Notability might be the best note-taking application we've seen for the iPad, with tons of useful features that are easily accessed through the app's intuitive interface. Perfect for students or really anyone who needs to gather and organize information, Notability lets you use your onscreen keyboard (or a compatible Bluetooth keyboard) to keep track of information by grouping your notes into categories by subject.
You can start a new note by tapping on the Compose button, or open an existing note from the start screen. You have the option to open notes from Dropbox, or from your iDisk on MobileMe, or you can open a note directly out of the iPad e-mail app. You can then organize notes by subject to make it easy to find an older note, or you can use the search box if you know what you're looking for. In the beginning we found the unnamed buttons a little difficult to understand, but a quick run through Notability's help section made it easy to organize, move, and export notes with only a few touches on the screen.
Along with notes you can add images and other media, and Notability even offers an area where you can draw your own diagrams, make charts, and crop your images to make them fit your particular project. Unlimited undo and redo are also available so you have plenty of room to experiment.
When you've finished writing and organizing your notes, you can quickly export one or all of your notes to e-mail, your iTunes library, Dropbox, or your iDisk, or send them to your server via WebDAV.
Overall, we think Notability has the tools and added features to be one of the best in the iTunes App Store. If you're looking for a great way to take notes on your iPad in a school or work setting, Notability is must-have app.
*** Fixes in 6.6.3 ***
(v) Bug fix: Crash when locking the device and the keyboard was visible
*** Improvements & fixes in 6.6.2 ***
(v) OneDrive: Added support for business and education accounts
(v) Bug fix: Some notes could take a long time to load
(v) Bug fix: Incorrect text layout in older notes
(v) Bug fix: Changing list style now uses the correct list numbering
(v) Bug fix: Crash on iOS 9 when exiting a note while the keyboard was visible
(v) Bug fix: Crash on iOS 9 when exiting a note and a tip was visible
(v) Bug fix: Emojis now show up properly in playback mode
*** Bug fixes in 6.6.1 ***
(v) Fixed a crash on startup that affected some users
(v) Fixed a crash when inserting gifs from Giphy
(v) Fixed a crash when exporting/importing from Google Drive
(v) Fixed a bug that could disable indentation for text
*** What's New in 6.6 ***
(v) OneDrive support
--- Like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box, OneDrive is now a location for importing files, exporting files, and Auto-backup
--- Keep track of tasks, your grocery lists, and more
--- Tap the circle to the left of an item to mark the item as complete
--- Like numbered and bulleted lists, checklists can be any color, indented, and will wrap around images
(v) GIF support
--- Import GIFs to your notes with a built-in Giphy browser on iPad
(v) Search improvements
--- To find notes more quickly, search will start by looking through notes in the subject that's open
--- If a search in a subject doesn't find anything, tap once to start a new search in All Notes
--- A progress bar shows how far along the search is
--- Tap and hold a note in the search results and tap "Show in Note List"
(v) Performance improvements for large, heavily-annotated PDFs
(v) Accessibility improvements
(v) Bug fixes
--- Fixed a bug that caused excessive background activity and battery usage after recording audio
--- Fixed a bug that kept the file import/export menus from showing all items in Dropbox folders with more than 2,000 items
--- Pressing "enter" twice while in the middle of a list now separates the list into two lists
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