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Moleskine and Evernote Have Joined Forces

On the surface, a Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook looks just like any of the company’s other hardcover notebook products. Using any writing or drawing instrument, the purchaser is free to fill up the pages of their notebook using handwritten text, drawings, or sketches. However, upon purchasing one of the Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebooks, users are encourages to download and install the free Evernote app (which includes the Page Camera feature), onto their smartphone or tablet.

As each page of the traditional notebook is used, the user has the option to use Evernote’s Page Camera feature to snap a photo of the paper-based notebook page using the rear-facing camera of their smartphone or tablet. The content is then captured in digital form and imported automatically into the Evernote app, where it can be manually titled. At the same time, if within the notebook the supplied icon-based stickers were added to the traditional notebook pages, the Evernote app will sort scanned content based on which icon sticker was used.

For example, each Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook comes with several sheets of color-coded, tiny square icon stickers imprinted with checkmark, airplane, house, building, “X”, or lightning bolt icon graphics. One of the customization options within the Evernote app and software allows users to associate each of these icons with a particular category (which they can customize), such as “Work,” “Personal,” “Urgent,” “Travel,” “Priority,” or “To Do.”

Thus, as soon as the Evernote Page Camera feature detects one of these stickers, that handwritten (sketched or drawn) information from the paper-based pages is automatically be sorted and categorized into the appropriate virtual notebook within the Evernote app or software.

While it may seem like a lot of extra steps to handwrite information into a notebook, scan it, and then organize and utilize that information in digital form using the Evernote software or app, in reality the process happens extremely quickly, it’s extremely accurate, and it allows users to become very efficient and well organized. After all, once content is imported or entered into the Evernote software or app, it becomes keyword or tag searchable, viewable, and sharable (via email, for example).

The Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebooks will appeal to anyone who is more comfortable handwriting, sketching or drawing on traditional paper, but who wants to benefit from the ability to digitally store, organize, share, and view their content on their smartphone, tablet, or computer, or via the web (using the Evernote online-based application).

After creating your handwritten content within the notebook, simply launch the Evernote app on a mobile device and tap on the page camera icon. On the device’s screen, a viewfinder frame will appear. Point the device’s rear-facing camera at the page to be scanned within the Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook, and once the page is centered within the frame, tap the shutter button. The rest happens automatically.

The location, date, and time the page was scanned is saved within Evernote. With a tap on the screen, you can manually enter your own title for each scanned page, and then utilize the app’s other features to organize and store the content. The entire process of scanning and importing each page from a Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook into Evernote takes less than 5 seconds.

From the main Evernote screen, you can search and view through all data stored within the app, view individual virtual notebooks you’ve created within the app, view content based on customized tags, or view content based on the location where it was created. It’s also possible to create new text, audio, or photo-based content directly using the Evernote app or software, plus copy and paste content from the web into Evernote.

The Evernote software is very easy to use, although it’ll probably take time to get into the routine of recording, importing, and storing content within the app or software. Not to be confused with the Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebooks, the Evernote app and software itself allow users to create and add custom titles for an unlimited number of virtual “notebooks” or folders, in which you can store information by the subjects and/or categories that fit into your personal work habits. Thus, it becomes very easy to manage multiple projects simultaneously using the app and software. And, even if you do not opt to use a Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook to handwrite some content, you always have the option to type, dictate, record, photograph, cut and paste, or scan other content into the Evernote app or software as you’re using it.

Once you’ve set up a free Evernote account, syncing your Evernote data (notebooks) between your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, the web and/or Android mobile devices is a straight-forward process, and then the data syncing happens automatically. To benefit from all of Evernote’s capabilities, as a Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook user, be sure to use the Evernote Premium code imprinted within each notebook to gain free access to Evernote’s Premium features.

Keep in mind, the Evernote app can be used very effectively and for free, without investing in a Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook or the Evernote Premium service. Plus, if you want to create notes on your iPhone or iPad using a notebook style that emulates one of Moleskine’s traditional hardcover notebooks, you can download and install the free Moleskine app from the App Store.

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