scriptus text and audio note taking app for iPad review

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Category: Productivity
Seller: Paul Freitas
Requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
Compatibility: iPad
File Size: 5.9MB
Version Reviewed: 2.1
Price: $0.99
Age Rating: 4+

Another iOS notepad? Yawnnnnn, right? Well, Paulo Freitas’s scriptus is like a notepad on steroids, with a raft of cool features unmatched by many ostensibly full-featured iOS text editors. Nothing ho hum about this little app.

scriptus lets you write quick and beautiful text notes, plus audio notes and features a simple and easy to use interface. It’s good that figuring out scriptus is pretty intuitive, because documentation is on the light side, consisting of a few short paragraphs in the settings window and this infographic.


scriptus offers 22 appearance themes, with different background and text ColorSync. I’m partial to dark blue text with the default background theme, which reminds me of my beloved lined binder paper of pen and paper days…comfort food for screen-jaded eyes. You can also choose among all available iOS fonts.


However, scriptus’s marquee feature in my estimation is its bank of hidable extra shortcut keys for text input, the likes of which I’ve never experienced in any other app, and which functions superbly.


I don’t usually like gesture-based stuff, but these shortcut keys containing five characters each work like a charm, and are far superior to having to summon an alternate keyboard to enter characters like n-dashes and parentheses. There is also a button to enter emoticons, if that appeals to you. Just tap for the button’s center character or swipe toward the desired peripheral one.


There is a handy undo/redo system. You can increase/decrease text point size using your fingers (pinch gesture), and tap with two fingers to select text.

scriptus can also save audio notes, even with the application running in the background, and its autosave feature means you don’t need to manually save your notes.

scriptus supports note-synching with Dropbox, which I consider a non-negotiable essential feature for any serious text-crunching app these days. There’s no iCloud support, but I personally don’t miss it. There are multiple ways to export your notes (print, copy, email, text, TXT, PDF, Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, “open in,” Wi-Fi, and iTunes), and you can also copy your scriptus notes to your computer via iTunes or share notes over a local Wi-Fi HTTP server.

scriptus supports all iPad screen orientations, and you can control the screen brightness without leaving the application.

There is word and character count at the tap of a toolbar icon.

In summary, I really like scriptus, in fact I’m kinda blown away by it, and I anticipate that it’s going to become one of my composition platform mainstay tools.

As for complaints and/or criticisms, they’re relatively few, at least so far. I do wish there were case/capitalization and forward delete keys. And, as noted earlier, more documentation would be nice, if only to identify the function of the somewhat cryptic toolbar buttons. It’s also an extreme fullscreen app, concealing even the iOS’s vestigial menu bar. I really detest fullscreen, and like to monitor what time it is, how much battery charge I still have left, and the strength of my wireless signal.

For now, scriptus gets a 4 out of 5 rating, but it wouldn’t take much to push it to a full 5.

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