What if you could get that same napkin-based creativity into an app for your Mac? What would you call it? How about calling it what it is. A digital Napkin. That’s probably the concept behind Napkin, a Mac communication tool for notes and diagrams.
Napkin’s Digital Ink
Napkin is one of a growing number of Mac apps which help us use the Mac’s screen to do what analog napkins and paper and white boards can still do for less money but not as pretty.
Communicate an idea, make a point, explain simply the complex. In other words, you can draw and edit on your Mac’s screen.
Napkin is exactly what thought provoking Mac users need, particularly product managers, designers, engineers, artists, journalists or anyone else with a need to explain something quickly and easily.
All the screen basics are there– comment on a graphic, create a visual step-by-step tutorial, sketch a diagram, caption an image, build a flow chart or an org chart, annotate a photo or image, display a sequence of steps.
Napkin’s interface is inviting and friendly with a row of self-explanatory tools at the top and plenty of controls over each element.
What’s not to like?
Napkin comes with plenty of bells and whistles and has a gentle learning curve. It takes screenshots– whole screen or sections or windows– and lets you drop in text, shapes, and other images to communicate your idea.
I love the call outs; those arrows and text boxes which highlight something in a graphic. Napkin is friendly and shares your creations with others using Mail, Messages, Twitter, and Facebook.
Did I mention Napkin is friendly? Well, it’s only friendly after you buy the app to try it out. It’s sold only on the Mac App Store and the price tag is rather hefty. There’s not even a free trial version to test out before you plunk down your hard earned cash.
You’ve got to buy it first and hope for love later.