Where the Mac excels is the ability to take notes while recording a class or meeting (assuming nobody else minds the click clack of the keyboard). This is the tale of four very inexpensive Mac audio notes apps which do a good job recording notes.
Record Audio? Or, Record And Take Notes?
My wife teaches at a school not far from where I work, and, as you may suspect, many of the students there use Macs in the classroom.
That means note taking apps are popular, among both the student body and the faculty.
Business is a slightly different story. While you’ll see more Macs in a business meeting than in years past, it’s the keyboard that becomes an annoyance.
And, audio recording is often frowned upon by experienced managers (who obviously don’t want a record of what they say to be made public).
With all that being the case, audio note taking is more popular than ever because of apps like these.
Tell Note: For less than a dollar, Tell Note makes audio recording as simple as it can get with an attractive interface and simple controls.
What’s missing? It needs level meter and adjustment and a way to take physical notes that match the audio.
Audio Note: If your budget is tight but you need both audio recording capability and text notes, Audio Note is the app of choice. As with most of these apps, the audio recordings can be dropped into iTunes for sync with iPhone or iPad.
The most important feature, especially when considering the price tag (or lack of), is the text notes that sync with audio. Audio Note has a big brother app which has a few more features to justify the price tag.
Smart Recorder Lite: Similar in features, though different visually is Smart Recorder Lite (also with a big brother app with more features and a price tag).
This one has controls right above the notes area. It also lets you skip ahead or back 30 seconds, and append a new recording to an old recording. And, again, typed notes sync up with the audio recording.
Armadillo Audio Notes: Finally, check your credit card limit before trying Armadillo Audio Notes. It has a hefty price tag but is loaded with features the others don’t have. Not only does it have the all important audio an text notes syncing, the text editor is more of a mini-word processor with rich text capability.
You can also drop in bullet lists and tables, as well as embed images, charts, even audio and video from other apps. Audio can be 44.1Khz stereo or MP4 compressed, and it even uses external USB microphones.
The controls are similar to what you find in iTunes and all your audio and text documents are accessible from the sidebar. Above each page is a toolbar with word processing tools. Armadillo is the classiest looking of the group, too.
While I’m glad to see Macs show up more in meetings to take notes, minutes, and record audio, it’s also easy to see why the iPad has become popular for similar functions (not to mention the extended battery life).