Livescribe™ Connect™ Makes Handwritten and Spoken Information Easily Shareable with Facebook, Evernote®, Google™ Docs and Email – All from PaperMay 23, 2011
Oakland, Calif. – May 23, 2011 – Livescribe Inc. (www.livescribe.com) today announced Livescribe Connect for the Echo™ and Pulse™ smartpens, a breakthrough 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 affordable 2GB Echo smartpen starter pack for $99.95.
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.
“Livescribe’s Pencast PDF is an innovative new use of Adobe technology that leverages the power of embedded Flash within a standard format – the PDF,” said Dan Fraisl, Livescribe Chief Product Officer – Software and Services. “With Adobe’s new sharing capabilities, like SendNow, Livescribe customers can also easily send large pencast files quickly and securely to colleagues and peers.”
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.
Livescribe supports the following connectors:
- Email Connector: Handwritten notes and audio recordings from meetings or lectures are emailed using Microsoft® Exchange, Gmail™, Hotmail®, Yahoo!® Mail Plus and AOL.
- Google Docs Connector: Just by drawing a line and writing “Google Docs” on paper, anyone working on a collaborative project can quickly share a pencast with his or her team.
- Facebook Connector: Now the 500 million people using Facebook have a new way to share their latest thoughts –as interactive written and spoken status updates.
- Evernote Connector: Send pencasts to Evernote to play back, store and search the information along with other important digital files.
- Mobile/iPad Connector: Send pencasts right from paper to mobile devices, including the Apple iPad and iPhone. Play back important information on-the-go with the tap of a finger.
- MyLivescribe Connector: All registered customers receive 500MB of free online storage for their pencasts. With the MyLivescribe connector, customers can easily upload and store pencasts for convenient access from mobile devices.
- Computer Connector: An easy way to save and organize Pencast PDFs and other supported formats right on a computer – even designate the specific folder or shared server location where pencasts should be sent.
“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.”
According to Forrester Research Inc.’s July 2009 independent report entitled The Personal Cloud: How Individual Computing Will Shift from Being Device-centric to Information-centric, “…digital devices and services will combine to create the personal cloud, an integrated resource for organizing, preserving, sharing and orchestrating personal information and media…users will rely on the personal cloud for retaining all their digital information. They’ll also use the personal cloud to integrate with and archive information from all their favorite Web-based services that do best in their specific domains, such as Yahoo!’s Flickr for photos, Google’s YouTube for video, and Microsoft’s Hotmail for email. The personal cloud won’t supplant those services — rather it will index, link, and present a simple, integrated view of the information across services.”
Livescribe is filling a gap by bringing written and spoken information online and into the personal cloud. Livescribe recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine how information workers capture and share information and the role smartpens can play in improving productivity and enhancing collaboration. Click here to read the release.
2GB Echo Smartpen Starter Pack
For students and the budget-conscious professional, the 2GB Echo smartpen starter-pack is highly affordable at $99.95. It 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 customers can begin using Livescribe Connect on May 23rd by installing the latest version of Livescribe Desktop found at www.livescribe.com/install.
Connect Basic: Available for free for all Pulse and 2GB Echo Livescribe customers. Connect Basic allows pencasts to be sent to a computer, Evernote, Facebook, MyLivescribe account and mobile devices.
Connect Premium: Available for free for all 4GB, 8GB and 8GB Echo Pro Pack customers. Connect Premium includes all the Connect Basic connectors as well as connectors for email and Google Docs.
Pulse and 2GB Echo customers who wish to upgrade to Livescribe Connect Premium can do so via Livescribe’s online store for $14.99.
The 2GB Echo smartpen starter pack for $99.95, along with a variety of Livescribe paper and accessories, is available today wherever Livescribe products are sold, including Best Buy, Amazon, Apple, Fry’s, select Staples stores, Target.com, Brookstone.com and Livescribe.com.
The 2GB Echo smartpen starter pack is available today for £99.99 at Currys, MicroAnvika, Maplin, select PcWorld stores and online at Amazon.co.uk. All stores offer a variety of Livescribe paper and accessories.
The 2GB Echo smartpen is available today for €129.95 in select stores of Mediamarkt and Saturn, as well as in all GRAVIS, m-Store and Comspot stores. It can also be purchased online from 1edu, Unimall, co.Tec, Cyberport and ELV. All stores offer a variety of Livescribe paper and accessories.
The 2GB Echo smartpen starter pack is available for $149 (AUD), along with a variety of Livescribe paper and accessories wherever Livescribe products are sold, including Dick Smith, JB Hi-Fi, David Jones, Officeworks and www.smartpen.com/au.
Beginning June 1, the 2GB Echo smartpen will be available for $99.95 (CA) at all Future Shop, London Drug, and Apple stores, as well as online at Smartpencentral.com.
Founded in 2007, Livescribe Inc. has developed a new low-cost mobile computing platform to enhance personal productivity, learning, communication and self-expression for written and spoken information. The company’s platform increases the fundamental value and use of writing and speech by enabling the capture, access and sharing of this important information any time, anywhere. For more information: www.livescribe.com.
About Anoto Group AB
Anoto is the world leading company behind the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly forms solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 110 employees, offices in Lund (head office), Boston and Tokyo. The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm under the ticker ANOT. For more information: www.anoto.com.