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LectureNotes is an excellent handwriting app for Android tablets and for just £2.70 it is the perfect application for students and teachers interested in serious lecture note-taking. As stated by the creators at Acadoid Developer the app was designed while having a user at university /school in mind. For instance, an educator could easily use LectureNotes for teaching (by writing on the device and projecting the screen content) or a student for crating notebooks, draw and write notes. The app receives the top rating of 5 stars and the EAS Recommended Status. 

Teacher Review

Because LectureNotes is such a powerful app and very customizable we first recommend that you spend some time and optimise it for your needs. When you first launch the app you will see an empty notebooks board. At the top of the screen there are three icons: ’plus’, ‘trash’ and ‘share’. Click on the ‘plus’ icon to create either a ‘New notebook’ or ‘New Folder’. After this a new dialog page will open that will allow you to choose a name for the new notebook, the cover colour, the paper size, pattern and colour. After you created your notebook you will then see it on the notebook board. On opening the notebook you will notice all the writing tools you can use to take notes. To get the full package we would opt for the integration with these 2 app extensions:  LectureRecordings and LectureVideos . Having audio and video recording can be very useful for checking your notes or reviewing a lecture.

This is clearly a distraction-free writing tool, with no blinking icons or social media notifications, which shows your pages in full screen. Though the basic functionalities will work on all devices with Android 3.0 or later we recommend using the app on tablets (the application was developed on a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet with an N-trig Stylus). A stylus pen is mandatory for a smooth writing but the app also allows text layers for entering text via the keyboard.

It will take you some time to get used to the LectureNotes application but once it is set up you’ll use it over and over again. During this review we used the app to create a mind map, resized imported images and took notes from a recording to see if the app can keep up with the writing speed. We found that scrolling and zooming is helpful when you have lots of pages or you need to see the details in a drawing or a picture.

Capturing data with the help of an app and a mobile device clearly offers more benefits over the traditional pen and paper. We have to say that there are not a lot of note-taking apps in the Android Marketplace that will offer you such a powerful set of features:

·         You get four standard pencil colours, three standard pencil widths, seven standard eraser sizes, and eighteen custom pencils

·         Useful drawing tools such as line, empty and filled rectangle, empty and filled oval or circle, and text

·         Formatting options such as cut, copy, and paste within notebook pages and across notebooks

·         You can add multiple layers in notebook pages and have multiple pages simultaneously visible on the screen

·         Image and image set import into notebook (including image import directly from camera)

·         Import single- and multi-page PDF files and export your notebook as compressed PDF  (requires the free PDFView app to be installed)

·         Allows audio and video recording and replay (if you choose to integrate LectureRecordings for £0.85 and LectureVideos for £1.71)

·         Keyword attachment to notebook pages and automatic indexing

·         Insertion, deletion, and rearrangement of notebook pages

·         Allows sharing and import of notebooks and notebook pages and folder organisation

·         Offers backup and restore of notebooks board

·         Evernote integration (if the app is installed)

There are simply too many features in this app to list them here so please also check the developer’s description. The app is very robust and has the necessary power to give users an experience that is fluid and feels natural. Palm rejection algorithm will assist your note-taking perfectly so you won’t have to worry about your hand touching the screen.

Don’t say no before you try it! The developers are offering a free trial of the LectureNotes app where you will have access to all the features on a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, an S-pen stylus, an Asus Nexus 7, and a Samsung Nexus 10.

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From the Developer

LectureNotes is an Android app for note-taking by handwriting on the screen, in particular with a stylus.

It is designed having a user at university (or at school) in mind, for instance a lecturer who is using it for preparing her/his lecture or even for actual teaching (by writing on the device and projecting the screen content for the audience) or a student who is using it for taking handwritten notes during a lecture. However, it has found many users outside academia, for instance businessmen who use it for sales presentation or artists who use it to create sketches and drawings.

Its major target devices are tablets with Android 3.0 or later (the development is done on a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet with an N-trig stylus, a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with an S-pen, and a Nexus 7 with an Adonit and a Wacom stylus). The basic functionality should work on all devices with Android 3.0 or later, but some which are hardware-dependent such as pressure sensitivity might not.

NOTE: There is a free trial version to test if the app is right for you. The free trial version is fully functional with the exception that the number of notebooks is constrained to two, with no more than eight pages per notebook.

If you encounter a problem with the app, please report it to me by email (devel [a] acadoid.com), I will do my very best to fix it quickly. The same holds true for suggestions and feature requests, please send them to me by email, as I cannot respond to a review in the market.

Major features:
* Requires only minimal permissions and no internet connection (we do respect your privacy!)
* Allows free choice of notebook's page width and height (i.e. horizontal and vertical resolution of pages' bitmaps)
* Allows multiple pages to be simultaneously visible on the screen (i.e. continuous page view)
* Allows smooth writing, scrolling, and zooming

Additional features:
* Allows free choice of notebook's cover color, paper color, paper pattern type (plain, ruled, checkered, or custom), paper pattern size, and paper pattern color
* Provides four standard pencil colors, three standard pencil widths, five standard eraser sizes, and twelve custom pencils (for which color, width, softness, and pressure sensitivity can be freely chosen)
* Provides simple drawing tools such as line, empty and filled rectangle, empty and filled oval, and text
* Allows cut, copy, and paste within notebook pages and across notebooks
* Allows multiple layers in notebook pages
* Allows image and image set import into notebook (image import directly from camera requires a camera app to be installed, image set import requires a file manager app to be installed for ZIP file selection)
* Allows single- and multi-page PDF import (requires a file manager app to be installed for PDF file selection and PDFView to be installed for PDF rendering)
* Allows notebook export as compressed PDF
* Allows notebook export to Evernote (requires Evernote app to be installed)
* Allows audio recording and replay (requires LectureRecordings to be installed)
* Allows sharing of notebook pages
* Allows keyword attachment to notebook pages and automatic indexing
* Allows insertion, deletion, and rearrangement of notebook pages
* Allows sharing and import of notebooks (notebook import requires a file manager app to be installed for ZIP file selection)
* Allows organization of notebooks in folders
* Allows backup and restore of notebooks board (notebooks board restore requires a file manager app to be installed for ZIP file selection)

Possible issue: For certain functionality, the app requires other apps to be installed: Notebook import, notebooks board restore, and image set import require a file manager app to be installed; image import directly from camera requires a camera app to be installed; PDF import requires a file manager app and PDFView to be installed; export to Evernote requires the Evernote app to be installed; audio recording and replay requires LectureRecordings to be installed.

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