rAPPido review: SketchNotes

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 10.00.39 AMI saw this amazing post by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano about Sketchnoting and decided I would try the app SketchNotes. I used the information about best practices for passwords to try it out.

Price: free

What is it? 

It is a visual note-taking app. This means you can type your notes like you would in any note app. But as an extra bonus, you have the ability to doodle on it. Since Science has proven that doodling can actually be a good thing, this could be useful for certain types of learners.

How does it work?

Easily. You have the option either to typer or to draw. It just takes a tap to switch modes.

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My biggest problem happened when I tried to export it as a PDF or text. However, I got none of these options:

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Hmmm. This might be a glitch, but even shutting the app and opening it again didn’t help. Still, it is kind of game over if you can’t get your notes out from the app.

A neat feature is also the re-arrange. You select an object by drawing a box around it:

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Then drag it with your finger:

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However, this only works with the drawings, not the text.

Here are the formatting options:

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You can see what notes you have created on the left-hand side.

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Although the drawing feature is kind of neat,and it is relatively simple to use. There are some features lacking (not to mention the export options which are just plain missing). For instance, you can’t zoom in or out, which would be helpful with the drawing. As I mentioned above, you can’t move blocks of text around either.

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