Beta Testers Wanted for A New App!

by qrayon 5. April 2013 12:39

We are about to enter the Beta phase for our brand new project, a new App that lets you record whiteboard-style lessons and presentations right from your iPad. We only have a very limited number of slots for Beta Testers, and we’re looking for folks who are creating video tutorials today, either with our existing Apps, or with others.

Oh, and you’ll need an iPad 2+ running iOS 5.1 or higher.

If you fit that description, or know someone who does, please sign up to be a Beta Tester by sending us a short summary of what kinds of videos you are currently creating (links would be great), and what else you might be looking for in an iPad App for that purpose.

We’ll make sure our Beta Testers get free download codes for the App when it becomes available later this Spring, and all we ask of you in return is to create a couple videos with it and tell us what you think.

We’ll pick new participants each week, and send out invitation codes as they become available.

Click here to sign up via our feedback form. Please make sure to enter your email address correctly.

We are really excited about this new App, and we think you are going to love it.


Now for some Photo Fun: Introducing Fontpress

by qrayon 24. March 2013 15:01

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Fontpress is a brand new App that lets you quickly create beautiful mementos from your snapshots. You can add captions with the selection of over 75 distinctive fonts, and apply a range of built-in filters with just a tap.

It’s perfect for crafting a personalized message to send your friends, or just letting your creativity run wild.

It’s pretty addictive, trust us. :)

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Fontpress is available for download from the App Store. Check it out.

Introducing Inkflow 2.0: Text, Photos, and a Whole Lot More!

by qrayon 20. February 2013 15:54

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Inkflow 2.0 is now live in the App Store! This is a major upgrade, and brings several popularly requested features:

- Text entry via the keyboard

- Insert and layout photos on your pages

- Paper stationery


QuickStart Guide Plus


Text, Photos, and Ink, Working Seamlessly Together

While Inkflow’s primary goal remains to allow expressive writing and drawing with our proprietary ink engine, there are times when its easier to type in text with the keyboard. Likewise, you can now use photos to better capture the essence of an idea, or to more powerfully convey a story.

You can select photos, text, and ink together, and resize them as a group.

Paper StationeryStationery

The default template now gets a subtle paper texture, and you can easily switch the background of your books from the actions menu.

The Plus Edition also includes a tool to create custom backgrounds from your photos. This is great for creating beautiful custom photo stationery. Also, if the built-in stationery choices don’t quite fit your needs, you can make your own: Just create an image using your favorite art program (you can even draw your own stationery with Inkflow), and save it to your iPad’s camera roll.

New Ways to Be Creative

These new features dramatically expands the scope of what you can do and create with Inkflow, without sacrificing any fluidity or ease of use.

Brainstorm in new dimensions, take long notes in class, create beautiful photo journals, even layout and publish PDF booklets.

Day at the ZooClass Notes

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A Shout Out to Teachers

We draw inspiration from the creative work of our users, but are especially thrilled that our Apps have found good use in classrooms all over the world. Remember: Qualified schools, colleges, and other educational institutions can get Inkflow Plus via Apple’s Volume Purchase Program. Contact your school’s Apple representative for more details.


Thanks for Your Support!

We hope you enjoy these new features. As always, do consider taking a moment to rate the new version in the App Store. Also, do drop a line to let us know how you are using Inkflow in your work, and what else you might like to do next. We appreciate all your feedback.

Get Inkflow 2.0 from the App Store.

Default Inkflow color palette

by qrayon 9. January 2013 11:50

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We’ve received a number of queries about how to restore the color palette to its original settings. To edit a color, first pin the palette open, select a color, then tap on it again. Now tap on the #RRGGBB value indicator to edit it directly.

RGB editor

Here are the RGB values of the default palette:

Color RGB Value
Black 000000
Blue 558ED5
Red D99694
Green C3D69B
Purple B3A2C7
Light Blue 93CDDD
Orange FAC090
Taupe C4BD97

Now you can customize your palette to your heart’s content without worrying about how to get back if you want.

If you’re looking for a great tool to make your own coordinated color palettes, check out




Inkflow v1.6 Released: iPad Retina Ink

by qrayon 9. January 2013 11:33

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We’re pleased to announce that v1.6 of Inkflow and Inkflow Plus are now available in the App Store as a free upgrade for existing users.

This update takes advantage of the iPhone 5’s larger screen and brings retina ink support to the iPad with iOS6. This results in dramatically clearer lines on devices that support it.

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Adding retina support to the iPad wasn’t a matter of just flipping a few bits. Supporting the ginormous resolution means dealing with 4x the pixels and memory as before, with the same hardware. We had to engineer a number of performance improvements to maintain the same silky smooth drawing experience you expect. It took a little longer than expected, but we think you will be pleased with the results.

Even if you are using a device without a retina screen, you should notice a few performance improvements as well.

Please Rate

As always, each App version gets a separate rating. if you like the update, please consider taking a moment to rate this version in the App Store. We really appreciate it!

We also love to hear from folks who use our Apps. Please feel free to drop us a line to let us know how you are using Inkflow, or if there’s a particular feature you would like to see in the future.


Download the update from iTunes.

Inkflow v1.4 Released: Export and print books

by qrayon 3. August 2012 09:47

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Following on the heels of v1.3, which brought the Plus features to the iPhone and iPod Touch, is v.4. This update cleans up the Actions menu a little and adds the ability to export PDF books and JPG pages to other apps and to print.

Preview and Exporting

Tap on “Export” from the Actions menu, then choose the format you want. This will open a preview. From there, tap on the send-to button to send the document to another App or to the printer. This allows you to send your work directly to other Apps for post processing or storage. For example, you can send PDFs to the Dropbox App to upload to your online storage. You can even send them to Air Sketch or Air Projector to project wirelessly to a laptop over WiFi.

Export from Inkflow

We hope you like this new feature. Please remember to rate this new version in the App Store! Each version is rated independently, and we really appreciate your five star ratings!

Get the free update in the App Store today.



Inkflow 1.3 brings Plus to the iPhone and iPod Touch (and more)

by qrayon 13. July 2012 09:28

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Thanks for all the great feedback and reviews in the App Store! Even though we are unable to respond to every email, we read all of them and take your feedback into consideration for future updates. v1.3 is a major update that adds several highly requested features for all existing users:

Inkflow Plus for iPhone and iPod Touch

By far the #1 request has been to bring the Plus Edition to the iPhone. We spent a lot of time redesigning the palette and controls to work well on the smaller screen. Instead of a pop-over, when you tap on the pen button, the palette zooms in on top of the canvas, giving you one-touch access to all the controls, including custom colors, opacity, and different instruments.

Power User Tip: Tap on the #RGB code to enter a hex color directly.

All the other Plus features are also available, including page management (tap on the page number to access this), copy & paste, and unlimited pages for books.

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All for the Price of One: If you’ve already purchased the Plus Edition for your iPad, you can upgrade again for free on your other devices. Just open the upgrade dialog and tap “Restore”.

Reorganized Toolbar

Probably the first thing you will notice when you upgrade is that we flipped the default layout of the toolbar. The pen and selection buttons are now on the left. Why did we do this? We got some great feedback that the old location of the buttons made two-handed use difficult (for right handed people). After a lot of additional user testing, we agreed that putting the edit controls on the left made more sense. This way, you can keep your left thumb over them to easily switch between the pen and selection tool, or call up the palette, while drawing with your right hand.

This new layout will probably take a day or two to get used to, particularly if you’ve used Inkflow for a while now. We think you will find that it makes using Inkflow more efficient. Don’t fret if you don’t agree (or are left-handed): You can easily change the layout back from the settings dialog (tap the gear icon from the Gallery, and enable left-handed toolbar).

New toolbar:

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Previous toolbar (and new left-handed mode)

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Plus Edition: Rotate Ink

In addition to resizing ink, you can now also rotate it in the Plus Edition by dragging the round rotation handle at the top of the selected ink:

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This opens up a whole lot of new possibilities to get creative!


Email Books as PDF

We’ve made sharing your work even easier. Send the whole book as a PDF file from the actions menu. You can still send it as the source Inkflow file to let your friends edit and add to your books.


Email and Save Higher-Resolution Images

In addition, we’ve increased the resolution of page images that are emailed and saved to the camera roll. This makes incorporating high-quality graphics from Inkflow into your workflow much easier.


Tweet on!

Keep tweeting your masterpieces with #myinkflow. We keep an eye on that stream and retweet the stuff we find interesting. It’s great to see the amount of creativity out there. Keep it coming!


Please Rate this New Update

We hope that you are continuing to enjoy Inkflow. If you like the new features in this free update, please take a moment to rate it in the App Store. Each version of an App is rated separately, and your five star ratings help keep the free updates coming. Also, don’t forget to tell your friends about Inkflow. Thanks for helping spread the word!


Download or update Inkflow from the App Store now!



Brainstorming with Inkflow

by qrayon 26. May 2012 15:28

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While we designed Inkflow to be a useful general purpose tool, its main inspiration is to enhance Visual Thinking: Effectively using both words and pictures to think and communicate better. There are many great books on this subject (see below), and people have been brainstorming using pen and paper or whiteboards and sticky-notes for a long time. However, the iPad is the ideal tool for visual thinking, and we designed Inkflow to make full use of it.

But Wait a Minute, I Can’t Draw!

The most common misconception about visual thinking is that it’s the exclusive domain of graphic artists and “creatives”. Well, in case no one has told you yet, you are creative. We all are. All of us already think visually in our minds, and all of us have more than enough drawing skill to use tools like Inkflow effectively.

Brainstorming Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Probably the simplest use of Inkflow is for brainstorming. Let’s say you are a high school teacher and want to come up with ideas for lesson plans for your class. The first thing to do is to put something quickly on the canvas. If you are having trouble, start with yourself:


Once you have something down, however simple, the canvas becomes a lot more inviting for ideas.

Now, put down your goals. You want to make a lesson plan, but that doesn’t sound quite inspiring enough. Why do you want a lesson plan? What’s the bigger picture? Well, you are a teacher because you want to help build a better society by educating students. Let’s create a couple doodles for that:


Ok, that’s a little more motivating! This is important stuff! What else? Well, you are a forward thinking teacher, and you want to leverage Technology and Media in your lessons. Let’s add those:


And expand on them (by the way, you can click or tap on these pictures to see a larger version):


Notice that your little brainstorming doodle is starting to take on some structure. You have your high level goals on top, and various concepts emerging in a tree-like structure. If you’ve done text outlines or mind-maps before, this should look familiar. However, the addition of the little doodle makes this a lot more mentally stimulating and fun. You’ll find that more of your brain is engaged vs. looking at a boring text file. Just compare the picture above to this:

Brainstorm text

Once you’ve tried visual thinking, you’ll find it hard to go back.

Ok, now that you have a few key goals and concepts down, look for patterns and connections in your drawings. Are there other elements you want to add? Are there interesting relationships between concepts? Could they be rearranged? Do some concepts spark other ideas?

Here’s where visual thinking can be super powerful. In this example, you might look at the TV and News doodles, and might be reminded that there’s a Presidential Election coming up, which might be an interesting topic for your students. Among the major issues are the Economy and Healthcare. You decide to drill in more into Healthcare, which involves Doctors, Hospitals, and Insurance Companies.


By now you are probably already coming up with several ideas for lessons and activities for your students. But with more concepts on the page, there are even more new connections you could form.

Thinking more about the Economy, your eye might also catch sight of Social Networks on the left side of the page. Didn’t Facebook just issue an IPO, and weren’t there some interesting controversies about it in the news recently? Doodling and thinking more about that, you might add a whole new branch on Facebook, the Stock Market, plus the role of Investment Banks and Analysts.


You now have a rich set of concepts to combine and expand upon. You might rearrange them to see if there are other connections, or copy them into new groups to capture ideas. For example, the genesis of two lesson plans you might come up with are:

1. Social Networks + Doctors + Insurance: Ask students to poll their friends and family in their social networks to see how satisfied they are with their Doctors and Insurance. What are the major concerns people have?

2. The Economy + Facebook IPO + News + Analysts: Ask students to research recent news articles on the Facebook IPO. What are the main issues? Who are the main players? Why do they think the stock price didn’t perform as expected?


Using Our Visual Minds

In just a few minutes, you have created a powerful and reusable template for thinking about the problem you were trying to solve. Try coming back to it in a day or so, you’ll see new connections and ideas you didn’t the first time. Try adding new concepts, even seemingly unrelated ones. These can spur unanticipated ideas.

Why does this technique work so well? A large part (if not most) of our brains is devoted to visual processing. We are naturally visual creatures. Even when you are thinking with your eyes closed, you are involving your visual neurons. We dream in pictures, not text. By drawing simple pictures and moving them around with your fingers, you are mirroring the processing that happens in your mind. This allows your brain to focus on being creative, and not worry about forgetting a concept that you’ve already captured on your iPad.

Furthermore, the little pictures stimulate your mind differently from just the words. They spur you to make connections you wouldn’t have with words alone. Color, while not strictly necessary, adds yet another dimension.


Further Reading

Brainstorming just scratches the surface of what’s possible with visual thinking. We highly recommend the following books, which are packed with tools and techniques you can apply right away:

Blah, Blah, Blah by Dan Roam: Gives you a simple yet powerful framework for thinking and communicating visually. If you are at all interested in Visual Thinking, get this book! In case you need more convincing, you can also find some videos by Dan online.

Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur: If you are a business consultant or manager, this is a great book for establishing a practical template for thinking about business strategy.


We Love to Hear From You!

If you are new to visual thinking, we hope you’ve enjoyed this little introduction. Play with these ideas and techniques, and form your own. There’s no one best way to think or one style to draw with. Your brainstorming pictures will undoubtedly look very different from the ones above. Make them personal, and use the tools in the way that works best for you.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We also love to hear about how you are using Inkflow and if you have any feedback for making it more useful for you. You can contact us using the feedback form.

Thanks and Happy Thinking!

Introducing Inkflow: The App for Visual Thinking

by qrayon 12. May 2012 17:28

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Inkflow is now available for Free download from the App Store. Go get it!

Inkflow: Thinking Tools

Visual Thinkers Rejoice!

Inkflow works like a word-processor for visual thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers.

If you're like us, you've been looking hard for the perfect (th-)inking App. Yet something always seems to be missing, be it speed, flexibility, or just plain elegance. Well, we think we've finally cracked it.

Ultra Smooth Ink
Inkflow's ink feels like a really smooth fountain pen. Great for expressive writing or sketching.

Fluid Resizing and Rearranging

Effortlessly scale or move anything you select. This will change the way you think about ink: Jot down a list of ideas or concepts then rearrange them to fit into the bigger picture. literally move your thoughts around the page, and assemble big ideas with your fingers. This works great for brainstorming and planning. It's also perfect for prototyping layouts, sketching, and drawing.

Full Resolution Zoom

Zoom and pan with two fingers. Inkflow's ink stays sharp no matter how much you zoom in, so you can add fine details at full quality. It's also lightning fast. No pixelation or lag here. This allows writing and drawing with incredible precision, with or without a stylus.


Did We Mention Free?

Rather than just read bout Inkflow, go ahead and try it out: We've decided to make the Basic Edition of Inkflow completely FREE. The Basic Edition is fully usable, and we intend to keep it that way. It comes with the Fountain Pen with black ink and all the features above. The only real limitation is that books max out at 20 pages each (but you can create as many as you like).

iPhone and iPod Touch Too: Inkflow is best used on the large iPad screen. However, it is a universal app so you can also view and edit books on the go.

If you're looking for more, there is...

Inkflow Plus Edition for iPad
iPad users can upgrade instantly at any time to the Plus Edition to get:

✓ A customizable, full color palette,

✓ Pencil, Eraser, and Paint Brush tools,

✓ Cut, Copy, Paste Ink and Page Management,

✓ Notebooks with unlimited pages.

✓ And more!

The Plus Edition lets you do even more things such as: Painting, cartooning, and brainstorming in full color. Email or Tweet your creations with a couple taps. Learn more in the in-App Quickstart Guide.


The Future of Creativity Software

We strongly believe that the iPad is not just a consumption device. It's a creativity device. Thanks for supporting us in our journey of building creative Apps like Inkflow. We hope you enjoy it!

Download Inkflow from the App Store.

Graph Paper Templates for Air Sketch

by qrayon 5. March 2012 09:25

We read all our email, and really appreciate all the great feedback you guys send us. Though we may not respond to every suggestion or request, we do consider all of them for future improvements. One common request has been to add paper templates to Air Sketch. Graph paper would be very useful for math and science classes, and ruled lines would be useful for writing. This is a great suggestion, and we hope to add this to future versions of the product. In the meantime, we’ve created a few simple PDF files with these templates. Simply load them up in Air Sketch and draw over them.

To use, right-click and save the PDF files below, transfer them to your iPad using any file manager (such as Dropbox or and “open in…” Air Sketch.

We’ve also provided the PowerPoint files that you can use to easily modify and create your own custom templates.


Graph paper:


PDF file

PPTX file

PPT file (legacy PowerPoint)


Ruled paper:


PDF file

PPTX file


Blank paper:

PDF file

PPTX file


Feel free to use these in your classes and share with your colleagues. Let us know if you find these useful, and if there are other templates you would like to see. If you would like to contribute your own templates to the community, email them to us and we’ll post them on the website for others to use.



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