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Paper, the iOS Drawing and Notes App, Simplifies Navigation and Adds Search

Paper, the iOS Drawing and Notes App, Simplifies Navigation and Adds Search

iOS: Paper is easily one of the best drawing apps on iOS, and recent updates have added in the ability to write to-do lists and other notes. Those new features were welcome, but made it a little tough to navigate the app. Thankfully, a new and improved sidebar fixes that.

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Paper has gone through a lot of iterations since it first launched, and eventually ditched the notebooks in favor of “spaces.” Now, those spaces are called grids, and you have access to all of them from the sidebar. The sidebar is a nice improvement over the the previous interface. You can also now search from the sidebar, which is pretty useful if you have a lot of different notes. If you haven’t used Paper in a while, it’s worth another look, and this update makes it a bit easier to use in general.

Paper (Free) | iTunes App Store

How Drawing Can Help Improve Your Memory, According to Research

How Drawing Can Help Improve Your Memory, According to Research

If you need help jogging your memory, you might try your hand at drawing. A recent study found that we remember items better when we draw them rather than write them down.

In a study published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers conducted a series of experiments asking subjects to draw or write down different items. Overall, the study found that subjects were better able to recall the items when they drew them.

For example, in one of the studies, subjects were given a few different tasks with different series of words. They had to either write them down, draw them, visualize them, list attributes of the word, or look at a picture of the word in context. Subjects were more likely to remember the words that were drawn, leading the researchers to conclude:

Together these experiments indicate that drawing enhances memory relative to writing, across settings, instructions, and alternate encoding strategies, both within- and between-participants, and that a deep LoP, visual imagery, or picture superiority, alone or collectively, are not sufficient to explain the observed effect. We propose that drawing improves memory by encouraging a seamless integration of semantic, visual, and motor aspects of a memory trace.

To put these findings into practice, New York Magazine suggests drawing your to-do list. This can help you remember what you have to do and stay focused on those tasks throughout the day. This tip may also be useful for studying, though, and creating a visual mind map can help with brainstorming projects, too.

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Of course, this is just one study, and your own results might vary, but it’s worth a shot. Overall, it may help certain ideas and concepts stick. For more information, check out the links below.

The drawing effect: Evidence for reliable and robust memory benefits in free recall | The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology via NY Magazine

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Adobe Illustrator Draw Creates Vector Images, Exports To Desktop App

Adobe Illustrator Draw Creates Vector Images, Exports To Desktop App

Android: Adobe Illustrator Draw is a powerful drawing app that allows you to create and modify vector images. You can even export them to the full Illustrator CC app on your desktop.

The free Adobe app is a companion to the Creative Cloud version of Illustrator. You can use your existing Creative Cloud account to import or save your drawings. Illustrator Draw supports layered drawings, a wide variety of drawing tools, and even has access to any library assets you may have associated with your CC account.

Adobe Illustrator Draw | Google Play Store via Android Police

RoomScan Draws a Floor Plan When You Hold Your iPhone Against the Wall

iOS: You might need a floor plan of a room but you don’t always have one handy. If you can’t ask for one and don’t want to go through all the trouble of drawing it yourself, an incredibly clever app called RoomScan can draw one for you in about a minute.

How? You just tap the phone against a wall, wait for a beep, and then tap it against another wall. As you move around the room you’ll see your phone draw the floor plan. When you’re all done, it’ll make some corrections to what you’ve accomplished by tapping and give you a finished image. It’s really smart, easy to use, and available free of charge on the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad.

RoomScan (Free) | iTunes App Store via Gizmodo via SlashGear

FiftyThree's Paper Improves Zoom and Ink Tools, Gets Rebuilt for iOS 7

FiftyThree's Paper Improves Zoom and Ink Tools, Gets Rebuilt for iOS 7

iPad: Paper, the simple but powerful drawing app for the iPad , was updated with a slew of improvements. This includes a new zoom function, better ink tools, and a new iOS 7 design.

The iOS 7 functionality makes Paper a bit faster and more readable. Likewise, the way zoom works now is easier to use. When you zoom in, your drawing tools adjust their size as you zoom so you have finer control. Inking also gets a bump with a new dotting feature where dot size is no linked to how long you press. Tap quickly to make small dots, hold down for bigger ones. It’s pretty simple, but it really makes drawing a lot easier.

Paper (Free) | iTunes App Store

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

When you’ve got a little free time on your weekend, you can’t find a better way to use it than picking up a new skill. We’ve shared a few options in the past, but this time we’re getting creative.

Visual Art

Want to make some cool visual art? If you don’t have a specific reason to learn to draw, paint, photograph, or print, learning to make your own art gives you an awesome apartment or home upgrade. We have a few lessons that can help, believe it or not. Our night school series covers digital painting, 3D modeling, photography, and Photoshop so you can learn all sorts of artistic skills that’ll have you printing beautiful digital art in no time.

If you want to learn the old-fashioned way—which might be the best place to start—YouTube offers plenty of video lessons to choose from. You can learn to draw specific things like wolves, people at different ages, mouth and lips, Finn from Adventure Time, a compass. If you want to learn to draw something in particular, a quick YouTube search should turn up a video. If you just want the basics, or a comprehensive set of lessons, check out channels by thedrawinghands and 5pencilmethod.

You don’t have to draw to create beautiful things—a few design skills can do the trick. If you want to boost your knowledge in this area, check out our past Weekendhacker on design and our basic guide to layout and typography.

Music

Creativity doesn’t require you to create things you can see—you can hear them, too. We just finished a night school series on music production, so check that out if you’re interested in making your own music. If you need to learn an instrument first, let YouTube come to the rescue. You’ll find video lessons on the guitar, piano, drums, and even the flute or violin. If there’s an instrument you want to learn online, YouTube probably has you covered. Just perform a quick search and you’ll see all it has to offer on the subject.

Other Skills

Creativity doesn’t only manifest itself in art. Create sits at the root of the word and should serve to remind us that creativity comes in all forms. DIY projects, for example, can require a lot of creative thinking. Consult our DIY tag page for ideas on projects you might want to take on and modify them to your liking. Use your creativity to figure out how make a project work best for your needs rather than simply following the instructions. DIY can get a little expensive, though, if you’re not careful. Make sure you know the best places to find cheap materials so you don’t break the bank.

Whatever you decide to learn, have fun doing it this weekend! If you make anything great, share your work in the discussions below.

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

When you’ve got a little free time on your weekend, you can’t find a better way to use it than picking up a new skill. We’ve shared a few options in the past, but this time we’re getting creative.

Visual Art

Want to make some cool visual art? If you don’t have a specific reason to learn to draw, paint, photograph, or print, learning to make your own art gives you an awesome apartment or home upgrade. We have a few lessons that can help, believe it or not. Our night school series covers digital painting, 3D modeling, photography, and Photoshop so you can learn all sorts of artistic skills that’ll have you printing beautiful digital art in no time.

If you want to learn the old-fashioned way—which might be the best place to start—YouTube offers plenty of video lessons to choose from. You can learn to draw specific things like wolves, people at different ages, mouth and lips, Finn from Adventure Time, a compass. If you want to learn to draw something in particular, a quick YouTube search should turn up a video. If you just want the basics, or a comprehensive set of lessons, check out channels by thedrawinghands and 5pencilmethod.

You don’t have to draw to create beautiful things—a few design skills can do the trick. If you want to boost your knowledge in this area, check out our past Weekendhacker on design and our basic guide to layout and typography.

Music

Creativity doesn’t require you to create things you can see—you can hear them, too. We just finished a night school series on music production, so check that out if you’re interested in making your own music. If you need to learn an instrument first, let YouTube come to the rescue. You’ll find video lessons on the guitar, piano, drums, and even the flute or violin. If there’s an instrument you want to learn online, YouTube probably has you covered. Just perform a quick search and you’ll see all it has to offer on the subject.

Other Skills

Creativity doesn’t only manifest itself in art. Create sits at the root of the word and should serve to remind us that creativity comes in all forms. DIY projects, for example, can require a lot of creative thinking. Consult our DIY tag page for ideas on projects you might want to take on and modify them to your liking. Use your creativity to figure out how make a project work best for your needs rather than simply following the instructions. DIY can get a little expensive, though, if you’re not careful. Make sure you know the best places to find cheap materials so you don’t break the bank.

Whatever you decide to learn, have fun doing it this weekend! If you make anything great, share your work in the discussions below.

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

When you’ve got a little free time on your weekend, you can’t find a better way to use it than picking up a new skill. We’ve shared a few options in the past, but this time we’re getting creative.

Visual Art

Want to make some cool visual art? If you don’t have a specific reason to learn to draw, paint, photograph, or print, learning to make your own art gives you an awesome apartment or home upgrade. We have a few lessons that can help, believe it or not. Our night school series covers digital painting, 3D modeling, photography, and Photoshop so you can learn all sorts of artistic skills that’ll have you printing beautiful digital art in no time.

If you want to learn the old-fashioned way—which might be the best place to start—YouTube offers plenty of video lessons to choose from. You can learn to draw specific things like wolves, people at different ages, mouth and lips, Finn from Adventure Time, a compass. If you want to learn to draw something in particular, a quick YouTube search should turn up a video. If you just want the basics, or a comprehensive set of lessons, check out channels by thedrawinghands and 5pencilmethod.

You don’t have to draw to create beautiful things—a few design skills can do the trick. If you want to boost your knowledge in this area, check out our past Weekendhacker on design and our basic guide to layout and typography.

Music

Creativity doesn’t require you to create things you can see—you can hear them, too. We just finished a night school series on music production, so check that out if you’re interested in making your own music. If you need to learn an instrument first, let YouTube come to the rescue. You’ll find video lessons on the guitar, piano, drums, and even the flute or violin. If there’s an instrument you want to learn online, YouTube probably has you covered. Just perform a quick search and you’ll see all it has to offer on the subject.

Other Skills

Creativity doesn’t only manifest itself in art. Create sits at the root of the word and should serve to remind us that creativity comes in all forms. DIY projects, for example, can require a lot of creative thinking. Consult our DIY tag page for ideas on projects you might want to take on and modify them to your liking. Use your creativity to figure out how make a project work best for your needs rather than simply following the instructions. DIY can get a little expensive, though, if you’re not careful. Make sure you know the best places to find cheap materials so you don’t break the bank.

Whatever you decide to learn, have fun doing it this weekend! If you make anything great, share your work in the discussions below.

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

When you’ve got a little free time on your weekend, you can’t find a better way to use it than picking up a new skill. We’ve shared a few options in the past, but this time we’re getting creative.

Visual Art

Want to make some cool visual art? If you don’t have a specific reason to learn to draw, paint, photograph, or print, learning to make your own art gives you an awesome apartment or home upgrade. We have a few lessons that can help, believe it or not. Our night school series covers digital painting, 3D modeling, photography, and Photoshop so you can learn all sorts of artistic skills that’ll have you printing beautiful digital art in no time.

If you want to learn the old-fashioned way—which might be the best place to start—YouTube offers plenty of video lessons to choose from. You can learn to draw specific things like wolves, people at different ages, mouth and lips, Finn from Adventure Time, a compass. If you want to learn to draw something in particular, a quick YouTube search should turn up a video. If you just want the basics, or a comprehensive set of lessons, check out channels by thedrawinghands and 5pencilmethod.

You don’t have to draw to create beautiful things—a few design skills can do the trick. If you want to boost your knowledge in this area, check out our past Weekendhacker on design and our basic guide to layout and typography.

Music

Creativity doesn’t require you to create things you can see—you can hear them, too. We just finished a night school series on music production, so check that out if you’re interested in making your own music. If you need to learn an instrument first, let YouTube come to the rescue. You’ll find video lessons on the guitar, piano, drums, and even the flute or violin. If there’s an instrument you want to learn online, YouTube probably has you covered. Just perform a quick search and you’ll see all it has to offer on the subject.

Other Skills

Creativity doesn’t only manifest itself in art. Create sits at the root of the word and should serve to remind us that creativity comes in all forms. DIY projects, for example, can require a lot of creative thinking. Consult our DIY tag page for ideas on projects you might want to take on and modify them to your liking. Use your creativity to figure out how make a project work best for your needs rather than simply following the instructions. DIY can get a little expensive, though, if you’re not careful. Make sure you know the best places to find cheap materials so you don’t break the bank.

Whatever you decide to learn, have fun doing it this weekend! If you make anything great, share your work in the discussions below.

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

Learn a New Creative Skill This Weekend

When you’ve got a little free time on your weekend, you can’t find a better way to use it than picking up a new skill. We’ve shared a few options in the past, but this time we’re getting creative.

Visual Art

Want to make some cool visual art? If you don’t have a specific reason to learn to draw, paint, photograph, or print, learning to make your own art gives you an awesome apartment or home upgrade. We have a few lessons that can help, believe it or not. Our night school series covers digital painting, 3D modeling, photography, and Photoshop so you can learn all sorts of artistic skills that’ll have you printing beautiful digital art in no time.

If you want to learn the old-fashioned way—which might be the best place to start—YouTube offers plenty of video lessons to choose from. You can learn to draw specific things like wolves, people at different ages, mouth and lips, Finn from Adventure Time, a compass. If you want to learn to draw something in particular, a quick YouTube search should turn up a video. If you just want the basics, or a comprehensive set of lessons, check out channels by thedrawinghands and 5pencilmethod.

You don’t have to draw to create beautiful things—a few design skills can do the trick. If you want to boost your knowledge in this area, check out our past Weekendhacker on design and our basic guide to layout and typography.

Music

Creativity doesn’t require you to create things you can see—you can hear them, too. We just finished a night school series on music production, so check that out if you’re interested in making your own music. If you need to learn an instrument first, let YouTube come to the rescue. You’ll find video lessons on the guitar, piano, drums, and even the flute or violin. If there’s an instrument you want to learn online, YouTube probably has you covered. Just perform a quick search and you’ll see all it has to offer on the subject.

Other Skills

Creativity doesn’t only manifest itself in art. Create sits at the root of the word and should serve to remind us that creativity comes in all forms. DIY projects, for example, can require a lot of creative thinking. Consult our DIY tag page for ideas on projects you might want to take on and modify them to your liking. Use your creativity to figure out how make a project work best for your needs rather than simply following the instructions. DIY can get a little expensive, though, if you’re not careful. Make sure you know the best places to find cheap materials so you don’t break the bank.

Whatever you decide to learn, have fun doing it this weekend! If you make anything great, share your work in the discussions below.