We have two heading to college so we’re getting them equipped with new Macs and a few Mac apps that can help them navigate their college years.
What intrigues me about apps for high school and college-age Mac users are those that record audio notes. I didn’t even have a cassette recorder when I was in college, and now my kids have a Mac which can record audio while you take notes.
So far, we’ve looked at half a dozen Mac note-taking apps that range from free to expensive.
First, the bad news. Armadillo Audio Notes is the nicest looking app that records synchronized audio while you type notes.
Most of these audio notes apps work in a similar manner. Your recorded documents are saved in the lefthand sidebar. Click the control buttons to play, fast forward, reverse or pause a recording. Otherwise, click record and begin taking notes.
Audio Notes claims to be available on the Mac App Store but it isn’t. It’s also the most expensive of the audio notes apps we’ve tried to date.
The user interface is simpler in Audio Note than in AudioNote Lite.
One looks like a yellow legal pad with simple audio controls, while the other looks like a white notebook with more controls. Many more controls.
Here’s the nitty gritty.
These apps synchronize your notes with recorded audio of a class, lecture, or meeting. So, all you need is to create notes relevant to the audio portion.
My kids may differ, but I tend to prefer AudioNote – Notepad and Voice Recorder to the others available.
It, too, looks like a notepad and syncs audio to notes, but has a few more controls and capability. For example, you can doodles and drawings (very handy) and have it sync with the audio portion automatically.
That’s worth a few bucks and that’s all it is. There are similar options available for the iPad.