Livescribe Inc. has announced Livescribe Connect for the Echo and Pulse smartpens, a software solution which makes it simple for business professionals, educators and students to send their handwritten notes and recorded audio, as an interactive pencast, to the people and online applications of their choice - all from paper.
Livescribe also announced the expansion of its smartpen product family with the introduction of the 2GB Echo smartpen starter pack for NZ$199. The 2GB Echo smartpen starter-pack stores more than 200 hours of audio and comes with everything a person needs to get started, including several sheets of Livescribe paper as well as Connect Basic.
Livescribe smartpens digitally capture everything people hear and write. To play back important information, a customer simply taps anywhere on handwritten notes in a Livescribe notebook, on a computer, or a mobile device.
With the introduction of Livescribe Connect, consumers can quickly send pencasts from paper to applications, such as email, Google Docs, Facebook, Evernote or even their mobile devices, including the Apple iPad and iPhone.
“Livescribe is liberating notes and evolving human communication, collaboration, productivity, and learning,” said Jim Marggraff, CEO and Founder of Livescribe. ”Millions of pages of handwritten notes are taken daily in meetings, classes, and brainstorming sessions. These notes have incredible value, but are trapped in the pages of your notebook. With Livescribe Connect, it is easy to make your handwritten notes and spoken information digital, searchable, shareable and accessible any time, anywhere with a simple tap of your smartpen.”
Livescribe Connect not only makes it simple to share handwritten notes and recorded audio, as interactive pencasts, but also makes it possible for anyone to interact with the information as a Pencast PDF. The Pencast PDF leverages Adobe’s ubiquitous, business-standard PDF format – now anyone with the free Adobe Reader 10 or higher can easily hear, see and share an interactive Pencast PDF.
To use Livescribe Connect, a consumer simply draws a line and writes the name of the desired destination, for instance “Evernote” or “Facebook,” then taps the pages or circles sections of a page to send. The next time the smartpen is docked to a computer, the notes and audio are automatically sent as a pencast.
People can also use Livescribe Connect within Livescribe’s free desktop software - simply drag and drop pages of notes to Connector icons to quickly send or share them.
"For many people, pen on paper remains the primary way of capturing thoughts and ideas. This is why it's really exciting to see how far Livescribe has pushed handwritten note-taking," said Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote. "Thanks to Livescribe Connect and Evernote, a person no longer needs to choose between writing and typing. By easily sending notes to Evernote, Livescribe users can write in their notebooks and find the notes later on any phone or computer they use."