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Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook, Pocket, Squared, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (Evernote Smart Notebooks) Diary – January 30, 2013
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I was expecting more 'magic' and integration -- something special about this notebook, but found none other than the included 3mo subscription code. I thought maybe my (Android) app wasn't set up correctly, but no.. it's just pictures of paper, like any other. No automatic alignment, no grid removal, nothing really. Apparently the stickers are only for iOS?
Fits well in a back pocket, very nice cover, and good quality paper. It's a nice notebook, but I imagine $20 buys other nice notebooks too.
The pages are quite small, so I find I write close to the binding. Then you have the challenge of holding it fully open while taking an awkward one-handed picture with Evernote's page camera. Orientation, finger obfuscation, and focus are all the same as any cheap notebook.
I'd love to see something more like Livescribe, where Evernote has special orientation marks (angle correction) or selection boxes on each page. A lay-flat binding would be nice for something you're expected to photograph.
If you're not already a subscriber, the 3mo trial is probably the biggest incentive to buy this over another notebook. Sure feels like a great opportunity missed, though -- Evernote and Moleskin. Could have been more.
As an experiment I tried applying stickers to regular Moleskine notebook pages and to plain notebook pages and the app didn't recognise them and wouldn't auto-tag. The app is clearly designed to look for the sticker *and* the special dotted lines. So all the evidence suggests that this is a carefully constructed closed ecosystem. (And the advantage to both companies in promoting loyalty to two products/services is pretty clear.) So users can forget about using/reusing the tagging stickers on their other regular Moleskine notebooks or on other documents. Manual tagging and indexing only for these things.
Embracing this system as an existing Moleskine user, therefore, means switching from your previously preferred notebook. (And if you like plain, unlined pages, that means you're out of luck. You're also out of luck if you use several different Moleskines, perhaps mixing the classic notebooks with Cahiers and Volants.) Personally, I like grid pages and the dotted grid, while not quite as refined as the solid line grid, suits me ok. What I'm less keen on is the obvious branding of the embossed cover, which is a bit cheesy with all its clip-art style images. Not classy or "timeless" in the Moleskine tradition.
To be blunt, the Evernote iOS apps work just fine scanning pages from most documents and notebooks. Use dark ink and photograph the pages carefully on a dark surface and you'll be fine.Read more ›
That said, I've used this pretty extensively since I bought it, and I have used the Evernote integration as well. The pictures do come out pretty nicely.
I've nearly filled this one, and plan to pick up a new one very soon. And, since I've been snapping the notes and uploading them to Evernote, once I've used the entire notebook there's no reason to hold onto the paper copy in the worries that there might be some spark of genius hiding on one of the pages. I've started flipping through all the old notebooks I have and snapping pictures of whatever I might want in those notebooks as well, and in doing so, I've cleared off a bit of valuable bookshelf space.
This process has highlighted the difference between this notebook and those--the pictures I take of the pages in the Evernote notebook do come out a bit more clearly and a bit less skewed than those I take of pages in other notebooks. Whatever they do on their end to fiddle with the contrast and identify the skew of the page, they do it well, and I love being able to scribble my thoughts down when I'm in a setting in which a phone is just not appropriate, and then uploading them for use later. I find I use it a lot to take notes in lectures or meetings.
In the meantime, I've also purchased a large version, and the 2015 weekly calendar. Both of those are proving useful as well. The large one, I'm using as a daily journal, and the calendar, I'm using as a calendar (big surprise).
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I would suggest checking out Evernote's website to learn more on how to use the notebook with the stickers.
Here is how the notebook works with Evernote:
-the lines and green (bookmark) allows Evernote pictures to:
--makes your writing more easily recognizable for searching (unless you are a very sloppy writer)
-the stickers can be customizable to your own tags and notebook
-take a photo of the page and BAM, it is in the Evernote cloud ready to be viewed and modified from any device
Evernote has allowed me to go nearly paperless. I use it constantly to keep track of notes, ideas, journal entries, receipts, pictures, web content, and more. The moleskine notebook has made my notes far easier to read and MUCH quicker to categorize and search within the program. Especially when it is far easier or satisfying to simply put pen to paper.
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I have been using these for about a year now. love them, the paper quality seems better than regular moleskines and the square grid is a little lighter in color making it easier to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Whispering Smith
I actually have filled three of these now with my notes, some of which I have taken into my Evernote account. Read morePublished 2 months ago by tapestrychurch
Love this. I purchase one of these every three months for my work notes. The paper material feels great with ball pen. The Evernote membership is a great plus.Published 5 months ago by ssyang
This is a gift so I haven't been able to see the "smart" features in action yet, so hopefully it works!Published 8 months ago by Stefany
Great notebook - fits in my pocket. PLUS there are 3 months free Evernote!Published 9 months ago by P. Barth
I wish it had numbered pages and a blank index section and perforated tear sheets at the back like the Leuchtturm - and a pen loop. Then it would be perfect forever. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Susan Chandler
It was cool, but didn't work so well with Evernote as expected. Certainly not worth the expense.Published 10 months ago by Robin Hartman