Evernote and Livescribe have been partners for some time now so when Evernote introduced its Moleskine notebooks, it looked a bit familiar. By using these notebooks and the Evernote app on your camera, you can photograph a page of notes which Evernote will digitize and make your handwritten notes as searchable as your typed or graphic ones. That’s a great idea for those of us who don’t already have a Livescribe pen. But for those of us who do, it’s a bit of overkill.
This example is a page of notes made in a Livescribe notebook – but not using my Livescribe pen. I photographed it using the Evernote app on my phone. The search function works beautifully here. My Livescribe pen is a first generation pen with minimum memory and a battery that is showing its age. It has served me well, but I’m not planning to replace it any time soon. I still have several notebooks which, thanks to Evernote, I can continue to use.
But what about the archived notebooks in my Livescribe Desktop? No problem! Thanks to Livescribe Connect, I can easily send them to Evernote too.
Oh, and if you haven’t updated your Livescribe Desktop lately, you’re missing the ability to move multiple pages into a single Evernote note. That includes the entire pencast – audio as well as notes.
So, what’s different with Evernote’s Moleskine notebooks and Livescribe’s? Evernote notebooks come with a collection of stickers that, when stuck on a page, will automate some processes like automatically sending a note to a particular notebook. As you can see from my example above, Evernote has no problem reading the photographed contents from my Livescribe notebook and since I still have several blank notebooks, I think I’ll use them first.
I don’t know that the tiny dots on either of these notebooks improves the handwriting recognition of my notes, but I continue to be amazed at the many ways Evernote makes it easier for me to manage my research. Try it yourself and see what you think.