Peak Meetings HD for iPad - app review

This week I took at look at Peak Meetings HD for iPad and so far, I like what I see. I mean, meetings, meetings, meetings. There has to be a good way to capture meeting information on iPad, right? Sure you can just type your notes out, but wouldn't be great if you could use templates for your meetings? How about have them in an organized format?

When making a meeting, you can choose what type of meeting its going to be. Informational? Update? Problem Solving? What Peak Meetings attempts to do is to help you organize, prioritize and most of all, streamline your meeting notes. Peak Meetings does this by giving you some key sections that are customizable that vary based on the type of meeting you have. Let's look at a basic meeting:

  • Title
  • Goals
  • Agenda
  • Notes
  • Location
  • Attendees
  • Project

The Title sections allows you to simply enter the title of your meeting. You can make this as fancy or as simple as you need. The next section, Goals, I often find missing from most of the meetings I go to.... Agenda allows you to add bullet point items, just like you might list in a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation. Almost all sections in Peak Meetings are divided into smaller groups should you want to take advantage of it. For example...

With Agenda type of meeting, these bullet points are divided even further into four sub-topics:

Topic- the title of what is to be discussed

Timing- how long this topic should last

Responsible- who is presenting this (gets populated from the Attendees section; more on that later)

Details- specifics for this topic to be discussed

Problems- why/what and ideal outcome

Options- pros and cons list

Solutions- needed and hurdles

Actions- responsible person, due date, details

After you have cataloged all of the above information, you can then write even more details in the notes section. Think if it as a way to summarize your meeting at a high level; the details are accounted for above.

Next you can enter in location information such as 4th floor, meeting room B. There is even a specific area to enter the access code for a conference call. To top it off, you can enter attendees for the meeting. Attendees are pulled in from your contacts or can be entered from scratch. Finally, all of this information is great but unless you can tie to a project, it is ultimately not worth it. So, you can add multiple projects as needed to your meeting.

Once you gave taken all of your meeting notes you can easily email them. This, my friends is where it all starts to come together. Remember when you added "attended" contacts to your meeting? Well, now when you email it, your attendees emails show in the compose email window! Very nice.

The next thing that you might be thinking is, "Gee Chad, I have weekly meetings where the agenda, etc. is always the same". No worries my friends, you can easily select a meeting and duplicate it.

That sums up Peak Meetings HD for iPad. This app fits nicely in my workflow. For example, as many of you know, I love Evernote. Well, I also send a copy of the meeting via email to Evernote when I am done with the meeting. Now I have a consistent, nicely formatted meeting notes instantly searchable.

[$9.99 - iTunes Link]

TiPb iPad 4-star rated

Pros

  • Great way to streamline you meetings!
  • Customizable with types of meetings
  • Universal app- bonus!
  • Email your meetings from the Attendee list
  • Duplicate common meetings

Cons

  • Can't create your own sections, but is very flexible to suite most needs
  • No built-in backup or sync tool

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What's the difference between Peak Meeting HD $9.99 (better, faster meeting) and Peak Meeting (better, faster meeting) $4.99 for iPhone

Okay but not to be slow or anything but a universal app meaning. I'm kinda of a intermediate in the the iPhone world.

Sure. Sorry about that :-)
A Universal app means that you buy it once and it works natively on iPhone and iPad, meaning it is optimized fro both devices. You can buy iPhone apps now and run them on the iPad, but they don't take up the full size screen and are a little "fuzzy" to look at, they aren't high-resolution.

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Thanks for the review, Chad. I may have to spring for this app because I take lots of notes in meetings. The email feature could make my life a little bit easier....but I may need to get the Apple keyboard for the iPad since I'll want to touch type my notes.
Alan G

Thinking about springing the 10 for this, but one question.... Do the emailed recipients get a "viewable" document from this, or do they have to have this app also? I have had apps before that allow for publication to email from directly in the app, but when you send these to some one not using the app, windows can't find an application to open it with.

Email recipients get everything you put into the meeting file, unless you choose to delete items from the email (e.g. If there's a sensitive note you don't want someone to see). By default, anyone who is listed as an attendee, or someone who didn't attend but has been assigned an action item, gets included in the list of recipients. But the email doesn't go out until you tap Send, so you can refine the list of recipients, or the content of the email, as needed.

Methinks this should come to the Mac App Store
@Alan - your comment made me think about a Mac version b/c laptops have built-in keyboards ;-) (not bashing iPad though, I love it)

MyMeetingPro HD is a full featured Effective Meeting app for the iPad that includes meeting planning, conducting (time and agenda tracking), note-taking (typed or whiteboard, collected by agenda item), summarization and communication tools.

Thanks for this review! i did not know this app, i gonna try it. For meeting, i use an iPad application, Beesy which allows you to take notes and the app generates automatically ToDo lists and professional meeting minutes!