The best Scrapbook App for iPad you might already own: Keynote
There are two kinds of people – those who don’t do what they want to do so they write down in a diary about what they haven’t done and those who are too busy to write about it ‘cause they’re out doing it!
Benjamin Dingle, The More the Merrier
I’m currently in the still phase after a large project is finished. “Organizing Creativity” 2 is finished, the ePubs are available, so is a high-resolution PDF file (single pages instead of the spreads available here), and even the print versions are updated with the proof-read content (thank you, Damian :-)). So, I’ve finally the time to listen to my head and think about what I really want to do.
A while ago I thought that perhaps collecting some ideas/images/text snippets would be helpful, and given that I now own an iPad I was searching for a good Scrapbook App. Unfortunately, I found none. I tested:
- Bamboo Paper
- TapnScrap HD
but they all were lacking something. I wanted something where I can easily import and format photos, add notes, rearrange stuff, even revisit pages and change the content, add handwriting, etc. pp. Most of the apps have some nice ideas, like a freely scalable area where input is not registered (for putting down your hand), nice pens, backgrounds, etc., but they were all lacking something essential.
Then it hit me, I already had the perfect Scrapbook App on my iPad — Keynote.
Think about it. Creating a Scrapbook page is very much like creating a slide for a presentation. You add text boxes, images, rearrange them, etc. pp. Even the default page format (landscape) is typically scrapbook. I used a template I use for all my (private) presentations, based on the Leather Book template (cover) but with “book pages” (essentially a gradient at the left side of the page which makes it look like a book page).
You can easily add images, give them frames (including some nice ones), add text boxes, rearrange stuff even after you have “finished” a slide, and much, much more. You can even export it and have it available on your Mac, where you can “print” it as PDF.
The only drawback is that Keynote wants you to activate location services when you want to import images (really, really stupid move, Apple), but you can bypass this by viewing the photo in Photos, press and hold, selecting “Copy”, and then simply pasting the photo in Keynote. For handwriting use an App like procreate, export the image to Photos, crop it, and copy & paste it in Keynote.
Works like a charm.