Fluid Notes: Written & Video iPad App Review
If you were to ask us why we bought our iPad in the first place, we would undoubtably reply without hesitation: Simply put, we bought it to stop taking paper notes. After all, what’s the point of having cloud-based note services and a giant, attractive screen if you can’t shirk the paper weight? With that in mind, we’re stoked to be bringing you a review today of Fluid Notes, a great entry into the note taking genre. If you’re looking for a more up to date replacement, or just want to try something new, then go ahead and scroll on down below the break. We’ll fill you in and then some, starting with:
Concept and Functionality
If you have ever used a note taking app before, then you’re likely already aware of how Fluid Notes behaves—for the most part. Granted, it’s not the most innovative affair we’ve ever seen, but it gets the job done in an incredibly solid way.
With Fluid Notes, you’ll get all of the features you’d expect. There are multiple pen types, as well as various paper varieties to choose from. You’ll also get a pretty nifty auto-advance zoom feature: A very good reason to try out the application, if nothing else. This feature allows you to hit specific lines via the bottom portion of the screen. The app will advance the line every time you reach an end, and in this way, makes it one heck of a lot easier to quickly scrawl out pages upon pages of notes. And, of course, you can share your work to a variety of sources once you’re done. Remember when we talked about having your notes in the cloud? Yeah, the gang’s all here.
Design and Interface
Without a doubt, the look of Fluid Notes is incredibly solid. It’s a beautiful interface with gorgeously designed features, and we couldn’t be happier with the eye-candy. That being said, there are a few inherent features we’d like to see. For instance, there’s no handwriting recognition (conversion to text, that is) supported here. There’s also no on-screen palm rest, as in Penultimate. We’ve learned from experience that having that buffer is a lifesaver, and we’re disappointed to not find it here. Likewise, we’d also quite like the option to add graphics from elsewhere on the iPad. Then again, we liked the included pen styles, and the auto-forwarding feature is one of the best designed we’ve ever seen.
At the end of the day, Fluid Notes is a very solid entry into the field, and is a great way to go if you’re looking for a new note taking application. To fully enjoy all it has to offer, though, you’ll need to shell out a minimum of a dollar for in-app unlocks, however. This includes all of the sharing options, as well as some design changes. Then again, Fluid Notes is easily worth its weight in free money, which is what it will cost to try out.
Fluid Notes requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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