Start keep­ing a di­ary

With Mole­sk­ine Jour­nal, it’s sim­ple to start record­ing your life

Mac|Life - - CREATE - Kenny Hem­phill


Mole­sk­ine Jour­nal, iOS 8.1 or later

you will learn

How to use Mole­sk­ine Jour­nal’s dif­fer­ent modes to add con­tent and sync with Ever­note


30 min­utes

Cre­ated to be a dig­i­tal ver­sion of the real-world note­books, sketch­books, and plan­ners, Mole­sk­ine Jour­nal al­lows you to write and draw on your iOS de­vice in a vir­tual Mole­sk­ine. You can also im­port pho­tos and sync notes with Ever­note, or back them up to Drop­box.

If you choose to type rather than write by hand, Mole­sk­ine Jour­nal sup­ports the full range of iOS fonts, with the abil­ity to re­size them on the page. If you would rather work by hand, you can use ei­ther your fin­ger or a sty­lus, in­clud­ing the Ap­ple Pen­cil. You can choose from a paint­brush, pen­cil, pen, or high­lighter, and the color picker gives you full con­trol over the hue of what you write or draw.

There are two modes for writ­ing. Pro­duc­tiv­ity mode al­lows you to type with the on-screen key­board, which in­cludes con­trols for choos­ing a font, set­ting the size of the text, and styling it as bold, ital­ics, un­der­line, strikethrough, or high­lighted. You can also set the color of the text here, as well as in­dent it or choose a bul­leted or numbered list. Cre­ativ­ity mode is de­signed for cre­at­ing shorter, pret­tier text and al­lows for larger, fancier type­faces.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can draw or write on the screen us­ing your fin­ger or a sty­lus. Just choose your in­stru­ment (pen­cil, pen, high­lighter, or brush) and start draw­ing. There’s also a scis­sors tool that acts like the lasso se­lec­tion tool in Pho­to­shop, en­abling you to draw around some­thing and cut or copy it to paste else­where.

You can swap be­tween Pro­duc­tiv­ity and Cre­ativ­ity modes when­ever you like, and can set the pa­per style (plain, lined, squared, weekly plan­ner, or sto­ry­board) from the Tools pal­ette. One of the re­al­world Mole­sk­ine note­book’s best-loved fea­tures is the pocket tucked in­side the back cover, and that’s also here in the dig­i­tal ver­sion, en­abling you to store snip­pets of text and images.

For­tu­nately, un­like the real thing the dig­i­tal jour­nal has mul­ti­ple lev­els of undo. So if you write or draw some­thing you don’t like, just tap the back ar­row in the tool­bar to get rid of it – with­out ru­in­ing your Mole­sk­ine.

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