Whink is a refreshingly simple yet full-featured note taking app for iOS.
Back in middle school and high school, I used to draw and make notes inside the margin of the notebook. Sometimes those notes related to my school work, other times it was just busy work for myself when lessons droned on and on. Now that the world has turned mobile and digital, it’s a bit harder to just create those quick jot-down notes that I used to in my classes. Thanksfully, there is Whink for iOS.
Whink is an all-purpose note-taking app. It provides the user with a wonderfully simple, but elegant experience and it has been chosen as one the Apple’s ‘Best of’ app for 2015. After using it for a couple of weeks, I can certainly see why. One app I was determined to find when I got my iPad Pro was an app that would allow for me to hand write notes and doodle on the same page. I’m heading to CES for the first time this year and I thought it would be a good option to have for quickly jotting down notes. Yes, I can type my notes quickly, but for the most part, I’m not going to have time to get the smart keyboard out. Carrying the iPad Pro like a clipboard and using the Apple Pencil is probably going to be the best option for me. And Whink plays right into that.
The app is extremely versatile. With it, you can hand-write naturally. While you could use any old stylus or your finger, the Apple Pencil is really a natural compliment to Whink’s programming. You can write notes or sketch as if you are using a real pen and paper. I honestly wouldn’t have believed that was possible until I started using the Pencil with the app. The feel is natural. Whink features full Apple Pencil support, which means you can have light and heavy pen strokes within the app. Another great feature is the handwriting pad. Whink actually took into consideration the fact that people’s hands rest on the screen when they write. So, the developers created a resting pad, which is a blank screen that doesn’t allow for any touch interactions. You can safely rest your hand there and not worry that the screen will pick up your hand.
Aside from the Apple Pencil/Natural Writing experience, you also have the option to type quickly with Whink. You simply tap on the screen to start typing notes. There are quick formatting options for headings and subheadings, and you can create lists and outlines with very little effort. This feature paired with the handwriting is enough for me to leave standard note-taking apps behind. That being said there are two other major features I want to mention – PDF Annotation and Audio Recordings.
Whink has support for both. To annotate a PDF, you import using the Open-In function in iOS and then start marking it up. You have the ability to fill forms, sign and send contracts all within the app. Another great add-on option for Whink is the ability to add audio recordings. This comes in quite handy for meetings where you don’t want to miss a beat. It’s great to have that feature built into the app rather than having to use another app for it. Whink even allows for you to insert those audio recordings into PDFs.
With Whink, you have the option to share your notes via email or Dropbox and you can sync your notes via iCloud. I love to keep all my items in one place so iCloud sync is a welcome feature in my opinion.
From the moment I opened Whink for the first time, I was instantly impressed. Not only are all the features above included, but the app also offers a wonderful visual organization tool on its home screen. When you open the app, you can see all your notes, which have been assigned (by you) a cover so it’s easy to find the notes you are looking for. Whink is incredibly responsive and works beautifully with the Apple Pencil. It’s been refreshing to be able to open the app and sketch out an idea I had in my head. With Whink, I have the option of typing, recording, and handwriting – giving me the ultimate tool for getting things done.
DOWNLOAD – Whink – $3.99 – iOS