Pen and Paper ($1.99) by Vivid Apps is a basic note taking app that could potentially save you from making paper notebook purchases in the future. Ever head into a meeting and wonder if you will need to take notes? Do you question whether your iPad be able to pull off sophisticated note taking like graphs, charts, writing in the margins, or even doodles? Pen and Paper may be one of the easiest to use note taking apps available, and it will do all this and more.
To begin, open up your notebook and quickly set your preferences. You can choose paper with lines, a math grid or blank, along with a Letter, Legal or A4 size notebook. Once you start writing, you may want to enhance your notes with some of the other built-in features including: uploading photos, adding shapes and changing the font colors. Your notebook is saved within the app and it will always be there until you choose to remove it. You can also email, print, or upload your notebooks to your Dropbox account.
I use a stylus while taking notes because I find this to be more comfortable and realistic. I sometimes think my finger gets in the way and I do not write as well. Most note taking apps make your handwriting look sloppy, but they are a wonderful alternative to carrying around a paper notebook all the time.
Pen and Paper currently has one major drawback that will be fixed in the next update. Currently, there is no wrist or palm pad. This is a way for you to rest your hand and wrist on the iPad screen without causing strange things to happen. It essentially locks the lower part of the notebook. This is included on several other notebook apps, and is a must have. Rest assured, the developer said it is coming soon. If I did not know this, I would have struggled to give this app a decent review.
The only other glitch I found was sometimes the notebook page would turn and I would have to figure out how to get it back. Usually it changes back with a simple swipe of the finger, but a couple of times I struggled to make it work. Once the wrist guard update comes out, this issue should be eliminated.
Outside of the pending wrist pad update, I personally like this notebook app better than others I have tried because of its simplicity. Pen and Paper has a green factor to it as well. By using this app, you are saving paper and your hard earned money on paper notebook purchases. If you are looking for an easy to use notebook app, Pen And Paper is an option worth checking out.
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