The concept behind Pendaflex’s Shot Note is the ability to take your notes from ‘handwritten to handheld’. The product uses note and sketch pads with special corner markers which, used with their phone app, creates digitized notes that you can share – via email, Twitter, Evernote, and Dropbox.
For this review, I used notes from client sessions as well as personal planning notes.
Step 1: Download the Shot Note app from the iPhone App store. (Note: The app is not available for the Android market. Maybe down the road?)
Step 1: Digitizing the notes was as easy as, well, taking a photo using your iPhone. Just use the corner markers to make sure your notepad is lined up, and done!
Step 2: You can then name the new file and assign tags.
Step 3: You can save the image to your Camera Roll, email it, tweet it, or export it to Evernote or Dropbox.
All of those steps worked very smoothly, and the app is very user-friendly from the start. But here’s the thing: you don’t need the specially-marked notepads! Any legal pad, planner, or sticky note will do.
The bad news: Shot Note isn’t new technology, and it isn’t solving a problem that hasn’t already been solved. And the product that’s being sold (the note and sketch pads) aren’t needed to use the free app. Anyone who can take a decent cell phone photo can use this without buying the special pads. And like I said, the app is only available for the iPhone market. No Android presence.
The good news: Even if you have no desire to use Evernote, Dropbox, or Twitter, the Shot Note app has value in digitizing notes of any kind and turning them into a taggable and searchable format. That alone makes it handy for referring to meeting notes, grocery lists, your kids’ lacrosse game schedule, etc.
Disclaimer: I was provided the note and sketch pads from Pendaflex to facilitate this review. My review is my honest opinion based on my actual experience with the product.