My day job has me working in a private facility where only the brave dare venture, where angels do not (often) tread. A private school. Schools, by nature, are full of students and herded by teachers (the aforementioned brave).
Both students and teachers develop note taking skills, but modern technology makes it even easier. Here’s the story of a simple Mac app which every student and teacher could use, but also has application for personal assistants, meeting managers, and any organization where someone has to capture the details. And in this case the details are notes and audio recording.
Just. Get. It.
One of the best apps around for taking notes and recording the audio is called Notability. If you can afford it, get it, because Notability works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s full featured and a must have for the serious note-taker (you know who you are).
My review today is not about Notability. It’s about Mic Note, a Mac app which records voices and captures notes via the keyboard and keeps them in sync so the audio portion is easy to find based upon notes typed into the app.
Allow me a moment to save you some time. Just. Get. It. Mic Note is free. It’s easy to use. Start recording the audio of a meeting or class or lecture, then start typing the notes. Everything stays in sync and is automatically timestamped.
Audio recordings can be edited, too, which lets you delete sections, trim sections, extract and insert other audio sections. Notes can be synchronized between devices using Google Drive or Dropbox.
Notes can also be exported as MP3 audio files for use on iPhone, iPad, and other devices. Speaking of other devices, Mic Note is also available to run on Windows PCs, Chrombooks, and Android devices. But not yet on iPhone or iPad, which is a shame, but that’s an edge Notability holds.
The combo of note-taking and audio recording makes Mic Note a perfect entry-level meetings and classroom recorder app, but it’s also perfect for dictations. Recordings can be paused. Notes can be exported as PDF, HTML, and Google Doc formats, and can be used without an internet connection.
The notes themselves can hold text (there’s a built-in rich text editor) as well as images. Recordings can be hours long in length, but one feature not available on the Mac is one in Chromebook that I’d like to have. The option to record audio while the Mac’s lid is closed.
You can’t beat the price so there’s no reason not to try Mic Note.