February 16, 2011

Creating a custom notepad for use with FullCircle SmartInk

Filed under: General — Tags: — Darrin Maidlow @ 4:41 pm

I’m in love with …  I’m using it for just about everything I write on paper.   Initially I started laying down ink purely as a testing exercise for SmartInk – but now I’m finding more and more uses for the pages that are getting saved up into the cloud.

One thing that I decided would help me would be to create a pre-printed notepad so I was not having to constantly print out new pages to write on.  I decided to build out a nice little Microsoft Word “template” that could be printed off en-mass in using SmartInk.  And well, sharing is caring.  So here it is!

Creating this template was pretty simple.  I fired up word and started a new blank.  I added a stock header and footer.  Slapped in the SmartInk logo and typed in a title.  Added a footer and that was it.  All you SmartInk users may to download this template and modify it to have your own corporate logo or company name – feel free to do so.  You could even go so far as to hire a designer or work with your corporate marketing department to build you out a custom design.   If your organization has an existing corporate letterhead template you can simply load this up in word and print off a blank page using the SmartInk print driver.

Last step is to bind the pages.  You can go as simply or as crazy as you like!  The easiest option here would be to use a 3 ring binder and simply use the standard hole punch.  Optionally you could also invest in a or some binding glue (rubber cement).  More details on here.  One last thing to look into, though this might be the most expensive would be to have a printing company bind the pages for you.  You could get some seriously cool notepads done with this method – hard cover, embossed corporate logos, etc.  Just remember though that the printing needs to be done on using the SmartInk printing driver.

I’ve attached a zip file to this post that contains a Microsoft Word docx file that can simply be printed out using the SmartInk printer driver.

If you have any suggestions on how to make this template better I’d love to hear from you.  Please comment here, or head over to the and post a topic there  It’s funny – I’ve been using Microsoft word forever – at least since – but I’ve barely scratched the surface of its functionality =)

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  1. Although I don’t write a lot, I have found digital pens especially handy for signing documents such as NDAs and contracts. You typically get those sent over email, and I used to print them out, sign them and then scan them. I would keep the signed paper version for my records, and attach a PDF of the scan to the reply email. Then I’d also save the PDF where it would be backed up.

    With SmartInk, all I do is print them, sign them with the smart pen, and then I automatically have a PDF to attach to my email and a copy is already stored on the server. Probably saves me a good 10 minutes for this one document.

    I think some people might not have seen the crispness of the handwriting in the PDF produced with SmartInk, so I used your notepad for this example: http://chasmtech.ca/images/documents/notepad.pdf Try getting that with a scanner!

    Comment by Arne — February 17, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

  2. Thanks for trying out the template Arne, and posting the results! It looks like the PDF version of the template is pretty jaggy around the image in the top left. I’m re-working that to try and make it look nicer. You are right though, the handwriting/ink comes through so clearly…

    Comment by Darrin Maidlow — February 20, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  3. This is the perfect blog for anyone who wants to know about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just amazing

    Comment by michelle — September 20, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

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