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    Handwriting on iPads - seeking advice

    Because you are all brilliant, creative, clever and a lot of you are tech-savvy, AND because you have provided such wonderful wisdom in the past, I come to you again seeking advice.

    I frequently hand-write, and would like to do so more often on my iPad. I have in the past used a Bamboo stylus and something else but was not totally pleased with either, not liking the tactile sensations from the spongy, rubbery tips.

    As an avid Evernote user I recently noticed advertised on the "Evernote Market" the Adonit Jot Script stylus and ordered it to use with the Penultimate app. This is a nice stylus and, for me, is a big step forward, very responsive, smooth and pen-like (although it still generates digital freak-out moments now and then). Problem though: it is noisy with lots of clicking and tapping sounds as I am writing.

    Does anyone have recommendations for stylus and handwriting apps (apps for note-taking, primarily) that they love?

    with appreciation, NLI

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    I have a Jot Script, though I haven't used it much (yet). I used to use a DAGi, which has a transparent circular tip with a red dot to mark the "pen point", but found that after a while the plastic would roughen and a) start to scratch my screen protector and b) fail to register.

    I mostly used Penultimate, before it was bought by Evernote and tied to having an Evernote account (though I have one of those anyway), but I'm still looking for a really good handwriting app. Considering that the Palm had written input over a decade ago, I'm amazed that there's nothing for iOS that performs half as well as Graffiti! 7Notes Premium is not bad; I have it on my iPhone but I haven't tried the iPad version yet.

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    Great thread, @Nli! I also use my iPad for notetaking and have tried several of the apps and styli available. What have worked best for me -- although they are not without demerits -- are the Noteshelf app and Bamboo stylus (which you mentioned). I am interested in other options so looking forward to reading recommendations from the Forum Hive!
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    For drawing on the ipad I use the " GoSmart Professional 200M Stylus for Apple iPad, iPad 2, iPad Air, iPhone - Black "
    It's got a metal spun tip that I find works better than the Adonit jot pro, it's also much quieter as u don't have the tapping sound because of the plastic tip touching the screen. The sketch below was done at Disney hall during a concert.
    Regarding the surface of your ipad, u need to use a screen protector, preferably matt.


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    Handwriting on iPads - seeking advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Trailhiker View Post
    Regarding the surface of your ipad, u need to use a screen protector, preferably matt.
    I use matt screen protectors on all my iDevices - I find the standard screen too reflective.

    Nice sketch, BTW!

    ETA: just did a search, & the Jot Script is very different from the Jot Pro. The former looks more like a conventional graphics tablet stylus - they've somehow managed to do away with a fingertip-sized "nib", which is probably why they're so expensive!


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    Quote Originally Posted by scribe View Post
    I use matt screen protectors on all my iDevices - I find the standard screen too reflective.
    Where do you get the screen protectors? I have a sticky one that came with my iPad mini case and I like that I'm not getting fingerprints/scratches on the actual screen, but the protector gets dirty too.

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    I usually buy them online - MediaDevil are quite good and reasonably priced as well.


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    forest/cork/linen + steel/olive (Imago, Pilot, SCB, COW, QK, OPs)
    olive/plum + steel/UV/wasabi (S19, SE, MCB, TSSs, SSBs, YSSs, LSS, OPs)
    black/steel + iberian (SE, SCB, FJN, TSSs, YSSs)
    On their way: DLBP, 3DFOCs, another YSS!
    Hoping for: FJN for iPad Mini; more bags in Aubergine; the return of Portable Culture!

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    For me, a bamboo stylus and an app that magnifies a portion of the screen was always the way to go. UPad was my favorite. I use windows now with a stylus.


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