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Scratchin' It Out

Scratchin' It Out
by Gary Woods

It seems like all great ideas begin in a restaurant some place scratched on a napkin. Later on these napkins end up in some museum where people stand around and comment on how simple it all seems. But now we've evolved past that point. We've got these incredible electronic devices that make wonderfully beautiful images that are astounding to behold.

But, there are a few of us who would still like to be able to go into a meeting with nothin' but a scratch pad and some vague ideas and start hashing out where we want to go with something. To get me back to those days of drawing my ideas on a sketch pad the folks at Cocoa Box Design have come up with Penultimate for the iPad. This $2.99 app allows you to take your finger and just start drawing.

When you first open the app there's a tutorial written by somebody's finger that leads you through how to put in and take out data as well as transmit it via email to your waiting public.

The basic setup has you create notebooks with multiple pages in them so you can group several pages from the same meeting or project. But, you can email either single pages or the entire note book in a .png graphic format or send it as a PDF Acrobat file.

There are no colors as of now for this cool little app and it also lacks pen diameters, zoom and the text is a little blurry but for a simple drawing program that allows you to save and send your work for $2.99 I have found it very useful.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc