*Disclaimer* CamNote graciously provides me a sample of this A5 notebook for review. All opinions expressed here are entirely mine and I receive no monetary compensation from the company. Thank you CamNote!
I have always enjoy note-taking experience, not only because it gives me chances to play with pen and paper, but the process itself also helps me with information retainment. On occasion I have tried taking notes with a laptop but the overall result is by no means the same. I find that I focus more on the mechanical component of note-taking (key strokes, formatting, spelling, and so on) and less on the content itself. It often takes me longer to reorganize notes that are born digital than analog. With technological advancement, note-taking has taken on new meanings. Many notebook manufacturers such as Whitelines and Moleskine have made notebooks and collaborated/authored applications that make hand-written notes sharable and capable of being edited electronically.
I am lucky to try out one of these notebooks by CamNote, a London-based company, and the overall experience is favorable. This post will try to cover both the notebook itself and the technology that is related to it and its length is meant to give a comprehensive look at this product.
All the technology part is carried out on iOS or OS devices. Apologies to readers who use PCs or Android platforms! CamNote app though does accomodate both iOS and Android platforms, though I cannot attest how the latter one works.
The first time you choose to upload notes from CamNote to DropBox, the app will ask for permission to create a folder within Dropbox (the left image of the picture below). Once the authorization is granted, all the uploaded note will be in a folder titled “Apps”.
The notes will be uploaded in jpg format in Dropbox which in my opinion is good for the purpose of reviewing but not editing. It is the same if you choose e-mail option.
If editing is more important, Google Drive will be a good option, since the note will be saved in a document format. The experience of using Google Drive on an iPhone and an iPad varies, in that you can see where you are typing without the screen involuntarily going toward the bottom of the page on iPad, but not iPhone. My speculation is this is more of a Google glitch than a CamNote one. Regardless of this small hiccup, this option will allow collaborative work (you can comment and reply to comments from your peers) and further annotate the note.
CamNote file interacts similarly and yet a bit differently in Evernote when compare to other sharing methods that have been mentioned thus far. Evernote, too, open the file in jpg format, but it allows you to add sound recording or pictures that are relevant to the note you are reading. These options are great for brainstorming, collaborative projects, or when you are on-the-go and cannot type at length. In addition, Evernote has the text editing capability similar to Google Drive.
|Just like DropBox, Evernote will ask for your permission for CamNote to access your Evernote account|
Here is something interesting. There are two ways to share the note within Evernote itself. One is to share the whole set of notes, including any text, audio, or pictorial add-ons (options shown below). The text editing function in Evernote is comparable to a basic word processing program that allows the users to apply stylistic modification to the text.
Another option is to share the image of the note by itself. To do so, you need to tap on the picture of the note, and a pop-up window will show with various choices.
As a staunch supporter of hand writing, I am surprised by how much I enjoy investigating various methods that CamNote allow the users to share the notes. I can see that this product is valuable especially in a group project or brainstorming session, where one can easily take notes by hand when the light bulb comes up, and easily share ideas electronically. The best part is the this notebook can be thoroughly enjoy by itself because how accommodating the paper is for variety of media, even if you do not utilize the technological component.
What is a better way to acquaint with a product than trying it out? I am giving this CamNote notebook away to one lucky winner, in part to celebrate the milestone of 200 posts of this blog. It was last summer that this blog reached its 100th post milestone and I fully appreciate your support!
Here are the rules for the giveaway:
1. To enter, simply entered the required information in the Google form below between now and Tuesday, August 27th at 11:59pm PST (7:59AM GMT). One entry per person, please. Entries will be numbered in order they are received. The Random Integer Generator at random.org will be used to select a winner.
2. This giveaway is open internationally, as long as United States Postal Services has your country on its list.
3. The contest winner will be announced on August 28th and will be contacted via e-mail. If I did not receive a reply within a week, another winner will be selected.
Thank you again for your readership and encouragement. Good luck!