How to take notes using CaptureNotes 2

Jot it down quickly with CaptureNotes 2’s range of advanced tools

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  • Step 1 Step 1: Bound together
  • Step 2 Step 2: Tweak the settings
  • Step 3 Step 3: A glowing report
  • Step 4 Step 4: Flag it up
  • Step 5 Step 5: All the highlights
  • Step 6 Step 6: Digital pencil case
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There are plenty of apps that let you jot down notes on the iPad, but we haven’t come across many that offer the range of CaptureNotes 2. Designed with lectures and business meetings in mind, it’s a good-looking app with some advanced features that make it easy to quickly capture all the detail you need.

CaptureNotes allows you to type and sketch, but you can also take audio recordings. By connecting the app to a Dropbox account, you can import PDFs, meaning you can mark up a set of slides or a document at the same time as capturing the audio from your meeting or lecture. You can even use themed, customisable tags, called Flags, to link a particular section of the audio to the relevant point in your notes, and sort through these easily afterwards.

Using your fingertip to write isn’t quite as smooth or intuitive as you might think, and it takes a little practice to combine a PDF, Flags and audio efficiently, but if you’re after a powerful and highly versatile note-taking app, CaptureNotes 2 is well worth a try.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad

Difficulty: Beginner

Time required: 5 minutes

What you need:

CaptureNotes (£1.99)

iOS 5.0 or later

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There are plenty of apps that let you jot down notes on the iPad, but we haven’t come across many that offer the range of CaptureNotes 2. Designed with lectures and business meetings in mind, it’s a good-looking app with some advanced features that make it easy to quickly capture all the detail you need.

CaptureNotes allows you to type and sketch, but you can also take audio recordings. By connecting the app to a Dropbox account, you can import PDFs, meaning you can mark up a set of slides or a document at the same time as capturing the audio from your meeting or lecture. You can even use themed, customisable tags, called Flags, to link a particular section of the audio to the relevant point in your notes, and sort through these easily afterwards.

Using your fingertip to write isn’t quite as smooth or intuitive as you might think, and it takes a little practice to combine a PDF, Flags and audio efficiently, but if you’re after a powerful and highly versatile note-taking app, CaptureNotes 2 is well worth a try.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad

Difficulty: Beginner

Time required: 5 minutes

What you need:

CaptureNotes (£1.99)

iOS 5.0 or later

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Bound together

In CaptureNotes, you work in Notebooks, which are then grouped into Binders. Tap ‘New Binder’, give it a name and add a subtitle. You can then opt to change the colour – all Notebooks inside the Binder will be the same hue. Tap the cog in the corner to alter your preferences.

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Tweak the settings

As well as all the defaults you’d expect, Settings is where you can link the app to Dropbox – it will create a dedicated folder in your Dropbox, into which you put any documents you’re planning to annotate in CaptureNotes. Back up all your work using Dropbox or iTunes in Data Backup.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: A glowing report

CaptureNotes 2 is the best app we’ve come across for reading and annotating documents: import a PDF – or several – from your Dropbox by tapping the Paper icon. You can then write, highlight and annotate to your heart’s content. Landscape orientation is best for big documents.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Flag it up

Flags group key information: there are ready-made sets or you can create your own. Drag a Flag off the sidebar and position it in your text. If you’re recording, any Flag you post is linked to that moment in the audio. To listen back or delete a Flag, tap and hold it until the options appear.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: All the highlights

To sift through the information you’ve marked up quickly, tap Filter Flags, then tap on a particular category: you can then surf through each point in the PDF that you’ve tagged with a Flag. Tap on any of the text to go straight to that point. This is brilliant for dealing with large documents.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Digital pencil case

When drawing or writing, press and hold the pen, eraser or keyboard icons to change colour, line thickness, font and text size. You can also choose ‘highlighter’ for marking up key points. However, with drawing, there’s only one level of undo – older mistakes require the eraser.

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