Hands up if you love a good note book?
Hands up who takes notes for a living?
Hands up who needs to make a note of something before they forget it?
I’m guilty on all counts.
Is it just me who gets the person in a meeting who tries to get their point across by saying the same thing 4 times in a row, each time with a different pitch of voice to see if it makes a difference and by the end of it you have written enough to make War and Peace look like an essay not a book.
The words I’m waiting to hear “Yes you can distribute the minutes now” eventually come but only after swapping versions with the chair or secretary that has left me thinking was I in the same room as them? And even though I know the minutes that have been sent out are the official version and any future questions will be asked of those I always feel safer having my own original notes to back them up so what do I do, yes I keep them.
Add to that somebody buys me a note book that has a pretty cover and I convince myself it would ruin the book if I started using it so I end up going back to the one I had declared full and try and put even more notes in it in any space or margin I can find.
This action left me with numerous wardrobes with no room for clothes because they housed half the amazon rain forest in them.
Things changed earlier this year when I was reading T3 magazine on my tablet and I came across the latest gadget for the office.
Advertised as the Everlast, smart, reusable notebook with Frixion pen and wipe provided.
Reusable was what caught my eye as I was collecting a lot of note books and having less and less room for clothes.
The RocketBook is great, you write your notes, take a picture of it using the app and then wipe the page with a damp cloth and after a few seconds of drying you are ready to go again.
With the icons on the bottom of the page and the settings on the app you can copy your page to up to 8 different programmes. For instance you can send it to your OneDrive or Google Drive, Photos Gallery and even to email.
All you do is add a link to the icon in the settings mode of the app, put a cross on the icon on your RocketBook and then take a picture of the page from the app and in seconds it appears in the inbox of the programme you have sent it to.
Yes you can send it straight to email with the built in OCR you can transfer it to word which can save you lots of time.
To be honest the OCR is a big let down, unless you only put one letter in a box and write in block capitals 100% neatly it will not convert your text correctly so you may end up spending more time altering the bits that are wrong than if you had just typed the thing out from the start.
But if you just want a pdf copy of what you have written then use the Rocketbook as the picture saved is of a good standard and you can save it initially to one of the 8 settings on the book but then you can transfer it to anywhere on your PC then you can have a digital copy and it is searchable rather than just keeping it in a paper note book and you know it is in one of these piles.
Most of the time you go to conferences or network meetings and at the time it made sense to make copious notes but when you come out and read it back most of it you will never use or at best you want it at a later date. If you want to keep some of it take a picture with the app or if it was useful at the time but not now you don’t have to keep it, just get your damp cloth and delete it and you are ready again for your next meeting.
With the pens I would recommend a pack of Frixon pens with your Rocketbook as the one supplied for me ran out after a week yet over 6 months later I am only on pen 2 of a pack of 6 I bought at the same time as my book.
With the Rocketbook you can do your bit for the planet and global warming by saving trees as buying one Rocketbook saves you having to buy anymore note books because once you have taken a picture you can wipe the page clean and you have a blank note book ready to start note taking again.