NoteSuite Hits a Homerun – Best App for Notes and Tasks

Total Score:  29

NoteSuite may just be the best note-taking, task-management app I have found.  It has amazing functionality and works well on a day-to-day basis.  I know I’ve said this before, but this is my go to app.  I’ve already recommended it to a number of friends and tested in real-world situations.  As you can tell, I’m pretty impressed with this app.  Read on to find out what functionality makes this app special.

Price Rating = 5     $4.99 price.  Honestly, I think it is worth every penny.

Ease of Use Rating = 5    It is very intuitive and you can easily move from note taking to your to-do list.  Actually, you can create to-do’s while you are note taking!

Readability Rating = 5    There is a lot of functionality in the app, so reasonably, the font is not huge.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     It is just about the perfect solution if you need to take notes and keep an organized to-do list.

Downsides Rating = 0     I didn’t run into any problems.  Ideally, I would like to be able to sync it with my iPhone.  Maybe that’s a future enhancement.

Consumer Review Rating = 4     There are over 530 ratings and are very positive.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5    If you want to avoid switching from a to-do app and a note taking app—then you need this app.

How does it work? 

I’ll explain the main functionality, but haven’t tested long enough to find all of the functions.

  1. On the left side of the screen are three options.   Notes, To-Do’s and Settings.
  2. To get started immediately, just tap on the NOTES icon (the one on the far left) and a blank page with Note and the date appears.  You can tap in this header and change it for easy discovery later, or just use the date format as your organization.
  3. Within the note function, you have a lot of options.  You can type or hand write.  You’ll see those options in top center – either a T or a pencil.   Tapping within the note brings up the keyboard and you can start typing.   Above the keyboard are lots of options to organize your notes.  You can add bullet points, you can add check boxes or you can add items to your to-do list.  This is a feature I find particularly handy.  While attending a meeting and taking notes, I can add to-do items directly to my list without leaving the app.  You can also, as with any note-taking app, change the font size and type, bold, underline – the usual typing functionality.
  4. In the handwriting option you have choices of pens and colors.  And, of course, the ever important eraser.  The handwriting option is very helpful when you have a PDF embedded in the note.  You can write directly on the document.
  5. By tapping the PLUS icon on the right side you can add a picture to your note.  You can do this by either taking a photo or bringing one in from your photo library. By double tapping the photo you can move it around, or do the usual cut, copy, delete, edit, text wrapping or share it.   Using standard pinch and zoom motions you can also re-size it.
  6. You can, by tapping the right arrow in a box icon, duplicate the note, send it via email, send it to Dropbox, send it to Google Drive, Send to Box, Open in Another App (options depend on the apps you have – mine shows Notability, Evernote, Dropbox and others).
  7. While in the note option you can click the icon on the far right and quickly create a new note, a new to-do list or a quick to-do.
  8. You can tag the note as a way to organize your notes by projects.
  9. By tapping on the far right icon (three lines) you can bring the left section back into place and move to your “to-do” list. That icon is in the center of the three, as mentioned above.
  10. You can choose to see all of your items, ones for today, ones for this week and ones from your inbox   When you set up a new to-do you have the option of setting a start date, a due date, add tags, set alerts, repeat, add to your calendar and include attachments.
  11. When in the to-do mode you can easily tap on EDIT to delete items.  Checking them, of course, completes them.
  12. You have the option of looking at active items, assigned items, ones you selected to work on “Later” and completed ones.
  13. I haven’t fully explored the app, but by tapping on the PLUS icon you can record audio or attach a file to the note.  You can also clear pieces or everything from the note using the PLUS icon.

I’ve described a lot of functionality, but there is more.  As I mentioned, I am sold on this app and as keep on my commitment to go paperless, this is the app that will help me get there.  Try it and let me know what you think.

Device:  This app is compatible with the iPad only at this time.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.  This app was developed by Theory IO Corporation.

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