For those of us who love the feeling of taking notes the ‘old-fashioned’ way — with pen and paper — there’s something that takes these familiar products and does a lot more with them. The Livescribe smartpen lets you take notes the way you like and instantly digitizes your handwriting, records audio from your meeting or lecture and then sends it all into Evernote.
You asked, we listened — a much better integration
Late last year we announced Livescribe’s integration with Evernote, which let you sync all of your handwritten notes to Evernote. That was the beginning; this is the evolution. Today, thanks to Livescribe’s Connect features, we’re excited to share with you the new, more powerful integration.
As part of the new Livescribe Connect setup process, you’ll be able to select Evernote as a Connector and sign into your account. Once connected, you can drag notes onto the Evernote icon in the Connect section of the Livescribe Desktop software, as well as do some other neat things. Here’s what’s new:
- Saving multiple pages into a single note:
You can now group together multiple pages of your handwritten Livescribe notes and save them into Evernote as a single note. Just select each page you want to save from the Livescribe Desktop software or simply tap on notebook pages using your Livescribe pen once you have selected Evernote as a destination.
- Gesture-based shortcuts:
One of the coolest features of Livescribe Connect is the ability to send your notes into Evernote using a handwritten shortcut. To do this, use your smartpen to draw a ‘Launch Line’ (a short back and forth horizontal line) in your Livescribe notebook drawn without lifting the tip of the pen. The pen will prompt you to create a shortcut (the display will show: “Command?”). Simply write Evernote above the line. Tap once to send to Evernote. Then, tap each page you want to save to Evernote. The next time you connect your pen to your computer, your Livescribe notes will automatically sync with your Evernote account.
Livescribe’s ‘Pencast’ lets you connect your handwritten notes to recorded audio, so if you’re sitting in class, for example, you can take handwritten notes and simultaneously record the professor’s lecture. The notes and audio are combined into a Pencast PDF, which can be sent into Evernote. To let you know that the PDF contains audio, the title of the note in Evernote will include the audio recording time. By right-clicking on the Pencast PDF in Evernote and opening it in Adobe Reader, you’ll be able to watch your audio synchronize with your handwriting.
Why this is cool
Over the years, you’ve probably worked your way through dozens of notebooks that you have stored, lost or had to throw away to de-clutter. You’ve adopted digital tools, but you still love pen and paper. Now, you can still write the way you want, but you’ll be able to save all of your writing to Evernote, where everything is searchable and accessible from any device you use.
Livescribe Connect is the evolution of what continues to be a great partnership between Evernote and Livescribe, so expect more great things to come.
Get your Livescribe Smartpen today
Livescribe offers a variety of smartpens and notebooks to meet you needs. Check out the options by visiting the Evernote Trunk.