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WritePad for iPad Update Now Uses Dropbox



Phatware’s WritePad for the iPad is one of the better Digital Ink note taking apps out there depending on your note taking needs. If you need handwriting recognition it is the best I’ve used.  For many early Tablet PC users its UI will feel very familiar as it offers both a TIP like writing window or the option to Write Anywhere on the screen and have that recognized as well. WritePad for the iPad offers a number of other features as well, but the new update to version 4.2 now allows you to use the Dropbox API to sync up your documents with other devices. Makes me wonder if Apple is going to remain content to let Dropbox become the de facto file system for the iPad, it works so well. The new version also has a Twitter Client that allows you to scribble out your tweets also.

There is an iPhone version of WritePad and there are iPad versions in German, Spanish, and French as well.

We recently had a contest for a code to win a free version of WritePad for the iPad and the winner was GBM reader TabletTeacher. Here’s hoping he’ll enjoy it. Thanks to Phatware for giving us the code to give away. WritePad for the iPad costs $9.99.

P.S. I also hear there are some other cool things coming in the next version.



  1. aftermath

    08/19/2010 at 9:31 am

    I may be alone here, but I would like to see you cover the licensing agreement of web services when you cover them. Otherwise, coverage like this isn’t as helpful as it could otherwise be. Just like battery life and ports are important factors of mobile hardware, the licenses that cover software and services are becoming increasing important as more and more people are drawn to technology. I think thousands of Facebook users can agree that the terms of a license are important, and overlooking the details can cause avoidable, but often unforeseen, headaches. I think that the need is only amplified when cavalier passages like “de facto file system” don’t even purport to identify who the owner of that filesystem is. For the record, I don’t know the answer.

    • Warner Crocker

      08/19/2010 at 9:40 am

      Good point. Several things I always keep in mind with any cloud service I use (Dropbox, Facebook, Google, etc…) is that they could go away at any time, they service could fail at any time, or they can change the terms of service at any time.

  2. Gary

    08/19/2010 at 10:59 am

    As far as I can tell, Writepad does not have any wrist rejection, does it? I’d really love to ditch my Livescribe setup in favor of everything on the iPad…but PenUltimate just doesnt cut it….and I doubt Writepad will either, but looks like it might be a step in the right direction if it is accurate and fast.

    • Warner Crocker

      08/19/2010 at 12:39 pm

      It does not have any sort of Palm Rejection currently.

      • matt

        03/24/2011 at 5:41 pm

        It does now… In the options under “palm rest”….

  3. JoeC

    08/20/2010 at 7:08 am

    I got excited when I took a quick look and it looked like OneNote. It appears their documentation is for the iPhone – I could not find anything specific to to the iPad. No palm rejection. The handwriting recognition isn’t that bad but trying to make a correction drove me crazy. It would be great if you could bring up a keyboard easily…

    Warner – as always, thanks for article.

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