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- Adobe Journal - Adobe's got its Ideas app on the iPad right now, but it's experimenting with a similar app for Android. Journal is primarily for sketching and you can do it all -- change the size of the pen, the quill type, colors, etc. It's basically a doodler's paradise. We did notice that the software was a big laggy on the kit, but given its pre-release status that's totally understandable. The palm rejection seemed to be top notch, however.
- Vision Objects - This French company has been making its MyScript software, which converts handwriting to text, for years, and its Android application is currently in the works. As you can see in the video below, you can open a new notebook, start taking notes, and watch your handwriting almost instantaneously converted to text. You can then export that text to other applications, like email or messaging, or just save it as a document. Within this app the conversion was pretty accurate (though it recognized "engadget" as "an gadget"). However, the Vision Objects plug-in for the PicSay app had some issues converting a few words correctly.
- PicSay Pro - This one is quite similar to what we saw with HTC's Scribe software. You can open pictures and doodle on top of them as well as insert text boxes using that aforementioned MyScript Vision Objects field. It's actually available now in the Market, but there's no doubt that adding an extremely accurate stylus really enhances the experience of, you know, giving your friend a unibrow or red mustache.