Are you an egghead iPad user like me?

I use my iPad mostly for taking notes on articles Do you bring your iPad into the kitchen to follow recipes? Or maybe you bring it out to the garage and fix stuff? My manager asked me how I use my iPad and I could only answer, “Well, I like to read PDFs and write notes in the margins. That’s my primary use.” And then I realized how academic I’ve gotten with my iPad use.

I’m not using my iPad to cook things. Or to go out and fix my car (if I had a car) or to plant a garden. Or to edit family videos. All those sound so nice and utilitarian. And here I just get obsessed with reading, taking notes and how to share my notes with others. Maybe I need to get outside my brain.

If you have an iPad, how do you use it?

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Kevin Eagan
8 years ago

Cool: what app is that? I’m happy we found each others blogs and I hope to read more!

8 years ago
Reply to  Kevin Eagan

The app in the photo is Notability. I switch between Notability and Goodreader. Notability is more for taking notes. Whereas Goodreader is better for handling documents and marking up documents. Goodreader is generally the best app for making notes in PDFs. However, it’s immensely feature-rich, so it can be a doozy to set up. That’s why I wrote a blog post explaining how to set up Goodreader with Dropbox:

Thanks for following me back. 🙂

Tony Hue
7 years ago

I can’t tell from this photo but are you using a stylus to write notes on your pdfs?

Matt Maldre
7 years ago
Reply to  Tony Hue

Oh yeah, I’m using a stylus. I don’t bother with the $20+ styluses, because the nibs have the same quality as the super-cheap ones. I like to buy these styluses and regularly hand them out to my iPhone and iPad friends:
The range of available colors makes them fun for people to select their favorite color.

The app I use to write notes, Goodreader, is mentioned in a previous comment on this blog post.


[…] On my publishing blog I wrote about how I geek out with my iPad using it more to take notes on pdfs than other exciting things like playing video games or learning recipes in the kitchen. I truly like writing marginalia on my ipad. It saves so much paper and makes filing my articles so easy! Read more about geeking out with iPads at my blog post, Are you an egghead iPad user like me? […]

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