Note-Taking Support

The following fee or low-cost assistive technology apps and software programs are available for anyone to use. This list is curated by SDS based on reviews and experience.

Microsoft OneNote

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Features:

  • Create notes by typing, handwriting, drawing, importing images and videos, and more
  • Record audio in the same file as the notes you are taking (e.g., for a class)
  • Clearly separate and organize notes, for example by semester, course, and class
  • Using OneDrive online, share your OneNote document for others collaborate
  • Search notes to easily find what you need

More information: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/

Cost: FREE

Compatibility: Windows, Android, Mac (mobile and desktop)


Evernote

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Features:

  • Collect notes, files, web clippings, and images and access them on any device
  • Great tool for researching, planning events and everyday organization
  • Collaborate using the sharing features
  • Search notes to easily find what you need

More information: http://evernote.com

Cost: FREE

Compatibility: Windows, Android, Apple (mobile and desktop)


Penultimate

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Features:

  • Write, sketch, draw or doodle notes and information
  • App interface imitates feel of writing on real paper
  • Sync with Evernote for access anywhere, anytime using your computer or mobile device

More information: https://evernote.com/penultimate/

Cost: FREE

Compatibility: iPad


AudioNote

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Features:

  • Synchronize your notes with the audio recording of your lecture
  • Take hand-written
  • Import lecture slides as the background to your notes

More information: http://luminantsoftware.com/iphone/audionote

Cost: FREE (in-app purchases)

Compatibility: Windows; Android; Mac


Notability

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Features:

  • Write, type, or annotate using highlighters
  • Take pictures and record audio with sound linked to the notes
  • Use Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box to import documents such as slides or readings and take notes directly on them
  • Export and share your notes
  • Organize all your notes in one place

More information: http://www.gingerlabs.com/

Cost: $8.99

Compatibility: Apple products (MacBook; iPad, iPhone)


SoundNote

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Features:

  • Type or write notes while the audio recording is synced to each word or pen stroke
  • Tap on the word to playback what was recorded at that moment
  • Share your audio recording and notes via email, Dropbox, or transfer directly to your computer

More information: http://soundnote.com/

Cost: $4.99

Compatibility: Apple products (MacBook; iPad, iPhone)


WritePad

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Features:

  • Take notes with your stylus or finger while handwriting recognition turns these notes into typed text
  • Recognition adapts, adjusts, and learns your style of writing over time
  • Built in spell check with custom dictionary, context analyzer, auto-correct, and shorthand feature
  • Synchronize documents with Evernote, Dropbox, iTunes, Google Docs, email and more

More information: https://www.penquills.com/

Cost: $4.99 (in-app purchases)

Compatibility: iPad


AccessNote

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Features:

  • Note-taking tool for those who are Blind or Visually Impaired created by the American Foundation for the Blind
  • Combines note-taking capabilities with the other accessibility features and functions of the iOS device
  • Input notes with either QWERTY keyboard or refreshable Braille Display

More information: https://www.afb.org/aw/14/7/15677

Cost: $19.99

Compatibility: Apple products (MacBook; iPad, iPhone)


iAnnotate

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Features:

  • Annotate PDF, Word doc, PowerPoint, and image files
  • Use the typewriter, pen, highlighter, stamp, note, underline, photo, voice and other tools to annotate your document
  • Compress and export notes

More information: http://www.branchfire.com/iannotate/

Cost: $9.99

Compatibility: Apple products (MacBook; iPad, iPhone)