Audiotorium: Note taking on iPad

  • Posted by Rich Shivener
  • April 14, 2011 4:34 PM PDT
App Apps' lecture-friendly Audiotorium is ideal for students who definitely prefer typing and audio recording over handwriting, and doing the former with a little style. And if they're organized (ahem), the app's even more ideal. 
In fact, the app's default settings have three categories - My Notes, Class Notes and Work Notes. Want more? There's a button for that. You can create categories, tag them with icons, and file copious notes in your subcategories. When you tap a subcategory, a list of your notes, all which are time-stamped, appear on the notepad. It isn't exactly clear, though, that you can tap on the note to launch it. Think of it as a hyperlinked document with invisible links. (You can thank us for the tip later.)
The initial font for every note, interestingly, is Segoe Print, which resembles handwriting. That's the closest you'll get to the latter, as Audiotorium doesn't have a handwriting option. It does, however, have fonts such as Courier, Helvetica and Snell Roundhand, the latter of which is more cursive. Audiotorium also has page styles such as Japanese Washi, Parchment and Legal Pad, although those are removed when the note is exported.
Before a lecture begins, a student might consider using the recording feature, displayed atop the notepad or hidden with one finger tap if it's too distracting. In a simple fashion, it has a timer, skipping buttons and a volume monitor; if the iPad is picking up too much or too little sound, the recording could sound fuzzy or non-existent, respectively. 
When it's time to export the notes and audio, those can be sent to email, downloaded to a computer (via Wi-Fi), or saved to Dropbox (Web-based hard drive). Take a big note here: The audio is a Core Audio Format (CAF) file, which is compatible with OSX 10.4 or higher. It might be an issue for students using other operating systems.
Aside from using Audiotorium at lectures, students aspiring to be journalists or perhaps music/film/(insert anything) critics could use this as they research the events of, say, a concert or screening. No one likes writing in the dark. 
Audiotorium is available for $4.99 on the App Store.