Another Way to Take Notes on Your iPhone

Last Updated Dec 10, 2009 7:27 PM EST

I know plenty of people who dislike the iPhone's onscreen keyboard, and I can understand why: it's hard to type when there's no tactile feedback.

Indeed, sometimes I miss the fast and easy stylus-based input of my old PalmPilot.

Dan Bricklin's new Note Taker app [iTunes link] offers the next best thing: note-taking via fingertip. Watch and learn:

As you can see, there's a bit of a learning curve here, but once you get the knack of it, you should be taking notes at least as speedily as you can with the keyboard.

By the way, if the developer's name sounds familiar, it should: Dan Bricklin's the guy who invented the VisiCalc spreadsheet 30 years ago. That's not important, just interesting.

Note Taker costs $1.99 -- a very small price to pay for such a useful app, if you ask me -- but there's also a Lite version [iTunes link] you can test-drive for free. Give it a try, then hit the comments to let me know what you think.

Not your cup of note-taking tea? Maybe you'd prefer the new Dragon Dictation app, which translates your voice into text. [via]

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