Handwriting is squiggly with any app

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  1. PRSS

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    Hello everybody

    I have iPad3 and i would like to make hand written notes. I have installed Sketchbook pro, Bamboo Paper, Paper by fifty three, PenUltimate, etc.

    In none of these my handwriting resembles my own writing. Either with the finger or with a Wacom Stylus or a Targus stylus. The writing is sort of squiggly.

    the stylus does not behave like a physical pen. And the iPad actually stretches the strokes or does something that the writing is not natural. I can't recognize my own handwriting.
    It is like a child's writing.

    So is the iPad not designed for this. (I have come across the same problem with my Samsung Galaxy S3 also)
    Is there any link that solves this problem? is everybody experiencing this same problem or am I doing something wrong?

    I really would like to take handwritten notes on the iPad with a stylus. Another question is how do you mange to write without keeping the palm on the iPad.
    I have to keep a handkerchief under my palm as a work-around for this. If you havebetter ideas please let me know.

    Thanks in advance
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    The iPad is not designed for this.

    The best you can do is use an app that lets you zoom in close to write something in big letters and then zoom back out to make it look better. Some apps have parts of the screen that reject palm presses.

    I have seen people take lots of notes on an iPad...but they are usually very young and patient. I personally would not bother with this. I'd either get a MS Surface Pro or some other device (conertable laptop) that has a real digitizing screen, not just a touch screen. iPad is not designed to use with a pen. If you want great results, get the right tool for the job. What you are doing is like trying to drive nails with a roll of toliet paper.
     
  3. PRSS

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    Thank you, I never realized there was a difference on "touch" - digitizer Vs Touch screen !
    With best regards
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    I use handwriting a lot and I'm neither young nor patient! Noteshelf is a favorite app where mix handwriting and typed text
     
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    Thank you very much
     
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    You CAN write with a stylus on the iPad and do it well

    For the record, I totally disagree with the naysayers. The iPad may not have been designed to take notes with a stylus but you don't have to be young, particularly patient or a genius to be able to produce PDFs that contain handwritten notes, text, drawings, diagrams and photos. If you're interested I can give you a link to an online Evernote folder of mine where you can see some of the more than 300 such notes that I've produced on iPad 1 and iPad 4 in the last two-and-a-half years.

    The apps I recommend are Notetaker HD, Good Notes, Notability, Neu.Notes. All these apps employ the 'zoom window' method that allows you to write with your hand/wrist resting on the lower bezel of the iPad. There are other apps that use this method, eg Noteshelf and Upad, but with them you need to drag the 'magnifying window' around the main screen (boring!) whilst the apps I recommend allow you to reposition that window with a single press.

    The apps I've recommended all have their own strengths and weaknesses. I could write a lengthy post about them, but won't. :)
    In my opinion you should have all of them.
     
  7. Krooked

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    I agree with this whole-heartedly. Whenever someone is taking notes on a device in a business meeting, they are not using an iPad. I frequently doodle and sketch on my iPad with a stylus, but there is a huge difference between touch screens and digitizers. I have both and the difference is night and day.
     
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    Hi Krooked. We must move in different circles, as my experience is the opposite of yours.
     
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    I've seen people typing on their iPads (with either an external keyboard or the digital one), but I have yet to see someone taking notes on an iPad with a stylus. Those people who have used a stylus for note taking are using a tablet/laptop equipped with a digitizer.
     
  10. PRSS

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    Hi Chowdown

    Why don't you please give me the link to your evernote. Seeing it would encourage me.

    Did you do it all with evernote only?

    Thanks in advance
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