28 AUG

Moleskine Releases iPad App, Announces Digital Notebook Collaboration with Evernote

by Marianne Schultz

Moleskine, the Italian maker of notebooks and related accessories, has released Moleskine Journal for the iPad, a note-taking app featuring virtual notebooks in the company’s iconic style. The app hit the App Store earlier this week and is free to download. Moleskine Journal replaces the universal Moleskine app that debuted in April 2011, which will be removed from the App Store on September 1, 2012.

The features of Moleskine Journal include the following:

  • Signature Inner Pocket to store favorite images and text. Includes image import and access to the built-in camera
  • Portrait and landscape modes, with double-spread view unique to Moleskine Journal
  • Classic Moleskine paper selection—plain, ruled, squared—plus templates from the popular Weekly Planner, Passion Recipe Journal and Storyboard Notebook
  • Artist toolset (paintbrush, Moleskine pencil, Moleskine pen, highlighter), all with size control and full-spectrum color picker available on-the-fly
  • Fully-featured color picker gives full artistic control, with value slide, opacity slide, custom swatch library and Moleskine’s cream-color paper background for easier color selection
  • Text tool with all iOS-available fonts, color picker, opacity and size control on-the-fly
  • Classic Moleskine ribbon bookmark
  • Multiple undo and redo
  • Easy image import from your photo library or take new photos with the built-in camera
  • Easy project sharing via email, Facebook and Twitter
  • Easy sync to Evernote and backup to Dropbox
  • Unlimited page-adding capability—never run out of room.
  • View entire journal at once in an editable page thumbnails view
  • Fully editable library in thumbnail and list mode
  • Unlimited journal creation capability—make as many journals as you like!
  • Intuitive Apple iOS gestures such as pinch and spread, 2-finger scroll and page flip

The app’s description promises new features in future updates, including wrist protection, a feature that is essential in digital note-taking apps on a device with a large screen like the iPad.

The downside with this new app is that it removes iPhone and iPod touch compatibility, which is present in the original and soon-to-be-removed Moleskine app. However I’d be willing to be that there weren’t too many folks out there looking to take extensive hand-written notes on an iPhone or iPod touch, so this loss may not be a big deal to most.

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Moleskine also announced earlier this week a collaboration with Evernote, the California-based company that provides services and tools to save and archive notes, and the upcoming release of a new line of notebooks designed to work with the Evernote iPhone and iPad app. The Evernote Digital Notebooks, which are now available for pre-order in various sizes, will feature special page styles with dotted lines to assist in image alignment and capture with the Evernote app. The notebooks will also come with “smart” stickers to be used as tags that will be recognized automatically by Evernote and digitally searchable. Each Evernote Digital Notebook will come with three free months of Evernote Premium service, which normally costs $5.00 per month or $45.00 per year.

This promotional video highlights the features of the new notebooks:


 

I know people who swear by the Evernote service but it’s one that I’ve never been able to really get into. However, I do use Moleskine notebooks to capture my lists and thoughts and may give it another shot with one of these new notebooks. With or without the notebooks, Evernote’s service and iPhone app could be useful if you’re a student or busy professional.

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