The iPad's compact size, quick responses and multi-touch screen means it's an ideal tool for all kinds of note taking, brainstorming and scribbling. Whether you want to use a colourful stylus to take notes from a lecture or use your finger to quickly draw a diagram in a board meeting, there are plenty of apps and accessories to help you.
So ditch your notebook, your post-its and your dictaphone and try out some of these iPad applications, created to make note taking quick and easy.
Notes Plus is one of the most comprehensive and popular note taking and productivity apps on iTunes, with plenty of great reviews. It supports handwriting, typing and audio recording, making it perfect for all kinds of situations and ideal for lectures if you want to record audio and take notes at the same time. Although the iPad is great for note taking, Notes Plus addresses some of the main issues users seem to have when it comes to dealing with text on the tablet's screen. For instance, you can work in close-up writing mode so you can view small text and use your finger to write. The app also has stroke smoothing, so no matter how messy you are the text still looks legible and there's vector shape auto-detection too, so if you quickly draw a really rubbish circle Notes Plus will drop a perfect circle in for you instead. Once you've written a note you can export it as a PDF, send it to Dropbox, email it or sync directly with Google. Available from iTunes for £2.99.