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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


Smart Pen Productivity

Capturing, annotating and even doodling in lectures or meetings can be more digital than ever before. What are the options on the market? And, how do you approach smart pen productivity? That’s what we discussed this week on ProductivityCast!

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In this Cast

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Francis Wade

Show Notes | Smart Pen Productivity

Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

The 7 Best Smart Pens of 2020

6 Best Smart Pens of 2019 – 3D Insider

Best Smart Pens 2020

Livescribe smartpens (Livescribe Symphony came out between our recording and publication of this cast.)

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Google Pixelbook Pen

Samsung active pen

Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse Smart Writing Set

Adonit Stylus

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Cornell Note-taking method

ScanMarker Air



Wacom tablets and pens

Equil Smartpen 2



reMarkable tablet

The Slate (by iskn)

Boogie Board

Microsoft Surface tablets

Raw Text Transcript | Smart Pen Productivity

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Voiceover Artist 0:00 Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling productive life, then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity. Here, your host Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17
And Welcome back, everybody to productivity cast, the weekly show about all things personal productivity, I'm Ray Sidney Smith.

Augusto Pinaud 0:24 I am Augusto Pinaud.

Francis Wade 0:25I'm Francis Wade.

Art Gelwicks 0:26 And I'm Art Gelwicks.

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:27Welcome, gentlemen, and welcome to our listeners to this episode. What we are going to do today is we are going to talk about the digital pen or that is the smart pen. What I'd like us to do today is to compare and contrast good old fashioned regular pens to the concept of the spectrum of different types of digital pens. And we have everything from pens that actually have ink that write on paper to digital styli that are writing on screens, and we'll talk about some of the particulars there. I'd like first also to do a comparison of the Major options on the market. And then to close out, I'd like us to have a little bit of discussion on basic tips for jumping into the digital pen or the smart pen market. If you are interested in a smart pen, what would you want to do? What would you want to do first in getting ready for that type of transition. So let's start off with what the various forms of digital pens are that are out there. So I'm going to cover at least three that I know of and then I'm going to have art explain the fourth since I probably can't do it as well as he can. So So first and foremost, we have good old fashioned pens, right we have ballpoint pens, we have fountain pens, we have the ability to write pen on paper, they require no battery. And in essence, we can digitize that by using our smartphones today and an application like Evernote or OneNote art What's the name of the Microsoft scanning application Office Lens Office Lens they You There we ...

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