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Yaara Lancet | Aug. 13, 2013
A great idea for students and lecturers alike but it still has some growing to do.

Some note-taking techniques are kludgey: printing out slide decks and writing on them, for instance, or copying and pasting images into a word processor. is another take on the note-taking problem, this time in the form of a free-to-use Web app. is more than a note-taking app. It's a complete course platform for both students and lecturers. Once a course is created in the system, anyone can upload the course's slides, and the entire class can join in and either collaborate on notes or write their own private ones on slides.

No highlighting features are currently available, but you can tie slide notes to certain points on the slide for easier reference. The lecturer panel, currently available only by request, also provides some trends and insights into the class's behavior.

Notable is a great alternative to university-provided platforms--and with some added features, it can really give classes a boost.


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