Adobe Ideas: Finger-painting with a point

Adobe Ideas: Finger-painting with a point
I’ve always been a bit of a mind map fiend.  You know, the Tony Buzan stuff that looks like a spider diagram, except way more colourful and complex.  I starting doing mind maps in Uni instead of my usual scrawled notes and, no bull here, my grade climbed from B- to B+, to A- in some cases.  Not too shabby.

Why am I telling you this?

Adobe Ideas lets me make mind maps on the I-pad.  You see?  I was getting to a point...

It’s a simple enough little beastie.  You sketch away on your I-pad with your fingertip, creating masterworks of integrated visual note taking, or in my case, child’s bedroom wall drawings.  

I swear that kids can sniff out permanent markers.  They can!

As you will have so perceptively noticed, you can import an image on which to draw.  So once you tire with drawing pirate eye patches and bad teeth on your workmates’ profile pictures, you can have lovely, atmospheric backdrops for your notes.

Adobe Ideas isn’t too bad on the versatility front either.  There’s a full palette of colours and wide range of pencil gauges.  So you can do big and chunky or small and svelte, as you wish.

And the grooviest little feature is that you can then e-mail your creation as a pdf.  This may answer the lurking question…why don’t you just draw on a pad and then scan it?  

There’s another reason Adobe Ideas trumps the on pen and option too.  Easy erasing and undo options.  My mind maps used to get seriously messy with wrong turns.  Having the option to undo your last few strokes makes for tidy mind maps.    
Once you get the hang of it, Adobe Ideas is pretty snappy and allows for immediate cloud storage (send your notes to your Gmail account).  A moment of silence for all of those paper notes I lost in transit from the lecture hall to home.  I suspect most of them ended up as beer mats at the Captain Cook Tavern, which was tragically en-route.
Adobe Ideas is a free app, in the sense that you don’t have to pay for its basic functions.  But if you want to get tricky and start playing with image layers (which you’ll probably need for decent mind maps) then it’s going to cost you a pretty penny or two.

Still, the free version of Adobe Ideas is bloody useful on its own, and fun.
And it saves trees by the copse.  What more could you want in a sketch pad?

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