Notability is an iOS Notetaking app with the following features:
- Full-featured handwriting.
- PDF annotation.
- Advanced word processing.
- Audio recording linked to notes.
- Media insertion of photographs, web clips, figures, and drawings.
- Library organization.
- Synchronization to cloud storage solutions.
Typing your notes using the virtual keyboard and at the same time recording what you hear adds another dimension to your notetaking. The audio is synchronised to the actual note and you can skip through your notes with a simple tap and hear the audio associated with that note. More importantly, audio notes can be exported using a cloud solution: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, or emailed, sent to iTunes or opened in another app.
Here are some more detailed instructions.
Download as a .pdf document
Notability - How to record and export your notes
Create new note
1. Tap here to rename your note
2. This will bring up the keyboard so you can type your notes
3. Write notes with your finger or a stylus
4. Tap the microphone to start recording your notes
A note about recording. If you want to link what you are recording with any notes you take - take keyboard notes.
Change colours and line thickness
When you tap the Pencil tool, you can change the colour, and the pen / line thickness
Recording what is being said and take notes
1. Tapping the T will bring up the keyboard where you can type notes as you listen to the speaker. If you type the notes, the audio will link to the actual notes you have taken. Therefore, when you play back the audio and tap a place in the notes, it will jump to that actual spot.
2. This indicates that recording is occurring and how many minutes of recording you have done.
NOTE: You can also start recording and leave it recording while you do something else. Hit the Home button to get out of Notability.
Play back the Recording
1. Click to playback the recording
2. If you have typed your notes while recording them, tapping a note will link to the actual recording.
3. Tap to see all the recordings linked to this note. In other words you could start and stop recording within the same note.
4. Volume and Tuning. You can select the audio for both left and right ears or both ears/
You can have multiple recordings within the same note.
Notes are synchronised with the Audio
The red vertical lines indicate audio. If you tap the note, it will jump to the corresponding audio. Of course, you can record audio without taking any notes. You could then listen back to the note and then take some notes or export the audio.
Exporting the Audio
You can export the audio - See the choices above. For example, export the audio and notes separately and you will have an audio file that will play as a quicktime file. Import it into iTunes and convert it to an .mp3 file. The notes you have taken can be exported as a .pdf file, a rich text file (rtf) or the actual note. (NB: exporting the actual note can be used for backups of the notes. Exported Notability notes cannot be played outside of the Notability app).
To use the cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive etc, you need to have signed up for an account with the relevant service and be signed in to that account. Also, download the mobile app for each app you have an account with. See iPad Advanced - Cloud Services
Exporting audio to Dropbox
1. Select the folder you wish to export the recordings to. You would have set this up in your Dropbox account.
2. Select the format. You can choose to export the typed notes as either a .pdf, a rich text file (rtf) or the note itself.
3. Selecting both Paper and Recordings will export both as separate files. If you want to export the audio as a separate file, you need to turn Recordings - ON.
4. Tap: Send to Dropbox
The exported Notes in Dropbox
This is the Dropbox app on the iPad. The note has been exported as a zip file and you will need to unzip the file before you can view / hear it. Dropbox does not unzip files but other apps do. For example, Goodreader will manage files to and from Dropbox and zip / unzip files.
** A zip file is where two or more files have been compressed and saved as a single file. Unzipping the file will reveal all the separate files. On Windows, you can unzip files natively or install a program like Winzip
On a MAC, double click the zip file as MACS have an archive utility built-in to open it or install an application like Unarchiver.
Upload Audio and notes to Dropbox
Select the files you want to upload to Dropbox (or any other cloud service you have installed in Goodreader and tap: Upload. You then select the folder you want to upload the files to.
Unzip a file in Goodreader
Select the zip file in Goodreader and it immediately asks to unzip it.