So you’re sitting in this airport with your iPad when all of a sudden you get the urge to play around with designing a website. What are you supposed to do? You don’t have your computer on-hand, and surely the iPad couldn’t help you brainstorm, design, and build a website, right?
Wrong. With the proper tools the iPad could easily be a useful crutch in this scenario, allowing you to capitalize on a burst of inspiration or kill time in a productive way. Let’s dig in.
After speaking, what is our most basic and universal tool for communication? It’s writing. We start by using our fingers as kids, then advance to crayons, and (hopefully at some point in our childhood) end up with pens. While the keyboard has become an essential tool for us in the digitized world, many still feel most comfortable when “jotting down” a note with a real pen on real paper, and it’s because that’s how we started out writing in the first place.
With the iPad and its huge capacitive surface, we’ve now been given the chance to mix the best of both worlds: using our deeply ingrained skills of handwriting while still creating a digital, quickly reusable record. One of the Apps that excels in this field is Penultimate, and I’ll take a deeper look at it here in the first in a series about handwriting apps on the iPad.