Take a look at a Mac app much loved by teachers and students. An app that can also double up as a meeting audit tool. It’s called AudioNote and you might think the app’s name tells you pretty much everything you need to know. Nope. There’s more.
Notes apps are everywhere on the Mac, many are free, some of them are laden with features, but one function that you won’t find often is an option to record audio while you’re taking notes– and keep the two synchronized together. That’s what makes AudioNote different.
Write. Listen. Record.
My day job is a system administrator at a private school here in Chicago. That has me tracking down problems that show up on many hundreds of Macs and Windows PCs, plus a growing number of Chromebooks and iPads. I love my work and enjoy the interaction with students and teachers. That means I’m the go to admin for apps that are good for students, faculty, and staff.
AudioNote is one of those rare apps that almost everyone who uses it loves it. It runs on the Mac, iPhones, iPads, as well as Android devices and Windows PCs. What it does is almost simple. Take notes while recording audio. The way AudioNote works is simplicity at its best.
The media transport controls tell the tale. The big red Record button starts the audio recording. As you type in notes– from meeting or classroom lecture– they are synchronized with the audio recording (there is a bit of a lag, obviously, but easily overcome).
AudioNote also features a simple toolbar to create notes, view PDFs, change text and fonts, highlight text. And, yes, as you see in the screenshot, you can annotate– highlight, draw circles, boxes, and lines– with ease.
What you get is an elegant mashup of a mini-word processor with an audio recorder. The pen mode means you can draw or use handwritten notes. Copy and paste whatever elements you need to place into the notes.
Here’s the best part.
AudioNote makes it easy to find the audio segment that matches the notes. Simple scan through the notes, find the location you want, and the corresponding audio recording is ready to play at that exact spot. It’s also just as easy to record a meeting or lecture, then go back and create notes based upon the audio recording. They still sync up accordingly. You can also drop in PDFs from presentations, add notes, and capture the audio.
There is just nothing to not like here. There’s even an iPhone and iPad version on the iOS App Store which is free to try. What you get is notes and audio recording in a simple, straightforward, and cross platform app that can be used by anyone– teachers, students, employees. The only complaint I have, and it’s minor, is that AudioNote stores files– the combination of audio clips and notes– in a proprietary file format so there is no way to extract the two– audio and notes– should the app disappear from the market.