|Notability on the iPad home screen|
Notability is one of my favorite apps because of its seamless palm-detection, great-looking design and its sticky-note, web-page annotation feature and also the ability to add images.
Making a subject is easy; firstly, tap the plus button at the top of the page, and then tap ‘Divider’ to make a divider; ‘School’, for example. Then, tap the plus button and tap ‘Subject’ to make a new notebook. If you use Evernote, dividers are like notebook stacks, and subjects are notebooks. Then, at the top right, tap the button button with a pencil to make a new note.
|Notability home view|
Quickly writing a quick note with Notability is quick and easy. You have the option to add text, handwriting, highlight, and use the snipping tool to move, rotate and resize objects. The rubbing tool is extremely easy to use; just a tap will erase connected ink. If I have joined handwriting, and I write ‘Notability’, if I used the rubber and tapped on the end of the word, ‘otability’ would be the result. If I did not have joined handwriting, it would delete the letter.
|Rubbing out writing on a PDF|
Notability also gives you the ability to add ‘Media’ to the notes; this includes images, web pages and sticky notes. Sticky notes can be placed anywhere on the page, and can be typed on or written on. There are four stick note types you can choose from: blank, typing, lined or squared.
|Viewing a PDF in Notability|
Notability also gives you the option to back up your notes to popular cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Box. I am still hoping that Notability will introduce OneDrive backup eventually. If you are a fan of Evernote, and are reluctant to purchase another notetaking app, you would be glad to know that you can easily export your notes to Evernote via Gmail and Dropbox through this IFTTT recipe.
|The notes view whilst viewing a PDF|
Notability also lets you annotate PDFs, which is great for proofreading and also for giving feedback. If you’re a teacher, you can export PDFs sent from students into it, and write you feedback on it and then export it to a cloud service, and then email the annotated PDF back to the student. All you need is a stylus (if you want the writing to be neat) and an internet connection. When you tap on the top right, where the pages view is, you will see a section next to the pages view called ‘Notes’. This shows all the pages which have annotations on them.
|Viewing a note on Notability|
All in all, Notability is a great tool for students and teachers (and even for people in other professions). I love its flexibility, and the ability to type and write all in the same note. I would recommend you try this brilliant app out.
Do you have Notability? Feel free to comment on how you use it, and why you like it.
Prezi is a easy to use piece of software that is available on the web and for tablets.
|The Prezi logo|
Prezi is great for making engaging presentations quickly and easily.
|An example of the user interface|
I prefer Prezi to PowerPoint as I find PowerPoints boring, and a bit old fashioned, and it takes longer to make the animations look professional. whilst I find Prezi quite impressive, as it can look very well done, but only take you a few minutes to put together.
Prezi is a great application and I recommend you take a look at it. It also offers software for PC and Mac, but you need to have a Pro account to be able to make Prezis on them.
Want to quickly add a todo to Wunderlist without switching screens? Try out the Wunderlist New Tab Extension. Simply download it for Chrome here, and then sign in and start using.
|The Wunderlist New Tab|
You can add todos via webpages using the Add to Wunderlist Chrome extension; this can be found here. It enables you to add todos linked to webpages.
|The Add to Wunderlist extension|
I hope you find these extensions useful, and check out my full post on Wunderlist here.
|The Lucidpress logo|
I choose using Lucidpress over Microsoft Publisher 2013 as I found the templates on publisher did not look very good, it had no collaboration feature, and it was clunky to use. Lucidpress is easy to use, has great templates for both free and Pro users and also has real time collaboration.
|Lucidpress user interface|
One of the best things about Lucidpress, like Lucidchart, is that it offers free accounts for students and teachers. This enables you to get more templates, history, analytics, better support, custom font embedding and much more. You can find the comparison of plans here.
Lucidpress is a great application. You can only use it on the web,
which means that you cannot use it offline, and Lucidpress does not have a mobile application. Even though it has these cons, it is a great app and I recommend you try it out.
Lucidpress and Lucidchart are made both by the same company, so I would recommend checking out Lucidchart. You can make graphs, mock ups, mind maps, and many more.
I would recommend that you organize your apps, then right click on the desktop and then click on view, and then on align icons to grid. THis allows you to have all your app shortcuts organised, but then have your docs aligned too.
Download it here!
|My desktop with the wallpaper|
Image from here.
|The Pocket logo|
Adding content to Pocket is easy. In the web version, click the plus button in the top left corner and paste in a URL to save it. This is the same with the Chrome app. On the iPad, select the share button, then more, and switch on Pocket. Then, tap share, then Pocket.
Pocket also provides a useful add-in for Chrome. You can find the link here. This enables to to save content to Pocket in one click.
|The Pocket Chrome app|
Pocket is also great to use with Evernote. When reading an article, tap the share button and the select Evernote. Sadly, this is not available in the web and Chrome version.
In conclusion, Pocket is a great app for saving things for later or offline reading, and also for keeping great articles.
Do you use Pocket already? Feel free to comment below on how and why you use it.
|Where to find your account type|
If you are an Evernote Power User, you may have wanted to become Premium before, but the high price put you off, or you were not sure you would need the features. Below is a comparison chart showing the differences between account types.
The features I use the most are PDF annotation, boosted monthly upload limit and the Context feature.
I would upgrade to Premium if you find yourself hitting your monthly balance, wanting to annotate PDFs or wanting more collaborative features, and if it is your ‘digital’ brain.
|The Lucidchart logo|
|An example map open in the Lucidchart desktop software|
|All of my BCS school notes in Evernote have mindmaps which were made in Lucidchart|
Lucidchart is also great because it is available offline. This is very helpful if you are a student and want to do brainstorming or a mockup on the bus, train, or in areas with no wifi connection. To get the offline software, you need to download the Chrome app here (Google account required). You can also use Lucidchart on your browser, but internet connection is required.
|The Lucidchart shortcut on my desktop|
Lucidchart also offers a publication suite, Lucidpress. It also offers free accounts for students.
Lucidchart is a great piece of software for students and non-students alike. Its great for making your notes look better, for mindmapping and for mockups. I would defiantly recommend this piece of software.
1. A Moleskine!
2. Sticky tabs (5-6 (5 yellow and 4 blue preferably))
3. Post-it notes
4. A pen
5. A ruler
The first thing you will need to do is number all the pages in the bottom right (or top if you want). I did every odd number. Then, get your sticky tabs. You will have 5 tabs: Inbox, Someday, Projects, (if you have a blog you can have a another one titled Blog), research and book recommendations.
I didn’t have any sticky tabs, so I just cut up post-it notes and wrote on them then stuck them in with glue. On page , place a tab and title it as ‘Inbox’. This is were everything will go; place website info, calendar dates, to-dos and notes here. Some will be moved to the Project tab or other tabs.
|The Inbox tab|
Then, place the ‘Someday’ tab on page 50. This is where everything you want to do someday goes e.g: Go on holiday to Florida.
|The Someday tab|
Then, I have the Projects tab on page 57. I put it here as I did not think I would put much into ‘Someday’. The projects tab is where all tasks which have more than one tasks. Projects can also have notes. If I was doing a project on the ancient city on Mycenae, I would put all my notes, to-dos, website links and other things in that project.
|The Projects tab|
Next comes the vital student tab: the ‘Research’ tab. I have this on page 101. This is where you write notes, research questions and make mindmaps. This is probably my second most used area of my Moleskine. I then have a blog tab (on page 153), which is basically a glorified to-do list, but if you don’t have a blog, there is basically no point to this tab.
|The Research tab|
The next essential tab for a student is the book recommendations (I have gone a bit further than that and have added YouTube videos, music, e.t.c). This section also grows quite quickly.
|The Book Recommendations tab|
One of my favorite bit of this hack is the key. My most used symbols are: @EN and @WL (EN for Evernote and WL for Wunderlist). I put these symbols and my other ones (see the image) in a context column, so I can easily scan down and see what’s important and what I need to add to what. This key can also be used as a second bookmark.
I then use sticky tabs so that I can easily find my way around; a yellow sticky tab means that there is active content on the page (to-dos that are not ticked off, notes that I am still using, dates I need to add to Calendars 5, e.t.c). A blue tab marks the current page that I am up to (the page which I can add more stuff to the sections).
I love my Moleskine, and the way I can quickly find what I want to do. I would recommend that you make one and try it out (if you want to) too.
Feel free to share pictures of how you hacked your Moleskine!