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A pencast is an interactive format that allows you to link recorded audio to your notes. Pencasts allow you to hear, see and relive notes exactly as they were captured. By simply tapping on any word, you can hear what was recorded at the exact moment you wrote it.

  • How do I create a pencast?

To start recording a pencast, simply tap the record button that appears at the bottom of each page of your Livescribe notebooks with your smartpen. Using the microphone on your Echo smartpen, everything will be recorded and automatically linked to all your notes and sketches.


  • How do I play back my pencasts?

Your Echo smartpen is equipped with a speaker that allows you to play back pencasts directly from your pen. Using your smartpen, simply tap on your notes and the audio recorded at that moment in time will play back through the smartpen’s speaker.

You can also play back your pencasts from Echo Desktop. By exporting your pencasts from Echo Desktop, you can also review your pencasts using the Livescribe Player or Livescribe+, our free mobile app.

Livescribe Dot Paper

Livescribe dot paper uses standard paper printed with a unique pattern of dots that allows your smartpen to capture the exact location of everything it writes or draws. Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe dot paper.

Livescribe Paper Controls

Depending on when and where you purchased your Livescribe notebooks, they will feature either classic controls or Livescribe 3/ Aegir smartpen controls at the bottom of each page.

Your smartpen will work with any Livescribe paper product, regardless of which controls appear at the bottom of your page. However, there are some controls that are not used by your Echo smartpen.

If your notebooks do not have the classic controls printed on each page, you will still be able to easily access the full set of classic controls on the Quick Controls bookmarks that are included with each notebook. If you can’t find the bookmark, you can also download and print it out.