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Using The Evernote App with the Moleskine Smart Notebooks

In this article, Jason R. Rich explains how the high-end, paper-based notebook company Moleskine is working with the creators of the Evernote information management app to create a hybrid system that allows users to hand-write or draw their notes and ideas on traditional paper, and then scan them into the Evernote app and software to be viewed, organized, achieved, annotated, printed, and shared.
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Since 1997, Moleskine has been in the business of creating high-end notebooks geared to business people, artists, and anyone looking to record their ideas on paper. Meanwhile, as the digital revolution has swept the world, Evernote has emerged as an industry leader in developing versatile note-taking and information management apps for the Apple iPhone and iPad, as well as for desktop computers.

In an effort to give users the best of both worlds, Moleskine and Evernote have teamed up to create a line of Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebooks. These notebooks allow users to write, sketch, draw, or even paint their ideas within stylish, hardbound, paper-based notebooks, and then scan the pages of their notebooks directly into the Evernote app using the camera that’s built in to the iOS mobile devices.

The Evernote software allows the scanned notes to be annotated, viewed, organized, achieved, printed, and shared with ease, as well as automatically synced with versions of Evernote running on an Apple iPhone, iPad, Android mobile device, the web, and/or a PC or Mac computer. Thus, people who are comfortable handwriting information or hand-drawing their ideas using their favorite writing instruments and traditional paper can continue to do so, but still benefit from the technological features offered by the Evernote app and software.

The Anatomy of a Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook

Currently, several versions of the Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebooks are available from Apple Stores, high-end office supply stores, booksellers, and online. Priced at $24.95 each, notebook options include a pocket-sized, 3.5 inch by 5.5 inch notebook, with 96 sheets (192 pages) of ruled paper, as well as a pocket-sized notebook containing squared (graph) paper. There are also large-ruled and large-squared hardcover notebooks available. Priced at $29.95 each, they measure 5 inches by 8.25 inches, and contain 120 sheets (240 pages).

What sets the Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebooks apart from the company’s other stylish and high-end hardcover notebooks is that these utilize lightly printed, dotted lines on each page that are designed exclusively for use with the free Evernote app (available for many mobile devices, including the iPhone or iPad). This app allows users to easily use their mobile device’s built-in, rear-facing camera to quickly line up and scan individual pages of the notebook so that the content can be accurately captured and incorporated into the Evernote app or software.

Each Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook comes with a free, three-month subscription to the Evernote Premium service (a $15 value), as well as several sheets of colorful “smart stickers” that can be used on notebook pages to help categorize and tag written or drawn content. These icon-based stickers are recognized by the app when pages are scanned, allowing for scanned pages to be automatically organized.

Each hardcover Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook is designed to be durable and archive the written, drawn, or sketched content included within them for decades. As a result, Moleskine notebooks are used as journals and diaries, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, and notepads by all sorts of creative individuals and business professionals who prefer to record their thoughts and ideas on traditional paper.

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