Matt Gemmell on GoodNotes

Matt Gemmell with some, uh, notes on GoodNotes:

GoodNotes does an alarmingly capable job of recognising handwriting. It also does it in a very unfussy way: you don’t have to tell it to do anything; it just recognises handwriting all the time, and updates its recognised text whenever you edit pages. There’s no separate view or special interface. You just write stuff, and then you can search for it later, complete with on-page highlighting. When you export a PDF, you also get the recognised text embedded in it, so it’s searchable and highlightable there too.

I’ve written about the iPad and handwriting recognition before. I am very curious to see what iPad/Pencil announcements show up in March—I use my iPad Mini Retina daily and I wish it supported the Pencil just so I could properly evaluate some of these apps. (My current stylus is a Pencil by FiftyThree, which I find good for sketching but terrible for writing notes.)

(Via Ben Brooks.)

Marshmallow Run: Girl Scouts San Diego + Design Code Build

MacStories’ John Vorhees on a Kickstarter project to develop a programming/design curriculum for girls (well, everyone, really):

…the reward that’s most interesting is a programming starter pack for backers who pledge just $25. The starter pack includes character sprites and other game elements for building Marshmallow Run in Scratch.

Em and I spent part of last year following a Pixelnest Studio tutorial to build a simple shmup in Unity. I’m hopeful Marshmallow Run gets fully backed, because I’d love to try out the starter pack with Em.

The State of iBooks in Early 2017

Michael E. Cohen with a good post on iBooks: The State of iBooks in Early 2017. I still miss dearly-departed Readmill, but I’ve settled in ok with iBooks in terms of making my epub books available across all my devices.

I have experienced the same thing that Michael noticed with respect to iBooks “forgetting” his current place when switching devices:

Occasionally, iBooks forgets to bookmark my current place in a book so it opens to the wrong page on another device.