UPDATE: With the US holiday week in mind, we’ve extended the deadline until July 7 for customers to download any pencasts from the Echo Community.
As announced last year, Livescribe is closing the Echo Community, the service that was designed as a way to share your pencasts. The decision was made in conjunction with the introduction of Echo Desktop and the more flexible Livescribe PDF pencast format.
On Wednesday July 1, 2015 we will turn off the Echo Community website. After this date, customers will no longer be able to view, download or convert pencasts on the Echo Community.
Since many teachers have used the Echo Livescribe Community to share their lectures and notes with their students as pencasts, we‘re making this change at the end of the school year. Teachers can use their school’s Learning Management System to store and distribute the new Livescribe PDF pencasts along with other digital materials.
Customers have the next two weeks to finish converting their old pencasts on our site and to download those pencasts to their local computers. Please refer to this post for directions on how to convert Echo Community pencasts to Livescribe PDF files.
As part of this transition, we are encouraging Echo customers to update from Livescribe Desktop to Echo Desktop to manage their notes. Echo Desktop was designed to perform better on modern operating systems, and existing smartpen data will automatically transfer over from the old desktop software to Echo Desktop.
Livescribe PDF files can be played back on more devices, including major web browsers, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Customers can use any cloud-based file service such as Evernote, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, or similar services to store their Livescribe PDF pencasts going forward. Customers can continue to keep their notes stored locally on their computers or share them via email as well.
We thank you for your continued support – it’s been pretty amazing how many people have found pencasts to be such a powerful way to share information between teachers and students, and Livescribe PDF files are a big step in making pencasts more valuable in a mobile world. For an example of how one violin teacher is using Livescribe PDF files with her students, please see our blog post on Horman Violin Studio.
Thank you for your support,
~ The Livescribe Team