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Taking Notes Online with Shrib

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When you need to take notes while at your computer, you may worry about someone being able to access what you’re working on and possibly edit the information. That could be true with several of the note-taking apps in the Cloud, but not with Shrib. screencast this week shows us how simple it is to take notes anywhere you may be, from any computer and be able to keep them safe from prying eyes.

There is nothing to sign up for with Shrib. Simply choose a URL (or let it auto-select one for you at random) and start typing. The site is clean and simple, without having distractions “options” or “features.” It does exactly what you need it to do: keep your notes in one easy to access location.

When you’re ready to walk away from your work, you can save the document there in the Cloud, save a copy to your computer and lock your notes up. Since there are no logins to deal with, anyone could potentially access what you’ve done. To avoid this, choose the “lock these notes” option. This will allow you to enter a password. Once the password has been saved, the text will appear all scrambled to anyone who happens to come across your URL – including you. To unscramble and use your notes page again, simply enter your password and get back to work.

Thanks, Dylan, for another excellent screencast.

iPad Stylus

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The application running on my iPad in this video is Penultimate. It encourages you to take notes or make sketches because your handwriting and drawing looks pretty cool in bold gel ink. Three different paper styles are available and there are several standard features you’ll need… including an eraser and full undo capability.

One very cool thing about this application is that you can keep separate notebooks for each topic you’re working on. You can have an unlimited number of notebooks, each with an infinite number of pages. Furthermore, you can easily share your projects either by single page or entire notebook.

Unfortunately, there is one serious drawback (at least in this iteration). There is no “touch-free zone.” You don’t write on real paper with your wrist dangling in the air, do you? You won’t want to do that with your iPad, either. Due to the multi-touch feature of the device, you’ll have a hard time writing for long periods of time. I’m hoping that this will be addressed in a future version. The developers are promising that they are planning to add user-requested features.

What other apps are you using on your iPad that help you get things done? Drop me a line and let me know so I can take a look at them, as well. I happen to have a serious addiction to anything and everything that makes my life easier… especially when those tasks are done on my favorite devices.

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