Meernotes 2 was recently updated with more syncing options, picture support, and an interesting new set of gestures. Meernotes is essentially a digital version of a Moleskine notebook, complete with the limited spaces on each page. Once you’ve written enough text to fill up a single page, the app will automatically switch you over to the next one. Meernotes pages don’t work like they do in MS Word or Pages either – you can’t simply erase text on page one and have the text on page two creep backwards. For all intents and purposes, pages are static, and it’s best to keep to one topic or idea per page, or it can get messy.
Flipping between pages and chapters is easy. There are gestures for quickly viewing the table of contents, flipping between pages, or closing the current notebook – and all of them feel pretty natural on my 4S.
Meernotes 2 is undeniably pretty and actually quite a lot of fun to play around with, but I won’t be keeping it on my 4S because the page paradigm doesn’t really work for me. It’s a cute idea, but I found the reality of these digital pages to be a little frustrating, and having Meernotes automatically switch me to the next page while typing out a word often led to typos that weren’t my fault. The app works best when notes are small and kept to a single page, and I prefer to write those smaller notes in Drafts for easier export.
But it’s still interesting that Meernotes 2 takes a chance on being different, and the upcoming iPad version could be a lot more interesting (if only because it will allow for more text per page).