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Designed as a scratch paper app for the iPad, Loose Leaf is a new quick note taking app that uses a simple, no frills design and incorporates both clever sketching tools and intuitive touch gestures for a unique idea planning experience.

Like many simple note taking/sketching apps, Loose Leaf includes a pen for basic writing and sketching, along with a tool for erasing. There are five different pen colors available, plus an undo/redo button for fixing mistakes, and an image insertion tool for adding photos or images from the camera roll.

In addition to these basic tools, there's a useful cutting tool that allows users to cut out a section of the page (or an image) by drawing an outline with a finger. The cutout can be dragged to a new location with a two finger drag, or resized with pinch gestures. Pulling on a cutout with two fingers on each side will duplicate it, while two fingers will rotate it and pinching will resize it.

Sketches can be sent instantly to contacts, emailed, messaged, saved to the camera roll, printed, sent to someone via AirDrop, or shared on Twitter and Facebook. There's even a tool to upload sketches directly to image sharing site Imgur, and sketches can be opened in a variety of different apps like Dropbox, Pixelmator, Evernote, and more.

Loose Leaf's drawing tools are very basic, but combined with the ruler tool and intuitive gestures that make duplication super quick, the app can be useful for sketching out ideas, mocking up projects, and more.

Loose Leaf can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

Article Link: New 'Loose Leaf' App for the iPad Aims to Replace Scratch Paper
 

ArtOfWarfare

macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
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Was interested until I saw the price. Need to try a demo version of some sort before I give $5 for an app that may or may not work.
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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Was interested until I saw the price. Need to try a demo version of some sort before I give $5 for an app that may or may not work.
While I have a similar mindset, it seems that most don't have a problem paying that much for a cup of coffee pretty much on any given day without much thought about it and with barely much of a benefit from it that is very temporary at best.
 

FieldingMellish

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Jun 20, 2010
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It's as though the app is the CGI of drawing and sketching. Lost is the look and feel. I'd feel constrained no matter how it might scroll left or right while drawing in it. This app does not beat sketching on paper and taking a photo of it, or using a scanning app to send it off.
 

2010mini

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Jun 19, 2013
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While I have a similar mindset, it seems that most don't have a problem paying that much for a cup of coffee pretty much on any given day without much thought about it and with barely much of a benefit from it that is very temporary at best.

So true. So true.
 

Vanilla35

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Apr 11, 2013
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While I have a similar mindset, it seems that most don't have a problem paying that much for a cup of coffee pretty much on any given day without much thought about it and with barely much of a benefit from it that is very temporary at best.

Coffee gives you an immediate, and much more tangible reward than software.
 

spackl

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Nov 18, 2014
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While I have a similar mindset, it seems that most don't have a problem paying that much for a cup of coffee pretty much on any given day without much thought about it and with barely much of a benefit from it that is very temporary at best.

Comparing apples to oranges there. The previous comment you refer to was where the poster wanted the ability to try before buy. The poster wasn't against the price fully, but without any knowledge if they may like it, $5 was a bit high in the world of .99cent apps.

Your reference to paying that much for coffee doesn't compare because before one pays the arguably high prices for coffee at chain stores, they do so because they have had coffee before. They know they like it. Thus paying for something they like is a choice they can make. Here the other poster is saying, he rather try before paying and that makes perfect sense. And I am sure if the poster likes the demo, they wouldn't mind $5 as the the amount really wasn't the real issue, just the inability to try without the $5 risk.
 

Traverse

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Mar 11, 2013
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While I have a similar mindset, it seems that most don't have a problem paying that much for a cup of coffee pretty much on any given day without much thought about it and with barely much of a benefit from it that is very temporary at best.

This app looks very interesting, but I've spent a lot of money on hand writing apps and have been disappointed in each one. I won't pay another $5 unless I can try it out.

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Not even a pack of scratch paper costs $4.99.

But can it share or import into other apps? Can it be backed up to the could without being scanned?
 

iSee

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Oct 25, 2004
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Was interested until I saw the price. Need to try a demo version of some sort before I give $5 for an app that may or may not work.

$5 is pretty trivial, IMO. I would like to see a review before I waste time with it, though.

Also, it's iPad only. I'm still looking for something decent in this realm for an iPhone 6+.
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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Comparing apples to oranges there. The previous comment you refer to was where the poster wanted the ability to try before buy. The poster wasn't against the price fully, but without any knowledge if they may like it, $5 was a bit high in the world of .99cent apps.

Your reference to paying that much for coffee doesn't compare because before one pays the arguably high prices for coffee at chain stores, they do so because they have had coffee before. They know they like it. Thus paying for something they like is a choice they can make. Here the other poster is saying, he rather try before paying and that makes perfect sense. And I am sure if the poster likes the demo, they wouldn't mind $5 as the the amount really wasn't the real issue, just the inability to try without the $5 risk.
And yet many people will try some new coffee or at some new store and not like it for some reason and basically pour it out and not think twice about the money they spent on it.

Again, I agree with what the poster I replied to said, and what you are saying as far as the specifics, I was just pointing out that many of us will often or at least sometimes spend as much if not more money on things that do much less and not even give it a second thought. It was basically an observation.
 

Tastannin

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Sep 19, 2003
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What does this have over Penultimate, which is free? Granted, Penultimate's tightly integrated with Evernote, but still is useful. It has stationery. What about Paper by FiftyThree?
 

jclo

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Dec 7, 2012
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What does this have over Penultimate, which is free? Granted, Penultimate's tightly integrated with Evernote, but still is useful. It has stationery. What about Paper by FiftyThree?

Loose Leaf doesn't have the sketching tools that Paper has or the wrist protection of Penultimate, but it's really quick and has some very nice cut, duplicate, and paste tools, along with good sharing features and a nice ruler function.

Penultimate is a better note taking app and Paper is a better sketching app but for mocking up ideas and mapping out projects as seen in the videos, this app is far superior.
 

philosopherdog

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Dec 29, 2008
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I can't stand all the cheapism. It's unfortunate that apple has created a race to the bottom with the App Store. It's no wonder most apps are abandoned by developers after a first push. Apple needs to include trial versions and paid upgrades. $5 is rediculously cheap for a good piece of software. Apple has created a pricing distortion since they are hardware and services company who have found that giving away software is the best business strategy. Anyhow, those are India prices and that's why the good jobs are starting to go there because you can't pay good devs on that kind of money.
 

iSee

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Oct 25, 2004
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I can't stand all the cheapism. It's unfortunate that apple has created a race to the bottom with the App Store. It's no wonder most apps are abandoned by developers after a first push. Apple needs to include trial versions and paid upgrades. $5 is rediculously cheap for a good piece of software. Apple has created a pricing distortion since they are hardware and services company who have found that giving away software is the best business strategy. Anyhow, those are India prices and that's why the good jobs are starting to go there because you can't pay good devs on that kind of money.

I don't think you can just blame Apple here.

Apple lets the developers set the prices. How can you blame Apple for this?

IAP allow for a lot of flexibility, giving software developers the ability to have a form of paid upgrade and demo versions...

...and a lot of people complain relentlessly anyhow, whether it's $5, $3, or even just $1... a lot of people just don't want to pay. Apps that are free to install with IAP are cursed for that. It doesn't seem like a lot of people want to pay anything for any app.

IMO, developers should stop chasing those customers and rather focus on people who actually want to pay for quality software. It's either that or make cheaply produced ad ware.
 

telecomm

macrumors 65816
Nov 30, 2003
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Also, it's iPad only. I'm still looking for something decent in this realm for an iPhone 6+.

Have you tried Notability? It's my go-to app for note taking, and I think it's been recently updated for the iPhone 6/6+ (though I use it on an iPad Air only).
 

Tastannin

macrumors 6502
Sep 19, 2003
367
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UT
Loose Leaf doesn't have the sketching tools that Paper has or the wrist protection of Penultimate, but it's really quick and has some very nice cut, duplicate, and paste tools, along with good sharing features and a nice ruler function.

Penultimate is a better note taking app and Paper is a better sketching app but for mocking up ideas and mapping out projects as seen in the videos, this app is far superior.

Thanks for the clarification!
 

Jessica Lares

macrumors G3
Oct 31, 2009
9,418
883
Near Dallas, Texas, USA
Oh man, could have so much fun with this app!

I understand how spending money is an issue for a lot of people. It's why I cancelled my order for the $20 Amazon Fire TV Stick that so many people went out and bought two of without even thinking it over. Because once I did think it over, it made more sense to just run Plex Home Theater with my Apple Remote and then suck it up for having to watch my Prime stuff through Safari or my iPad. I am not renewing next year anyway.

There are so many better ways to spend $20 like there is $5.

I am a coffee person who does buy both $5 coffees and apps. :p But to be fair, I don't do it everyday, and I am happy to drink the stuff you can get cheap at the gas station.
 

Charliebird

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Mar 10, 2010
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I'm such a sucker for these kinds of things and then I never wind up using them. I'm adding this to a watch list for now.
 

dljeffery

macrumors regular
Aug 9, 2011
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Issaquah, WA
I can't stand all the cheapism. It's unfortunate that apple has created a race to the bottom with the App Store. It's no wonder most apps are abandoned by developers after a first push. Apple needs to include trial versions and paid upgrades. $5 is rediculously cheap for a good piece of software. Apple has created a pricing distortion since they are hardware and services company who have found that giving away software is the best business strategy. Anyhow, those are India prices and that's why the good jobs are starting to go there because you can't pay good devs on that kind of money.

Apple didn't create the race to the bottom. The developers did that.

I still remember the days of PalmOS apps and WinCE apps, when $20 to $50 was more the norm. Not sure why that changed with the iOS App Store, but it wasn't Apple's doing.
 
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