Fetchnotes update available now

Looks like the crashing issue is fixed. You may need to delete the app and install afresh (I had to).

Fingers crossed it’s stable now. Looks to be a great way to make, keep, sort and find your notes. It’s a light app, not weighed down with excess features.

As I can now play with it I’ll report back with my thoughts in a couple of days.

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Springpad v3.0… Sporting a redesign

Springpad has released a sizeable refresh of its iOS app, adding a much more social feel to the whole experience.

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The UI has been radically redesigned (I’m still pondering over whether I prefer it or the previous version) and the iOS apps now offer sharing options. When creating a notebook you are given the option to make it private or public (a word of warning that the default option is public….. I don’t like that).

Adding content is interesting, with the Smart Bar offering up a number of suggestions based on what you start typing in. I found this a little annoying as I wanted to create a note. I typed “test” into the input field and tapped to “create a note with the title test”. However, as I tapped to create the note, a list of suggestions appeared, pushing the “create note” option to the bottom of the list and resulting in me selecting to add a book to my notebook instead.

I’ve also noticed that the iPad and iPhone apps haven’t synchronised properly. One particular notebook has 5 notes on the iPhone but 10 on the iPad. None of my attempts to force the two to synchronise has worked. One to keep an eye on.

Jury is out on the refresh. I’ll use it for a few days before passing final judgement.

I don’t think it will threaten my Evernote Pro subscription.

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.

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