iOS: Free Moleskine app for iOS devices allows iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users to have a digital version of the classic leather-bound journal. Users can add images, sketches and geotags to their notes, as well as share them with friends through social networks and email.
Moleskine notebooks are beyond popular these days, so it's no surprise that they've gone digital. While the originals could probably never be truly replaced, the app has a lot going for it - like geo-tags and the ability to use your device's camera. It also allows the user to choose whether a note should use lined, plain or squared "paper", and includes a sketching tool.
Saved photos and other images can be used in notes, or taken on the spot and inserted. They can be resized quickly, and users can add or remove them to blocks of text without worrying about formatting around them since it's automatic. It's also been made with stylus-specific features, for people who want it to feel just a bit more like the real thing.
For users who like to show off their journaling skills, the app can share notes through email, Twitter and Facebook.
The interface is as easy on the eyes as you'd expect, coming from Moleskine, but it's not the easiest to use. The help tool is basically a batch of images that look like schematics, and doubles as the welcome screen that's shown the first time you open the app. There are no labels or hints to be found that make navigation easy or obvious. There isn't a whole lot to the app, but what is there can be a bit hard to find. Forgiving that, it's definitely presented in a very Moleskine-like fashion.
The Moleskine app is free to download and is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later, but it may run pretty slow on older devices (like a 2nd generation iPod touch or an iPhone 3G).