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Start Writing and Making Sketches with Plumbago App

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Drawing or even writing with a pen or pencil on a device can be quite a challenge, especially for those who are less coordinated. But thanks to Microsoft’s Plumbago app, you can now start writing and making sketches and building your own digital notebook.


Plumbago – whose name is derived from the Latin word for “graphite” – might have taken some notes from other inspiring apps currently on the market, such as Paper by FiftyThree and OneNote, depending on the type of device you’re using.

Even though the OneNote app is considered the most popular note-taking app on Microsoft’s products, the fresh Plumbago app appears to be aimed more at enabling a creative representation of writing.

Users can turn to Plumbago to add art or simply doodles to their written work. The app offers the users a number of elegant color palettes, matched with impressively realistic inks and different paper designs.

Who wouldn’t want to write on a yellow ruled paper with pink margin lines? Or on sketching paper, lined paper, grid paper, music sheets? These are only some of the models available in Plumbago’s offering.

One of the more innovative features of the app is its default “handwriting beautification” technology, which is destined to make the user’s handwriting easier to read later. The feature incorporates “stroke-matching of thousands of doodles” that the users has made.

When it comes to attempting some beautiful handwriting, users can also turn to the app’s smoothing tool and adjust its level as needed. The app also features an unlimited number of notebooks, so you can have it easier organizing your notes, ideas, and various writing pieces.

Since the Plumbago app is still in the works, users should expect to encounter some bumps along the way. One of the issues is the app’s lack of ability to recognize the paper’s orientation is portrait – something users need when taking notes on a tablet, for example.

At the same time, some users have reported that no difference could be seen when using the app’s beautifying handwriting feature. Even after adjusting the slider bar, the issue remained.

But the app comes with some notable highlights, as well, such as the ability to trace, bookmark, and annotate imported image files. It also features easy page navigation, a sharing ability, and the possibility of copying certain areas to the clipboard.

For those interested in Microsoft’s Plumbago, head over to the Windows Store or the Microsoft Garage site and downloaded the app for free.
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