Mental Note for iPad ‪๛‬ 4+

The digital notepad

Zymbiotic Technologies

    • 2.7 • 6 Ratings
    • $3.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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"...a true notepad experience that may help you make a clean break from the pencil-and-paper era." -New York Times.

Users describe Mental Note as "the only notepad app... that's actually better than, and as simple as, a pen and paper." It's "the future of note taking", and "a big sketchpad... [to] free-associate and put stuff down in any format". Mental Note for iPad brings the future closer with an even bigger sketchpad for you to capture your ideas on.

Turn your iPad into a digital notepad.  Combine pictures, voice recordings, drawings and text - all on the same page, in any order you choose.

An idea... a flash - a moment of genius.  When a thought hits, and you have to remember it, why limit how you record it?  The more context and sensory details you can capture, the clearer the idea can be put down. Use pictures, audio, sketching and text together on the same page... a digital page that can be shared with anyone.

Mental Note allows you to capture ideas as they happen: use pictures, dictate, add text, sketch on anything.  Ideas clarified. Creativity captured.


- Draw with your finger using multiple colours and widths on top of pictures, text, or anywhere else on the page. Zoom in to sketch fine details.

- Choose a picture from your album and add it to the page.

- Add audio to the page by recording with the built-in microphone. Continue to edit your note while recording.

- Organize your notes using tags.

- Password protect your private notes and flag your important ones.

- Attach Calendar events to your notes.

- Undo, redo anything in the note by shaking the device.

- Delete note sections using the toolbar button or by swiping any note section.

- Move a note section by swiping and then dragging it to its new location.

- Length of a note is limited only by device memory.

- Export in a variety of formats including PDF, text, Mental Note format, and more. Send using email, iCloud, Dropbox, and more.

* Send a note in Mental Note format so the note may be imported into another person's Mental Note app.

* Using email, export a complete note directly from Mental Note as either a PDF document or a picture (each audio recording is attached to the email as a separate file; use QuickTime or another modern media player to play the attached audio). You can also email just the text from your note.

- Export your notes and backups to your iCloud and/or Dropbox account.

- Share a note with your friends using Twitter.

- Map the location a note was created at (if location services are enabled).

- Change the size and font of the text in your notes.

- Change the color and background of your notes.

- Numerous other configuration options.

- Supports all orientations.

THIS VERSION IS OPTIMIZED FOR iPad. FOR iPhone & iPod touch, PLEASE SEE Mental Note - the digital notepad.

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What’s New

Version 3.15

Improvements to search feature, on-boarding, and email workflow.

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

lb311 ,

Should be a Universal App -- not another $3

I had this app on the iphone. I don't mind paying for a separate iPad app if there is a lot of extra functionality. But in this instance, there really is no real improvement over the iPhone version. This should have been released as a Universal app so that iPhone owners would not have to pay again for it (and vice versa).

I do like the app's ability to contain multiple data types (voice, images, text, handwriting), and like that it all exports well via email. But, HATE the fact that it only supports 1 page at a time, and has no easy way to group multiple pages (i.e. a notebook) and export them all together. The app also really needs an Undo/Redo option.

Jeannie De ,

Disappointed! FURIOUS!

Great if you don’t want to forward or export your notes, audio / images.
It appears that there are tremendous technical support issues. Mental Note gives a false impression that the notes get sent, no error messages to the contrary return message and find that 2 months after emailing notes to clients that they were lost in space. I only discovered this because my new boss kept saying he didn’t get the notes which means my accounts from the convention and new clients didn’t either. When uploading to Drop Box it doesn’t keep any format and randomly you get 60 audio messages in your folder which means it’s completely useless. I thought I was being so efficient by sending notes to my accounts within minutes of them leaving the convention showroom from when they toured. No way to contact this Mental Note company, settings doesn’t allow you to troubleshoot.

Developer Response ,

Sorry that you are so disappointed and angry.

In a number of emails between yourself and our company support email address ( we did discuss how Mental Note hands the note off to Mail to complete the email send, as is typical with most apps using email on iOS.

We talked about how email may be sent right away or may be queued by Mail to be sent, and we suggested trying sending from an alternate email address in case certain mail providers have certain unknown email sending limitations.

Export of notes is an extremely important feature, please see here for detailed export instructions: Exporting to Dropbox as PDF will place a PDF document in the exported folder, along with any audio recordings contained in the note. The recordings have filenames which correspond to the same name used in the exported PDF document.

The use of Mental Note is ideal in a tradeshow or convention showroom environment, unfortunately it is difficult to say whether network or email provider issues prevented your emails from being sent. One possibility which wasn't discussed before is the "60 audio" recordings. It was unclear if the 60 recordings were exported due to a single note export or if that happened when you used the "Export All" feature. Though having 60 audio recordings in a single note is definitely possible from a technical stand point, from a usability stand point that might mean all your client interactions from the tradeshow were going into a single note — which may not have been what you wanted. Though it is possible you could have had 60 audio recordings in a single note, if exported to email, that would cause more than 60 email attachments to be added to the email. Mental Note has a built-in check for attachment size limit — if the total email attachments would be more than 10 MB, Mental Note itself would not present the option to export with email. So if the Mental Note export option "Email" was used that means total attachment size was under 10 MB which any email provider should be able to handle. It is possible that certain email providers could have limits as to the number of items attached to an email; this might result in an email provider sending the message, but without the attachment(s) — do we know if recipients received an email but without an attachment?

Another possibility which wasn't previously discussed is what if the recipients received the email message, but with an attachment that they didn't know how to open? The typical way of exporting with email is to use the "PDF to Email" option — that would have sent a PDF and all audio as attachments which anyone could open. If "Note" format was used that would have sent the message in a special Mental Note format which would have required the user to have Mental Note to open the note. Do you recall which format you attempted to use when you exported by email? Please get back in touch with us so we can try to find out what went wrong.

lcd1080 ,

An excellent multi-sensory app for effectively recording notes

This app has become my favorite among the hundreds of apps currently stored on my Ipad. If you've ever had a complex thought that you wished to preserve Mental Note does so in a supremely effective manner. At first one jots down a handwritten thought that tells one the subject of the note at a single glance; adding a recording of one's voice immediately following the handwritten note serves to explain the thought in greater detail; finally inserting a photograph relating to the thought provides an additional layer of understanding because as we all know a picture truly is worth a thousand words. The combination of this multi-sensory communication clearly conveys the essence of the thought to enhance and facilitate its understanding. One can vary the thickness of one's writing within the individual handwritten sections, include typewritten text for additional clarity, view the recording of one's voice as a simple line with a play button immediately following a handwritten section and see the photograph directly below the line that serves to symbolize the voice recording. There is no limitation on the length of the note because one simply scrolls down to continue additional writing, talking, and picture placement. As if that weren't enough the entire note structure can be stored within Mental Note, E-mailed, or saved to one's Photo library for quick future reference. Five stars all around!

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