Livescribe 8 GB Echo Smartpen
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- 8GB of memory records over 800 hours of everything you write and hear
- Share your notes and recordings as a pencast, PDF or audio files
- Embed your pencasts in a webpage
- Customise your Smartpen with downloadable apps - including dictionaries, translators, productivity tools, games and more
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Work smarter, not harder, with an Echo smartpen from Livescribe. Record everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device – all with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. It's never been easier to take notes and stay organised.
and audio. Pencasts allow you to hear and see your notes exactly as they were captured.
Record and Play Back
Smartpens record everything you write and hear so you’ll never miss a word. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes¹.
Save, Search and Organise
Livescribe Desktop saves your notes and recordings to your computer for fast, easy access to what’s important. Search for words within your notes and find what you need fast.
Send and Share with Livescribe Connect
Easily send notes and audio to people and destinations such as Email², Google Docs ², Facebook, Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, Google Sites ², MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer³ — all from your paper or Livescribe Desktop!
8GB of Memory: Room for Recordings and Notes
When digitizing your notes and audio you'll need storage space; with 8GB of memory, your smartpen has it. An 8GB smartpen can hold over 800 hours of audio* or 128,000 pages of notes.
Included Smartpen Applications
Your Echo smartpen comes loaded with applications ready to work right out of the box:
- Livescribe Connect Premium: Easily send and share notes and audio to Email, Google Docs, Facebook, Evernote, Microsoft OneNote, Google Sites, MyLivescribe, your mobile device or your computer
- Quick Record: record audio without using dot paper with just a press of a button
- Quick Calc: Write an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division problem on dot paper and get the answer on your smartpen screen
- Launch Line: launch your favourite app by writing its name
- Password: protect your recorded paper replay sessions with a 4-digit number
- System Utilities: multiple language support, time, date, storage info, and battery charge
Livescribe Dot Paper
Livescribe dot paper uses regular paper printed with a unique pattern of tiny microdots. This tiny pattern works a lot like a GPS system for your smartpen. It allows a smartpen to capture everything it writes or draws on dot paper.
Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe Dot Paper, so we've created a variety of dot paper sizes and types: College-ruled Notebooks, Lined Journals, Blank Journals, Mini Journals, A5-sized Notebooks, Flip Notepads, and Sticky Notes. You can even print your own dot paper for free from within Livescribe Desktop on many printers.
What You Get in the Box
- The Echo smartpen with 8GB of memory
- Livescribe Connect Premium: Includes Connect Basic (Facebook, Evernote, MyLivescribe, your mobile device, and your computer)
plus additional connectors for Email and Google Docs
- Livescribe Desktop software for Mac or Windows (download)
- 500 MB of personal online storage
- Starter dot paper notebook
- Micro USB Cable
- Interactive Getting Started Guide
- Smartpen Tips and Tricks
- 2 smartpen caps
- 2 ink cartridges
What You Need: System Requirements
- Windows XP 32-bit SP2 or higher, or Windows Vista 32 or 64-bit, or Windows 7
- Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.5.5 or higher
- 600MHz CPU or higher
- 300 MB minimum free disk space
- Available USB 2.0 port
- Livescribe Desktop 2.7 for WIndows or Mac OS
- Smartpen firmware version 2.7 or later
- Internet connection
*Actual recording time varies by audio quality setting.
¹ Livescribe paper required – don't record without permission
² These connectors are available only with Livescribe Connect Premium
³ Mobile device access requires Pencast Player App or Flash —enabled web browser
Top customer reviews
As a very sound-orientated person, I'm finding that a link between recorded speach and the written word is an excellent memory aid, and much more engaging than plain writing.
Two quibbles though:
- my pen has frozen a couple of times, requiring a reboot to bring it back to use.
- a couple of pages of my notes have additional lines drawn on them in the pencast version, so perhaps the nib had thought it was being pressed on the paper when it wasn't?
I find MyScript handwriting-to-text converter an essential for further processing of my ECHO notes - it's purchased from a third party website and is far from perfect, but it still saves a mass of time in typing up notes. Your notes need to be legible and fairly linear for it to work well. I could just keep to the handwriting images, but converting to text allows cutting and pasting. When charts, spidergrams etc are needed, I won't bother trying to convert them to the inevitable meaningless squiggles that MyScript would make of them, though.
The biggest complaint is the livescribe desktop not working properly because you cant archive old files(so you WILL run out of storage in a month or 2 depending on usage), share and send them. I bumped into the problem and solved it in 5min, it seems as though the pen cannot be time shared between non-livescribe software and the livescribe desktop(which i don't expect it to be) I'm not sure if that solves the problem others had... the important thing for most users it worked for a while and then stopped so they must have done something... .
The scratching sounds seem to be caused by the mic being on a pen... so you are recording the sound of you writing, I haven't had this problem. I use Medium ink refills and some users tend to think that it occurs in fine ink cartridges(they "scratch" paper more). I have had a top of the range dictaphone before(olympus WS560m) and the sound quality of this is about 80% as good as the dictaphone(for its size and shape, it's an amazing feature). I wanted to use my pen for lectures so I the livescribe 3D headphones(which are the best in ear headphones I have ever had), and could be a potential fix for the problems people faced with scratching sounds.
As for ink being expensive, glued at the top and drying out, the ink isn't that bad in price(check for yourself) and mine hasn't dried out because I use the pens cap. The ink is glued at the top so that if some smart guy leaves it in his pocket on a hot summers day it will not leak out and destroy the pen. But if you are keen on it then glue solvents might be of some use.
Livescribe has provided a way to print out the paper from the desktop but you must have a 600dpi or more LASER printer. I use a program written by rohan kapoor (search his name and the link is the first on google) which allows me to use my home inkjet(Canon MG5250) printer which has a 9600x2400dpi resolution and so long as you turn of paper scalling it works fine and is easy install and use.
Livescribe do not support programme developers... that I can not defend especially since the paper printing software I use is from a developer... all I can do is let them know I think that is a mistake and hope more people do the same.
I've been using the Echo Smartpen for a few weeks now. Thus far it's proved to be a very useful tool. I use it to record meetings, while I make notes or write minutes. I've downloaded, and paid for, MyScript for Livescribe to convert my handwriting into text that can be copied into an email or Word document. I have to say that, using only the standard settings, this software manages to accurately convert more than 90% of my illegible scribble into plain text. Even when my notes are completely indecipherable, the ability to refer back to the conversation at the time is invaluable. This saves me a great deal of time and fully justifies the cost of the pen and associated software.
I've also downloaded the "Paper Tablet" app to allow me to mark-up powerpoint decks and other documents. I'm still getting to grips with this, but initial impressions are positive. There aren't many other useful apps, but this is a relatively new product and I'm sure these will come.
The pen is easy to write with and not too bulky, although I have quite large hands. The consumables (pads and ink refills) are not cheap, but then they're not massively extortionate either, although I've not had to buy any yet.
Down-sides? Well the ink cartridge is a bit scratchy - you can hear it writing while it the pen records - and I only use the medium ink cartridges and it is my hope that Livescribe with improve the quality of these. Other than that, I really can't find fault with the pen or it's accessories.
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