It is unusual to find an app that focuses mainly on diagram creation, yet has such a wealth of uses and features. iDesk though breaks the mould for productivity apps by striking an impressive balance between the user’s freedom to be expressive on their device, and staying neat and organised at the same time.
iDesk’s essentially a tool for creating brainstorms and mind-map diagrams, should you ever need somewhere to document your thoughts. The app allows you to draw freehand as well as type text to accompany your work. On top of this you can also add audio notes, as well as share any of your finished products easily and with a range of outlets.
The best features of the app though come from the menu tab at the bottom of The screen, from which you can tweak how iDesk responds to your input. For example, the app has a shape recognition facility, which converts any rough shapes you draw into neat, straight-lined versions. This is ideal should you need the perfect triangle or straight line, and don’t want to waste time scrolling through a sub-menu for a template.
You can turn these features off and use iDesk surely as a sketching app, but the amount on offer will probably keep you from doing that. Here is closer look at some of the best features of iDesk.
Step by Step: Make Brainstorming Creative With iDesk
If you want to do some freehand sketching you can. Ensure that the Pen tool in the bottom menu is selected, and then turn off other settings like Shape Recognition and Snap to Grid.
2. SHAPE RECOGNITION
One of the most useful and time saving tools within iDesk is the Shape Recognition system, which sees the app automatically complete or beaten your rough edges and lines.
3. CREATING ARROWS
Rather than having to go through a menu screen and select an arrow before dropping it in, as in some programs, drawing a line between the centre of two shapes automatically creates one.
4. GET CREATIVE
f you want to add a bit of colour and character to your diagrams, tap on a box and, using the bottom menu, you can change the properties of outlines and colours of your different boxes.
Add text to your boxes by double tapping them and then typing. You can also create standalone text boxes to use as annotations or simple notes for your presentation.
If you’ve created your diagram in a plausible order when it comes to sharing you can easily create a video. This compresses your session into a short film clip showing what you did in order.