Friday, 22 December 2017

AudioNote - a great cross-platform application for taking audio notes

Submitted by Fiona Beal
Do you know AudioNote? It is a notepad and audio recorder for iOs, Android, Windows and Mac! I have been using it for a couple of years now on my iPad (https://goo.gl/sgRwW3)  and on my Windows 10 laptop (https://goo.gl/Q9ydwR). Whenever I am in a workshop, lecture or any situation where I need to take notes linked to recorded audio, I use AudioNote. AudioNote has a free and a paid version. I used the free version for quite a while and then moved over to the paid version for a longer recording time limit.


How AudioNote works
Say for example you are in a lecture and you are taking notes, As you take your notes, with the sound recording on as well, AudioNote indexes your notes by putting the times in the margin as the talk progresses. When you are reviewing your notes later, and you can’t fully remember what was said, you just click on the time slot to get to the actual point in the lecture where the speaker was talking. You can also highlight information, draw sketches and add images to AudioNote.

https://goo.gl/sgRwW3 iTunes
Features of AudioNote as highlighted in iTunes
- Synchronized note and audio recording
- Seek directly to audio by tapping notes
- Highlighted notes during playback
- Insert text, drawing, photo, & highlighter notes
- Audio amplifier for recordings made in larger rooms
- Import and take notes directly on PDF documents (iPad only)
- Share with iCloud, Dropbox, over WiFi, or through iTunes
- Desktop support: view your .AudioNote files on Mac or PC

Who can use AudioNote?
It can be used by anyone – learners, students, business people, an whoever has the need to use typed and written notes. It can be used in meetings, interviews, conferences, lectures, study sessions, lessons at school. Sometimes, to be honest, I simply record the talk! You can even use Audionote personally – by writing down ideas and talking about them as you do so!

How can a learner use AudioNote?
Learners can take notes and recordings. They can adjust the backgrounds to include lined writing paper, graphing paper, or white canvas paper. Afterwards they can pause and edit their notes, highlight important key words, and add presentation slides to annotate at various pointsThe typed notes sync to the audio recordings and on playback the types notes will highlight in a different colour when timed correctly. They can save their notes to Dropbox or iCloud, Using file sharing in iTunes, Dropbox, or iCloud, they can access their notes on a desktop computer.

How do you listen to your playbacks?
Obviously you can listen to them in AudioNote itself. Notes are saved as CAF audio files. However you can also export them from AudioNote as audio in which case they are saved as .wav files in whatever location you choose. Windows Media player opens .wav files. If you have downloaded the superb free program, Freemake video to audio converter,  (I have written about Freemake software before) you can convert the .wav file to MP3 and save it in the location of your choice. 

I can recommend  this application!

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