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.
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.
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.
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.
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