The brightest of us create content constantly. A note here, a list there. We use an assortment of tools and apps to collect our thoughts, and in the end things fade, get lost, and no longer allow us to build on those past ideas. Getting it out of your head is just the first step, and out takes over where most note taking apps give up.
out is designed from the ground up for one-handed gesture-based usage, and fits seamlessly with the beautiful and functional iOS 7.
out utilizes an innovative gesture and layer arrangement to make navigation intuitive, simple, and fast.
When first launched, the user is presented with three simple options: create something new, open something they’ve already made, or just go straight to a blank sheet and get started; after all, tags and type can be assigned later.
Under this layer, exposed by sliding to the right, are several configuration options
out’s search capabilities come in handy when the user has begun creating larger amounts of complex content. The user enters search terms in a single text entry box and that string searches within the text, tags, sheet types, location data, and other metadata attached to the sheet.
As the user begins linking sheets (more on this later), the search results will be grouped in different ways, allowing the user to identify sheets which contain the specified text as well as associated sheets.
On the text entry screen, the sheet title may be edited above the line. Below the line, the user may edit the content freely, which includes embedding images.
The user may drag an embedded image around and the text will automatically reflow. Images are embedded with their original resolution, so using the image later in a more detailed setting won’t be an issue.
Users may also add a column divider, allowing easy creation of comparison lists (and we nerds love our pros/cons lists!).
Each time the user exits the app or navigates back to a lower layer, the content that was changed is given a timestamp and the deltas are preserved. This will allow the user to roll back changes, or remind themselves of the changes they made last time they touched the sheet.
In this screen’s interstitial bar, a variety of options are available.
To the left, three options are available: Manage sheet types, manage tags, and settings.
Manage Sheet Types
Sheet types are user defined and used as a categorization system. Examples of sheet types may be lists, notes, tasks, or anything else the user can think of. Sheets of content are arranged under each sheet type, and further differentiated by tags.
Tags may be entered while editing the content in a sheet, but tags may also be created in advance for quick assignment. Tags may span across sheet types.
Certain settings, such as sharing options and default sheet types, are available in the settings menu.
This view is called the interstitial bar and marks the border between two layers. If the user continues to pull to the right, they will find the lowest layer within the app: the search screen
When the user has selected “New” from the main screen they are asked to select a sheet type. These types come predefined, but the user may add their own, or even delete these.
The interstitial bar may be used from this stage to access the sheet type manager, and a continued rightward gesture will take the user back to the main screen.
When the user selects a sheet type, they are moved to the content entry screen.
In the interstitial bar, the user may:
Tag the sheet, either by selecting a predefined tag or typing in a new one.
Locate the sheet by attaching geolocation data.
Attach a photo.
Link this sheet to another. This allows the user to create a relationship between two different sheets that may be discussing the same topic, or a new idea in a series of ideas.
Share the sheet with others or upload the file to trigger some action on their own servers, such as sending a text file to their blog to be processed.
Delete the sheet. In reality, this moves the sheet to an archived state. It can be permanently deleted or restored from there.
Tagging, geolocating, and attaching a photo can also be done from within the sheet with a long press in the content area.