As cool as the Evernote + Livescribe combo is, there are still some kinks in the integration:
– Audio and handwritten notes are imported separately (as separate Evernote notes). It would be nice if the two were integrated more like what it’s like in Livescribe, or at least imported into the same note.
– Handwriting recognition is WAAAY better in Livescribe software than in Evernote. I’m guessing that the Livescribe folks wouldn’t want to give out their text recognition algorithm, but maybe they could somehow embed the results of their algorithm with the image file? That sounds easy but may be asking a lot.
– Multiple pages imported from Livescribe desktop to Evernote, using the built-in Evernote button, are not appended to the same note. It would be nice if you could group selected pages together for certain notes. What if my seismology notes fill up 4 or 5 pages? 4 or 5 separate Evernote notes? It just doesn’t make sense. I guess I could publish to pdf and then import to Evernote, but that takes away from the whole point of having the Evernote-Livescribe collaboration in the first place.
Another thing I’m curious about is how the iPhone and iPad apps work – does the whole database get uploaded? What happens if your account grows very large? At some point it might start to get too bloated for my little iPhone.
There is so much great stuff that both Evernote and Livescribe can do, and despite the drawbacks that I’ve mentioned, I like the good stuff so much that I am willing to try to make it work for me. For example, in the current configuration, I don’t think I’ll upload every class note I take to Evernote. First of all because of the multiple pages issue, and second, because of the space limitations of my free account. And because Livescribe software does such a good job at this point.