AudioNote for iPad: Interesting But Can't Replace My LiveScribe Pulse Smartpen

I’ve been using a LiveScribe Pulse Smartpen to record “ink” and audio during meetings for a year now. It has become and indespensible tool. There were times, however, that I would have preferred typing notes and having audio synchronized to my text. I didn’t have such a tool for my netbook, however. And, even if I did, it wouldn’t have easily let me draw diagrams as part of the note taking process. My experiene with the multi-touch enabled Eee PC T91MT convinced me that this would not be easy even on a Tablet PC. So, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this iPad (and iPhone) app over the weekend:

AudioNote – Notepad and Voice Recorder 1.13

This $4.99 (regularly $9.99) app lets you type, sketch/draw, and record synchronized audio in a way very similar to the LiveScribe Pulse Smartpen process. A quick test indicated that it might be just what I needed to replace my Smartpen once in a while.

This plan, however, was dashed when I discovered the app does not provide any way to share the text, ink, or audio. It does not sync through iTunes or provide a way to email its data. I hope that the developer adds these features soon. Alternatively, I hope LiveScribe buys the project and integrates it with their pen and desktop software.

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