JotPad and JotPad Pro for Windows Phone 7

Hi there, I’m writing this article to let you know about my apps, the JotPad and JotPad Pro. Unless noted otherwise this article applies to both version of the app.

The premise behind this apps is the following:

Have you ever need a pen and paper to help illustrate your ideas during a conversation but couldn’t find any? Someone is asking you for directions and you really want to do a sketch to help the explanation? Do you want to doodle on a picture of your friend just for fun?

Look no further, the JotPad app is what you need, use it to jot down anything you want!

That’s what this apps are about, the ability of using your phone as pen and paper every time you need it. That said let me explain what you can do with them.

When you first start the app you see nothing more than a white screen and application bar in the bottom, tapping it will reveal the usual menu all apps have. The application bar has three icons, from left to right you have the Draw lines, Pen style and Erase lines buttons as shown in the image. When you tap either the draw or erase lines buttons the become selected and display a ball in the icon as shown in the image, then using your finger you can easily draw or erase lines. The middle button will popup a small windows that allows you to choose what kind of pen you want to use, there’s 4 for you to choose: the regular back pen, the felt pen, the marker and the highlighter. One last way to erase all lines is using the shake to clear gesture, shake the phone, lines are gone, simples.

Another big feature is the multi touch zoom, using the pinch gesture you can scale, move and rotate the page of your drawing. This is quite handy, not only you can zoom in to draw in tight areas or do small details, but you can also zoom out to access a drawing area with four times the resolution of the screen.

Moving on, we are now going to check the settings. In the first page you have some options controlling the shake to clear and Live Tile support, you also have the Live ID sign in button, by signing in you will be able to upload your doodle straight onto your SkyDrive. On the page background settings you have quite a few settings. You have three main options for the background of your doodles, you can either use a solid colors, images or video.

You have a wide variety of solid colors to choose from and it’s pretty straight forward. The image background is a bit different, you have 3 built-in images you can use or you can choose any image from the Pictures Hub as the background of your page. That means you can use any photos taken or synced with your phone or any photos you have on your Facebook or SkyDrive albuns as background. If that’s not enough you can take a new photo straight from the photo chooser.

Now we are going to talk about the draw over live video feature. This is only available in the Pro version of the app, and it allows you to draw directly over the video captured by your phone’s camera. No need to take a picture and then draw over it, you’ll simply draw over the live video. If you need to focus the camera, you can half press the shutter button just like the regular camera app, and if you want to save the picture just fully press the shutter button, the phone will vibrate and capture them image you’re seeing right along with all the lines you’ve drawn.

Speaking of saving, I’m now going to write about the the saving options. You can save your doodle either locally on your phone, or remotely in the SkyDrive. If you save it locally, you can then share it with anyone using the standard Windows Phone sharing options including Facebook and Twitter. you can also sync your doodles with your computer. Saving your drawing remotely on the SkyDrive allows you to be able to access it from your computer without any syncing and have it available anywhere. In the free version of the app, you can only save one image on the SkyDrive, uploading another will replace the old one, in the Pro version you can upload as many images as you want and they are all kept.

That’s it, I hope you enjoy my app and if you have any doubt or suggestion please contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for reading.

The JotPad is the free version, you can download it here -> Download JotPad

The JotPad Pro is the paid version, it costs 0,99€, has a free trial and can be obtained here -> Download JotPad Pro

This paid version will give you the ability of using the draw over live video feature, save as many images as you want in the SkyDrive and have the app ad free.

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