Everyone knows what you can do with a piece of paper, even with a tidy, important text printed on it. You can scribble and scrawl on it.
Naturally, I don’t mean scribbling for scribbling’s sake, but complementing the printed text with one’s own hand-written notes, suggestions, and additions, which are directly related to it.
A sort of substitute for what I’m talking about are the so called “comments” – in Word, for example. Nicely placed in the margin, strictly beside the relevant parts of the text. But everyone using them will agree with me that it is as inconvenient and uncomfortable as doing sports in a suit and tie. What I’d like is to have as much freedom as with a pen and paper, and to be able to scrawl and scribble on a page however I want.
Of course, I know that a graphics tablet and stylus allow to handwrite in a digital environment, but that’s not what I’m asking about. It’s common knowledge that “CAD” applications create files with layers: different things are put on separate layers, but these layers are interconnected and can be seen together at any moment, creating a spatial arrangement of all the elements. And these sorts of systems of layers are what I’m talking about.
In other words: has anyone ever heard of an application, which could function as a connector and bind together my scribbles and documents (with formatted text), in such a way that the graphical elements would be permanently attributed to the formatted text (i.e. they would never change their relative position in result of scaling and such).
In short: to be able to scribble over the displayed document (without tampering with its content), and see these scribbles, so that their relation to the particular parts of the text was clear and unchanging.
Does such a program, a combiner, exist at all?