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Apple's iPad Notes AppThis is the third article in a series of posts about using the iPad to preach.

In this post we will explore some helpful Note taking apps for public speakers. There are many excellent apps in this category- ranging from the simple to the complex.

The main advantage of using a note taking and editing app is the ability to quickly capture and then later edit your thoughts as you prepare to speak on any given topic or Scripture passage.

Here are a few to consider:

  • Notes This is the basic note taking app that comes pre-installed with every iPad. Do not overlook this basic, but highly useful tool. Rarely do I prepare an entire message while sitting at my desk~~ thoughts, ideas, verses, and illustrations can come to mind at any time of day regardless of where I am. The Notes app is the quickest way for me to capture those thoughts in text form. The text can later be exported by either email or copy-and-paste.
  • Notes Plus Not all thoughts come in text format; many ideas are better drawn than written. Notes Plus is a lower cost ($7.99) app that provides you with the right tools to capture your ideas through text, drawing, audio, or pictures. Another helpful feature is the ability to import and annotate PDF documents. The app offers intuitive methods of sorting & storing notes and easily integrates with popular third party services such as Dropbox & Google Docs.
  • GoodReader Yes, this app is called GoodReader, and it probably is the best PDF reader on the market. But, it is WAY more than simply a tool to read PDFs. GoodReader handles a long list of different file formats, and provides the ability to highlight and annotate PDF files. One of GoodReader’s many features is the ability create and edit text files. To create a text file simply open up the Manage Files dropdown and then tap New TXT. When it comes time to transfer what you have written from your iPad, GoodReader has an incredibly long list of ways to export your files including over WiFi. The app is well worth it’s $4.99 price tag.
  • Evernote Perhaps the best known and beloved note app of all time is Evernote. This well developed and supported note taking platform allows you to capture and edit just about anything (text, audio, web, pictures, etc.), from just about anywhere (with native apps for iOS, Android, PC, Mac, the web, & more). Best of all this app is free. Be sure to check it out.

Sometimes it is easy to dismiss simple apps in favor of those with a robust list of features. However, I would caution you not to overlook the simple. Remember we are looking at apps for sermon notes. We are not looking for a full featured word processor to write a 500 page commentary on the book of Ezekiel! Ultimately, the best app for you will depend on your own personal style and needs.

One more tip: notes apps (like any other app) can be used simultaneously with your favorite Bible app… simply open up both apps and then use the multitouch left/right swipe to quickly switch between apps.

Thanks for joining with me as we explore this topic together! Please add to our ongoing discussion in the comments section.

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