Ampad SHOT NOTE: Written iPhone App Review
Don’t you just love using your iPhone for all the day-to-day things that it can do to make your life easier, more fun, and more interesting? Well one of those things that’s been missing is the ability to use good old pen and paper to write down your thoughts and ideas, scribble notes or draw diagrams. Ampad SHOT NOTE, by Esselte, has just the solution for when writing on paper is a better option. It handily solves the problem of getting those handwritten notes, scribbles and diagrams into digital form with a lot more functionality than a mere photo provides.
Concept and Functionality
The cool thing about Ampad SHOT NOTE is that it bridges the chasm between your physical note-taking world and your digital iPhone/online world in a remarkably effective way. Some note taking apps available for the iPhone will allow you to upload pictures or graphics, but sometimes you also want the text to be editable and searchable. Now those handwritten notes can be easily uploaded to your iPhone and transferred to Evernote with one click so you can take advantage of its capabilities, including interpreting handwritten text.
With Ampad SHOT NOTE Sharing your masterpiece couldn’t be easier. When you first start Ampad you register your Evernote and Dropbox accounts and then you’re ready to upload your completed pages of the Ampad SHOT NOTE pad and begin sharing. These pads are currently available from Amazon.com (and soon from Staples.com and Quill.com) in different sizes and at the time of this review an 8.5 X 11 inch pad costs $6.67. To begin the upload process you hit ‘camera’ button at the bottom of the screen and then simply align the four corner marks that you see on the screen with the four corner marks on the Ampad SHOT NOTE writing pad and take the picture. Just line up those markers, snap the picture, and with one click the pages show up in Evernote or Dropbox.
Design and Graphics
For what this app is intended to do the simple layout and design works quite well. You see your notes listed alphabetically and whether or not they have been copied to Evernote or Dropbox. You see a tiny image of the first page of the note which is great for helping to job your memory in case the title was not descriptive enough. Tapping on the note opens it up so you can pinch and zoom to see what’s there. You can optimize the image to eliminate shadows or restore the original. Then you can upload it to Evernote or Dropbox, copy it to your camera roll to send as a message, send it in an email, or share it with Twitter.
This app, in conjunction with its writing pads, is a great solution for storing, searching, and sharing any type of handwritten notes. Its tight integration with Evernote, Dropbox, email and Twitter works quite well and makes this an easy recommendation.
AmPad SHOT NOTE is compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, iPod Touch (3rd generation, 4th generation, 5th generation) and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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