Great Potential, But Handwritten Text-Smoothing is Terrible
AudioNote has the precise features I am looking for--a note-taking app that offers the option to handwrite text (or enter it via keyboard,) while also recording and syncing audio with the handwritten text. This feature makes it very quick and easy to find and begin playing audio that was recorded at any given point in time simply by tapping on a word that you wrote. When you do that, whatever was recorded at the time you wrote (or typed) that word will begin to play. This is a great feature. The problem, and it is a deal breaker from my perspective, is that the quality of the smoothing for the handwritten text is absolutely HORRENDOUS. For some reason, the text-smoothing seems to start out okay, but once you have written the first several words in a document, it seems as if there is absolutely no text-smoothing whatsoever. As a result, every stroke of your finger or stylus is reduced to a series of interconnected straight lines, no matter how smooth or fluid your finger or stylus was. Each time you start a new note, the quality starts out okay, and every single time, it degrades to a completely unacceptable quality within the first several words you write. The issue is not just that the text isn't "pretty". The problem is that in many cases it can be a real challenge to recognize the characters you have written. Perhaps you would be able to recognize your own angular handwriting, but at least in my case, those who would normally be able to read something I have written would be hard pressed to read my AudioNote handwriting. For example, when writing the letter "O", instead of seeing a nice rounded letter, you will instead see 6-8 perfectly straight lines of varying lengths that form the vague shape of the letter. I have read several other reviews that refer to poor handwriting quality, so I know this problem is not unique to my iPad. Though I would really like to purchase the full version of this app, unless the developers are able to address and resolve this problem very quickly, I probably am going to have to purchase my second choice, which is Live Notes. I like how AudioNote clearly highlights each word separately when playing back synced audio, but Live Notes does a very acceptable job with syncing and playing back your handwriting with the recorded audio, and the quality of the handwritten text is FAR SUPERIOR. Until and unless the developer addresses and resolves this text-smoothing problem, you would be well advised to stay clear of this app.