BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Recently, Microsoft launched a new experimental application which should smoothen your handwriting. Designed to work with Surface Pro, Plumbago should make your John Hancock legible and your life much easier thanks to the improved UI.
Although most of us are still uncomfortable with the idea of writing with a stylus on a tablet, it would seem that this is indeed the future. And it’s probably a much better idea to use an app to scribble our thoughts rather than using plain paper. It might be also good for the trees, come to think of it.
Well, without further ado, here’s Microsoft Garage’s latest application. The novel app is called Plumbago (not lumbago), and the whole idea behind it is to improve the quality of your handwritten notes. And no, we are not going to make any jokes about the doctor’s handwriting, even though everyone loves hieroglyphs.
Long story made short, Plumbago is an odd one. According to several reviews posted on the web, Plumbago is a combination between OneNote, Sway, and Word. Well, with all these perks, one would think that the new application is quite a sight to behold.
In truth, all the users who tested the application said that they have seen no distinguishable difference in terms of legibility between Plumbago and OneNote for example. This aspect can be quite a turn-off for some of the users who were looking forward to downloading an application that can enhance the quality of their handwritten notes.
So, how does this app work? Well, according to the reviews it is much easier to use than OneNote. Simply configure your personal notebook, which can contain up to 25 pages. Change their style, background, the usual stuff before you begin to complain about writer’s block.
Among the backgrounds you can choose, there is a template which closely resembles those obnoxious notebooks we used to have in school. It might be cool to write down something using this template if your handwriting would look like someone came from behind and strangled you while you were writing.
What about smooth writing? In principle, the application contains a handwriting smooth toolbar, with a sort of dial. In theory, users could use the dial in order to sharpen their handwritten notes. But, it would seem that almost all the testers reported that the option has quite a lot of issues.
For example, one of them reported that the smooth bar doesn’t enhance the quality of the notes. Moreover, it would seem that the application has other issues, like changing orientation. One user reported that upon changing orientation from portrait to landscape, Plumbago was unable to recognize the notes scribbled in the lower part of the screen.
Plumbago should make your John Hancock legible, but it seems that the application needs a couple of more tweaks before it can fulfill its purpose.