TitanPad: Shared Document Collaboration for Meetings

TitanPad allows users to work and type in a document at the same time. There is no signup required. Simply click on “Create Public Pad” and a “new document” will open.  You can import a document or just create new text from scratch. You can add users to this pad by simply “inviting” them via email. It provides eight distinctive colors for each person to use. After you finish you can export the document as Word, HTML, PDF or plain text.

TitanPadThis is useful if your team is on a bridge line and conference line and need to collaborate on a document in real time. Or need to track meeting notes quickly. No waiting to get an online meeting set up or Google Doc started.


Meeting and Note-Taking: Recommended Apps

Evernote has been the dominant app for meeting and note-taking. It has a streamlined interface and interacts with other programs such as Microsoft Outlook. There are competitors to Evernote recognizing that everyone needs a place to track meeting notes, tasks, ideas, recommendations and other pieces of information. Below are some other recommended applications for note-taking.

Google Keep is a simple platform to iStock_000007485287_Smalltake notes. Google Keep integrates with a user’s Google platform and notes can sync with Google Drive. Users can make unlimited lists, add photos and graphics to notes and also color code notes. Although the functionality for Google Keep is fairly basic, knowing Google it probably will get enhancements in the coming year.

Microsoft OneNote is part of the Microsoft Office suite and an alternative to Evernote. OneNote was specifically designed as a meeting note application and does a great job of organizing meeting notes by type and date of meeting. The integration with Outlook is also a key feature as it allows users to import emails and tasks between the applications. OneNote has an app and notes can sync to mobile devices. However, attached files such as Word, Excel or email documents may not open depending on your platform. The free version of OneNote is limited to 500 notes, with unlimited use available for $4.99 via an in-app purchase.

Recommended PDF Annotation Apps

As we move more into the paperless realm, having good apps to open, read, edit PDF’s is important. Below are some recommended PDF annotation apps for your tablet or mobile devise;

PDF Expert. A PDF annotation app that works only with iPads allows the user to fill in forms, sign documents and write notes, highlight and bookmark on PDF documents.

iAnnotate.  A PDF annotation tool that works with iPad, Android and Enterprise tablets; it also allows the user to add notes, bookmarks and underline. It also has the ability to have multiple PDF documents open at one time. It will also let you customize the toolbar.


Meeting Note App Recommendations

With tablets becoming more popular in the office one primary use is having them in  meetings and being able to access handouts as well as taking notes. The following are some recommended meeting note applications for tablet users;

Noteability. Notability  integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes electronically on the tablet.

Mind Jet. Mindjet for iPad® lets you easily enter ideas, tasks, and meeting notes into intuitive visual maps that help you quickly organize concepts and prioritize action items.

Note Taker HD. Note Taker HD is only for the apple ipad. Notes can be taken via typewritten or handwritten via stylus. It has the ability to add in shapes, graphics and charts. It also has the ability to email notes.

Evernote. This is a more robust app that not only takes meeting notes but is like a personal Google organizer for users information.

Penultimate. A leading handwriting app for iPad, purchased by Evernote in 2012. It can email images and files in PDF format and works with Evernote and Dropox.

 NotePad Pro. This app has the ability to record audio while typing or drawing. It will save notes as  PDF that can be emailed with audio files.

Digital Pens instead of Note Pads for Meetings

Tired of all those scattered meeting notes and tablets?

Another upcoming product on the market is the digital pen, which records electronically the movement of the pen on paper. It then can be connected to a computer and transferred into software that will display the notes or convert it to text. This keeps an electronic running archive of all meeting notes, and you can discard the paper tablets.

There are few good products rated well on the market;
1. Echo Smartpen by LiveScribe
2. Pulse Smartpen by LiveScribe
3. Capturx for OneNote