Dan Bricklin’s Note Taker

Speaking of new iPhone apps by famous creators, Dan Bricklin — who invented the spreadsheet in the early ’80s — has an iPhone app called Note Taker. Instead of typing, you write on screen as though your finger is a stylus. In practice, it’s even crazier than it sounds. It doesn’t attempt to translate your handwriting to actual text (à la the Newton) — you just get an image of your handwriting. It’s downright wacky — I can’t imagine how this is faster for anyone than using the on-screen keyboard.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009