Visual Notes apps (Comparison)

  • Apps for Visual Notetaking
  • Brushes 3  (Taptrix)  Free
  • Layers: yes (10)
  • Vector: yes   64 bit
  • Record:  can replay work
  • Comments: 2048×2048,autosave background, share +PSD files w/layers
  • Sketchbook Pro   (Autodesk)  $4.99
  • Layers:  yes but not enough
  • Vector: No but 64 bit
  • Record: Timelapse to record
  • Comments: iOS6 only, icloud support, 100 presets, customizable, reviews say buggy
  • My Brushes Pro    (Effectmatrix)  $4.99
  • Layers: yes unlimited
  • Vector: yes
  • Record: yes on unlimited canvas size, also can re-edit it
  • Comments: unlimited redo/undo, Retina, AutoSAVE,, export file, share to web
  • Neu.notes+    (neu.pen LLC)  $.99
  • Layers: pages not layers
  • Vector: yes
  • Record: support VGA connect to airplay
  • Comments: export vector pdf to Adobe Illus., unlimited redo/undo,share png & pdf
  • Vittle    (Qrayon) 
  • Layers: no
  • Vector: ?
  • Record: **Yes, share FB,YouTube, Vimeo
  • Comments: very easy to use
  • InkFlow     (Qrayon) $7.99 &  Free
  • Layers: no
  • Vector: yes
  • Record: ?
  • Comments: good for brainstorming, Insert txt & jpg, resize, share

Check on compatibility before jump to Mavericks

I recently came across a useful online resource, The premise is simple: a catalog of Mac and iOS applications, and their respective compatibility with different versions of OS X and iOS. While it is not a complete, or exhaustive list, it does cover a decent number of the most popular applications.

Two useful tips when using the site – the list is automatically filtered by letter, so you only see apps starting with ‘A’ at first (over 400!). Next, you can elect to filter those apps per platform, and per condition – that is, works with some problems, doesn’t work at all, or works fine – to help narrow your search down.

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You don’t necessarily want your personal data accessible to every app that asks, and iOS is here to give you the kind of fine-grained control that you crave. Under the Privacy section of Settings you can not only adjust which apps have access to your location, but also prevent them from accessing your contacts, calendars, reminders, photos, and Bluetooth sharing. Plus, if you use Twitter or Facebook, you can decide which of your apps can log in with your credentials. Just tap the appropriate section for any of these and slide the switch for the selected app to Off.
Restrictions. Go to General and then to Restrictions. You’ll be prompted to enter a passcode. You can then select which features you would like to lock down on your iOS device. If you’re planning to hand the iPhone off to Junior, and Junior has a habit of unintentionally deleting your apps, you can specifically disable that capability from the Restrictions screen. You can also prevent access to the iTunes Store, the iBookstore, Safari, Camera, FaceTime, and more.

This week’s Macworld OS X Hint

By Rob Griffiths (

Trim Mail attachments
If you’re trying to conserve disk space, and you’re a user of the built-in Mail application, you may be overlooking one source of disk space usage: attachments on e-mails youve received. By default, Mail leaves all attachments alone, even if you save them to another spot on your hard drive. Over time, you can build up quite a collection of old attachments. Deleting these assuming you’ve saved them elsewhere and no longer wish to keep them in Mail can save a fair bit of drive space. For example, on my machine, I have roughly 400MB worth of attached files, even though Ive saved all those files to other spots.

If you’re running the OS X 10.4 version of Mail, you can use a Smart Mailbox to help manage your attachments.