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Mobile apps listed below may assist in accessing Mason services, E-books, organizing & notetaking support, etc. on iOS and Android based smartphones.
Reading and E-Book Apps
CourseSmart is a FREE app for iOS, Android and Windows tablets that allows you to download your textbooks and resources for your classes. Must have an account with CourseSmart view and download textbooks. You must pay for your textbooks, however the app is free.
TextHelp E-Book Reader is designed for the iPad and Android tablets. Read books aloud with highlighting. Other tools in the Read & Write such as the dictionary and translator are also available. You will need to create a free Text Help account and Bookshare account to access Bookshare books.
Audible is a FREE app by Amazon for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices. The app allows you to access your Audible account to listen to your downloaded books. Even though the app is free, you may need to pay a minimal amount for an Audible account.
Writer is a FREE app for Android mobile phones and tablets. It provides a clean, distraction free writing environment without all the fuss of a word processor. Its perfect for just taking notes or writing papers.
Note-Taking and Studying Apps
Evernote is a FREE app for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac. Take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders with searchable notes on all your devices, whether at home, at work, or on the go. Must create a free Evernote account.
Notability for iPad is a powerful handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing app. Organize notes by class or subject then share through email, Dropbox or Google drive. Purchase for $9.99.
Take recorded and written notes in lectures and meetings on an iPad. Create notes while recording audio, to never miss important details. During playback, just tap a word: SoundNote will jump right to the proper time in the audio. Purchase for $4.99.
Audio Note Lite is a FREE app for iOS devices. Take recorded or written notes. It’s great for recording classroom lectures, homework assignments and reminders.
iStudiez Pro for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows devices is studying/organizing app for students, employees and parents. Keep track of assignments, tasks and calendars all within one app. Use color codes to distinguish between classes, subjects and homework.
Inspiration Maps Lite for iPad is the mobile app version of *Inspiration 9 mind mapping software. Create and organize thoughts into diagrams, charts and outlines that will visually help communicate ideas. A great tool for organizing ideas, homework assignments, and projects into visual charts and graphs.
Apps for Users who are Visually Impaired
AccessNote is a FREE app on iOS and Android devices that allows visually impaired users to take quality notes with customized keyboard commands, cursor tracking and efficient navigation. It also contains a powerful search feature to search among all of the notes and provides keystroke efficiency so that a user can get more done with less keystrokes. or to download.
TapTapSee is a FREE app available on iOS and Android designed to help the visually impaired identify objects encountered. Double tap the screen to take a photo of anything, at any angle, and the app will speak the item back using Voice Over. It also announces branding and image descriptions.
Vision Assist is a low cost iOS app that turns a mobile device into an electronic magnifier. Users can have a magnifier in their pocket to use on the go to read menus, labels, magazines and more. Features include: zoom up to 20x, color and black/white features, pause display option and more. Purchase for $5.99,
Prizmo is an iOS low cost scanning and OCR app that is accessible with Voice Over. It can scan documents, receipts, business cards and images and export them as a PDF/text file or as an image file. Using voice guidance, Prizmo will also guide the user on text orientation for taking a quality image. Purchase for $9.99,
The Color Identifier Apple device app uses the camera of an iPhone or iPod touch to speak the names of colors in real-time. Point the camera at an object and the color of the object will be read aloud. Purchase for $4.99.
Document Scanning & Organization Apps
TurboScan for Android and iOS turn mobile devices into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text. Store scans on a device or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files. Purchase for $4.99.
Perfect OCR for iOS device offers document scanning while accurately recognizing text for clear and concise scans. Once OCR’d the image can be edited, copied, emailed and more. Purchase for $1.99.
Dropbox is a free cloud storage system that can be downloaded on any PC, Mac, or mobile device. Store documents, videos, and pictures to a Dropbox folder and access or share files on the go.