Flow is one of a suite of iOS apps developed and published by the acclaimed notebook manufacturers, Moleskine. All of Moleskine’s apps put a premium on visuals and design. They may not have quite the same functional power as their competitors, but they absolutely ooze style. Accordingly, Flow is designed to replicate as closely as possible the feel of using real pen and paper.
It scrolls horizontally and allows you to create notebooks with unlimited pages. You can customize a lot. The paper can be in light or dark mode, and can be lined, have grids, or be completely blank. You can also edit several iPad gestures for quick shortcuts to favorite settings. You can use Flow with just the touchscreen, although naturally the experience is optimized for use with the Apple Pencil.
One of the standout features is the degree of customization with your toolset. You can choose from a variety of pens and markers, and then customize both the size of the lines and the colors. The color options are really in depth, and one of the best features of Flow. If you have Flow on your iPhone as well as the iPad, you can sync it up so that your drawing tools are all displayed on the iPhone while you use tablet as the work surface.
Flow backs up all your notebooks on Moleskines own servers, although you can also save and export them at any time. The app combines great customization with gorgeous design to provide a digital writing experience that feels very organic. The interface isn’t too crowded. It’s just the writer and the written page.
It should be noted that there are certainly other apps in the same space. Good Notes, for example, is a very popular app and it is a lot more feature rich. Flow wins as far as presentation is concerned, but it is not the be all end all for iPad note-taking.
Moleskine Flow comes with a 2 week free trial, after which you need to subscribe. The cost is $1.99/month or $11.99 for a whole year. This isn’t too bad considering the cost of actual Moleskine notebooks, but still may be prohibitive for some users.
Flow is available on the App Store.