For the most part, I have gone paperless. I scan content with ABBY’s FineScanner on my iPhone and iPad, and I take most notes with Noteshelf on my iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. But there are still times when I need to take down a note and the iPad isn’t convenient. I used to keep a pen and paper next to my keyboard, but now I keep the Rocketbook Mini and a Pilot Frixion pen.
Unlike regular paper and pencils, the Rocketbook Everlast Mini allows repeated use of the same paper after erasing with the pen, or more effectively, erasing with text with a microfiber cloth (available in Rocketbook brand from their website). I own bigger Rocketbook compatible notebooks, but this one fits the near paperless vibe of my office.
Rocketbook also recently announced a transcription feature for their iOS app. The new transcription features offer the following capabilities:
Email Transcription: Rocketbook now transcribes handwritten notes into text that can be sent as an email. The app supports all e-mail systems.
Smart Titles: Rocketbook automatically titles notes whatever you write between two hashtags, one at the start and end of the title you want on the page, the transcription feature recognize the text between hashtags as your file name. Example ##Test##.
Smart Search: With transcription turned on Rocketbook owners can search their scans inside the Rocketbook app. It would be great if the app highlighted the handwriting that met the search criteria. Currently, it just displays the document that contains the search term.
The new transcription feature performs well. It complements my ongoing work at eliminating work-related paper from my life.
I don’t live in the Rocketbook world in the same way I live in Noteshelf. Sometimes I find myself not where I want to be, or scanning a document again because it seems to be gone. Continued simplifaction of the Rocketbook workflow and app configuration would be a good investment.
Example of a Rocketbook transcription test with auto-titles, a message attaches as a file and transcribed–and my pretty poor handwriting, which it interpreted well.
Rocketbook provided the Everlast mini for review.
Daniel W. Rasmus
Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.