FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, Pear Note developer Chad Sellers and I worked through concept sketches, mockups and development builds of Pear Note for iPad, prepping it for app store approval.
Last night I was excited to hear Pear Note for iPad was approved and is $4.99 for a limited time. Check out Chad Sellers' Pear Note for iPad post and TWiT's iPad Today #62 Podcast at 13:00, for more details.
In this article I'd like to share a selection of sketches and screenshots of the application with a few notes for some reference on the development process.
As with other projects I work on, sketches are an important way to capture and explore ideas that can be shared with clients, like Chad.
From an initial phone call, I began exploring ideas about how the main UI might work, capturing the ideas and notes with ink on paper:
Later in the process, I sketched concepts for icons and formatting menus, exploring ideas of how these items might work and look:
These kinds of sketches are great for getting ideas out in the open, and worked well for Chad to review and comment on.
From these loose sketches, Chad was able to see several options quickly and I was able to take that feedback and my sketches to create Photoshop mockups.
Here are samples of final Pear Note screens, with elements in place.
Horizontal Recording - Pear Note in recording mode, capturing both audio and text entry via on-screen keyboard. Note the added keys along the top of the standard keyboard to provide quick access to common actions in Pear Note:
Horizontal Playback - Playing back the captured text and audio, which is synced. Had fun connecting the light blue color in the play button and playback scrubber handle on this one:
Vertical Notes Playback - This shows Pear Note for iPad playing back a Pear Note recorded with video, audio and slides on the Mac version:
Vertical Rich Text - A sample of the rich text options in Pear Note:
I'm pleased with how the interface of Pear Note for iPad turned out. Chad and I were able to attain a clean, simple to use app and I think our working through ideas and communicating throughout the process made the difference.
Currently the app supports text and audio recording, with text/video/audio/slide playback in version 1.0, though Chad has goals to add features over time. This was a big project, and I applaud Chad for limiting scope to get the app out, rather than holding it back for every feature.
Buy Pear Note for iPad
For a limited time, Chad has priced Pear Note for iPad at $4.99 - a great deal for a tool that can record audio and sync it to your text notes. Pear Note works great with or without a bluetooth keyboard and can sync files via Dropbox. In testing I've found the app a great tool in meetings. Check it out.