Just a quick note that I tried out Noteshelf, based on this review, and I really like it; see above. At some point, I should review Paper, Skitch, and Noteshelf, since I’m using all three of them in the garden, now.

Preliminary thoughts:

1. Clearly, my handwriting really is terrible (except, and only if, I write with a Pilot Finepoint on paper). The Paper app’s pen is out of this world, and a total pleasure to use; Paper makes my handwriting look good. Noteshelf has pens too, but they make my handwriting look like my handwriting. (Then again, it’s better at handwriting than the Newton.*) Although you’re not seeing my handwriting; that’s my printing, which is good compared to my handwriting.

2. Noteshelf integrates the iPad camera, so you can take a picture right onto your Notebook page, and then annotate it. That’s really neat, and would work well for lab notebooks. On the other hand, there is frost damage on the right hand leaf — the leaf tips are curly and burnt looking — but the photo really doesn’t show that. Whether that’s a function of Noteshelf making the iPad camera even worse (hard to believe) or of shrinking the photo down to fit on the page, I don’t know. Experimentation!

3. Noteshelf has fonts! Now, if I want headlines in Bodoni, and who wouldn’t, I can do that!

Noteshelf is an awful lot like an application, instead of an app. It has a seventeen-page manual! The pages are the size of an iPad screen, and the type is pretty big, and there’s a lot of whitespace and plenty of shiny images and diagrams, but still.

NOTE * I loved the Newton: I actually bought a 2000 after the 110. If “intimate computing” isn’t a buzzword, it should be; both the Newton and the iPad accomplished that.