CollaNote App will absolutely help you stay a lot more productive and also help you organize your life and make it a lot more easier. So in case you’re new over here, hey guys my name is Shahid and I have been a blogger for sense 4 years. Also, I’ve been an iOS and Android user for the past 10 years.
I also love to write blogs to share my knowledge in the form of blogs with more and more people. So guys today in this article we are going to give you a detailed review of The CollaNote app. So without wasting any more time let’s start today’s article.
CollaNote: Handwriting & PDF
Intro of CollaNote
One of the reasons why I think you guys will love this app is because it has a ton of paper templates that are all free and ready to use—from plain to lined to square to Cornell and hexagons, you’re sure to find one you can use.
There are even other creative pre-made templates like to-do lists and whatnot. However, one thing that’s not yet possible is setting your own custom template. You can certainly import your own custom PDFs, but you can’t set your own templates like in GoodNotes.
In terms of organization, you can create folders within folders, and with the newest update, you can now move folders and notes around in the app once you get into a note. You can also change its paper template, a feature I personally value in a note-taking app.
Another impressive aspect of this free app is the built-in feature where, if you switch to dark mode, you can turn on the dark paper and smart ink feature. This allows your notes to invert their colors and turn dark while maintaining legibility.
This feature extends to imported PDF textbooks; when activated, the pages of the textbook will invert, allowing you to read your textbook in dark mode. I’ve never seen anything like this in any other note-taking app, even the paid ones.
In terms of writing tools, you have the basics which is a pressure-sensitive pen that you can change the thickness of. There are also infinite colors to choose from; you can choose from a grid format, a spectrum, or a slider.
You can also change the opacity; the pen tool actually feels very smooth to write with compared to other free note-taking apps that I’ve tried. Aside from the pen, you also have a pencil tool that looks pretty realistic, the same customization options as the pen, and writing feels very fluid as well.
For those of you who like to illustrate, you may find shading with the pencil on low opacity useful. As for the highlighter, it’s pretty basic; you can have it go behind text as long as you have that option toggled on.
Do keep in mind that the highlighter if at full opacity can actually hide the lines on the template, so be sure to turn down the opacity if you’re planning on making it look more like a highlighter.
Another awesome feature that you guys might enjoy is the ability to add up to five favorite tools on the side, which pop up as little icons for quick access. Now I’m actually pretty excited about the eraser as well.
Like most note-taking apps, you can erase something entirely or partially, but what’s new about this one is the option to auto-switch back to the last tool you were using once you’re done erasing. It can definitely speed up your workflow a bit, although you may have to take some time to get used to it.
The text feature is also very well thought out, and makes use of scribble with the Apple Pencil so you don’t have to use your keyboard. It’s also very easy to edit the font and color and manipulate it on the page. The CollaNote has also got a shape tool as well, and with the most recent update, you can now draw other shapes like stars and hearts.
As far as I’m aware, the ability to draw stars and hearts was previously only available on Apple Notes, so it’s nice to see this feature built into a third-party note-taking app. There is also a built-in ruler for those of you who need it.
A feature I know a lot of people love is available in CollaNote. It works almost exactly like the one in Notability; you simply press record, and it goes. You can easily play it back; however, at this time, I don’t believe it plays out your notes like in Notability. Still, it’s wonderful that this feature is available in a free app. Some other cute features include little stickers you can add to your notes, which reminds me greatly of elements in GoodNotes.
You can currently export your notes as a PDF, but right now, exporting a specific range of pages is not yet possible. However, given how often this developer updates, it’s probably a feature that’s coming soon. So those are kind of the main features that I wanted to highlight in CollaNote.
I do encourage you guys to try it because it’s completely free but packed with features. I’d argue that it’s probably the best free note-taking app out there right now, and it’s much too underrated. so be sure to give it a try to the CollaNote note-taking app for the best note-taking experience.