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GBM Shortcut: FastFinga Inking on the iPad



I’m always on the hunt for iPad apps that turn the media consumption device into a useful productivity tool. Unlike Steve Jobs, I still believe that the pen has a place in digital note taking and computing. Many iPad apps have promised inking capabilities, and many most have failed horribly.

Penultimate is a good example of one of the top iPad inking apps. Warner Crocker has taken an extensive look at Penultimate and come away with mixed impressions. It does what it promises, but it’s nowhere near the natural feel of writing on a Tablet PC. Jotting down a simple to-do list can turn into a painful, tedious task.

An inking app that presents a twist to recording your thoughts in pixelized ink is FastFinga. We’ve mentioned FastFinga before, but we haven’t delved deeper into what it offers. Let’s take a quick look at the note taking app and how it performs on the iPad.

As said in the video above, FastFinga does what it proclaims. Once you become trained to input writing between the columns at the bottom of the app, this could become faster than writing in apps such as Penultimate. It does have some other handy features such as emailing and exporting notes, emoticons, pen size and color options, undo and redo options, and a few helpful backgrounds. FastFinga is worth a look, but I’d still keep the moleskine nearby.

Additional reading:

FastFinga featured in iPad ink blogging comparison.
First looks at FastFinga on the iPhone.



  1. Sumocat

    06/29/2010 at 5:53 am

    Very nice show, Matt. I’m especially impressed by your ability to write at that angle with your finger. Good inking throughout.

  2. DP

    06/29/2010 at 10:30 pm

    Matt, could I suggest that you take a look at Note Taker HD? It doesn’t look as nice as Fast Finga, but it functions largely the same way, except for the fact that it has a brilliant “automatic” text advance scheme so that you don’t have to push a button, but can actually write on top of your old text. In addition, it has an almost Penultimate-like mode for writing directly on the screen, if that’s what you prefer. All in all, it’s easily the best handwriting app I’ve tried to date on the iPad.

  3. Lorie Ghamy

    06/30/2010 at 5:14 pm

    And don’t forget Writepad which convert writing notes in standard caracters.

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