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Livescribe's latest smartpen draws heavily on iOS

Philip Michaels | Oct. 29, 2013
The Livescribe 3 smartpen captures your notes as you jot them down, syncing them with a companion app for the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.

You can also record audio with the Livescribe+ app, creating what the company calls "pencasts." Audio recorded via the app is synced to what you're writing down. When you play back the audio, Livescribe+ highlights the relevant section of your notes. Other features of the Livescribe+ app include the ability to add pictures, text, and captions to your notes.

You can share notes from Livescribe+ as PDFs with any service or app that supports PDFs, including Evernote and Dropbox. You're able to share pencasts as well, though anyone you share with will need to download Livescribe+ themselves to use the audio playback features.

The app is currently only available for iOS devices due to Apple's support for Bluetooth Smart. This summer's Android 4.3 release added native support for Bluetooth Smart, and Livescribe plans to add Android support in 2014 as more devices adapt the low-energy connectivity feature.

What you get
The Livescribe 3 comes in two editions. The $150 standard edition features the new black-and-chrome smartpen, a 50-sheet Starter Dot Paper notebook, a replacement ink cartridge, and a Micro-USB cable. The $200 Livescribe 3 Pro Edition features a darker shade of chrome and includes a leather smartpen portfolio, a 100-sheet Dot Paper Journal, the replacement ink cartridge, and a Micro-USB cable. In addition, the Pro Edition features one year of Evernote Premium (normally $45) for free.

In addition, Livescribe also sells Dot Paper notebooks and journals in a variety of sizes, with prices ranging from $9 to $25. The company offers replacement ink cartridges as well, and will list other standard-sized ink cartridge brands that work with Livescribe pens on its website.


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