Nota Plex App – Makes Note Taking Fun, Functional and Flexible

Total Score: 28

Preparing a document with unique or complex characters and functions can be done, but it isn’t easy or fun.  The Nota Plex app offers options that make typing numbers and special characters amazingly simple.  It also offers a way to organize notes, index cards or full documents into multiple pages – allowing you to keep your projects visually attractive and easy to access.   A key component of this app is the ability to type math problems and solve them as you type.  This is something I haven’t seen before.

Price Rating = 5     $1.99. This is a great price.   It has a ton of functionality for the money.

Ease of Use Rating = 4     It’s not hard to use, but any app with a lot of functionality requires that you spend time learning how to use it.

  Readability Rating = 5     The fonts are a good size and display nicely.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     I can picture this being helpful for teachers, project managers and just anyone who wants to organize text.

 Downsides Rating = 0   This app has a lot of functionality, but people have come to expect to be able to type and write on the screen in a note taking app.  I think this is offset by the ease with which you can move text around.

 Consumer Review Rating = 4     This app hasn’t had a lot of reviews, so I’m going to go with my rating of it.    I like the app and as I tested I kept thinking of new uses.  I particularly liked the easy insertion of special characters.   I’ll revisit this when others have had to test it to see  how the rating changes.  I didn’t have any glitches while I tested it.  Everything worked exactly as promised.

  Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Using an iPad in the workplace is becoming more and more common.  You can wow your co-workers with the flexibility of this app.

How does it work?

  1. The app starts out like a lot of other note taking/preparation apps.  There is a plus sign in the top left corner.  You click that to start a new note.  It asks you if you want a large note (8 ½” x 11”), medium note (5” x 7”), index card (5” x 3”) or small note (3” x 3”).  You choose the size based on what you want to accomplish.  I haven’t seen this flexibility before.  It makes sense to allow different sizes.  Some documents need to be large and some can be accomplished with just a few lines.
  2. When you’ve made your choice, a document appears that looks like what you requested.  I choose an index card and it looks like a standard lined index card.  On this card I can change the font by clicking on the arrow in the right hand corner. There is a reasonably extensive choices for font selection.  There is a slider that allows me to make the font larger and smaller. I click into the document again and that menu disappears.
  3. By clicking on the up arrow on the top row of my keyboard I can switch between a number of optional rows.  With each tap of the up arrow you see new options. You can choose the one that you will use the most to avoid having to switch.  There are a lot of options here, I’ll just cover a few.   1) You can add check boxes (and later complete them in the read mode.)  (2) You can add numbers and bullets.  (3) You can add the date and time. (4) You can create an outline. (5) You can switch to an all numbers row. (6) You can switch to a row of special characters (examples:  / @ & + #) (7) You can switch to a row that allows you to change the color and style (grid or no grid) of your paper. (8) You can switch to a row that allows you to do mathematical calculations as you type.  (This is a very cool feature.)  You add command keys — C: to start and =X to end the stream of calculations.  The commands don’t show in the typed document. (9) You can customize buttons for your own, frequently used, characters. You can add internet bookmarks.  (11) And now, thanks to a new release you can add photos from your camera roll or take a photo to add to a document.
  4. At any time you can move between type, read and move modes.  Type and read are fairly obvious commands.  The move command breaks up the document into segments so that you could easily move your content or task list into a different order.   It’s a simple drag and drop procedure.
  5. You can set the page title by clicking on the arrow in the upper right hand corner.  You can also create a new page on that same menu.  Within the page you can easily move the tasks around.  In case you were wondering, if you add an image to the page it separates it allowing you to move it around as well.
  6. Once a document has been completed you can transfer your files by sending them via email, to Dropbox, to iTunes or you can print them.  You can also share files through WebDAV.
  7. By clicking on the arrow at the top right of your iPad screen, you can easily get to in-depth information about how to use the app.  The content and visuals are excellent. If you want to see how the app works, click on the Quadrivio Corporation link below.  It takes you to their site to see an animation of how it works and has a tab for their extensive manual.

As I mentioned earlier, I can easily imagine this being used for notes in a presentation or to organize the tasks necessary for a larger project.  The colors of the paper could represent urgency or just a specific type of task.  Nota Plex offers a lot of flexibility and I can imagine using it a lot.  I particularly like creating checklists so anything that easily helps me create them gets extra points immediately.

Devices:  Designed by Quadrivio Corporation, this app is compatible with iPad iOS 5.0 or later.

These photos give you an idea of the functionality and the organization of the app.  When you see them with your own information they really pop.

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