My last blog post was about the Windows 10 anniversary update and about the new Ink Workspace and how it did not meet my expectations as a truly „digital ink maniac“. So just a few days later a new App called NEBO pops up in my social media stream and I could not resist to give it a quick hands-on. To be short, 1: WOW, I am really impressed and 2: Please, Microsoft, implement this into OneNote!
A dear OneNote-friend of mine (@kramkr) has once said that digital ink is the evolution to of paper to „paper 2.0“ the company behind Nebo MyScript has somehow accomplished to develop Paper 2.1. Thanks to their really sophisticated technology called Interactive Ink there are some really cool features, which point out, why digital ink superior to „traditional“ ink. But lte’s see for yourself:
(all content is taken from http://myscript.com/nebo/?lang=en)
Add interactive diagrams, editable equations, freeform sketches and annotate pictures.
Draw and manipulate diagrams. Connectors are persistent and stay connected when elements are moved. Edit with gestures and convert the result.
Write and edit math equations. Obtain the calculated results or export equations as LaTeX or image.
Add existing pictures from your gallery or take new pictures using your camera. Add annotations.
Select different colors and pen widths to draw freeform sketches.
Just amazing workflow
I have recorded a short (GERMAN) hands-on and although I have used NEBO for just a few minutes I am really impressed and I am looking forward to implement the app into my workflow. As a stylus user I always thought, that there should be more great apps that make use not only of the pen tip, but also of natural gestures and automatic formating. I hope for more stylus-based apps as truly think that handwriting is essential for learning!
Speaking as an educator I highly recommend this small app for every student with a stylus tablet (it is available for Windows 10 AND for the Apple IPad Pro) to take great notes and thanks to the export feature to an HTML page or as Word-document this could get pretty useful for making beautiful lesson notes.
Let’s see if Microsoft takes on this app and my wish is that some of these features are implemented into OneNote. Imagine the great benefits of interactive ink combined with all the lately announced features like embedding live content from the web. Puh…! MY dream of interactive text books with paper 2.1 functionality is within reach!