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Dot Positioning System (DPS) is a technology that enables interactive “live” documents using plain paper printed with micro-dots.

The smartpen’s high-speed infrared camera reads the dot-pattern, which enables a wide range of paper-based applications.

Livescribe’s dot paper notebooks and paper based applications are provided by the company and partners at prices comparable to standard paper products.

Dot paper may also be printed on some certified home or business printers for free.

To print your own dot paper, you need to have Livescribe™ Desktop version 2.0 or later and an Adobe PostScript-compatible color laser printer with a print resolution of 600 dpi or greater.

The camera located at the tip of the Pulse smartpen takes a continuous series of photographs of 6x6 dots, spaced 0.3 mm apart, creating images of 1.8x1.8mm grids of  36dots.

The camera takes 72 snapshots pe rsecond, sufficient to capture and recreate handwriting.

Each picture of these dots is decoded by software in the smartpen to  provide an (x,y) coordinate pair, telling the smartpen exactly where the pen tip is on any given page.

The smartpen's location, derived from the (x,y) coordinates, is interpreted by smartpen software, and mapped to an "application"  in the smartpen.

The camera does not see ink written by a user, nor does it see artwork on a page. Rather, the smartpen tracks and remembers where ink is written, and knows the coordinates of items such as buttons.

Students and professionals deal with information overload on a daily basis.

The Pulse smartpen combines all four modes of communication—reading, writing, speaking and listening—in the simple, lowcost, and convenient format of pen and paper.

The Pulse smartpen solves the burden of information overload in its ability to capture information, and makes it easily accessible and shareable.

In the case of taking notes during a discussion or lecture, the smartpen records the conversation and digitizes the handwriting, automatically synching the ink and audio. By later tapping the ink, the smartpen replays the conversation from the exact moment the note was written.

Notes and audio can also be uploaded to a computer where they can be replayed, saved, searched and sent, so users never miss a word.

Yes. To capture notes simply turn your smartpen on and begin writing on Livescribe™ dot paper. To record audio, tap the record button in your included notebook.
Yes. Press and hold the smartpen power button until you see the recording timer appear on the display. When you are done recording simply turn off the smartpen. To play back the audio, go to the smartpen’s Main Menu, select Paper Replay™, and then select Play session. While you are playing back the audio, you can write down notes on dot paper and the audio will automatically link to your notes.
Yes. You can always listen to your recorded audio later and write additional notes. Tap on your original notes to start playing back the audio. Then write on dot paper to link your new notes to the existing audio.
To adjust recording quality, go to the smartpen’s Main Menu, scroll down to Settings, select Recording quality, and then choose High, Medium, or Low. Higher quality recordings will take up more space in your smartpen memory.

Active ink is ink that has audio associated with it.

Inactive ink is ink that has no audio associated with it.

You can also have ink that has been added during playback of a previously recorded audio session.

Grab the tip of the ink cartridge with your fingers and pull it out. Once the ink cartridge is removed, slide in a new one.

Export pages: From Livescribe™ Desktop, you can save your handwritten notes or drawings as a PDF file.

Export audio: From Livescribe™ Desktop, you can export your recorded audio to share with others or listen on other devices.

Upload a pencast: Pencasts are online, interactive Flash™ movies of your handwritten notes and audio. When you upload notes and audio from Livescribe Desktop to your MyLivescribe account, you can share your pencasts online.

Export .Pencast files: .Pencast file is proprietary file format that stores smartpen content (pages, audio, or both). These files can be exported and imported by Livescribe™ Desktop to allow sharing of smartpen content.

Once you register your smartpen, you can share up to 500MB through your MyLivescribe account.

Private sharing: All your uploaded pencasts are set to private by default – only accessible to you. You can add specific people to your Access List, giving them permission to see your private pencasts, and then send them a link to view. The people on your Access List will be required to create a Livescribe account to view pencasts

Public sharing: Once you make your pencast public, it can be accessed by anyone, even without a Livescribe account. You can send the pencast URL, share it on Facebook™, or embed it on a website.

Whenever you launch Livescribe™ Desktop, it will automatically check for updates and notify you if an update is available for your smartpen and/or Livescribe™ Desktop.

Make sure to download and install all updates, so you’ll always have the latest, greatest features.

You can also manually check for updates through Livescribe™ Desktop. Click on the Help menu and select Check for Updates.

Yes. You can buy and download additional software called MyScript® for Livescribe™.

It works with Livescribe™ Desktop to convert legible handwritten notes into editable text.

For more information, go to: www.visionobjects.com.

Yes. If you use multiple computers, make sure to connect your smartpen and transfer your data to each computer on a regular basis.

Make sure you use the same MyLivescribe account for each copy of Livescribe™ Desktop you install.

Every time you archive a notebook on one computer, be sure to archive it on your other computers as well.

To print your own dot paper, you need to have Livescribe™ Desktop version 2.0 or later and an Adobe PostScript-compatible color laser printer with a print resolution of 600 dpi or greater.

1. Within Livescribe™ Desktop, click on Pages so you are viewing your notes. In the menu, select Tools.

2. On a Mac®, choose Print Your Own Notebook. If you are using Windows®, choose Printable Notebooks.

3. Choose the notepad you would like to print, the printer you want to print to, and click Print

Yes. You can set your smartpen to display the time in 12- or 24-hour format, and the date in any of several formats.

You can find format options on your smartpen under: Main Menu> Settings> Time Format or Main Menu> Settings> Date Format.

Whether you are a beginning, intermediate or advanced user, the following shortcuts will help you get the most out of your smartpen.


When the smartpen asks you for input (like drawing a button, or writing a word for translation), to signal you are finished writing, rapidly tap twice in the same spot on dot paper.

Draw your own Nav Plus

Draw a plus with two lines about an inch long, then double-tap the center quickly. You should see Main Menu on the smartpen display. Tap on the Nav Plus to view and select menu items.

Flick and Scrub (quickly scroll through menu items)

On dot paper, press the tip of your smartpen down for half a second until you hear a short beep. Then, without lifting your smartpen tip off the paper, draw a horizontal or vertical line. Your smartpen will automatically recognize this line as a flick and scrub control. Retrace the line anytime to scroll through menu items or display text.

Quick Launch (jump to an application and quickly launch it)

Double-tap on the center of the Nav Plus control. Then start writing the first few letters of the application name, continuing until you see the name appear on the display. Tap the right arrow of your Nav Plus to launch the application. You can later tap on what you wrote to re-launch the application.

Launch Line

Similar to Quick Launch, you can use Launch Line to quickly launch any Open Paper application installed on your smartpen. Open Paper applications are applications that do not require pre-printed paper controls to function. With no other applications running, draw a horizontal line on your notebook (starting from right or left) and without removing your smartpen tip from the page, immediately double back on the line ending close to where you started. Immediately write the name of the target application above the line. To launch the application, tap on the application name you have written. You can later tap on what you wrote to re-launch the application.



To get further information on smartpen shortcuts :www.livescribe.com/support

The automatic-launch feature Livescribe™ Desktop Tray has been replaced. To automatically launch Livescribe™ Desktop when you dock a smartpen, check the Autolaunch option in the Application tab under Tools > User Settings.

If you disable auto-launch and Livescribe™ Desktop is not running, docking your Livescribe™ smartpen will simply charge it. It will not launch Livescribe™ Desktop or transfer the smartpen content.

When you have finished using a Livescribe dot paper product, you should archive it in Livescribe™ Desktop. Archiving a Livescribe dot paper product does the following:

Frees up storage space on your Livescribe™ smartpen.

Enables you to use another Livescribe dot paper product that has the same dot pattern as the one you archived. Livescribe dot paper products with the same dot pattern have the same name.

Moves your notes and audio for a Livescribe dot paper product into an Archived Notebooks folder in the Library Pane of the Navigation Pane. This distinguishes Livescribe dot paper products you are currently using from those you have archived. Your notes and audio remain interactive in Livescribe™ Desktop, just like non-archived Livescribe dot paper products.

Deletes your notes (ink data) and audio from your Livescribe™ smartpen. Because of this, your Livescribe™ smartpen will no longer interact with the physical Livescribe™ dot paper product that you archived. That is,when you tap the notes in your archived physical notebook, they will not play back any audio.

IMPORTANT: Do not archive a notebook unless you are finished using the physical notebook and are ready to set it aside. Once you have archived a notebook, do not go back to its physical notebook and start writing on it again, unless you have unused pages and want to treat them as a part of a new notebook. For example, you could archive a notebook that is partially completed, and then use the remaining pages as a second notebook.


Beginning with firmware version 2.4.3, your smartpen has a feature you can enable called Paper Replay Password which, when activated, will prevent others from listening to the recorded audio on your smartpen.
When Paper Replay is protected, audio play back is prevented until the password is entered. The password is a four-digit number.

NOTE: Password protection affects the smartpen only. The audio files themselves are not password protected, and will not be affected when transferred to Livescribe Desktop or uploaded to Livescribe Online.
To use Paper Replay Password:
1.      From the Main Menu, Tap down to locate Paper Replay.
2.      Tap right to launch Paper Replay.
3.      Tap down to Password protection.
4.      Tap right to set your password.
5.      On your notepad, write four digits as your password.
To disguise your written password, Livescribe recommends using one of these methods:
·          Write the numbers in a different order, for example backwards.
·          Write the numbers in various places on the page or on various pages.
·          Write the numbers 0 through 9 on a page and always overwrite these when entering your pin to unlock your smartpen.
·          After writing and confirming your password, go back and write other numbers over your password to disguise it.
6.      When you are finished entering your password, tap right on the Nav Plus. Your smartpen will confirm the password is set.
7.      After setting your password, your smartpen will prompt you each time you try to play back a session. To listen to your sessions, write your password on your notebook when prompted by your smartpen. Your smartpen will confirm if your password is correct.
Canceling Paper Replay Password
To cancel Paper Replay password and erase your password:
1.      Use the Nav Plus to navigate to the Paper Replay > Password protection > Remove password.
2.      Tap right on the Nav Plus to remove the password and cancel password protection.
3.      At the prompt, write the current password to be removed.
NOTE: Passwords are not saved when password protection is turned off. The previous password is permanently erased. When you reactivate password protection, you will need to set a new password. You can re-use passwords. They are not tracked across uses.
4.      Your smartpen will confirm the password is removed.
NOTE: You can also cancel password protection and remove your Paper Replay password using Livescribe Desktop version 2.2 or later. This is useful if you forget your password and need to regain access to your Paper Replay sessions. The Livescribe Desktop you use to cancel the password must be registered to the same account as your smartpen. You must dock your smartpen to remove the password.
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