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Pencast PDF with the Skypen

Scott Barber
posted this on November 21, 2012 17:11

Hi there,


How do you download a pencast pdf file from the new skypen evernote interface? Is there an option when viewing the notes through the livescribe server?

We would like to download to be able to view these documents offline, or manage them within our document management system.


Thanks for your help.



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Ian Gilmore

I have just bought the sky pen specifically to create the PDF pencasts and can fin any information on how to do it?


December 25, 2012 19:07
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Ian Gilmore

I have just bought the sky pen specifically to create the PDF pencasts and can find any information on how to do it?


December 25, 2012 19:07
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Voldi Zambenedetti

Dear sir,

as far as i know, you can not. Actually, the skypen can not pencast pdf nor use myscript. To me, it was a downgrade. Better go to a echopen.

January 11, 2013 06:53
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Bruce Sohn

I can not figure out a way to get Sky Pen notes to either PDF or OneNote format. I can understand the desire to build a relationship with Evernote but I don't understand why Livescribe would strip so much functionality from an otherwise useful product.

February 02, 2013 18:00
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Ian Gilmore

Totally agree Bruce, it would be nice to have dates for the pdf pen casts from the sky as well as the other conductivity dropbox, email etc rather than soon or in the first quarter. I think livescribe have missed one mid January date already.

February 02, 2013 22:44
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I wish livescribe would be a little bit more open with their plans on future improvements of their current sky product. Honestly I was shocked when I finally recognised that I have no option to create and store my own local PDF library from the notes I have taken with the sky. Using Evernote is far too unresponsive to "quickly" browse through your old notes. Please livescribe, come up with a roadmap for your features. At least then I have visibility and can take a decision if i have to pass on the pen through online auctions.
February 03, 2013 04:22
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Tom Bruno

As CEO of a fast growing IT company (cloud), meeting notes are a struggle.  The Echo pen was a great help.  I purchased the Sky could not agree more with some of the comments above.  Removing the ability to interoperate with commonly used formats and applications such as PDF and OneNote is a strategic error.  Evernote is not a universally accepted business application. 


I was going to have several hundred pens purchased for distribution to my employees.  That order will not be approved until these matters are addressed. 

February 05, 2013 05:43
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Voldi Zambenedetti

I received a interesting Email from Livescribe about pencast pdf. it is stated that Skypen cannot pencast pdf from start and from some text from the Email we read: "..However, since launch, we have discovered that more than 70% of Sky customers use an iPhone® or iPad® regularly...."  and then  "...we won't be developing Pencast PDF for Sky..."

So, am I wrong or it goes like:

- skypen do not pencast pdf from start

- consumer research finds out that nobody uses pencast pdf !!!

- so, elementary, my dear Watson, livescribe do not need to develop pencast pdf for skypen !!

Best Regards


May 03, 2013 13:20
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Ian Gilmore

No I think it goes like:-

 -Livescribe design new wifi smartpen ( good idea)

-Livescribe release Sky pen before fully functional( a suspect to enter design awards)

-Livescribe discover some design problems in the new pen that restrict its backward compatibility and then after promising features for months come up with and excuse based on "statistics" that gives them an out, to not solve the problems they should have fixed before release.

Oh and don't listen to a lot of the customers when they say they want pen casts for skypens and the reopening of the developers program, which would hugely boost the man hours being input for Sky Pen Development, which would likely solve a number of issues, develop new features etc.

-and the last step, livescribe tech becomes obsolete because it been overtaken by other technology and has lost it once loyal customer base who are how saying "told you so"

May 03, 2013 15:32
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Jason H

All, please pay heed to Gilles comments here, for this summarizes what we are focusing on:

"....there are plenty of sharing options directly in Evernote®. We are evaluating other options that can offer local storage and offline playback across all the platforms our customers use. We hope to have more news in the coming months."

Also note although we currently have no plans to re-open a full developers program like we used to have for Pulse and Echo, we are indeed working with a few developers on a limited scale, in order to accomplish what's mentioned above (and more).  We will have more info on this very soon, so although I understand your frustration, I know you'll actually be pleased with what's in store in the near future.

May 07, 2013 17:33
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Matt Paysinger

heres the main thing we would like some more functions editing converting ink to text give us some thing pls it shouldnt be hard even if you go to evernote you are partnered with them and i think if you opened it up to them they could do some great things or even better open source it so it can really be great

May 07, 2013 17:55