Using Notes app is a straightforward little notepad app, useful for jotting things down. The main Notes screen looks like a piece of yellow-ruled writing paper. You can view and edit notes in portrait and landscape mode.
In portrait mode, there’s a button labeled Notes in the upper left corner. Tap it to get a drop-down list of any notes you’ve saved in the past, sorted from newest to oldest. The list indicates what note you currently have open by circling its name in red.
In landscape mode, this list is always open as a column on the left side of the screen. Tap a note to open it. Tap the plus sign (upper right corner) at any time within the Notes program to start a new note.
iPad Getting Started - Using Notes App
Tap anywhere on the yellow notepaper to bring up the keyboard. To get rid of the keyboard, you can tap the keyboard button in the lower right, select another note (in landscape mode), or tap the Notes button (in portrait mode). When viewing a note without the keyboard open, use the arrows at the bottom of the screen to move to the next or previous note. Tap the envelope icon to insert the note into a new e-mail message. Tapping the trashcan icon gives you the option of deleting the note. (You can also delete a note by swiping across its title in the note list and tapping the delete button, just as with messages in Mail.) When you’re typing a new note or editing an existing one, the first line of the note becomes the title that appears on the main screen. Notes can tell when text is a phone number or a street or e-mail address. If you click on one of these items when you’re viewing a note, Notes will call the number, map the location, or start an e-mail message addressed to the person shown.
iPad Getting Started – Take a Note. To create a new note on the iPad, open the Notes app and tap on the plus sign A in the top right corner of the screen.
iPad Getting Started – Sync Notes. There are a number of ways to sync your notes—with Apple Mail, MobileMe, or IMAP-based mail accounts. To turn on Notes syncing, attach your iPad to your computer, select it in iTunes’ Source list, and click on the Info button. Scroll down to the Other section and select Sync Notes. The notes will show up on your computer under Reminders in the Mail application. You can also sync notes back to your iPad from this application.
If you are a MobileMe member, you can sync notes wirelessly with Mail on your Mac. Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars and select your MobileMe account. In the pop-up window that appears, make sure Notes is set to On, then tap the Done button. You can also set a default account for creating new notes by going to Settings -> Notes -> Default Account, and selecting your MobileMe account.
Using Notes can also wirelessly sync to IMAP-based mail accounts besides MobileMe. Go to an e-mail account’s settings screen and flip the Notes sharing setting to On. If you have sharing set up with an IMAP account, iTunes will display a warning in the Info screen, informing you that also syncing with Apple Mail could result in duplicates. Back in the Notes app, tap the Notes button (in landscape mode) to bring up a list of accounts set up to share notes, including All Notes and On My iPad. Tap an account to see a list of its current notes. You cannot move notes between accounts. In portrait mode, tap the Notes button to see a new Accounts button above the list of notes.
iPad Getting Started – Third-Party Notes and To-Do Apps
The Notes app is a clean and uncomplicated way to manage your scribbles and to-do list; but for more-complex notes, to-do lists, and taskmanagement needs, check out these apps.
Simplenote For iPad
If you’re looking to get a little more out of your note-taking, Simplenote adds a few perks without trying to jam in too much. Simplenote has a simple but functional text-editing window. In addition to offering a text-entry field, this window provides buttons for e-mailing a copy of the note and trashing it. You can sync your notes between multiple devices and your Mac, as well as a slew of other apps and platforms, thanks to Simplenote’s support for third-party apps and services. You can group and filter notes with tags, collaborate on notes with other users, and even publish notes to share with the world.
OmniFocus For iPad
The OmniGroup’s OmniFocus has long been a task management powerhouse on the Mac and iPhone, offering a broad, flexible set of tools for organizing your projects and tasks. The iPad app streamlines task creation, organization, and review processes, taking advantage of the device’s portability and multi touch features. The app allows you to catalog and visualize your tasks not only by projects, but by context. These can consist of any resource required to complete them, including the phone, your computer, or a specific location. It’s packed with a powerful set of features for adding due dates and alarms, attaching voice notes, reviewing overdue and upcoming tasks, and syncing wirelessly with the Mac and iPhone editions.
Things For iPad
Cultured Code’s Things for iPad is a powerful task manager, bundling a strong set of features into a stylish, approachable package. It complements the Mac and iPhone versions by syncing with them over a local Wi-Fi connection, enabling you to manage your tasks and projects on the go. You can organize your tasks into projects, then further categorize them with tags—but only if you want. You can assign due dates, push delayed projects off to the Someday section, and easily view a list of everything that’s immediately due in the Today area. Things eschews some of the complexity of other task managers so that you can get things done right away, instead of spending all your time planning.
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