I have terrible handwriting. Often, it is so bad that I have to spend significant amounts of time deciphering what I have scribbled during meetings or when I have written down personal observations.
Recently, I discovered the joys and efficiencies of writing and drawing on my iPad with a stylus. I started with one of those bulbous tip styli that one gets for free as swag at conferences, but quick became frustrated with the lack of glide and started hunting for a better alternative.
After much research, I ordered an Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint technology. Wow. What a great stylus… it is very accurate, allowing me to write naturally and quickly using the GoodNotes app, for which the Jot Touch is optimized to pair. The stylus is pressure sensitive and optimized to work with Adobe Creative Cloud, which is awesome for me too.
I have to say, the joys of writing with a stylus on your iPad is that you get all of the feeling of putting pen to paper and achieving a satisfying result: your scribbles appear faithfully on the page. The neat thing though is that this is a Moleskine page on steroids: you can grab bits of things you’ve written and move them around, draw shapes and highlight text. You can even annotate PDFs in GoodNotes paired with a Jot Touch with Pixelpoint. What a pleasure.
I have always found the process of typing up my notes a little artificial. Good handwriting recognition on GoodNotes means that my scrawl is (mostly) faithfully converted into print form. It’s the best of both worlds, really: you can write your notes by hand and then save them as typed docs that are easily shared and read by others.