There’s something special about sitting at a restaurant or bar and outlining a brilliant idea on a napkin or the back of an envelope. In fact, many ideas for a new company started life on a napkin (songs, books, an airline, the Gettysburg Address, highlighted in Neatorama).
That was then and this is now and we live in a digital age so why not have a digital napkin that does much the same thing? Enter Napkin, a Mac app that works like a digital version of a napkin or the back of an envelope or piece of paper to take notes, create diagrams, write songs or article ideas, even annotate images.
Take a look.
Napkin can be used to annotate images, create diagrams, take screenshots of your Mac, drop in photos or graphics, add shapes and text and lines and arrows, and share the whole kit and caboodle with others on Mail, iCloud, or Messages.
The problem I always had with napkins, or envelopes, or even pieces of paper is notoriously bad handwriting. I like to think of Napkin as a digital whiteboard on my Mac. A whiteboard is a good way to flesh out ideas, deconstruct problems, set up flow charts and work flow, and Napkin brings the same capability and more to the Mac’s screen.
While Napkin is worthy because it’s instantly usable, it’s also missing a few basic functions. It needs more objects, keyboard shortcuts, shape controls, a little more stability. No one likes to pay that much for an app that will get used often only to have it crash every day. Stability has improved in new versions but the feature set also competes with many diagramming apps that cost much less. Diagrammix and Scapple come to mind.