Inkredible Handwriting App

Inkredible – Handwriting Note  for Android by Viet Tran is a very well done handwriting app that we hope to see become a little more full featured in the near future.  The app essentially mimics a lined tablet.  you can either draw on the full page or enter handwriting line by line using an input box that advances line position as you write.  The full page mode is great for writing larger text, including flourishes to your heart’s content.  The input box is better suited for writing lines of text and I have already used it to write an entire letter.

Why write a letter when there’s a keyboard available, you ask?  Therein lies the beauty of this little app.  The written input just flows beautifully and actually makes me want to write as opposed to just being a chore to get a point across.  The handwriting with this app looks better than it does on most other apps.  It just seems to smooth the lines better.  Add to that a speed sensitive ink delivery and it’s easy to create beautiful handwritten notes.  Somehow my writing looks better on this than it does in real life.

Fountain and wet brush pens are included, while calligraphy and ballpoint can be purchased in app for 99 cents.  The app itself is free, so that’s a pretty small price to pay.  Pens are selected from a menu that slides out from the left that also includes all the other settings needed.

My only gripe with the app is the lack of a multiple folder or notebook option.  It’s easy to add a page, but that page just gets added to the end of all the pages that came before it.  The fact that this is handwriting and not text means that the pile of pages is not searchable either.  Each individual page can be shared on Facebook or sent as a pdf or image file to a variety of applications from Drive to Onenote.

Viet Tran has mentioned in a number of comment responses that multiple notebooks are in the works.  You read that right, the developer actually responds to comments on Google Play, and quite quickly too. Let’s hope the multiple notebooks happen, they would make this app truly inkredible.

Microfiber Stylus

I have been looking for a stylus for handwritten input on both the Nextbook and a Toshiba Thrive. Most of the rubber tipped styli I’ve tried are not useful because they tend to stick to the screen a little when moving across it. Kind of like a tennis shoe on a waxed floor – not conducive to handwriting.

I found a great inexpensive option in the New Trent Arcadia Stylus on Amazon. Rather than a rubber tip, these styli have a microfiber knit tip that is very soft and slides across the screen effortlessly. Being knit material, I suspect that there is a limited lifespan, but the retractable design of this stylus helps to protect it when not in use. In any case, they are relatively inexpensive at only $10.95 for two of them, one black and one white.

Writing on any capacitive screen is actually pretty enjoyable with the Arcadia even though it has a rather blunt tip. It’s actually not that difficult to create a decent handwritten note in a program like Inkredible or Handwrite, and handwriting recognition in Swype works quite well. The blunt tip does leave a little to be desired when it comes to drawing, however.