ZoomNotes vs Notes (Apple)
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ZoomNotes, on the other hand, blows the competition squarely out of the water. I’m truly astounded by what the developer has achieved here, but let’s take a closer look to see what exactly is on offer. Check out our best note taking apps list for more options.
The most complete visual note-taking app with a wide zoom range is ZoomNotes. Create handwritten notes and sketches on whiteboards, virtual paper, PDF files, pictures, and PowerPoint, Word, and Excel documents (via GoogleDrive). Utilize iCloud to sync your documents between your iPad and iPhone. Any capacitive stylus pen, as well as the best electronic pens on the market, including the amazing Apple Pencil, are compatible with ZoomNotes. There is now ZoomNotes Desktop for Mac as well. Features consist of: MANY TYPES OF PEN There are 8 different pen types available, each with an unlimited range of line thickness, including gel, nib, pencil, and watercolour. Recognition of handwriting Look through written notes. ELECTRONIC PLANNING Use the 'Custom digital planner' option to make your own or import a pdf planner. Events and reminders from the Calendar and Reminder apps can be configured to appear in a planner. SUB-PAGES You are able to use "pages within pages" thanks to this special functionality. This permits the development of hierarchical visual files and the use of sticky notes. Additionally, you can import pages from other ZoomNotes projects or add entire PDF files as subpages. BOOKMARKS With the help of bookmarks, you can store views of your documents and come back to them later. You can produce films from your document or present using the animated playback features. LINKS Add links within and between papers as well as between pages. This enables you to make your own digital planners, edit planners that you've imported in PDF format, or make indices. SPLIT SCREEN View and edit two documents simultaneously (or above and below). Additionally, the same document can now have two views. CALENDAR OCCASIONS Add activities or reminders associated with your documents, perhaps with alarms. The document in ZoomNotes is linked back to by the URL in the event. ZOOM RANGE IS HUGE, AND WHITEBOARD MODE Rotated views are included when you can zoom in and out without any restrictions. LAYERS Layers give you options for "master layers" that appear on all pages and allow you to customize what is seen on a page. OVERWRITE PDF FILES Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from Microsoft Office can be imported and modified (via GoogleDrive). ENDLESS TYPES AND SIZES OF PAPER You can size your page however you want. With our adjustable paper types, you can select any type of paper. ENTIRELY EDITABLE You can choose, resize, rotate, move, and flip (mirror) things in ZoomNotes. Additionally, there are options for cut, copy, and paste within and between apps, pages, and documents. ARROWS AND SHAPES Regular forms and arrows can be drawn with the polygon tool or roughly by hand and automatically translated into the precise geometric shape. These shapes are perfect for visual mapping. SYMBOL RESOURCE A library of reusable shapes and pictures that can be fully customized. VIDEOS AND VIDEO EDITING Add photographs and graphics to your documents in any scale. modify transparency, resample, crop, mask, scan-correct, and distort photos. Add pictures and videos from your camera or photo collection. WRITTEN TEXT Use the keyboard to type text in a variety of fonts, sizes, colors, fills, and borders. All zoom levels allow for the entry of text, which can also be moved, resized, and rotated. PLAYBACK AND RECORD OF SOUNDS Including mp3 file import and export. A sound recording can also be added to the page it is related to. Now referencing the drawing SEND OUT DOCUMENTS Share documents by email, iTunes, clipboard, Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Airdrop, iCloud Drive, or Open in as PDF files, pictures, videos, or ZoomNotes documents. TO BE USED FOR PRESENTATIONS In order to work with projectors, monitors, and AirPlay, ZoomNotes is VGA compliant. WINDOW OF MAGNIFICATION While still viewing the zoomed-out view, write into the zoomed-in view.
The best app on the iPhone Apple's minimalist philosophy is great, but when it comes to actually implementing minimalism it is always a hit or miss. Sometimes they screw up, like with Music, but sometimes they create a masterpiece, like Notes. Notes does everything I want it to every time. I have never wanted to go searching for another app to replace it. I have never needed to. It seems like a simple little app at first, but there's so much beneath the hood, that is brilliantly hidden from the user. It is not just minimalism done right, it is minimalism done PERFECT. There is no better note taking app. Every other one has some annoying interface full of pop ups, pestering me to sign into this or upgrade to this or check out this feature, it makes me want to pull my hair out. Meanwhile Notes lets me do what I came there to do: write. It is the perfect app for the crafting text. It is fast and to the point, simple yet has everything I could ever want. In conclusion, I love Notes.
Dr. 7 Schwartz
Apple created the note-taking program called Notes. It is accessible through their iOS and macOS operating systems, the latter of which debuted with OS X Mountain Lion. It serves as a tool for creating quick text notes that may be shared around devices with the use of Apple's iCloud service.
I've used a lot of iOS notetaking apps. Most of them do well with emulating a traditional paper notebook (Goodnotes, Notability, OneNote, NoteShelf). ZoomNotes is completely unique. There is really nothing else like it. Pros: - feature-rich hypertext, outline and cross-reference workflow for handwritten documents - You can link pages together with custom buttons, pictures, or text. These links export to PDF so you can make interactive documents. - Pages can have sub-pages, to any level of hierarchy. So you can use one document as a dashboard for a bunch of notes, or store a book and its notes together as one file. - You can open multiple views of the same file. - Make custom animated slideshows from your handwritten documents(!) - Export to many formats. Cons: - The learning curve is STEEP but the payoff is enormous. - Syncing across multiple devices can occasionally produce conflicts that have to be reconciled by the user. - The UI is less "Apple-like" and more like a full desktop app. The features in the UI can be cluttered and overwhelming. However, you can make your own custom workspace with fewer tools and options if you prefer. Verdict: - Make a pot of coffee, settle in with the ZoomNotes manual, and put in the time to learn all the features. If you want power and flexibility with your handwritten documents in iOS, nothing else comes close.
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This is the most versatile note taking app I have found. I use it for all my note taking. I really like the ability to insert handwritten notes with pdf files, including adding pages etc. It takes a bit to get used to all the features but it is well worth the effort. The ease of zooming in and out and writing in the margins of PDF files is also very handy. Still very happy with it. I love the infinite whiteboard option. It really feels like having a large whiteboard where you can write anywhere. It’s also great for annotating a pdf file when you need to write more than just minor comments. This continuous to be my favorite note taking app. One of the features of traditional writing and note taking is that you can spread out multiple sheets of paper in front of you. This allows you to keep a good overview of what you are working on. I really missed this aspect of physical notes when I switched to my iPad. However, the whiteboard mode with infinite zoom of ZoomNotes allows me to effectively have a virtual desk with many sheets of handwritten notes. (Tip: lay out a grid of letter size boundaries on your whiteboard before starting to take notes. You can easily fit 25 pages that way. Well, of course you could do millions but you want to mimic a physical desk.)
So I tried ZoomNotes a while back and gave up on it pretty quickly. I began using NoteShelf. However, I started a new job (so now I work 3 jobs). The other apps worked okay for the journal and the different notes, folders, etc. I had to keep for each job, but they were lacking in some areas. I needed an app to fill all my needs. I came back to ZoomNotes and spent a little time learning. ZoomNotes has the fill feature, so I can easily fill in a bubble or a cell on a “spreadsheet”. Just to make me happy while I’m doing my work, ZoomNotes has different types of pens that no one else does (I love calligraphy and lettering). I can pull images from my photos or from the web, and I can make stickers on the fly to reuse again & again. I don’t have to switch between writing and pointer in order to go to a linked page, which I hated with GoodNotes. There is an endless whiteboard. I have rulers and protractors. I have to admit that I am still learning, so I occasionally hit a hiccup. However, I also know there are features I haven’t even tapped into. ZoomNotes is currently meeting all my needs and then some.
- Miami Xami
The notes app has been a love hate relationship as an iPhone user. The sheer amount of words that it holds is incredible. Though with that comes lagging. Over the course of the past month I've used this app for larger note taking such as random ideas to safe keep, places to go, bucket lists, etc. Yet even though it has a low amount of words the typing slows down and lags behind significantly. I've noticed this issue more as I've gone into the recent software update that gave the Notes app more qualities. This update also comes with flaws of its own. I attempt to scroll down my note when it flings me back to the top at random. Or even to the middle at any given time. It also freezes when a collaborator edits, leaving you with a stuck drop menu that's at the bottom and who edited it at the top. I hope these things can be fixed, whether adding a higher word limit to slow lag or to look into the new update for bugs. I appreciate your time and hope the best for new downloaders! Don't be discouraged by this review, the Notes app is highly recommended for reminders and ideas!
- Alliegator96 , 01/15/2022
This is just pure awesomeness! I love to come home, relax and write things down on my notes that I can’t tell others after a long day. Like my crushes, what I’m feeling like, anything. The app is my on the go diary. I tend to get on notes a lot, more than I think I should. Writing is one of my passions, and I also have been writing stories down on it as well. I don’t think that was the original purpose of the app, but it helps me out. I love the notes app so much, it’s like a fresh start. Sometimes, I do get carried away, and write too much. Right now, my app is struggling to stay open and even open in general. I’ve tried resetting my phone a few times but I’ll just keep trying. I love this app so very much, and I find it very useful. I also like to schedule my daily plans and/or last minute trips. I feel like this app is my getaway to a world of writing, I just wish the app would work for me. I believe it might be my fault, I’ve written so much on just one note, that it has trouble loading. I’d hate to delete the whole thing though. Maybe their should be an update for an option for pages? Other than that, I love the app! I don’t know how I could live without it!
- Serenity Burden , 12/07/2021
Random note deletions & glitches Within the past 6 months or so I’ve been a lot more adamant about using notes on my phone to keep myself organized. However, when I swipe out of a note then click to go back in, the note disappears and it won’t show back up until I completely close out of the app and reopen it. Another thing that really made me angry was that I had a note in my phone that I’d been adding onto periodically since probably 2019 or earlier. A couple of months ago, it randomly deleted. The title of the note was still there but all of its contents- gone. I looked at deleted notes and every other file that I could and nothing. I’ve also never been able to lock any of my notes like I can on my MacBook. I have the most recent updates always but this has been an issue for as long as I can remember. I’m going to be downloading a different notes app and stop using Apple Notes completely. Hopefully I’ll have a better experience.
- 21browne , 06/20/2022
|Save Bookmarks within your documents|
|Choose from eight different pen types|
|Use sticky-notes and create hierarchical visual files as sub-pages|
|The Document Searching Tool Is Not Easily Accessible|
|ZoomNotes Is Very Complicated|
|A Strange Zoom Tool|
|Notes is the best place to jot down quick thoughts or to save longer notes filled with checklists, images, web links, scanned documents, handwritten notes, or sketches|
|And with iCloud, it's easy to keep all your devices in sync, so you’ll always have your notes with you.|
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