Sketchbook Pro for Taking Notes in Class?

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  1. keyofnight macrumors regular

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    My question is all in the title. I'm a grad student in a small Philosophy program, and I've been wanting to switch to digital note-taking for a long while. However, I still have my qualms. I tried using Curio and a Wacom Tablet, but that did not worked out the way I wanted it to (not mobile enough).

    Right now my notes look like this (—though usually they are more "pictorial," but you get the point):

    [​IMG]

    Is there any way I could get a similar effect from Sketchbook Pro?—or would it be too cumbersome? Also, is the application fairly stable? I don't want to lose my notes to a crash or something lame like that (although I suppose that's always a possibility with any software no matter how stable).

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Simgar988 macrumors 65816

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    Right now, all note taking apps are to cumbersome. I've tested them all including sketchbook
     
  3. Engin Kurutepe macrumors newbie

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    The main problem with note taking apps, including my own PaperPad, is that the touch resolution of the iPad is too low to feel like paper. You have to turn your expectations down a bit, and get used to zooming in and out to write smaller text.

    I had the chance to compare the iPad with a tablet PC of a student of mine. The tablet PC was made by Fujitsu and had a Wacom display. It was 4 times as heavy as the iPad and ran some Windows version, the screen was dim but the touch resolution simply blew the iPad away. It really was like paper. My student also uses it to take notes during class.

    Send me a message if you'd like to try PaperPad out. I can give you a voucher code.

    Cheers,
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    We can't pm you, but I'd love that!!
     
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    hmmm, sorry about that. i'm new in macrumors forums :)

    then here is the deal: first 25 to send me an email, get a code.
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  6. keyofnight thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, that's definitely a problem... If the resolution is low then it's difficult to get a legitimate drawing experience. However, I might be able to deal with the situation as it is if the workflow is solid or organic— the software has to work right more often than it does not.

    For instance, if it's too hard to set preset brushes, then I'll have to tinker a whole bunch in the middle of class. If it's laggy, then I'll have to wait for a bit between brush strokes. If it's hard to move notes on and off the iPad, organize them, read them later, then the notes are no good to me.

    Are these problems you've run into?
     
  7. tdream macrumors 65816

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    Until Apple bring a stylus into the equation, no it's not really viable to produce notes like that. Very nice notes though... I like them a lot.
     
  8. keyofnight thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, what do you think of buying a third-party stylus? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfTeIIi79r8

    Thank you so much for the compliment. I'm proud of my notes, and it took a while to get them looking like that.
     
  9. DaSal macrumors regular

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    I purchased a stylus, and besides for it 'feeling' somewhat nicer, the accuracy is not really improved a lot over a finger. It seems the iPad just can't register things accurately enough.

    As far as handwriting on the iPad goes you need to count on it being about as legible as if you finger-painted. I'm not kidding. For drawing it can be ok as some of these things can be overcome by zooming in, but that takes time and it won't be nice for taking notes.

    For taking notes they really need to make a good app that lets you do most of the note taking with the keyboard and then add in some drawing when needed.

    This is about as accurate as it gets on the iPad:

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  10. keyofnight thread starter macrumors regular

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    That looks pretty good to me. Except the brush stroke is too big—but the brush size can be changed in other apps.
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Except sketchbook was never touted as a note taking app. Have you really tried them "all". I bet you haven't. Maybe all free ones. Oh and don't quote the post and image just above you. It's cumbersome and silly.
     
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    So…have you tried any of these apps? I'd love your opinion on the matter.
     
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