What’s the best product for taking physical notes to computer and paper at the same time?

Joseph Videtto December 27, 2012


I’d like to buy a reasonably priced product that allows me to take handwritten notes to paper that are also captured to the computer at the same time. This is especially useful in a school, where children’s work products have to be saved in the classroom, but it would be nice to easily share them over computer with parents.

It’s all part of my ‘get the parents more involved (if they’re willing)’ campaign.

So… what should I buy?

  1. Ashwin Divakaran
    December 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

    You Can Use Evernote

  2. Sashritha Peiris
    December 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

    You could write you notes on paper and then scan it into your computer and then use a OCR program to convert the images into text

  3. Paul Girardin
    December 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    There are a couple of choices from Evernote:

    If you have an iPad: Penultimate is an handwriting app for iPad.

    You get the natural experience of writing on paper, with the power of Evernote and the flexibility of a tablet. Lose the paper, keep the handwriting.

    Find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/penultimate/id354098826?mt=8

    You can also use EverNote Smart Notebooks from Moleskine ® Store: http://www.moleskineus.com/evernote-smart-notebooks.html

    It works with the Evernote app (iPhone, iPad or Android) found here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote (for Android) and here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8 (for iPad & iPhone)

    Now, when you fire up the Evernote app on your phone, one of the features to adding a new note is to take a picture.

    Here are two articles on its uses:



    If you have another phone system, take a look here:



    For more info on Evernote and associated apps ( Skitch, Penultimate, Web Clipper, Evernote Hello, Evernote Food, Evernote Clearly, Evernote Peek), see here: http://evernote.com/evernote

    Hope this helps

  4. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    December 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    In addition to LiveScribe told before, your other option is Evernote with a scanner or decent camera. Evernote will allow the scanned pages to be OCR'd.
    Not a single product has done perfect function in this area, despite the needs. As a student I also want to be able to do such, however we're short on options for now.

    • ha14
      December 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      nice suggestion :)

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      December 28, 2012 at 5:14 am

      I was also thinking suggesting in terms of a scanner with OCR solution. :) Very good and a cost effective solution.

  5. Yiz Borol
    December 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Really your best bet atm is the Livescribe echo pen, it's not exactly cheap but if you have a good printer (to print the pages) it's a great idea.

    The real trouble with trying to merge the physical and virtual is that no one has figured out how to do it well yet. the livescribe is kinda uncomfortable to hold and it requires special paper to work at all, but with it's cons it does a really good job, makeuseof did a review of it a couple months ago so you can get the full details there.

  6. ha14
    December 27, 2012 at 11:10 am



    Livescribe Echo Smartpen
    Once your notes have been transferred to the Livescribe desktop software, you can choose to export them as PDFs, audio, or as a .pencast file, a hybrid format that combines both audio and video.

  7. Michael Teague
    December 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I think you are looking for something like this.


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