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You've stolen my thunder...
antedeluvian   2/24/2017 3:07:52 PM
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For my next blog (for March) on embedded.com I have report on using Notes Plus (plus the Apple pencil and the iPad Pro) as a replacement for a project notebook. I do think it's sufficiently different from this blog to warrant going ahead with its publication, but since you're the editor you get to decide...

Watch for it in your inbox.

When and if it gets published I will add the link here.

 

In the meantime I will take a look at Nebo.

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Max The Magnificent   2/24/2017 3:57:47 PM
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@Antedeluvian: ...I have report on using Notes Plus (plus the Apple pencil and the iPad Pro) as a replacement for a project notebook...

That's wonderful -- I played with Notes Plus a year or so ago, but I was using my finger as the writing implement, which skewed my impressions.

My gut feel is that Notes Plus is the more powerful app, but MyScript is really easy to learn and use -- since you already have the Apple Pencil, if you download MyScript for free, I'd love to hear your thoughts, and I look forward to reading tyour column on Embedded.com

 

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Kevin Neilson   2/25/2017 1:04:50 PM
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I'm about to get one of these.  Heretofore I've always made copius notes on engineering paper.  I spend a lot of time converting formulae to circuit diagrams with all the pipeline stages made explicit.  I have to do this because synthesizer tools are still poor, which I used to complain about, but now see as job security.  FPGA companies, please continue doing what you are doing.  I like drawing these diagrams, but if I want to email them I have to scan them, I end up with reams of notes that are difficult to search, and major editing is difficult.  The new iPad with the pencil comes pretty close to the feel of writing on paper.  It's not as romantic, to be sure.  Who imagines FL Wright with a big iPad at his drafting table, Claude Shannon taking notes with a stylus, or Hemingway tapping away on a screen?

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Max The Magnificent   2/27/2017 12:08:49 PM
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@Kevin: I'm about to get one of these.  Heretofore I've always made copius notes on engineering paper....

You're about to get what? An Apple Pencil, or an iPad Pro, or...?

I'm really looking forward to hearing how you get on -- I was using mine yesterday evening and loving it!

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Max The Magnificent   2/27/2017 12:22:47 PM
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@Kevin: ...The new iPad with the pencil comes pretty close to the feel of writing on paper.  It's not as romantic, to be sure...

In 100 years time, using a stylus on an iPad will seem like ancient technology

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Rajan Bedi   2/28/2017 9:32:49 AM
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As someone who enjoys writing, the Surface tablet also has a very nice digital pen which helps productivity.

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 9:51:46 AM
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@Rajan Bedi: ...the Surface tablet also has a very nice digital pen which helps productivity...

I've heard good things about the Surface tablet -- but, as strange as it may seem, I've never actually seen one in the flesh, as it were.

For myself, I think I'm now committed to the iPad Pro based on my investment in apps and videos (like all of the Doctor Who Episodes since the 2005 reboot). Having said this, I'll keep my eyes open the next time I'm at Best Buy or whatever and try to get a "hands-on" with a Surface.

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Rajan Bedi   3/1/2017 10:56:04 AM
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I'm really pleased with the Surface tablet and am using Nebo on it to write and capture my thoughts. For me, productivity is the main thing and not having to duplicate my work. It is also compatible with my Windows laptop, physically smaller and I can use it on planes during take-off and landing.

I did not like Windows 8 at all (sorry dad), but Windows 10 is significantly better!

A really nice device which helps productivity ....

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 11:17:11 AM
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@Rajan Bedi: I'm really pleased with the Surface tablet and am using Nebo on it to write and capture my thoughts...

Are you as amazed as I am at how good the Nebo's handwriting recognition is?

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Rajan Bedi   3/1/2017 11:25:10 AM
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I am very impressed at Nebo's recognition especially given that I often have difficulty reading my own handwritten notes. Being able to draw is also very helpful: I was on a flight last week and sketched the system architecture for an FPGA-based embedded system in minutes. Keep wanting to switch my Surface on to see what else I can do ...

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