Inkflow is a drawing, note-taking, doodling app that has many applications-- the site describes it that it "works like a Word Processor for Visual Thinking".

With the free version you can create books of sketches up to 20 pages long (no limit on the number of books). The pen tool can be used at different scales by pinch/zooming in, meaning you can fine tune drawing detail like more advanced apps. The free version provides only a black colored pen. One nice feature is you can sequentially undo each stroke.

You can also upload images from your photo library, so the tool can be used to annotate images. The third kind of media available is editable text that can be formatted by font, size, and justification. Uploaded images and text can be removed and smoothly resized, and seem to exist on their own data layer, and can be thus overlapped as well.

Anything added or drawn can be selected with the lasso; it takes a bit of practice to get comfortable with the way to works (in arcs). I found sometimes I had to move images or text out of the way to select drawn items.

Inkflow could be used as in my example to make a multipage story in images and texts; but for someone with drawing skills, a story could be made entirely in doodles. The Inflow Plus app ($7.99 at time of this writing) offers more fonts, colors for the pens, and Inkport, the ability to use the camera to take a snapshot of a sketch or anything, that can be brought directly into a book.

The export/send by email did take a few hours to send; they might be queued for delivery. Also, the "save as snapshot" option does not save the whole page as an image, just the part in view, like a screenshot

The ability to draw at zoomed in levels offers a level of fine tuning that can produce sophisticated drawings, but even with basic tools of text and images, anyone can easily create something that feels like a sketchbook or a scrapbook.

- cogdog cogdog Feb 1, 2014