Inkflow User's Guide
Thanks for downloading Inkflow!
Behind its deceptively simple interface is a powerful tool for thinking and unleashing your creativity.
This guide will help you get the most out of it.
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Let's start with the basics:
The Gallery shows your collection of books.
Tap '+' in the upper left to add a new book.
Tap on the thumbnail to open the book.
Deleting & Renaming:
Tap on the book's name to rename, duplicate, or delete it.
By default, the most recently edited book shows up at the top.
Scroll past the top of the page to see the search and sort buttons.
Enter text into the search box to filter books by parts of their names.
Tip: Add a mnemonic or tag to your book names (e.g. "MGT536 Great Ideas") to easily categorize and manage large numbers of books by searching for the tags.
Tap the gear icon to show the settings dialog. You can set the default Tweet text and change the toolbar orientation here.
Writing and Drawing
Select the pen icon at the far right to enter drawing mode.
Draw using one finger.
Zoom and pan using two.
Zoom in to write more finely or to add detail to sketches.
Tap on the lasso select icon to the left of the pen icon to enter selection mode.
Drag your finger around the ink you want to select. Zoom in if you need finer control.
Once selected, drag the selection to move ink around.
On iPhone: When in portrait, slide the toolbar to see the selection tool.
To delete ink, select it, tap inside the selection, then tap delete.
Drag the resize icon at the bottom right of the selection to resize the selected ink.
Drag it off the diagonal to skew and stretch the ink.
Tip: Use resizing and zoom to control the fineness of your ink. Write in full-screen zoom then shrink for finer lines.
For thicker lines, just do the reverse: Zoom in, write, then enlarge the ink.
Drag the round rotation handle at the top of the selected ink to rotate the selection.
Cut, Copy, & Paste:
You can also cut or copy the ink from the context menu. Once copied. Tap anywhere on the un-selected canvas to paste.
You can use this to copy ink to different pages or books.
Tip: Tap on the canvas, tap "Select All", then copy and paste to a new page to paste the ink in the same location on the page.
Using Inkflow with Vittle: You can copy ink and pictures from Inkflow and paste them in the Full Edition of Vittle.
Vittle lets you record videos using your photos, handwriting, and voice, and is a great way to share your ideas with others.
Tap on the left and right arrow buttons besides the page number to flip between pages.
Paging past the last page automatically adds a new page (up to 20 per book for the Basic Edition).
Tap on the page number to bring up the page management tools.
Tap edit to rearrange or delete pages.
From the actions menu, you can email the book, or just the visible image.
Your friends can open books you send to them using the Free Basic Edition of Inkflow, even books created with the Plus Edition.
You can also Tweet the image, or save it to the camera roll.
You can change the default Tweet text in the settings dialog in the Gallery.
Tip: Tweet your cool photos with the #myinkflow tag to be featured on our site.
We will be picking the coolest sketches to showcase, with a link to your Twitter handle.
Tap on Export from the Actions menu to send a PDF of the book or JPEG of the page to other Apps or to a printer.
Tip: This is super useful to send PDFs to storage Apps such as Dropbox, or to Air Sketch to project wirelessly.
If you mainly use a book for reference, you might want to lock it.
This will prevent inadvertent changes by requiring you to unlock it first.
Locked books that you send in email will remain locked, but can be unlocked in the same way by the recepient.
Note that locking is not meant to be a security feature.
Photostream Tip: Use Photostream to easily integrate Inkflow into your desktop workflow.
Draw and sketch in Inkflow, save the image to your camera roll, and it will appear in iPhoto on your desktop in a few seconds.
You can then drag the image into your favorite graphics editor for post processing or use in your projects.
You can switch the position of the edit controls from the settings dialog off the Gallery toolbar.
Tip: If you are right handed, keep your left thumb over the pen and selection icons to easily select them, while drawing with your right hand.
Photos and Paper Stationery
With the selection button enabled, tap on the empty canvas, then select "Add Picture".
Changing the Stationery:
From the actions menu, select "Stationery" and pick an option.
Select Custom Stationery, then tap '+' to pick an image from your photo albums.
You can now change the opacity (alpha), position the background image, and make it black and white or color.
With the selection button enabled, tap on the empty canvas, then select "Add Text".
You can set the width of the text box, and the height will adjust automatically.
You can select Text and Pictures together with ink using the selection tool and resize them as a group.
iPhone and iPod Touch
Inkflow is a universal app that works great on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
The key differences on the iPhone & iPod Touch are:
- In the portrait orientation, slide the toolbar to the left to see the selection, pen, and undo buttons.
- You can also shake the device to undo.
- In the Page Manager, tap on the current page to close it without changing the page.
Plus Edition: The Palette
Select the Pen icon to enter drawing mode, then tap on the pen icon again to bring up the Drawing Palette.
Tap on a round color swatch to change your ink color.
Tap on the selected color again to customize it.
Pro Tip: Tap on the #RGB color code to enter it directly.
Use this to erase ink directly.
Tip: The eraser size depends on the zoom level. Zoom in to erase smaller areas.
The countain pen has bold strokes, great for writing or sketching.
The faster your pen strokes the thinner they will be.
Tip: Use a lower opacity (10-15%) color for sketching with the fountain pen.
The pencil has a thinner and more regular stroke than the fountain pen.
It's great for diagrams, cartoons, or shading in fine details.
Use a lower opacity with the pencil for sketching.
Use a higher opacity to turn it into a marker.
Use a lower opacity color (1% - 10%) for the best effects.
Draw faster for a thicker paint stroke, slower for finer details.
Remember that you can use Inkflow's unique resizing capabilty to paint details at any scale.
The paint brush tool is also great for use as a hilighter.
Pinning the Palette:
Tap on the pushpin on the right of the palette to keep it visible.
This is very useful when you are painting or drawing with multiple colors.
You can also keep the customize color dialog open this way, and use it as a full-spectrum palette.
Pen Width Control:
Tap on the circle to the left of the pin to change the pen width directly.
Tweet your creations with #myinkflow to share with the Inkflow community.
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One More Thing...
If you like Inkflow, you'll love the All New Vittle, which turns your iPad into a recordable video whiteboard.
Inkflow was designed to help you capture and organize your ideas.
Vittle is the ideal tool for sharing those ideas effectively with others.
Find out more on the Vittle homepage.
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