Getting started with Apple's Freeform app

Week 280 was posted by Charanjit Chana on 2023-03-06.

Ever since I got my hands on my iPad Mini, I've tested out a load of mind mapping and note taking apps. I've settled on Apple's own Notes app as my primary note taking service and really enjoy using the fountain pen style for taking notes. I find it to be much more readable and being able to reorder the options would make the world of difference to me. In a hurry, it's easy to forget to swipe.

Apple announced and then recently launched their own software for this type of note taking, called Freeform. I didn't take to it at first, but gave it another go this week as I needed something a bit more fluid.

Freeform app example

There were however a few issues I hope to see ironed out:

Despite all of the above, I found it's actually pretty good and well worth giving it a try. Apple even have some handy guides, like their one for getting started.

As I get to grips with it a bit more, I'll look at sharing some of my Freeform boards.


I've just discovered that there is a 'Select Objects' option when you tap on the canvas so you can do that and then tap the items without having to hold a finger down. I didn't notice it before because I was always using the menu to paste items in so never looked further than that option.

Still cumbersome, but better than the first way I found to multi-select.

Tags: apple, apps, freeform, notes

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