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Any Stage Managers use LiveScribe Pens?
« on: Feb 25, 2013, 12:41 am »
I'm a college student and have been using the LiveScribe pen and books for my classes and one day while I was in Shakespeare class I thought about using it for rehearsals and notes. What I love about the pen is that it holds all the information you write down and when you plug it into a computer, BAM! You have photocopies of what you wrote on your computer. I also know there is an app you can buy with the pen that will change it all to text.
The only downside I see is that you HAVE to use the special paper/notes books in order for it to work, but with something like this pen would you as a Stage manager use it for a production use?

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Re: Any Stage Managers use LiveScribe Pens?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 25, 2013, 07:43 am »
it seems like it would be a neat toy, but I doubt much that I write down live would I want to transfer - since most of my written notes are short hand, for a longer note/explanation I will add to a report.

I am sure some stage manager could get a huge kick out it . . . and could find several uses.

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Re: Any Stage Managers use LiveScribe Pens?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 25, 2013, 08:13 am »
I'm not sure I'd use something like this in my everyday work routine.  The idea and concept are great, however to me this device is a bit cost prohibitive.  It looks like their cheapest new pen runs around $120, while if you want anything more than the most basic functionality and storage capacity you can pretty quickly find yourself North of $200.  At that point you're fairly close to tablet+stylus territory, which gives you note taking plus loads of other functionality. 

I do see they have some "refurbished" pens for around $70, so that could definitely be an option. 

Has anyone else used this device?  Thoughts?  Would love to hear from some others on the subject.
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Re: Any Stage Managers use LiveScribe Pens?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 25, 2013, 02:20 pm »
I own one that I used in college for classes. I considered it for some stage management use but never got around to figuring out how I could use it on a day to day basis. The best use I had for it was production meetings I could jot quick notes about things and it keeps all the audio from the meeting so I can go back and get all the details (or the third, fourth, and final decision about something). Especially useful if I am the only one taking notes. I always ask people at the beginning of the meeting if it is okay.
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Re: Any Stage Managers use LiveScribe Pens?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 25, 2013, 07:55 pm »
Could be a fun toy - but sadly I feel I am too ingrained in some of my ways and wouldn't use it to the full extent. I have a similar reaction when I have team members who do their pre-show checklists on their ipads instead of a hard copy, really useful for them and saves resources, but I just can't jump on the bandwagon.
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Re: Any Stage Managers use LiveScribe Pens?
« Reply #5 on: Apr 03, 2013, 01:22 pm »
http://www.stage-directions.com/current-issue/28-feature/4999-the-data-crunchers-of-theatre.html/?utm_source=SM&utm_medium=twitter&utm_content=smorg&utm_campaign=marchissue

There's an article about SM organizational tools in this month's Stage Directions that talks about the Live Scribe pens!
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