Squid - a S-Pen compatible Android application: Review

This article is about an Android application called Squid which is a great app for creating handwriting notes on your Android phone. The best thing about the application is that it is compatible with the S Pen from Samsung Note phones and thus can improve the usability of the application. Read on to know more about this application.


This article is all about different Android apps that are specifically designed for S Pen in Samsung Note Series. The S-Pen is a great functionality added to Samsung Note Phones which can be used to do some cool stuff without having to go through many different steps. Samsung has some features built-in specially for the S Pen. When you pull out your S Pen out of your Note a pop up menu appears and allows you to select one of the options and do some important tasks. But don't you think that S Pen can be used to do some really innovative and creative stuff? So, here we have an application for creating your own notes with a plethora of options to customize it to your need.
Okay, so let us dive right into details of the application.


squidSquid is a very popular Android application to create handwritten notes. Squid was previously known as Papyrus. When you open Squid you are presented with your recent notes and a floating action button to create a new note. Choose the appropriate option. If you touch on one of the recent notes (if you have previously created any) you can view and edit that note. If you choose to create a new note then you have two options: 1. Import pdf and 2. Note. You can choose a PDF file and start editing in it. Or if you want you can create a brand new note and start your work.
Now you can start writing with your S Pen.
First of all you have a text box at the top left corner where you can give a name to your current note. Then there are buttons to navigate through your note with signs '<' and '>'. If you want to create a new page you can touch on the button with the sign '>+'.
Then you have an option button where you have different options of changing the page settings and also exporting your notes.

How to Operate

Now, to start writing your note just pull out your S Pen and start writing on the screen. If you want to erase something just touch and drag with your finger. So, you don't have to go and choose any separate option to erase your content. This can save you a lot of time to jot down your thoughts.
At the bottom you have buttons to undo and redo your actions. Then there is a pen-shaped button and change the pressure and thickness of the pen. Beside that there is button to change the color of your pen. You can experiment and create some amazing notes with this application.


One of the great things that I like about Squid is that the page can be changed to a college ruled design in which you will get the feeling of writing in a real notebook. You can also choose the page to be infinite. You can add pages to your note by touching on the '>+' button.
If you want to add an image to the note you can go the options menu and select Add Image. You can take a picture or you can select an image from your device. Then you can adjust it to fit perfectly in your note.
You can export the current page or the entire note to PDF, JPEG or PNG. You can also print the note directly from your Note provided you have a compatible printer.

The final say

In my opinion Squid is a perfect tool for creating your own creative notes. You can also change the settings of the application to finger if you don't have Samsung Note or an S Pen. But the efficiency that you get when you use S Pen is simply amazing. You should definitely check this application out and see for yourselves; after all it is free. If you want some premium features like shapes and text you can buy the full application from the Google Play Store.


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