You could say that I have one foot in the “silicone” present and another in the “dead tree” past. That is, I do a lot of “digital” work with my research and administrative activities at the university. But, I also do a lot of “analog” things with my note-taking, Japanese calligraphy, and reading of medieval manuscripts. In this analog post, I’ve created a PDF to share a few thoughts about how to combine “digital” and “analog” elements into a single workflow on the iPad.
Here is some of the equipment I have found useful, but all you really “need” is an iPad to bring together the digital and analog elements in your life.
- iPad Pro
- iPad Pro keyboard
- iPad Pencil
- iPad Pencil holder (I suppose any similar “stylus loop” like holder would work, but I have been pleased with how well this one holds the pencil, so I recommend it)
Here are some of the most useful apps I have on my iPad (some of which I mentioned in the PDF above). Of course, your mileage may vary.
- DEVONthink To Go (I’ve written a lot about this and the OSX version on my site)
- PDF Expert (great alternatives include iAnnotate and GoodReader)
- Scanner Pro (a truly wonderful app for writers)
- Jōmon period ceramic figure with heart-shaped face (created two- or three-thousand years ago)
- Bullet Journal (Ryder Carroll has been tweaking his note-taking for a couple of years now and has developed an enthusiastic note-taking community)
- Scanning with Evernote and other apps (a post I wrote a while back about getting the most out of OCR stuff)