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ntToday’s note-capturing apps make it easy for us to grab our great ideas. Here are several popular apps you can use when you need to hear yourself think.
ntNote: If you’d prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.
ntAudioNote offers a free trial for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android users. If you fall in love with the app, you can purchase the upgrade version for $19.95. Actually, you may need to make that call fairly soon if you record a number of notes, because AudioNote limits you to five minutes per note in the trial version.
ntAudioNote’s tools are simple and straightforward: You click or tap Record to get started, speak into your microphone, and click Pause to finish the recording. The last step involves clicking File and choosing Save, then specifying a folder for the audio note. You can also use the simple pen and highlight tools to add drawings, handwritten notes, and highlighting to your notes or click one of the papers at the top to change the look of the screen. The Export tool (on the File menu) lets you save the audio note as a .WAV file so you can access it outside AudioNote.
ntVoice2Note is a unique audio note utility. You can use it as an add-on to Evernote or you can call Voice2Note directly to leave your audio note by phone. Voice2Note transcribes your note, using both a digital transcription service and quality control checks by real human beings. It then sends the text of the note to the Evernote notebook you linked to your account.
ntBegin by logging in to the Voice2Note site. (You’ll need to create an account if you don’t yet have one.) Voice2Note gives you a call-in number you can use to dictate your note from any phone. After you record your note, you can tag it by simply saying “tag with” and adding the name of the tag you want to apply.
Audio Notes Recorder
ntAudio Notes Recorder is an interesting little Windows app that’s a hoot to try. You can download a 42-day trial version and install it in just under a minute. It’s designed to resemble a real hold-in-your-hand cassette recorder. (Yes, I know, flashback to the 80s.) But the tool actually has a number of interesting features.
Audio Notes Recorder
ntAudio Notes Recorder has good sound quality, and you can choose to record in one of three modes: Spy, Normal, or Voice-operated. The app also has a transcription mode that lets you import and export in a variety of common formats.
ntTo customize the app, click Settings in the upper-right corner to display a menu of options for tailoring things to your liking. If you think you’ll be doing a lot of audio note taking, this tool might be worth a closer look (although your officemates are likely to make fun of you if they see it open on your desktop).