ZoomNotes vs Concepts: Sketch, Note, Draw
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ZoomNotes, on the other hand, blows the competition squarely out of the water. I’m truly astounded by what the developer has achieved here, but let’s take a closer look to see what exactly is on offer. Check out our best note taking apps list for more options.
The most complete visual note-taking app with a wide zoom range is ZoomNotes. Create handwritten notes and sketches on whiteboards, virtual paper, PDF files, pictures, and PowerPoint, Word, and Excel documents (via GoogleDrive). Utilize iCloud to sync your documents between your iPad and iPhone. Any capacitive stylus pen, as well as the best electronic pens on the market, including the amazing Apple Pencil, are compatible with ZoomNotes. There is now ZoomNotes Desktop for Mac as well. Features consist of: MANY TYPES OF PEN There are 8 different pen types available, each with an unlimited range of line thickness, including gel, nib, pencil, and watercolour. Recognition of handwriting Look through written notes. ELECTRONIC PLANNING Use the 'Custom digital planner' option to make your own or import a pdf planner. Events and reminders from the Calendar and Reminder apps can be configured to appear in a planner. SUB-PAGES You are able to use "pages within pages" thanks to this special functionality. This permits the development of hierarchical visual files and the use of sticky notes. Additionally, you can import pages from other ZoomNotes projects or add entire PDF files as subpages. BOOKMARKS With the help of bookmarks, you can store views of your documents and come back to them later. You can produce films from your document or present using the animated playback features. LINKS Add links within and between papers as well as between pages. This enables you to make your own digital planners, edit planners that you've imported in PDF format, or make indices. SPLIT SCREEN View and edit two documents simultaneously (or above and below). Additionally, the same document can now have two views. CALENDAR OCCASIONS Add activities or reminders associated with your documents, perhaps with alarms. The document in ZoomNotes is linked back to by the URL in the event. ZOOM RANGE IS HUGE, AND WHITEBOARD MODE Rotated views are included when you can zoom in and out without any restrictions. LAYERS Layers give you options for "master layers" that appear on all pages and allow you to customize what is seen on a page. OVERWRITE PDF FILES Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from Microsoft Office can be imported and modified (via GoogleDrive). ENDLESS TYPES AND SIZES OF PAPER You can size your page however you want. With our adjustable paper types, you can select any type of paper. ENTIRELY EDITABLE You can choose, resize, rotate, move, and flip (mirror) things in ZoomNotes. Additionally, there are options for cut, copy, and paste within and between apps, pages, and documents. ARROWS AND SHAPES Regular forms and arrows can be drawn with the polygon tool or roughly by hand and automatically translated into the precise geometric shape. These shapes are perfect for visual mapping. SYMBOL RESOURCE A library of reusable shapes and pictures that can be fully customized. VIDEOS AND VIDEO EDITING Add photographs and graphics to your documents in any scale. modify transparency, resample, crop, mask, scan-correct, and distort photos. Add pictures and videos from your camera or photo collection. WRITTEN TEXT Use the keyboard to type text in a variety of fonts, sizes, colors, fills, and borders. All zoom levels allow for the entry of text, which can also be moved, resized, and rotated. PLAYBACK AND RECORD OF SOUNDS Including mp3 file import and export. A sound recording can also be added to the page it is related to. Now referencing the drawing SEND OUT DOCUMENTS Share documents by email, iTunes, clipboard, Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Airdrop, iCloud Drive, or Open in as PDF files, pictures, videos, or ZoomNotes documents. TO BE USED FOR PRESENTATIONS In order to work with projectors, monitors, and AirPlay, ZoomNotes is VGA compliant. WINDOW OF MAGNIFICATION While still viewing the zoomed-out view, write into the zoomed-in view.
Lacks colors and palettes. The app is good, but you can only use a selection of colors (unlike the version for apple). Yes, I know it is a "work in progress", but it is something that hinders the experience a lot. Apart from that, I like the app as a whole. If there were other types of pencils (like watercolor pencil), blender and the color palette, I wouldn't be able to complain.
Allan Thomaz Stiubiener
The flexibility of Concepts makes it a great place for thinking, planning, and creating. Draw storyboards, product sketches, and design plans, then share them with friends, clients, and other apps. You can also doodle and write notes using tilt and pressure. Designed specifically with the most recent pen-enabled devices and Chrome OSTM in mind. Because Concepts are vectors, each stroke can be edited individually. Whatever writing implement you choose—pens, pencils, or markers—if you make a mistake, you can easily correct it using the Nudge, Slice, and Select tools. Incredible people working at Disney, Playstation, Philips, HP, Apple, Google, and Unity, as well as Illumination Entertainment, use Concepts to bring their ideas from the conceptual stage into the real world.
I've used a lot of iOS notetaking apps. Most of them do well with emulating a traditional paper notebook (Goodnotes, Notability, OneNote, NoteShelf). ZoomNotes is completely unique. There is really nothing else like it. Pros: - feature-rich hypertext, outline and cross-reference workflow for handwritten documents - You can link pages together with custom buttons, pictures, or text. These links export to PDF so you can make interactive documents. - Pages can have sub-pages, to any level of hierarchy. So you can use one document as a dashboard for a bunch of notes, or store a book and its notes together as one file. - You can open multiple views of the same file. - Make custom animated slideshows from your handwritten documents(!) - Export to many formats. Cons: - The learning curve is STEEP but the payoff is enormous. - Syncing across multiple devices can occasionally produce conflicts that have to be reconciled by the user. - The UI is less "Apple-like" and more like a full desktop app. The features in the UI can be cluttered and overwhelming. However, you can make your own custom workspace with fewer tools and options if you prefer. Verdict: - Make a pot of coffee, settle in with the ZoomNotes manual, and put in the time to learn all the features. If you want power and flexibility with your handwritten documents in iOS, nothing else comes close.
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This is the most versatile note taking app I have found. I use it for all my note taking. I really like the ability to insert handwritten notes with pdf files, including adding pages etc. It takes a bit to get used to all the features but it is well worth the effort. The ease of zooming in and out and writing in the margins of PDF files is also very handy. Still very happy with it. I love the infinite whiteboard option. It really feels like having a large whiteboard where you can write anywhere. It’s also great for annotating a pdf file when you need to write more than just minor comments. This continuous to be my favorite note taking app. One of the features of traditional writing and note taking is that you can spread out multiple sheets of paper in front of you. This allows you to keep a good overview of what you are working on. I really missed this aspect of physical notes when I switched to my iPad. However, the whiteboard mode with infinite zoom of ZoomNotes allows me to effectively have a virtual desk with many sheets of handwritten notes. (Tip: lay out a grid of letter size boundaries on your whiteboard before starting to take notes. You can easily fit 25 pages that way. Well, of course you could do millions but you want to mimic a physical desk.)
So I tried ZoomNotes a while back and gave up on it pretty quickly. I began using NoteShelf. However, I started a new job (so now I work 3 jobs). The other apps worked okay for the journal and the different notes, folders, etc. I had to keep for each job, but they were lacking in some areas. I needed an app to fill all my needs. I came back to ZoomNotes and spent a little time learning. ZoomNotes has the fill feature, so I can easily fill in a bubble or a cell on a “spreadsheet”. Just to make me happy while I’m doing my work, ZoomNotes has different types of pens that no one else does (I love calligraphy and lettering). I can pull images from my photos or from the web, and I can make stickers on the fly to reuse again & again. I don’t have to switch between writing and pointer in order to go to a linked page, which I hated with GoodNotes. There is an endless whiteboard. I have rulers and protractors. I have to admit that I am still learning, so I occasionally hit a hiccup. However, I also know there are features I haven’t even tapped into. ZoomNotes is currently meeting all my needs and then some.
- Miami Xami
Great drawing app! It's the most accurate and responsive software I could find for use on my drawing tablet. The low latency option really is responsive with no pen lag. I love the design of the tool and color wheel. It took me a little time to get used to it but really found it intuitive. The brushes are great with tons of textures to work with. I don't know if I missed them but animal textures like feathers, scales, or hair would be an awesome addition. I recommend it!
- Andrew Keener
Oddly missing basic tools like the ability to draw lines, splines, circles, etc.. you can only use guides or grid to draw them. Fill bucket painting as well. Minor issue that either the tool labels are always upside down or the color selection is. If the numbers could rotate to stay upright & legible that'd be great.
- Jacob Kral
The Android and Windows apps are so much better than one year ago! I only miss a few fixes, like press & hold always brings up the colour picker for me instead of the selection tool. Also would like to be able to choose and save custom colours, and better file organisation (why did they remove the sidebar to switch projects?). Besides this, They've made lots of progress, please keep it up!
- Pierre Ester
|Save Bookmarks within your documents
|Choose from eight different pen types
|Use sticky-notes and create hierarchical visual files as sub-pages
|The Document Searching Tool Is Not Easily Accessible
|ZoomNotes Is Very Complicated
|A Strange Zoom Tool
|Drag+drop images straight onto the canvas as references or for tracing
|Use shape guides in the precision menu to create partial or perfect shapes in your drawings
|Export images, PDFs, and vectors for printing or fast feedback between friends and clients
|Lacks the text editing functionality
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