Magazine article Journal of Property Management

The Pen Is Mightier

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

The Pen Is Mightier

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Pulse Smart Pen Offers Users an Easy Way to Make Notes Digital

One common frustration I see with people who go paperless is the thought that they need to switch their data entry from a pen and paper to a keyboard. The Pulse SmartPen bridges that gap from analog to digital by offering the ability to take notes using the SmartPen and special paper, which converts your notes into a digital format for uploading to the computer. The included software, LiveScribe, stores, organizes and transforms your notes to other popular formats such as Adobe Flash files, PDFs and screen grabs as jpeg files. With an additional piece of software ($29.95) LiveScribe can even convert your notes to Word format.

The SmartPen also includes a publishing tool that allows you to upload your notes to the company's web server, or to your own. I've used the LiveScribe pen for providing my CCIM students with solutions to their homework problems. One such example can be found at www.toddclarke.net/?p=507s.

In addition to capturing the "ink" from your writing, the SmartPen has a built-in voice recorder-a great tool for meetings. I've seen fellow commercial real estate professionals pull open their LiveScribe notes and replay the audio and notes from previous meetings to provide clarity on particular issues. …

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