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Moleskine unveils its latest attempt at digital notetaking

Moleskine unveils its latest a...
The Smart Writing Set will sync your notes to Google Drive, Evernote and Adobe Creative Cloud
The Smart Writing Set will sync your notes to Google Drive, Evernote and Adobe Creative Cloud
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Moleskine will charge you $29 for a new Paper Tablet notebook
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Moleskine will charge you $29 for a new Paper Tablet notebook
The Smart Writing Set comes with a pen, notebook and companion app
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The Smart Writing Set comes with a pen, notebook and companion app
Pressing the mail icon on the top corner of the page makes it easy to share your notes via email
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Pressing the mail icon on the top corner of the page makes it easy to share your notes via email
Moleskine's notebook is shaped to encourage people to write and create in mobile friendly ways
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Moleskine's notebook is shaped to encourage people to write and create in mobile friendly ways
The Smart Writing Set will sync your notes to Google Drive, Evernote and Adobe Creative Cloud
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The Smart Writing Set will sync your notes to Google Drive, Evernote and Adobe Creative Cloud
Moleskine is chasing creatives with its new Smart Writing Set
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Moleskine is chasing creatives with its new Smart Writing Set
The Paper Tablet is shaped and sized like, er, a tablet
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The Paper Tablet is shaped and sized like, er, a tablet
The Smart Writing Set can hook up to a smartphone, but the pen has a 1000 page memory if you're offline
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The Smart Writing Set can hook up to a smartphone, but the pen has a 1000 page memory if you're offline
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The pen is actually Neo's Pen+, but Moleskine has its own branding so the set all matches
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The pen is actually Neo's Pen+, but Moleskine has its own branding so the set all matches
The pen looks like a regular, chunky ballpoint pen
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The pen looks like a regular, chunky ballpoint pen
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The Smart Writing Set is Moleskine's latest crack at combining digital and analogue note taking tech to concoct the ideal experience for creatives looking for an alternative to scribbling on an iPad Pro or Galaxy Note tablet.

As nice as the experience of writing in a notebook is, modern tablet and mobile note taking software offers a world of benefits over the method that's served us since the ancient Egyptians took to drawing little pictures on papyrus. Made up of three separate parts, the Smart Writing Set is Moleskine's latest attempt at finding the best of both worlds.

To start with, users record their notes in the new Paper Tablet, a paper notebook shaped like a tablet and filled with clever paper that has an NcodeÔ grid hidden inside to enable the Neo Pen+ to work.

That clever pen is what ties the paper notebook to the digital world. Using a small camera and the grid in the paper, the Pen+ captures your pen strokes and beams them over to the Moleskine App. Once in the app, written text is converted to editable copy so you're not forced to retype your handwritten notes.

The Smart Writing Set can hook up to a smartphone, but the pen has a 1000 page memory if you're offline
The Smart Writing Set can hook up to a smartphone, but the pen has a 1000 page memory if you're offline

The app is able to save files to Evernote and Google Drive, while checking the mail box on the top left corner of the notebook page lets you quickly send your work via email. The app also allows you to save in Adobe Creative Cloud-friendly formats.

If working offline and syncing later is more your style, the pen is able to save 1,000 pages internally.

All of this sounds good, but it also might sound a bit familiar because the Smart Writing Set isn't Moleskine's first attempt at cracking the digital note-taking market. As well as pairing with Livescribe last year, the company has created co-branded products with Evernote and Adobe in past. This latest attempt looks, on paper at least, like it's improved compatibility should offer a more cohesive way of transferring your making your doodlings digital and sharing them - regardless of whether you use Drive, Evernote or Adobe Creative Cloud.

The Smart Writing Set retails for US$199, and additional Paper Tablet notebooks will set you back $29. The Moleskine App is currently available in iOS, while Android users can use the Neo Notes app to manage their work.

Source: Moleskine

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1 comment
f8lee
Yeah, because a $29 notepad makes a lot of sense - while I love Moleskine's book products this seems to be a rather desperate attempt at becoming relevant in the digital age.
Now, if the replacement notebooks were $10....