During a stint with an engineering company I quickly adapted to carrying a spiral bound notebook everywhere, and meetings always had a large white board to take down projects, solve problems, and handle visual tasks, step-by-step procedures, and complex processes. In other words, I learned to think with my hand.
To this day my office is still home to a giant white board, and my Mac has half a dozen graphing, charting, and mind mapping apps. The only problem is that using those tools on a Mac is cumbersome at best. Welcome to the 21st century, the home of the iPad and Grafio.
An iPad is the perfect mobile white board, drawing tool, chart maker, note taker, and finger sketch for anyone who is in to visual thinking.
Grafio is incredibly intuitive and makes it almost child’s play to organize charts, create process diagrams, build venn diagrams, sketch mind maps, even take notes or draw.
For a few dollars you get an app which can draw shapes, figures, curves, and lines in standard vector format, and connect and label elements from a library of shapes.
Any object or group of objects can be selected, moved, deleted, rotated and scaled. Everything can change shape, size, color, and more.
Grafio comes with a few dozen fonts and 10 different connection types. Every element is layered and can be brought to the front, sent to the back, even locked. Oddly, but useful, audio notes can be recorded on Grafio, and files can be synced up using DropBox (but not iCloud).
The only problem I’ve encountered so far is my fat fingers. Sometimes it takes a few stabs to select the correct handle to change a shape, so Grafio might be an app that could use a more precise pen tool.
Otherwise, it’s like taking your white board wherever you go.