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Sketching and designing



(I tried to find the previous post about designing and sketching
software programs, in order to reply there, but alas I could not find

A friend of mine recently bought something at I thought might be of
interest to some on the forum group.

It was a “Livescribe smart pen” and a “Livescribe by Moleskin dot
paper journal (unlined)”.

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(please forgive my very limited technical knowledge about this!)

She told me that the pen has ink, and writes on the special journal
dot paper like a normal pen.

  • The pen also has a camera in the tip, that “sees” the special “dot
    paper” (for orientation, I believe).

  • The special dot paper is like regular paper, in that the smart pen
    writes on it.

  • It comes lined, unlined, grid.

Now, here is the cool part!

So! You write notes/ and draw or sketch, etcetera, and then you can
wirelessly send it as a. pdf to your computer/ iphone/ ipad,

Also, the written script can be converted to “type”.

It sounds similar to old school sketching with pen and paper, and
then scanning into the computer, but better?

Anyway, that is the extent of my technical knowledge, but I thought
I would mention it as something interesting to to look into.

Best Regards,


Hi all,

Hopefully the following will help shed some light on the various
offerings of smart pens, smart notebooks, and the like.

As a writer, I’ve been using the Livescribe Smart Pen for years,
ever since they first came out. I use it for meetings and interviews
instead of some other kind of recording device. I was always a
terrible note-taker, so the Smart Pen was perfect because I didn’t
need to write more than a few keywords every so often. I could then
click on the keyword to listen to whatever was being said at that

Here’s how it works. Once you install the Livescribe Desktop
software on your computer, you sync with the smart pen. The image of
the paper and the audio are transferred to your PC. (I believe Mac is
also supported, but I’m a PC). You just click anywhere to start
listening. When you save it as a .pdf using one of the Connectors,
anyone you send the. pdf to has the same experience as the Livescribe
Desktop. Google “Livescribe Desktop” to see what the UI looks like.

I just read about Livescribe by Moleskine Creative Cloud notebook
the other day, and was curious to try it out. It does not appear to
require a Smart Pen or any other specialized input device. The fact
that you can use it to import sketches into Photoshop is huge for me.
Sadly my drawing ability isn’t any better than my note-taking, so
it’s definitely worth a try as I’m moderately competent in Photoshop.

The bottom line:

Moleskine makes several different products for different needs, some
of which are available on, some on (for
Smart Pens), and some on the Moleskine site. The URL to purchase the
Creative Cloud Smart Notebook for sketching is At $32.95, what’s not to

Hope this helps,


Another thing you can do these days is use your phone as a tool. You
can make regular sketches and take a picture of them and you can type
on that picture, highlight areas and email them to a customer. I love
my phone. I got a tripod mount for it as well. I’ve shot video of
repairing jewelry and doing custom and put it on YouTube.