[NTLK] I’m torn...

Mark Kuberski berskyboy at gmail.com
Sun Mar 24 17:17:07 EDT 2019


I went to the Apple Store and tried the Nebo App with Apple Pencil.  The Apple Pencil is absolutely AMAZING!  It really is by far better than any stylus I’ve tried.  I love it and I love creating stuff on ProCreate.  But to try and do the following, on the Nebo app, 

https://tublrbersky.tumblr.com/post/183681460353 <https://tublrbersky.tumblr.com/post/183681460353>

It was NOT possible.  I create notes like an artist.  I love being able to have the “fancy” font which is almost like a comical font and the system or fancy font to use in speech bubbles.  It’s just not the same thing.  If Apple ever makes the Notes app capable of Handwriting Recognition, I think I would embrace the iPad mini with the Apple Pencil.  But until then, I’m really find myself LOVING the  Apple Newton Notes app.  It’s remarkably simple, powerful, elegant, ect… After 25+ years, Apple has not been able to re-create the Newton experience.  

Truefuly this is how I feel.  I pull out my Apple Newton 130 in a meeting, and start taking notes, and enjoying the experience and putting  graphics where I can, and arrows the such.  And co-workers or people will say “WHAT IS That?”  And I tell them, and often people will take our their phone and take a picture of it.  So somehow I get a bit self-consciencious, maybe even feeling famous, or a dinosaur nerd, etc… you will in the gaps.  So having an Apple Mini with a Pencil would make me look hip and, well part of the 2100 century.  But… ALAS my ARTY side wins out, the Newton Notes app is so much more pleasant to write notes with.


> On Mar 19, 2019, at 2:40 PM, Mark Kuberski <berskyboy at gmail.com> wrote:
> I use my Newton 130 everyday for:
> 1. Using the notes app to take notes (I love the cursive to text “live” conversation.  The only tool similar to this is Nebo on the iPad (and sadly not on the iPhone Pluses)
> 2. I draw in NewtPaint; coffee, mugs, logos, Star Trek ships, computers, Newton, others tech, etc to put inline with my work and personal notes. 
> Here’s a few photos:
> https://tublrbersky.tumblr.com/ <https://tublrbersky.tumblr.com/>
> 3. On occasion I use clipart to paste to my online notes too.
> 4. Each week at church I take notes, use The Message Bible app to paste bible verses inline to my sermon notes, along with drawings (of course).
> 5. I have taken all these NewtPaint drawings and used the Animation utility to create a few Star Trek stories.  Check out the YouTube Video bellow.
> Link:  https://youtu.be/EN3o-oRMims <https://youtu.be/EN3o-oRMims>
> So I love taking notes/diary and love drawing.  I also love the small form factor of the Newton 130 (very portable).
> *** Soooo I’m TORN  ***
> --------------------------------
> Apple just announced the NEW iPad Mini 5 supports the Apple Pencil (which feels bitter smooth and way cool).
> But... that gonna be a $750 investment and would replace my “green little friend”.  The reason I’m torn:
> 1. The money
> 2. The Nebo app looks good, but still not as perfect/elegant as Newton Notes
> 3.  I would miss the “trash can” animation
> 4. I would miss this Newton User Group and would just get swallowed up into a bigger Apple Ecosystem (which I’m totally submersed into anyway).
> Here’s my setup:
> 1. Take notes on Newton
> 2. Use Old DELL with serial port to transfer “screenshots” using Newton Connection in the Newton Developer Kit
> 3. Copy those screenshots to MS Word
> 4. Take those images into Apple Notes
> iPad mini [proposed] setup:
> 1. Take notes in notes using Nebo, or use Nebo directly 
> 2. Sketch/ draw in flagship drawing apps
> 3. Bring into Apple Notes
> Much shorter time... but more pricey and I have lost something (the Amazing Newton interface)! Such a dramatic analysis but I’m sure ALL of us (on this list, and many of those that have left) are have / will face this.  Haha almost an emotional love story (like the Newton film).
> I would be interested in other people’s comments, it’s seems like just an upgrade decision... but it’s way more than that.  I just wish Apple would allow the Newton OS to live on iPad!  That works be the perfect world!
> thanks,
> Mark
> Sent from my iPhone

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