Thank-you to everyone who has patiently waited for a new Mental Note update. Version 3.8 should appear on the store soon. This version finally fixes some lingering bugs and brings the compatibility for the iPad and iPhone versions up to the latest iOS version. Among other issues, this version resolves the iCloud bugs from a long time ago and sets us up for future iCloud enhancements.
Indie rock artist Mark Malagise uses Mental Note for iPad. His band, THRIFT, just released a self-titled EP.
September 2014 Update: The band just released a music video for their song “Mockingbird”, which began as a small idea in Mental Note. Check out the video!
Throughout the making of their EP, the band had to communicate with each other across country, sometimes internationally. Mental Note became the medium for collaborative idea transfer throughout creation of the album: from writing the songs, to recording in the studio, and all the brainstorms in between.
All of the band’s creative content is stored, grown, and developed in Mental Note. The Mental Note digital notepad was used in the idea creation process to help the band with their songwriting. Once the initial music and lyrics were in place, each song was initially recorded within Mental Note.
Audio snippets, written lyrics, full tracks, review notes: all this data was captured and organized within Mental Note, and then used extensively throughout the recording process.
Here’s Mark to explain:
“We actually got a lot of use from Mental Note while making the EP. With me being in Pittsburgh, Anna [Carmela] being in Los Angeles, and our producer, Brent [Setterington], being in Toronto, we used the iCloud backup feature to sync Mental Note across all of our devices so that we could share our ideas and make edits of the songs before we even got into the studio…
…Reviewing dozens of songs was made easy, as all of the lyrics and music were in one simple notebook style app. I can’t imagine trying to open and review all of those songs through a DAW [Digital Audio Workstation] like Logic or Nuendo, let alone trying to edit them and organize all of the lyrics and notes.
Once we got to BBR Studio in Toronto, we actually used Mental Note to record auditions of us playing the prospective songs, and then made notes there on the spot of what we wanted to add, change, etc. We had access to thousands of dollars worth of recording gear, but chose the iPad and Mental Note for this task instead, as the ability to record audio directly into a note made editing, writing, and sharing our ideas as easy and seamless as possible. Also, while singing in the live room, Anna used Mental Note as an interactive lyrics sheet, as not only did the app allow her to read and create vocal/lyrical edits, but it also gave her the ability to listen to these edits as well.
Sooooo yeah… Mental Note played a big role in creating the new EP…. thank you for making such an intuitive and useful app! It is easy to use, very functional, and not bloated with a bunch of unnecessary features. Keep up the good work! You guys rock!”
Have a listen to the final product, and pick up the EP over at www.thriftnoise.com.
Mental Note – the digital notepad is being used in classrooms around the world.
Read about how Princeton Day School in New Jersey makes use of Mental Note in middle school classes for English, Science, and Archaeology.
Learn about a New York City Public School project involving Mental Note and young students with severe emotional difficulties that won the school a “Best Practices” award from the NYC Department of Education, and a set of iPads from Apple.
A separate version of “Mental Note – the digital notepad” can also be used on iPod touch devices. Normanby Primary in the UK uses Mental Note on classroom iPod touches. They’ve even found a unique way to involve parents with student Mental Note assignments: using the sketch pen, parents sign their child’s homework.
Also in the UK, Apple Distinguished Educator and author, Adam Foster, uses Mental Note in the classroom and has written about it in his “iPad Teacher Guide” (2nd edition Published June 2014).
A number of classrooms in Sweden use Mental Note for iPad, and Mental Note is recommended in a Swedish educational textbook for teachers involved with early childhood education, (Published January 2013): Lär med surfplatta i årskurs 1-3.
We’re always interested in hearing how Mental Note is being used – send us a note and let us know how you’re using Mental Note in your classroom.
UPDATE (September 5, 2012): We are pleased to offer a 50% discount to educational institutions purchasing 20 or more copies of Mental Note for iPad through the Volume Purchase Program.
Jeff Youngblood and his team at FASTSIGNS rely on Mental Note.
FASTSIGNS provides all different types of signage solutions around the world. Jeff and his team, which focus on Irving, Texas, selected Mental Note for its ease of use. Jeff explains: “Prior to discovering Mental Note, we had information scattered on as many as three apps in our iPhones. Pictures in the photo album, written notes saved in email and text messages, and we used a simple sketch pad app to make diagrams while in the field. Once we discovered Mental Note, we were able to put every detail in one app, Mental Note”.
On any client job it’s important to understand the parameters the client is working in. During an on-site client consultation, Mental Note allows the team to quickly document the site for sign design and installation. Any design and marketing ideas that spring up during discussions go straight onto the note page – whether it’s a photo of the target signage area, a sketch to highlight an important area, or a quick audio clip when a keyboard would take too long to capture an idea.
Notes are geo-tagged with the location the note was created in. This is important as the company expands into other regions and wants to keep track of their sign install base. Searching through notes using location brings up the clients in a particular area. By keeping notes on each installation, the company has created a photo and factual inventory of their clients and their signs.
Back at the shop, the notes collected in the field are then used to brainstorm further design ideas which also get recorded onto the note page. Ultimately the design ideas end up in a developed sign installed at a documented customer site.