By Tom Dawson April 01,3: Not all of us can have an Apple Pencil or fancy S-Pen to go with our devices, but that doesn't mean we can't have a stylus to use for work and play.
Passcode-enabled; Palm rejection; Useful zoom feature; Emoticons The Cons Expensive; No audio-recording capability; Doesn't sync with the cloud; iOS only Verdict Noteshelf comes decked out with bells and whistles, such as password protection and palm rejection, but is this note-taking app worth its asking price?
Review Like other iPad note-taking apps, Noteshelf lets you jot down memos using a variety of pen and paper styles. But it doesn't stop there. This app also piles on a slew of extras, such as optional passcodes, palm rejection and emoticons.
After Noteshelf is downloaded and installed, it asks to send you push notifications and then takes you to the main interface. You don't have to create an account or enter any personal information. Interface In Noteshelf, skeuomorphic design lives on. The app's main interface looks like a wooden bookcase, similar to the Newsstand in iOS.
In Noteshelf, a sample notebook rests on the upper left; tapping New on the upper right creates a new notebook, where you can choose the color of the notebook's cover as well as the type of paper.
At the top of each notebook is a wood-grained toolbar with options to clear the page of all marks, erase or rewrite the last strokes you made, and zoom in on specific parts of a page. In the middle of the bar are a pen tool, a marker tool, an eraser tool, a text tool and tools for adding emoticons and photos.
If you long-press one of the writing tools, a gorgeous drop-down palette lets you select not only the color, but the thickness of the pen or highlighter. If you want to type text, either select the T icon at the top or double-tap anywhere on the page.
A small toolbar just above the keyboard lets you change the font, size and alignment. Within Settings, you can change the look of the paper, add tags and share a notebook via email, Facebook or Twitter.
Here, you can make a notebook Read Only, a feature that can also be found in Notes Plus and Notability. Features Noteshelf offers a huge variety of paper styles, including a legal pad, checked paper and even different kinds of sheet music.
There's even a baseball scorecard, which is something you won't find on other note-taking apps. It may seem frivolous, but we were thrilled that we could add emoticons, a feature lacking on other note-taking apps. Like on other apps, you can import photos from your iPad's camera roll or take a photo, and then resize it within the note.
Noteshelf has a handwriting mode, but unlike Notes Plus, which uses a palm pad to prevent you from making unwanted inputs while writing, Noteshelf has a palm-rejection feature. This mode prevents your hand from making marks on the page if you're resting your wrist on your iPad.
However, the multitasking gestures in iOS 5 can cause problems for handwriting apps; we like that Noteshelf popped up a panel alerting us to this issue.
Unfortunately, we couldn't disable multitasking gestures from the app itself. Noteshelf features an in-app store, where users can purchase additional writing papers, themes, covers and stationery. Although you don't need any of these add-ons, it's nice to have the option to customize your notes even further.
Like Notes Plus, Noteshelf lets you create passwords to keep notebooks confidential. Something we did miss, though, is the capability to record audio -- a feature included in other note-taking apps.
Also missing is the ability to sync your notes to the cloud -- a feature included on Evernote, Notability and Notes Plus. Performance The zoom feature in Noteshelf worked better than the zoom in such apps as Notability. Instead of two-finger scrolling and potentially making a mark on the page, you just tap the Zoom button and can use the arrow buttons to navigate exactly what part of the page you want to zoom in on.
Also, there was virtually no lag between the time we started writing with a stylus and the time it appeared on the screen. The erase function worked well, and we liked that there were options to clear the whole page, erase in order of your last stroke and erase manually. After disabling multitasking gestures, palm rejection worked flawlessly; we didn't have any accidental marks from our wrist resting on the iPad.With MyScript Notes Mobile, you can use your tablet as a real notepad creating and customizing an unlimited number of notebooks in which you can draw, insert pictures and take notes with your own handwriting using a stylus or your finger.
Microsoft OneNote. OneNote on iPad is a surprisingly well equipped note taking app when it comes to handwriting. The app supports stylus input, palm rejection, and now it will even convert your.
INKredible is a drawing and writing app. It tries to focus on a no distraction experience. Most of its features are under-the-hood items that include palm and wrist rejection, a smooth experience, and they attempt to make the experience as realistic as possible.
A Wholly Different Approach On Handwriting On Tablets. INKredible is not just another handwriting app. Palm rejection has been a headache for handwriting apps on. Other apps like Notability, GoodNotes and Notes Plus are not as good and make my handwriting look wobbly and skewed at times.
On Android, there's some misalignment with Wacom Bamboo Paper unless you hold the stylus vertically, but with Inkredible it works fine. The phone has an intelligent palm rejection system, the ability to take notes even when the display is off, and can capture GIF images along with marking up photos and screenshots.