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May 2, 2013 / carlispina

Replace Your Pen and Paper with Inkflow

inkflow iPad iconFor those who learn visually or prefer to take notes using a pen and paper, Inkflow is a great option for bringing this same work style to your iOS device. The app, which is available in both free and paid versions for iPads, iPhones and iPod touches, allows users to write on their device using their finger or a stylus in a manner that is very similar to writing on a piece of paper. This, of course, means that you can choose to include both text and drawings, making this a great option for those who like to include diagrams, doodles, or mind mapping in their notes. As the app’s website puts it, “Inkflow works like a Word Processor for Visual Thinking.”

inkflowhero3Writing on the page is very comfortable, though with the free version of the app, you are somewhat limited in the ways that you can write since you only have access to a black pen. You can, however, still achieve some nice effects, such as bold or stretched text, by manipulating your writing with the zooming feature. This feature is actually one of the more impressive aspects of Inkflow since it lets you select a specific portion of the page and then zoom in on it or move it around on the page. You can also add typed text or images to a page using the select functionality. Each book in the free version of the app can be up to 20 pages long and you can create an unlimited number of books. The app offers blank pages by default but also includes several types of stationery, including grid lines, ruled paper and musical staffs (in the paid version of the app, you can also create customized stationery). You can also change the type of stationery on a page retroactively. Pages or books of pages can be exported as PDFs or JPEGs, emailed, tweeted as an image, saved as a snapshot or locked to prevent future edits.

Inkflow Plus

If you opt to upgrade to the paid version of the app for $7.99, will also have access to a pencil and paint brush in addition to the basic pen and each will be available in a full palette of colors. The paid version of the app also offers access to more than 50 fonts (as compared to only 4 in the free version) for any text you want to add to your books and the ability to cut, paste and rotate any section of your page. With the paid app, your books also won’t have a page limit any more. For those who have been looking for a way to replicate the paper and pen sensation on their iPad, Inkflow is well worth a try.

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