Bamboo Paper for iPad

Bamboo Paper for the iPad is a note taking app that allows the user to scrawl directly onto the iPad using a finger or capacitive stylus (I prefer the latter). Version 1.2 (current) allows for a single notebook to be created which is presented to the user at launch.

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From this initial screen it is possible to rename the notebook (tap the title), reset it by tapping the trash can (this takes the notebook back to “factory”, complete with instructions) and output the book either by email (as a PDF) or by printing (AirPrint). Tapping the settings icon allows the colour of the notebook to be changed as well as the paper type (plain, ruled or squared).

Tapping the notebook cover opens the notebook to the first page. On first launch (and until you clear the page) this first page gives an overview of the functions along with a few tips.

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Along the top of the page there are icons for selecting the pen colour and line thickness, an eraser, for clearing the page, for returning to the main screen, undo, redo, one to bookmark the page and one for sharing the page. The options for sharing are via email (as an image), save an image to Photos and print the page.

Along the bottom of the page are the navigation icons for page forward, page backward and page scanning. Tapping the page scanning icon (the centre dot) brings up a navigation panel that allows you to scroll though the pages of the notebook, tapping the required page to navigate to it. Bookmarked pages show up in this view with a little red bookmark icon in the top right hand corner.

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Right now the features are limited and a number of additions would make it a much more useful tool. The ability to add multiple notebooks, to delete individual pages, the addition of Dropbox integration and other sharing options would take this app to the next level.

Bamboo Paper is a very useful app. Notes can be scrawled on the fly and stored and shared later. Go and grab it here (iTunes link).

15-July-2011 Update: I’ve just received an email from Wacom Europe to say that Multiple notebooks are coming in the next few days along with other “nice features”.  Multiple notebooks is a very welcome addition (looks like there will be a small $2.99 charge for multiple notebooks).

21-July-2011 Update: Wacom have released version 1.3 which includes the option to purchase multiple notebooks for just $1.99 / €1.59 / £1.49.

I am @craigt44 on Twitter.

Text Candy Pro

When App Candy Productions approached me to review Text Candy Pro I have to admit, I hesitated. This isn’t the kind of app that I would particularly look for in the app store and I didn’t want to be in a situation where I had to review something I didn’t really “get”.

However, having had a few days with Text Candy Pro, memories of old have come flooding back and I find myself trying to think of new images to create. Remember those good old days of ASCII character pictures sent over SMS? That’s where Text Candy Pro comes in.

Text Candy Pro is an app for the iPhone to create text images and send them to friends and loved ones in an entertaining and creative way.

The images have a certain hand-drawn look to them and the number of images you can create are virtually limitless (only your creativity and imagination set the boundaries).

The app comes with several images already available in the 10 categories from which you can choose. There are animals, cartoons, holidays and more. The “Texpics” can be sent via email, Facebook or SMS (although the intention for SMS is that the message is sent from iPhone to iPhone so be aware of that if you expecting the message/picture to look the same on a different phone).

Textpics can be saved to favourites (handy if you use a particular image frequently) and there is a handy “recent” tab in which you can, obviously, view your recent Textpics.

This is a fun app which certainly brought some memories flooding back for me. If ASCII based images are your thing then you’ll get a kick out of Text Candy Pro.

More info about Text Candy PRO is available here.

I am @craigt44 on Twitter.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this app for the review