Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine Makes Digitizing Notes Easier

There should be an image here!Even in this technologically advanced world, there is no real substitute for taking notes by hand. Doodling, sketching, making quick notations, and mapping out information in a way that’s easy for you to understand are just a few things that are still remarkably easy to do with a pen and a piece of paper. Call me old-fashioned, but that’s the way I prefer to take and receive notes.

I use Evernote for just about everything I do. It has become my go-to tool for article writing, project planning, and keeping information that I would otherwise lose and/or forget. If there were some way to have data written by hand transfer directly to Evernote, I’d be set.

Enter the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine. This notebook, unlike other smart notebooks, is designed to allow you to use your own pen or pencil to take notes (or draw things) and transfer them directly to a synced digital platform. You could fill the notebook with your thoughts and sketches and take a photo of the pages using the Evernote app for iOS (Android support hopefully coming soon) and it will turn your analog writing into digital data.

I’m going to side-track here for a moment before going into exactly how this thing works. Moleskine has long been my absolute favorite notebook brand. Products bearing the Moleskine name are generally ones I’d trust, and knock-offs are almost always a disappointment to me. I primarily take notes by hand even though I have tons of note applications in front of me. Having a notebook at the ready means quick, immediate access to a note taking resource that requires no boot up time, charging, or keeping up with sync cables required.

How it Works

The Smart Notebook has a series of small dots which helps the software translate scale and position of the camera. When you take a photo of a page using the app, it detects where your camera is in relation to the content on the paper. Then, it’ll filter out the paper and leave only your content intact. This content becomes part of your greater Evernote library to be stored for all time.

This is a relatively easy process to work out on iOS since the iPhone has predictable photo quality out of the box. Because Android is so dramatically diverse, it stands to reason why Evernote is taking a while to develop this functionality for the Android platform.

Sorting of your written notes into various notebooks within Evernote is made easier through the use of Smart Stickers. These multi-colored stickers are associated with various notebooks within your Evernote profile (you specify these settings yourself). Adding a sticker to a page makes it really easy to just snap the photo and go on with your life.

Unlike computerized pens that are often bulky and still require special notebooks, this notebook works with your pen. All you need is a smartphone to take the picture.

Who Could Use It?

College students that still enjoy taking notes by hand but need these notes to be digitized will benefit greatly from this type of technology. I could see myself using it while taking notes at a conference or during an interview, making those notes available on any device I happen to have with me while writing the article at a later date.

This also provides a backup from your physical copy. Should you lose your notebook, having this data at the ready on Evernote can save you down the line.

Sketch artists that draw doodles or small sketches throughout the day would benefit from being able to bring up these drawings directly on their computer without the investment of a scanner or the inconvenient presence of lines from the paper itself.

Because the Smart Notebook comes in either graph or lined varieties, role-playing game DMs can sketch out a map or an encounter and have it digitized to throw on a big-screen TV during the game.

Final Thoughts

If you haven’t signed up for an Evernote Premium account, don’t worry. The notebook itself comes with three free months of this subscription service. It’s not a terrible deal considering just how many things you can do thanks to Evernote’s robust API.

The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine is available for pre-order with shipments expected in four to six weeks. Undoubtedly, it’ll find its way to big-box stores inside of a few months.

Image via Evernote

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dspector32 David Spector

    While I think this is a great idea for someone like me that has handwriting that is terrible. I always say that i made it partway through medical school. Most times I have a hard time reading my own writing so I doubt the camera will be able to. I love Evernote and I use it all the time I will stick to typing in my notes

  • Matthew Cheung

    It would be great for me to have all of my notes digitized and synced throughout all of my devices through this new way then for what I used to do which was scan my written files and save them as PDFs across all of my devices on my cloud storage which is currently Google Drive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beshoy.lovesjesus Beshoy Shafek Malk

    If only the ipad could have a good handwritten recognition and they allowed ipad at school, what would be my dream note taking…one can only dream lol

  • Ben Rupert

    great story I will be interested in testing it out becase as a college student I have digital notes in so many different devices simplifying the process would be awesome.

  • Ben Rupert

    great story I will be interested in testing it out becase as a college student I have digital notes in so many different devices simplifying the process would be awesome.

  • Curtis Coburn

    This seems like a good device. I have yet to find a good note taking app for my android device that I like, and fits me well. For school, taking notes is a good thing, because it will help me in many ways, like studying for a test, or for homework I will be doing later. With the classes I am taking, notes will be a good thing, and this would be very helpful to me. Thanks for this article.

  • http://twitter.com/uthmanbaksh Uthman Baksh

    Finally! I can easily transform my paper notes into digital notes! I like to take notes on paper but they get lost all the time. Digitizing them is a chore. And I don’t have a phone with me all the time to take digital notes.

  • Jesse Aranda

    Oh my gosh! This looks like a godsend! I love to write out small poems and things that I’d like to digitize but I have so much with so little written I hate creating that many new documents and reading them as I type them makes me want to edit them all. A direct digitization would make everything so much better! [note: Moleskine is also my favorite brand of notebooks so this just adds to the bonuses] However my mind is ticking into “let us see it in action before I drop the cash for it” mode.

  • http://bkgcom.blogspot.in/ Bharat Kumar Gupta

    If i may disagree here i agree with the fact that “handwriting is the slowest input method ever” but i agree with the fact that its good for sketch artists and people who like to sketch their ideas in the form of drawing(actually i m a sketch artists myself) i would welcome this device, but again if u were to ask me i would ask apple to improve drawing support with stylus on their ipad and i would use stylus+ipad as my go to notebook for all things…but the under lying technology in this thing is quite interesting i would like to learn more about how people use this thing. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Cworld01

    This app is really worth full for students. They will better and easy to write with hands instead of tapping with hand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.alexander.568 Gregory Alexander

    OMG! I wish I had something like this for my graphic design ideas. I am always sketching and doodling things down on my drawing pad which is 12″X12″ and to bulking to take with me every where. Everynote seems to be the ticket although I would have to wait until they come up with an android version, or unless I win the Macbook Air,,yeah that would be cool.