Creating with Flow

Documents

Annotated diagram of the document view in Flow

Documents are the virtual paper you write and draw on. In Flow, you always have a document open on the main screen of the app. It moves to the side when you open Collections, where you can change which document you have open.

Size

Documents in Flow are not limited to being a single page; instead, they span horizontally as far as you want them to go like an infinite notebook. Because they seamlessly expand as you pan, you can always stay in the zone when you are drawing and writing. A new blank page is always there just off-screen to the right.

Panning

Pan left and right across your document by using two fingers. A new document can be expanded infinitely to the right. You can set up gestures for panning in the preferences menu.

The Scrubber

When you pan your document, a preview of the document pops up on screen called the scrubber. When the scrubber is on the screen, you can grab it with your finger and scrub left and right to quickly move through your whole document. The scrubber automatically changes in size to fit in everything you’ve drawn as you pan further in a document.

Zooming

You can zoom in and out on your document by pinching or double-tapping with one finger. When you are zoomed in, the scrubber will display on the screen to show the area of the document you are zoomed in on.

Fullscreen

You can hide the interface on the document screen and go fullscreen to give yourself more space to draw. The fullscreen button is at the top of the screen in the center. By default, the 3 finger tap gesture will activate and cancel fullscreen mode. Check out the gesture settings in preferences to customize what shortcuts you can use when the interface is hidden.

Gestures

On the gesture preferences screen, you can configure a number of options to suit how you like to use Flow. If you have an Apple Pencil, you can choose what happens when you draw with your finger. With Apple Pencil 2, you can choose what double tapping it does.

Undo and Redo

Tap the arrows at the top of the screen to undo and redo your actions. You can configure gestures to undo and redo on the gesture preferences screen from the main menu.

Exporting

Documents can be exported in various sizes to the apps and services of your choice. This is done at the top of the screen. Read more about exporting.

Background Options

Background options in Flow

Tap the Background Options button at the top of the screen to change the appearance of the document.

Color

You can choose a background color from the range of Moleskine curated paper colors. Note that existing drawings on your document may appear different when you change between light and dark colors.

Pattern

Choose from a blank, dotted, grid and lined background pattern. Your drawing will always appear on top of the background patterns, and you can change the patterns at any time.

Page Lines

Choose to show or hide lines indicating the pages the document will be sliced into when exporting the entire document.