There’s something about creating hand-written notes on a device like the iPad that we at iCreate really like. This only gets better when you’re using a stylus to write them, which is why when we gave Bamboo Paper a try, we thought it was only fair to try out Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus too – the two are designed to work brilliantly together, after all. Writing on the app is great with the stylus: it feels so much like a standard pen that it’s easy to write with the same speed as you would on normal paper.
Feature-wise the app is great, with options to customise the colour, name and paper-type of your notebook, as well as several pen options and a nice speed-based eraser function. What’s even better is the very useful option to export a single page as a photo, or the whole book as a PDF document, when you’re finished.
When you open the app up for the first time, you can tap the cover of the book to open it. This is the first page of the book, giving you all the tips and instructions you need to get going.
By holding your finger or stylus on the screen, you will bring up the Stroke menu. Here, you can select a pen size and colour by tapping it. Tapping the pen icon has the same result.
After making your notes, you can mark important pages with bookmarks by tapping in the top-right corner, just like in Apple’s iBooks app. Sadly you can’t search through bookmarks, which is a real shame.
From within the notebook, you can choose to export a single page as either a picture in your Photo Library or in an email. You can also print your page if you have a printer set up with AirPrint functionality.
At the main notebook screen you can choose to change the colour of the Notebook itself, add lines or squares to the paper, or just rename the notebook by double-tapping on the current title.
When you’ve finished your notebook you have the choice to print the whole thing, or email it as a PDF. The app will make up the PDF for you and attach it to an email, so all you need to do is add an address.
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