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Transitioning to digital note-taking

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After buying a new iPad not too long ago, I decided to get the Apple Pencil too to transition to taking notes digitally. I’ve attempted to go digital many times before but was always put off by the experience.

It was either the software I didn’t enjoy using, the awful “styluses” that were available before the Apple Pencil was born, or the way the whole thing felt.

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve become used to working on my iPad, and my favourite Moleskine journal is now gathering dust at the side of my desk. It feels natural to grab my iPad instead of anything else nowadays. This has only happened because of the advancements in the software and Apple’s improvements to iPadOS with the addition of their Apple Pencil.

Apple Notes is amazing when used with the Apple Pencil. I’ve tried a few other apps, all of which are good, but Apple Notes is the one that was ideal for my working process.

And, products like Paperlike make my iPad feel like I’m actually writing on paper.

Here’s my setup:

  • Apple iPad 7th generation
  • Apple Pencil 1st generation
  • Paperlike screen protector
  • Apple Notes