Penman: Speak your notes

Penman is an iOS notes app with the power of Speech To Text. Here’s the story of how and why Penman was born:

Sobhan Eskandari
Oct 10, 2018 · 7 min read

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Who are we :

Penman is the first collaborative project between myself, Sobhan Eskandari and my fiancé @MohadeseRaoufi.
Creating apps has always been a passion of ours, what’s driven us is the fact that apps can have such an impact on peoples lives.

So What’s Penman ? 🤷‍️

With Penman, you can literally have the best of both worlds : note taking and speech to text.
Here’s just some of the features we have to offer:

Tell your story

With the power of Googles speech to text software, you can seamlessly convert your words to notes and write in over 120 different languages! Just start it and tell your story. Here is the list of all the supported languages (more than 120) :

Write your story

We have implemented a powerful text editor that pens your thoughts into text easily and in a way that is visually stunning. Additionally, our app supports bidirectional writing as well as a number of features that you can take advantage of during the process of turning your speech into convertible text.

Stay Organized

You can categorize, group and coordinate your notebooks in an order that flows seamlessly and cohesively. Moving through your ideas, lists and stories in a way that fits your lifestyle.

Stay Synced

With the power of iCloud, all of your notes are saved and synced with your iCloud account where you can access them across all of your devices.

Stay Secure

As you write your story we use iCloud to save your notes so they are always safe and up to date.

Stay Global

Using Penman, you can convert your working file into the following formats:

  • TXT
  • Image
  • Html

How we made it:

It all started after a strong cup of coffee, me and my fiancé Mohadese were sitting in the car pouring out ideas on our vision of the app. She did most of the sketching and I did most of the coffee drinking, in the end, she came up with these incredible mockups that we later used in drawing up our final draft of the app :D.

Let’s get technical 👨‍💻:

We’ve been coding Penman for the last 4 months and from the beginning we had no doubt that we are going to code in swift .There were a number of challenges in the developmental process but the biggest one, that we’re still working on today, is to make Syncing with CloudKit possible.

Speech To Text:

The main qualifier of the app is STT, and thanks to Googles API this has been a breeze in the development stage. Not to mention, the costs are relatively fair in terms of the market.

Where we heading with Penman :

We have a lot of great plans for the future of Penman; for one, we want to put more focus on the accessibility aspect of Penman such that people lacking fluid motor functions can use their phones text-to-speech functions to the fullest extent possible.

Last words:

Designing Penman was among our first professional endeavors. We have a track record of design experience but seldom has it been this comprehensive. Throughout the process of design, we relied on the feedback that we got from our peers and the traditional pen to paper drafting process. The benefit of the former is self-explanatory but in terms of the latter; we found that efficiency increased and idealistic interpretation was better conveyed this way.

🎉 Give Away 🎉

So we’re not some million dollar company with tons of money to spend on advertising. Instead, we’re focusing on small ad-campaigns and word of mouth. Help us spread the word and as a thank you, we’ll give the first 100 users who retweet this tweet: discount codes to unlock some of the amazing premium features of Penman.

Download Link 🤞:


For those of you interested in beta testing versions of the app. Contact me on twitter @sobhanes or shoot me an email directly to

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