If you use your mobile device for work or school, chances are you have a note-taking app. These apps allow you to open to a fresh page, add and delete content, and save your work for later viewing. Evernote is arguably the most popular, keyboard-friendly of these apps on the market. The large notebook-size screen of the tablet, however, enables users to break free of their keyboard restraints, and opt for finger- or stylus-guided, handwritten notes.
Noteshelf is a beautifully designed notebook application that provides users with paper-and-pen style note-taking capabilities. Much like competing application, Penultimate, Noteshelf organizes pages in customizable notebooks. Paper styles range from assorted lined paper to Cornell notes and even a Baseball Scorebook. In-app notebook styles are limited, and really only vary by color. Additional custom designs can be purchased through the app, and offer a much wider variety.
Where functionality is concerned, Noteshelf doesn’t disappoint. Both the pen and marker tools come in several different colors and font-sizes. Note-takers can also import images from their photo albums to be used in notes, which can be useful for referencing and labeling specific items. Wrist protection can be enabled to prevent unwanted marks and smudges from appearing on pages.
Considering the competition, Noteshelf’s features and layout aren’t necessarily innovative. All in all, however, it is a well-designed app with room to grow: keyboard capabilities and the ability to import text documents would be great additions. Until then, rejoice in that fact that the days of the “handwritten” word aren’t quite over.
AppPicker Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
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