SoundPaper App for iPad

SoundPaper is a powerful note-taking app for iPads.  While you are typing in notes and using the drawing tool to add sketches, SoundPaper is recording audio so you don’t miss a detail.  During playback, you can tap a word or a sketch, and SoundPaper automatically advances the audio playback to that point.  The audio portion is recorded in standard M4A format;  a one-hour recording of high-quality audio is only 20 MB.  You can share your notes through email, and you can transfer them to your Mac or Windows PC for archiving.  SoundPaper will work for business people, students, journalists – anyone who needs to have comprehensive notes.  Amazingly enough, this app is only $4.99 in iTunes.
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  • Julie June 25, 2010, 2:05 pm

    This sounds like the Livescribe pen product. I’d use this more since I could pair the iPad with a keyboard – I type faster than write.

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  • Janet Cloninger June 25, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Butch actually bought this last night and played around with it for a couple of minutes. In that short test, it actually did what it claims to do.

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  • 1000Acres June 25, 2010, 6:00 pm

    This sounds great! I have the Livescribe pen, but often grab the wrong journal and then have compatibility issues. No need for special paper… Sweet!

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  • Jackie Cheng June 25, 2010, 6:40 pm

    Would be great to use when I was back in college.

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  • Janet Cloninger June 26, 2010, 2:11 pm

    @Jackie Cheng I just wish my daughter could use it for high school next year. The school system just can’t – or won’t – make textbooks available as ebooks, so I don’t think an iPad would make it a day in a backback with 30 pounds of books. I’d love it if they did make all the textbooks available as ebooks for the kids who could use them that way, though. To save her back, I’d be willing to buy any ebook reader, netbook, laptop, or whatever device they required. My 105 pound daughter routinely carries a 30 pound backpack. I’ve seen her literally stagger under the weight of it when putting it on her back.

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  • Bob DeLoyd June 26, 2010, 4:22 pm

    @Janet Cloninger
    I remember my college days carrying around all my books in a backpack that must have weighed 40lbs or more! Schools should really give the option of ebooks a chance. Maybe they could begin with sales of textbooks supplemented with the corresponding ebook. That way you’d leave the textbooks at home and take the ereader to school. Ebooks are the future and I guess schools and publishers aren’t there yet.

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  • Ronald June 26, 2010, 4:39 pm

    We had several universities test eReaders in The Netherlands.
    It turned out that students often used several books next to eachother.
    Switching books on a eReader was to slow and inhibited the learning proces too much.
    So … We’re not there yet with eReaders in school … Allas.

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  • Janet Cloninger June 26, 2010, 4:42 pm

    @Bob DeLoyd A few years ago, Rachel’s math teacher actually had a user key he could give to his students with access to the internet at home. They could actually leave their math book at school and use the online ebook at home. Luckily this past year, some classes actually had a set of books that stayed in the classroom and the kids were given a book to take home to leave. That worked well, but not all classes did that. Despite having some books that got left at home, her backpack still weighed about 30 pounds.

    Part of that huge, heavy load was due to the sheer stupidity of requiring separate 3-ring notebooks for each class. I can’t imagine why each teacher required a separate 2″ notebook for their class. Rachel did that one year, then she just refused. She got herself a plastic accordion folder with enough dividers for all her classes and an extra folder for blank paper. That lightened the load, but the teachers still required a couple of spiral notebooks plus bound composition books for each class as well. Talk about non-eco-friendly!

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  • Janet Cloninger June 26, 2010, 4:51 pm

    @Ronald I think for high school students, who in most cases simply need a single textbook to do some reading for class or to do a homework assignment, ebooks are the way to go for routine work. University work is different from the type of almost busywork assignments that Rachel has had thus far in her schooling.

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  • Jackie Cheng June 26, 2010, 10:30 pm

    @Janet Cloninger : iPad in high school? Will it even make it a day without being stolen? Back in college I hate carrying around all those text book for classes. At first I scanned in the chapters that we were learning into the laptop. Then I got too lazy and just ripped the pages out and just carry like 2 chapters with me. lol

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  • Janet Cloninger June 27, 2010, 12:38 am

    @Jackie Cheng Yeah, I know it would be stolen. I just wish there was someway to lighten Rachel’s load. It was just pie in the sky thinking, I guess. However, Rachel is a red belt in taekwondo, so she could probably protect an iPad. ;)

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