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Capture Handwritten Notes on Your iPhone

Dan Bricklin’s Note Taker App lets you take quickly take notes on the go by sketching onto your iPhone’s/iPod touch’s (s aapl) screen using your finger. Because scribbling small notes would be difficult, the app lets you write using large gestures, then shrinks your notes to fit onto the pages, which are about the size of a 3×5 index card.

Here’s a video showing it in action:

The app has useful extra features, like multilevel undo, multitouch gestures, JPEG export, an eraser and auto-advance, which makes taking longer notes quicker.

Bricklin says that he created the app because he found fumbling with the iPhone’s soft keyboard while jotting down notes, phone numbers and addresses frustratingly slow and error-prone. Handwritten notes are faster and mean you can also use annotations, layout and symbols to give them extra meaning.

The app is easy to use and includes a full tutorial to get you up to speed. I found that the tutorial crashed my iPhone 3G a few times, but the main sections of the app seem fine. Personally, now that I’m used to the iPhone’s keyboard, I don’t find entering notes using it that slow (and I would rather avoid having to transcribe written notes later), but if you do, you might like to try Bricklin’s app. It’s available from the App Store in two flavors: The free Lite version (iTunes link) limits you to four pages, while the full version (iTunes link) costs $1.99 and has unlimited notepads, and also includes a keyboard for transcribing notes to add them to the Address Book or paste them into other apps.

Do you find entering notes on your iPhone cumbersome?

2 Responses to “Capture Handwritten Notes on Your iPhone”

  1. Funny, isn’t it? Some people seem to hate it (and are voiciferous about that), but I agree with Bricklin – it’s great to be able to “scribble” something and not need to worry about being accurate (unlike with the keyboard), while still ending up with something that’s reasonably understandable.