iPad ink blogging comparison

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Normally I’d resent not being the guinea pig on this, but I honestly can only be glad that my favorite ink blogger, Jezlyn, is putting pen to screen to bring ink blogging to the iPad. The results are, well, see for yourself.

Her first ink blog entry from the iPad comes courtesy of an app called JotNote. As she points out, it’s not smooth. She’s also resting her hand on a cloth to keep her hand from registering on-screen.

The next app she tests is Scribble Notes. Also quite jagged but there are more customization options.

Third time appears to be the charm. This one is FastFinga, the inking app she demonstrated earlier on her iPhone. The trick, however, is that she’s running it as an iPhone app on her iPad without pixel doubling. No surprise that the results match what she got earlier, but I wouldn’t want to ink in iPhone mode on an iPad.

The sizing of the inked images vary greatly from app to app. Not sure why her FastFinga sample is so small. Could be the length. Writing tool is not specified, but I assume she’s still using her Pogo Sketch. For more on her ink blogging adventures, be sure to check out her Posterous blog. Work like this gives me hope that the iPad can be used to help raise awareness of ink blogging.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. Thomas Pope

    04/06/2010 at 6:05 am

    FastFinga, from my limited experience, basically lets you ink at 3x the final size, which might explain the quality differences.

  2. Ron

    04/06/2010 at 11:41 am

    There are two other programs similar to FastFinga–Dan Bricklin’s Note Taker and SpeedText. SpeedText is my favorite. If any of these companies made an iPad optimized version it would probably work quite well.

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