In Drafts, I’d love a way to capture a handwritten note better than using the current Scribble to text functionality that’s provided by Apple out of the box.
There are a great many apps that do this, but ultimately I want a frictionless way of getting the text captured in drafts.
A potential implementation could be as shown in the screenshots.
Either hit a button on the widget or on the bottom toolbar in Drafts for iPad to bring up the layer:
The layer would stay present as if in “Focus Mode” until dismissed by the done button. This lets time go by while in a meeting. Maybe this would be a toggle. TBD.
Once the user is done, they hit the “Done” button and the content is transcribed into plaintext automatically in the draft. That layer is then purged so as not to try and save it in the Drafts DB or create too much clutter. Things like drawings/diagrams etc can all be discarded since those can’t be converted to plain text. If it’s important, the user can create a screenshot or something.
The typical use case is if I’m in a meeting and this would be a benefit for 2 reasons:
- Handwritten notes tend to appear more professional when meeting in person since people can see that you’re writing down notes instead of checking email
- Taking handwritten notes is often more effective for data processing. This is controversial and the mileage will vary from person to person but for me at least, it’s the best.