has some great features like the ability to add graphics (including photos of the board) and record the voice of the speaker. And at least temporarily it’s only 99 cents.
I like Notability too. I have to admit, I haven’t pinned myself down to a single note-taking app – there are great features in many of them, and some of them seem to have better stylus sensitivity than others.
Good find Martha. We recently publish a column entitled “The Best iPad Handwriting App for Small Law Firms.” http://bit.ly/ygCIu3
Thanks Neil – apps like these are the ones that really make tablets more attractive than laptops for professional use. And I am a note app junkie for sure.
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For marking up pdfs: Easy Annotate
Use it myself, and like the fact that you can view two documents simultaneously