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ArcNote is an app that's difficult to describe in a few, short words. So, let me have some visuals do the talking. Look at the screenshots below, and you'll probably pretty quickly understand what this app does.

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Now that you've looked at them, you probably realize this is kind-of-sort-of amazing. If you're constantly in meetings, or attend some kind of higher education institution, you probably see a lot of PowerPoint / Keynote slides. This app lets you take a picture of a slide presentation while also simultaneously recording audio, and those pictures can then be transformed / tweaked into properly-oriented, full-sized slides.

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I tried it with my computer monitor at a fairly awkward angle, and it worked scarily well. I think the video (below) is a little optimistic about the distances you'll be able to achieve usable results at, but even so, this app is unlike anything else I've ever seen, and it solves a real-world problem I definitely had when I was in college. Head to the Play Store link below to give it a shot.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://profiles.google.com/zandmstudios Steven Zang

    This looks amazing...my jaw dropped.

  • Aaron A.

    Why does it need SMS and GPS fine location permissions?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Probably because it appears to be an iOS port and the developers were lazy with permissions. There's no reason to think there's anything sketchy going on here, this is a respected developer. That said, they should tweak the permissions.

  • storm14k

    This works like Camscanner

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I think it's similar, but this is rather specifically meant to be used for presentations, because it's designed to capture images from a distance / at more awkward angles, and to record audio along with what you're capturing, so you can get a real sense of the presentation and organize slides into a chronological lecture / meeting. Does Camscanner work all that well from far away?

      • storm14k

        Ahhh. Haven't tried it from a distance. But it seems this is also geared towards notes on paper and screen vs whiteboards.

  • Wilfredo Alarcon

    Oooh. Tempted to actually make a presentation with this to see if it's up to par with a REAL ppt....

  • http://twitter.com/EightRooks Matthew Lee

    Very clever, but if you're a student of some kind and you actually need this your university is doing it wrong, to be blunt. The place I work is several years behind the times as regards many kinds of tech and they still remember to upload the slides from every presentation to the intranet so students can grab them to read through later. It's a smart little app, but in a perfect world it would have no reason to exist.

    Or maybe I'm wrong and in a year or two every single lecture or conference will have all the attendees clicking along with their smartphones every time the speaker changes the slide. :-)

    • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

      Not good! (What you're suggesting, not this clever app.) The BEST way to learn - anything, is to make your own hand written notes. Don't type them in on a laptop, tablet etc, or even take photos. Scribble and append, and if you think you missed anything, ask the lecturer there and then or after class sometime.

      This is why I seriously worry about schools that equip their students with iPads etc. Yes, a tablet is better than using a laptop because it's more intuitive and frees up your brain from using both hands to type, but a notepad and pen/pencil is really always going to be the best way until high resolution paper like stylus operated tablets arrive.

      • mptpro

        In your opinion.

        • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

          This thing has been studied already that students remember alot more when they write it down instead of having a copy and reading it once.

      • http://www.facebook.com/victimsofculture Micah Springer

        I type all of my notes and I remember quite well. I can also go back and read them from my phone or laptop when I have to study and they aren't in my GOD AWFUL handwriting. Also I type about 90WPM so I can type EVERYTHING the teacher says. Writing I can't even write 60 WPM.... For me typing is much more effective.

        • Jörgen Pettersson

          Maybe that's it then, typing all words said instead of jotting down a summary. But if it works for you...

  • hyperbolic

    Looks promising !

  • Dipish

    Handy Scanner / Camscanner kinda do the same, why's everyone so surprised?

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

      I would agree with you but this thing records voice while taking shots of presentations which both of those scanners do not.
      So this app is mainly for presentations at meetings.
      I'll try because i wonder if it enhances pictures better than Camscanner.

  • Dipish

    Didn't work for me at all :(
    It freezes after taking picture.

    Sony Xperia S CM10

  • primalxconvoy

    Not a great idea, as many cameras around the world have obligatory shutter sounds. Also, it's still considered taboo to wip out your phone to do anything in many offices, like in Japan where I work.

    • Dion

      The APP turns the shutter sounds off if your smartphone supported.

      • primalxconvoy

        Incorrect. It's not the phone, it's the country where the phone was bought. In Korea and Japan, all phones must have a shutter sound, due to the high incidents of male perverts taking pics of girls.