For years now I have used a Moleskine notebook to record meeting notes, thoughts, diagrams, and all manner of little discoveries. I wanted to embrace the idea of going paperless but the Moleskine was portable, easy to jot notes in quickly, and always available.
Three years ago I started using Evernote to formalize some notes but still couldn’t give up the Moleskine. A laptop wasn’t always available and diagramming on computers is still painfully slow compared to pen and paper. The paper notebook lived on.
Enter the iPad; a multi-touch surface with an internet connection and native client application for Evernote. Tools such as Penultimate allow for hand drawn diagrams to be included in notes. The circle is complete.
I ordered an iPad two weeks ago and expect it to be delivered sometime this week. I can’t wait to get started retiring the last of the analog notebooks in my life. The advantages of cloud storage, filtering, searching, and all the goodness of an electronic notebook await, and for the first time ever I don’t feel like I’ll be giving up hand-drawn diagrams, portability, and reliability. Awesome.