My Thoughts on the Livescribe App for iPhone’s and iPad’s

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a chance to experiment with the new iPhone application for Livescribe. Called Pencasts, the application allows you to share your Pencasts with your preferred Mac device or even browse public pencasts by popularity or category.

livescribe pencasts on an iPad

Having known about this for a while we were pretty excited to see the application released and I have to say it does live up to expectations.

From my perspective, being able to have Pencasts on my iPhone is quite handy as I can quickly access and/or share content on an instant, as needed basis. This is particularly handy in a business context where I can access content from previous meetings without needing to worry about which book I wrote in (I use multiple books simultaneously). The other feature I like is that I can access pencasts when talking one on one with people – no need to interrupt the flow of our conversation – just boot up Pencasts and go to the session I want to share.

One feature I wasn’t so sure about but have come to realise the hidden value of is that Pencasts allows me to browse public pencasts. As I noted earlier today, our new Smartpen Facebook store includes content and special offers aimed at our student, parent, and teacher communities. Now I’ve got the additional option of searching public Pencasts that are focused on education (or other industries for that matter) and can quickly review this content and then share it if I feel it will help the Australian Livescribe community.


About Mark Parker

Mark Parker is the founder of Smart Selling International Pty Ltd. Smart Selling International is a niche technology market launch expert - helping technology companies launch and grow their brands in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Mark is focused on Augmented and Virtual Reality, IoT, and digital data capture devices. You can find him online at - Twitter (@smartselling or @smartpen), LinkedIn -
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5 Responses to My Thoughts on the Livescribe App for iPhone’s and iPad’s

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  2. RambRho says:

    My Livescribe was more than I ever expected. Many friends have taken my advice and bought one and now I have bought on for my son in Grade 12. But now the option of livescribe on iPad 2 is very attractive. Does the iPad App have all the capability of livescribe – especially the recording synchronised with handwriting and also the recognition of script – that is a powerful function with no learning your handwriting.

    • Mark Parker says:

      The Livescribe Smartpen is far superior to the iPad – simply because it’s a pen and it is one of the most natural actions we know across our life.

      Keep in mind that the Livescribe pen is also the best option if you need to engage your creative thinking side.

      cheers Mark

      • Worst reply ever! You basically gave him a sales spiel, rather than answering his question. And even that sales pitch was crap. “far superior to the iPad” … at writing and drawing with your hand, yes of course. Browsing the web, I don’t think so.

        But, basically, he wanted to know if you can use the iPad instead of a PC. Can you use the pen and have the session recorded on your iPad and can the iPad recognise your penmanship and transpose it to text.

        I think not. Because there is no app for that …. yet.

        • Mark Parker says:

          I appreciate you didn’t like my response, but the post did go into detail as to what the iPad app allows a user to do. Whilst I didn’t address the question re hand writing conversion I’ll do that now. The MyScript option is provided by Vision Objects and is a third party application that works with Livescribe Desktop. This currently doesn’t extend to iPhones or iPads.

          It’s worth noting that my reference to the Smartpen being superior to the iPad was related to its ability to capture hand writing and audio – not browsing the web.

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