My requirements are:
- Ability to annotate PDFs
- Zoom box for fine writing
- Smooth ink
- Easy in and out zooming
- Ability to hide controls while projecting
For the past couple of months I have been using GoodNotes (www.goodnotesapp.com) and I have been very impressed.
My projection set-up is an Epson projector plus an Apple TV for wireless projection of my whiteboard. I use an iPad 3 (somehow "the new iPad" doesn't feel like the right name!).
With GoodNotes, I can easily import PDFs to annotate during class, so my Powerpoint presentations have been converted to PDF for this purpose, and I have scanned some textbook chapters as well. Since my Dropbox account is linked to GoodNotes, transferring files from my computer is a breeze.
GoodNotes has a nice bookshelf look, where all my "notebooks" appear neatly arranged.
The app's controls are easy to use and highly intuitive.
The zoom box for fine writing is what first caught my eye in GoodNotes. With recent updates there are two options to open up the zoom box, you can either do a long tap and then select the icon, or simply select the icon on the toolbar.
|This shows a zoomed-in version of the same table shown above.|
GoodNotes also allows you to type, import pictures, highlight, select and move annotations.
And lastly, something that really makes a big difference for me: this app has an outstanding developer. He's very responsive to user requests, keeps the users in the loop through his blog and tweets (goodnotesapp.com/blog) and is constantly working on developing his app.
So, when I'm back in my Teacher Training classroom in a few weeks, GoodNotes will be there with me, without a doubt!