What: Papyrus Natural Note Taking
Where: Windows Apps Store
How Much: $FREE$ – well almost..
For: All Surface Tablets
If you have an Android phone or have used an Android tablet in the past, you are probably familiar with Papyrus – a note taking app that allows you to take handwritten notes and is now available for your Windows tablet too. With Papyrus, you can write notes on your Surface using the pen or your finger. You can import images, draw shapes, and add typed text to your notes. Papyrus is intended to help you take and organize your notes within notebooks to increase your productivity, much like the OneNote App. You can also export notes as PDFs or images, then share them with others or store them in the cloud. Although this costs extra, you can mark-up PDFs.
Papyrus largely does the same thing as OneNote App for Windows. However, it does have some additional features that are pretty nice:
- Ability to adjust the thickness of a line AFTER it has already been written.
- Export individual notes PDFs, JPGs, or PNG
- Record and attached audio to a note
- Multiple paper types and sizes to choose from
- Can share\save with Evernote and Box
- Cost – although the basic app is free, the PDF markup and other tools are not. Expect to pay between $1.99-$4.99 for each add-on, this adds up!
- Lack of printing
- Can’t save to OneDrive – this is a major flaw for an app designed for Windows devices!
Overall, this app is petty cool. The touch experience is good and Papyrus offers some great features. I especially like the ability to export in multiple formats. So, the app has some good, solid pros and it does what it promises but…the extra cost for PDF mark-ups and other add-ons is a disappointment. There are other note taking apps that do not charge for this functionality – such as the OneNote App. But, by far the fact that Papyrus cannot save to OneDrive is its biggest flaw – this is a Windows 8 app after all. If it weren’t for that, I’d give the app four (4) smilies but lack of OneDrive sharing takes it down to three (3).
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Joanna is a former IT Director for a major public university, who gave up a high paying career to blog full time. She is proud to be a professional geek. Joanna loves all things technology and Surface tablets are her passion. She and Tim created LoveMySurface.net to help others be more productive using these awesome tablets.