Improving Workplace Productivity with Beesy for iPad

Earlier today Livescribe launched a new partnership with popular iPad productivity app Beesy (developed by BeesApps).

This new partnership now allows Livescribe 3 users to integrate handwritten paper notes directly into the Beesy iPad productivity app. Any notes, action items, drawings, or meeting minutes can now be easily integrated into their daily workflow. Handwriting is converted into digital text that is automatically organized into meeting minutes, tasks or action items to share with colleagues.

This YouTube clip shows the Livescribe 3 smartpen and Beesy app working together:

Key Points About Using Beesy

Please note the following for existing and new users of Beesy:

  • Integration is only available with the Livescribe 3 smartpen
  • Existing Users of Beesy – You will need to purchase the Livescribe Handwriting recognition option for AUD 27.99 in order to integrate notes into the app
  • New Users of Beesy – You will need to purchase the app (AUD 7.50) and then the upgrade (AUD 27.99)

Whilst its not a cheap option I personally can see this being my preferred destination for paper content (vs Livescribe+). I particularly like the Dashboard feature with both my calendar and the quadrant of activities based on importance and urgency – see this screen shot of my current dashboard:

Beesy and Livescribe 3 - improving workplace productivity

“Using Beesy, corporate customers can save more than 30 minutes a day by simply taking notes on paper and fully integrating their notes into their corporate environment, allowing them to quickly track activities, share action items and stay ahead of the curve while running from meeting to meeting,” said David Chevenement, CEO of BeesApps. “This integration with Livescribe is unprecedented because now people can capture notes with a smartpen and automatically see their words appear in digital text so the information is available whenever they need it.”

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Special Offer for February and March

I’m pleased to advise that in conjunction with Livescribe we’re offering a four-pack of A4 spiral notebooks with any smartpen purchase – this provides you with an additional $39.95 of value with every smartpen purchase.

Details of which Livescribe smartpens qualify can be found here.

This offer will run until the end of March or while stocks last. If there is anything I can help with let me know via email or in comments below

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Livescribe Announces the Android App for Livescribe 3 smartpens

Great news from Livescribe and for those of us using Android mobile phones and tablets.

Earlier this week Livescribe announced that an Android app for the Livescribe 3 smartpens will be released during US spring (think mid-April here in Australia and New Zealand – possibly just after school holidays).

Android app for Livescribe 3 announcedI’ve spent this week at CES with Livescribe playing with the new app, and talking about the future smartpen product range – 2015 is going to be an exciting year for the company.

More about the Android app

The Android version of Livescribe+ will provide full support for the Livescribe 3 smartpen, and will include the key features already in the iOS version of the app.

“Since launch, we’ve been adding new features to Livescribe+ for iOS and also introducing expanded functionality through partnerships with Moleskine, Evernote, Microsoft and Fluid Touch,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “Now we can start to bring those innovations to Android devices this spring and combine the physical world of pen and paper with Android smartphones and tablets.”

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Key Facts About The Android App

  1. Expected Launch - Livescribe is planning a release during their Spring; this is likely to be April/May in Australia
  2. Android Compatibility - Devices running KitKat v4.4 or later and supporting BlueTooth Low Energy – a full list of compatible devices will be published on our blog once available
  3. App Cost - Free via download from Google Play
  4. Smartpen Required - new or existing Livescribe 3 smartpens
  5. iOS and Android Interchangeability – Yes.

Beta Testing Program pre-Launch

This is not confirmed yet but I have had discussions with Livescribe about inviting users to participate in beta testing of the new app prior to general release. I’ll confirm this with Livescribe in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you’re interested in participating in beta testing – please see this registration of interest page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below…

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Christmas Specials Across the Product Range

Every year we have a range of special offers for customers looking to purchase the smart gift this festive season – and this year is no different. We have a number of great offers available across the WiFi, and Livescribe 3 products.

These offers include:

These offers are valid till the end of the year – pre-Christmas delivery for both Australian and New Zealand customers closes tomorrow (21/12).

The smart gift this year is a Livescribe smartpen

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New Ways to Collaborate with Evernote Work Chat and Livescribe WiFi smartpens

Earlier today Evernote introduced a new way to collaborate on content stored within its cloud platform. It’s called Work Chat…

Work Chat lets you discuss your work with the individuals that will help you get it done, right in Evernote. Share notes and notebooks, exchange ideas, and get feedback from colleagues in an instant. You can share and collaborate with as many, or as few, people as you like. The notes and notebooks that you reference will show up in the chats so that they’re easy to open and find.

What’s really exciting about this is you now have the ability to take hand written notes, drawings, concepts, sketch’s etc (or even notes and audio) that you create with a Livescribe WiFi smartpen, sync this content to Evernote via WiFi and use Work Chat to collaborate further.

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Livescribe 3 Now Supports Mobile App Noteshelf

Earlier this week Livescribe announced a mobile app partnership with Fluid Touch – developers of the popular app Noteshelf.

Noteshelf now allows people to write naturally with their Livescribe 3 smartpen and see their notes instantly appear in the popular note-taking app. Once in Noteshelf people can make their notes even more useful with a wide variety of tools in the app.

Livescribe 3 smartpen and Noteshelf

“We’re bringing our smartpen technology to more apps and services where intuitive handwriting can help people capture their thoughts and ideas,” said Gilles Bouchard, CEO of Livescribe. “Combining the Livescribe 3 with the Noteshelf app provides people with a new way to capture notes, drawings and ideas with ink on paper, so they can get the most out of their important information.”

This YouTube video shows the Livescribe 3 smartpen and Noteshelf in action

With the Livescribe 3 smartpen, a Livescribe notebook, and Noteshelf, users can create notes, documents, and doodles naturally with ink on paper, and continue working on them on their iPad. Users can enrich their notes by highlighting and marking content as well. Customers can even assign certain notebooks to send off-line notes into Noteshelf once they reconnect to the Noteshelf app.

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Important News from Livescribe re iOS 8

Livescribe sent the following email to Livescribe 3 customers today regarding iOS8 and the Livescribe+ app:

iOS 8 recently launched and we wanted to share some important information with you. A new version of the Livescribe+ app (1.3.2) is now available for download from in the App Store. The new version of the Livescribe+ app has several benefits:

  • We’ve made improvements to the firmware updater in Livescribe+ app. This supports smartpens with smartpen firmware version 4.1 or later.
    • *Note that you can also manually download an update to your smartpen’s firmware with Livescribe Helper for Mac or for Windows
  • We’ve added support for the new higher resolution screens that were introduced with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
  • We’ve included significant crash bug fixes for transcription, and other iOS 8 specific issues.

In the meantime, please go to the App Store to install the latest version of the Livescribe+ app!

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