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Matt Gemmell
iPad Pro owners who actually use it heavily, which size did you go for and why? • Big: 12.9”, either generation. • Small: 9.7” gen 1 or 10.5” gen 2.
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
12.9 all the way. I write structural calculations all day, and it’s like an A4 calc pad. Also, if you’re in a meeting, landscape split screen with two ‘full size’ apps is super useful for agenda on one pane, and GoodNotes in the other.
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
Structural calculations — fascinating. Would love to see a screenshot of your workspace.
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
My physical workspace looks like this. A2 drawing board dedicated to the iPad - hunching over a desk ruins my back.
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
Lego! And Megatron and Grimlock. What does it look like on the iPad when you’re doing the calculations?
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
Some of my (cropped for confidentiality) work looks a bit like this…
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
That’s amazing. GoodNotes again? (The inking looks familiar.) You have very neat lettering.
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
Indeed, GoodNotes. Thanks for the handwriting compliment! It is usually neater on calcs than my personal notes… I am properly on a GoodNotes-touting bandwagon. It’s the absolute business for engineers, but it’s vanishingly rare in the field in my experience.
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
I bet you enjoy the shape-snapping mode.
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
Aye. I do crave for a ruler like on Adobe Sketch. If I had that, with an ability to set it snap every 5 degrees I would be like the pig in the proverbial…
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
I do love that ruler. Procreate also has custom perspective guides that pull your strokes into parallel or perpendicular angles.
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
I dabble in Procreate, but I find that it doesn’t do a good job with handwriting. It’s strange given how it excels at everything else! Also GoodNotes handwriting recognition is a godsend for meeting notes…
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
Linda’s update for drag and drop is great too now I think about it. I can do sketching there, drop it into my calc (transparent png), then label it up in GoodNotes.
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
Oh definitely; Procreate isn’t what you want for that stuff. If you do play with it, though, and find the writing response weird, I’d check the “streamline” setting for your chosen brush.
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
Linda. 😁 Yeah. Has good grids too, and now line-snapping.
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
Good idea. Concepts does that too. But again, it just makes handwriting look odd. Funny how fussy I’ve become about that one thing…!
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Replying to @martynpie
Ever try Nebo? Wacky thing. Recognises writing, maths, diagrams all via Pencil.
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Martyn Pysanczyn 🌀 Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
Oh, I think I have, but a long time ago. New version looks shiny though. This’ll keep me quiet for a while!
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Matt Gemmell Apr 16
Same. put me onto the updated version. Worth a play with, anyway.
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Shawn Blanc Apr 16
Replying to @mattgemmell
10.5” because it was a bigger screen than 9.7 but still small.
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