So, you’re in a drawing/sketching/handwriting app on iPad, and all you want to do is share a small portion of your canvas—maybe a single figure on a page of notes you’ve taken—using another app. Most apps require an export to the iOS Camera Roll, which then requires a crop and copy before reaching your destination, whether that’s Mail, Messages, Pages, Keynote, or OmniOutliner. It’s tedious.

Enter Noteshelf, a feature-packed note taking and drawing app for iPad. Aside from being fast and flexible, it also allows you to effortlessly share just a portion of your document. Once you create a notebook and draw something, try this:

  • tap the scissors icon in the toolbar and lasso (draw around) a selection with your finger or stylus
  • tap and drag to move the selection around the page
  • tap inside the selection boundary to display the Cut / Copy / Transform menu items
  • tap “Copy”, switch to another app that supports pasting images inside documents such as Mail, Messages, or OmniFocus
  • tap in a text area and paste

Voilà—you just pasted part of your Noteshelf selection into the app as a PNG.

[thanks Joe Kohlmann!]
You May Also Like

📱💻 Safari can translate webpages without a plugin

Basic translation tools are built right into Safari on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

How to cut down on iMessage group chat notifications with mentions, hidden alerts, threads

Group chats are great, and iMessage is pretty great. But getting a…

Little features that could make a big difference in iOS and iPadOS

I have a growing list of little features that I hope Apple will add to iOS someday. Since WWDC 2021 was not that day, I’ll share them here.