A Religious Engineer on Life and on Using Noteshelf

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Oscar Campo was born in Pasto, Colombia and now currently lives in Cali, Colombia. He currently works at FabLab Cali at the Universidad Autonoma de Occidente where he develops prosthetic devices. He’s also involved in the enablingthefuture, a community helping people with disabilities. Read ahead to find out more about Oscar and how he uses Noteshelf.

We first saw Oscar’s sketches on Twitter. Most of it were in Spanish but nevertheless, we were delighted and intrigued in his enthusiasm in using Noteshelf and the seemingly religious overtone in his notes, we just had to contact this guy.

Apparently, Oscar stumbled upon Noteshelf while looking for apps for his first iPad. He wanted a note-taking app that would allow him to take down notes as a professor and also help him jot down church sermons.

Sketching has been one of his many hobbies. As a child, Oscar was fond of doodling on scratch papers. He enjoyed drawing on empty notebooks and sketching his ideas whenever he could. He discovered digital note taking only a year ago, becoming aware of its benefits and power. Researching more, he found a page that talked about sketch-noting and how it helps to remember notes, hold one’s full attention and fully utilise the two hemispheres of the brain.

Sounds seriously brainy? With Oscar’s Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering plus a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, it was no wonder. If that wasn’t enough, he’s currently working under the FabLab Cali of the Universidad Autonoma de Occidente, engaging in the development of prosthetic hand using digital fabrication. He’s also working on designing a 3D printer that uses cotton yarn. He aims to work for technologies that are meant to inspire and improve people’s lives. He also volunteers at the network, enablingfuture.org, a community of collaboration and cooperation to provide assistance to people with disabilities.

He’s a religious man, proof of which is his sketches shared on Twitter and Facebook. His day starts with a prayer and ends in a spiritual tone, with him going to the church at night, to listen, preach, counsel and even teach a discipleship course.

It was extremely flattering to see how Oscar believes in using Noteshelf. He has tried other note taking apps but according to him, nothing comes close to Noteshelf’s near authentic writing experience, and he adds, “writing with Noteshelf feels so close to writing with real pen and paper.” That aspect has been a consistent point of comparison for Oscar in finally deciding to use Noteshelf regularly.

It has become an excellent tool for him to prepare for class, take notes, review papers, sketch and more. He has notes of all kinds, from several of his courses, for solving problems, drawing, reviewing and annotating documents that he shares with his students. Not only that, he also uses Noteshelf to occasionally sketch and draw playfully with his lovely 3-year-old daughter; he basically draws a hand and his daughter chooses from the wide array of writing tools to colour the nails and put stickers from Noteshelf’s extensive emoticon options.

When asked what are the most important features of Noteshelf that makes things easier for him, Oscar said, “Transformation tool and zoom mode are the most important features for me.”

He was also grateful for sharing with us his fave stylus, the Dagi stylus, which has a transparent disk at the tip, similar to Adonit Jot stylus. “I feel comfortable with it because it allows me more precise strokes and writing because I can ‘see what I’m doing.”, says Oscar. He currently has an Adonit Touch 4 and loves how it works with Noteshelf’s palm rejection features and accuracy.

On that note, this happily married man also talked about various other apps and gadgets he also uses on a daily basis, such as Procreate and iDraw for drawing and design and Pythonista, Computable and TexWriter, for engineering and teaching.

We can’t help but ask a challenging and well, a semi-bias question: How would he recommend Noteshelf to those that are using another note taking app? He says, “With Noteshelf taking notes revives that experience of writing with a pencil and paper. The quality of the strokes with different tools and the feedback in each line is amazing. No delays between what you write and what appears on the screen, complete freedom of customization from colors of pencils, pens and highlighters, paper types and even covers for notebooks. Noteshelf is a supremely versatile application that meets all the needs of who loves to take notes.”

For more information, visit the website www.fablabcali.org or www.enablingthefuture.org.

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