Mail, Safari, Calendar, Contacts, and other utilities live elsewhere, nicely synchronized (mostly) to each device via iCloud. Even notes and diagramming apps, once essentially Mac tools, now find a welcome home on mobile devices. So, why doesn’t this app have an iPad counterpart?
I’m talking about Napkin, an elegant Mac communication tool, wonderful for creating diagrams and visual notes, as well as annotating images– much as if you’d sketched things out on a napkin during a conference or meeting.
Think of a Mac app with a white screen you can write or draw on, but with simple tools to sketch, and plenty of social sharing options.
Napkin, much like a real napkin and a pen, is a bit quirky but easily understood and simpler to use. If you need to jot down or sketch out an idea, or lay out a process or procedure, or do anything you’d scribble onto a piece of paper– but do it digitally– Napkin does it.
Annotate a diagram or photo; comment on a graphic design, create a simple tutorial, add a caption to a photo or image, mark out a sequence of steps. Napkin does it; simply, easily, quickly, with hardly any learning curve. And, the digital take on a napkin and pen is great.
What’s the problem?
Napkin costs 4 times the price of my favorite similar app, Notability, and other than a few sharing options, some diagramming tools, and collaboration ability, does less.
Worse, there’s no iPad or iPhone version of Napkin. We live in a very mobile world. When I check out a new app I expect it to have a mobile companion because my work today is no longer tied to the Mac’s screen.
Specialty apps such as Napkin work great, they’re useful for many things, but it’s a competitive, mobile world with many players, and many apps that do much the same thing for less. Napkin is another way to ‘think’ on your Mac, yes, but it’s very easy to find more ways to think and pay less.