There’s something about the size and feel of the iPad’s screen that makes you want to write, draw and doodle with your fingers (or maybe a stylus). There are a bunch of great writing and drawing apps for iPad and, increasingly, they have something in common: they work with Evernote.
Whether you’re a casual inker who jots down a phone number or a serious productivity geek who brings an iPad and stylus to every meeting, there’s an app in the Evernote Trunk that will allow you to take notes your way and save them to your Evernote account, where we’ll make your handwritten text searchable and synchronize everything across your devices.
Noteshelf for iPad
The latest note taking addition to the Trunk is Noteshelf, an app that allows you to create multi-page notebooks from a fantastic selection of templates. In addition to standards like blank, ruled and graph paper, you can choose a day planner, task list, baseball scorecard, and more.
Of course, the most important feature of an inking app is the quality of the writing, and Noteshelf does’t disappoint. With smooth curves, line weight that varies based on how fast your finger moves, and a number of choices of pen color, the ink support is top notch. If you write with a stylus, Noteshelf’s wrist protection mode allows you rest your wrist on the screen just like you would with a paper notepad. You can also insert images into your notes, then mark them up with your finger.
Send to Evernote
Once you’re ready to save your notes into Evernote, Noteshelf makes it simple but also gives you a lot of control. You can save an entire notebook, a set of pages from a notebook, or just one page. You can choose whether to upload the pages as image files, which give the best handwriting recognition results, or as PDFs, which are great for multi-page documents. You can even specify the Evernote notebook that you want the notes added to, and whether the template background should be included. Noteshelf remembers your selections, so the next time you want to save a note to Evernote, it only takes two taps and you’re done.
Many great inking apps
Noteshelf is just one of the great inking apps that you’ll find in the Evernote Trunk. Other iPad apps include FastFinga, SpeedText HD, Inkiness, Underscore Notify, and Zeptopad. The iPhone and iPod Touch’s screens may be a little small for hardcore note taking, but they also feature a number of popular inking apps, including EverPaint, Touchwriter and iPhone versions of FastFinga and SpeedText.