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New for iPad! Projectbook information manager. Back to School special!!
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New for iPad! Projectbook information manager. Back to School special!!

Cross a note-taking app with a task manager and throw in a bit of sketch pad and you get Projectbook.. 

“Digital clutter has replaced paper clutter,” Theory.io founder Peter Tamte said last week as he launched Projectbook: a notepad, a sketchbook, and a To Do manager in one package with Evernote as its primary target. Projectbook aims straight for the holes in Evernote by supporting searchable Word documents, full outline editing, handwriting recognition, a full-fledged task manager, and notes that can relate to each other. Projectbook lets you annotate notes with lines, shapes, and text — something Evernote hasn’t managed to pull off yet.

For a tablet app Projectbook is loaded with features:

Keep everything you need to get things done together in one place
• Mix different fonts, photos, sketches, audio, handwriting, and to-do lists together on any page
• Create outlines with bullets or checkboxes and rearrange bullets by dragging
• Sketch beautifully with realistic pens and many colors
• Handwrite notes with a zoom box that shrinks handwriting to fit better on each page
• Find text in Word docs, PDFs, and RTFs
• Annotate photos without switching apps

Get info from the Internet into your notebook
• Email documents, notes, and to-dos to your notebook
• Clip web pages into your notebook from Safari, Chrome, or Firefox on your desktop computer, and sync with iPad*
• Import web pages from Instapaper or Pocket on iPad
• Import files from Dropbox

Find notes and documents quickly, whether they’re organized or not
• Organize anything by folders, tags, or dates, and search for words and phrases with live search
• Gather all your information about any subject with one tap, even without keywords or tags
• Jump quickly between related notes by tapping key words Projectbook has linked for you
• Projectbook can organize files into folders automatically if you show it once what goes in each folder

Manage all your priorities and projects
• Email to-dos directly to your notebook, with attachments
• Add items instantly to your to-do list while taking notes — without switching apps
• Create sub-lists for any to-do with one tap and manage all the details of entire projects
• Organize to-dos in the exact order you prefer, or sort by due date
• Set up reminders and repeating to-dos for any item
• Attach notes and documents from your notebook, or have Projectbook attach related info automatically
• Schedule Projectbook to let you know once it’s time to start working on a to-do
• Assign to-dos to others, email it to them, and track completion
• Use the GTD system, if you’d like

Versatile and flexible Projectbook does have a few rough edges.. For example the requirement to set up a dedicated email account is a bit much. I understand the need to do this, so the only emailed material that comes in is data for this app,  The email requirement is for an IMAP account, and of course free ones are readily available. I just think that it should be integrated into the app.

Projectbook is a powerful app that could he;p a returning student keep track of busy schedules and lecture notes..or build a deck :). A worthwhile app for anyone who has to manage a busy life. It is available at the app store for the special price of $1.99 until August 15, 2012. After that it goes up to the regular price of $6.99. Smartphone and desktop versions are coming in the fall.

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Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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