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Re: Notes taking app with handwriting recognition
Using our finger or a stylus to write notes in Notability worked well. On the bottom right of the screen are two icons, a magnifying glass and a hand. Selecting the magnifying glass opens a window that lets you write more precisely along the lines of the page. We especially liked its automatic-scroll feature, which let us easily fill pages with handwritten notes. Like Notes Plus, Notability has a resizable palm rest, so you can place your hand on the iPad while writing with a stylus. We also like that you can easily switch from typing to handwriting at any time.
We appreciated the photo feature: After pasting an image into our text, we could move and change its size and add a caption. We also really liked Stickies, which let us put Post-it notes in documents. Oddly, though, if you resize a Sticky to make it smaller, it doesn't shrink the text to fit inside the note. Rather, the text becomes part of the document, and not the Sticky.
Notability's search function worked well; we searched for a word, and it highlighted each instance of the word within all pages of our notes. Audio notes also worked well; we could type or handwrite notes while recording and then play our note back whenever we liked. Better yet, audio notes are synced with your writing, so you can easily jump around to specific moments in a talk by selecting the words you wrote at that particular time.
One thing we didn't like was that we couldn't change the size of the eraser. Instead of just erasing where we put our finger, it erased a much larger swath. Apps such as Noteshelf offer more precision."