How to Print Digital Paper for My Scribe Pen

by Nicole Thelin

Livescribe SmartPens (sometimes incorrectly called MyScribe Pens) are revolutionary. These pens allow audio recording and bookmarked playback and they can also be customized with additional applications, such as MyScribe handwriting-to-text transcription software. To function, these pens require special paper that is dotted in a proprietary Anoto dot pattern. The pen's internal infrared camera uses this complex dot pattern as a positioning system to determine where you are on the page. Purchasing this paper at a store can be expensive, but users can print the paper from their own printers for free.

Open Livescribe Desktop on your computer.

Choose the "Tools" tab on the top menu bar and select "Printable Notebooks" from the options that follow. Mac users will select the "Print Your Own Notebook" option.

Select the notebook that you want to print. There are four options.

Ensure that the correct printer is selected. If it is not, find the correct printer in the drop-down list.

Click the 'Print' button.


  • check To create your own bound notebook, consider taking the printed Livescribe paper to a local FedEx Office or similar store. They can professionally bind the paper together into a sleek notebook for a fraction of the cost of a purchased Livescribe notebook.


  • close A printer that is not at least 600 dpi resolutions and Adobe PostScript compatible will not be able to print the complex dot patterns. Pages printed from an inadequate printer will not work with a Livescribe pen. If you are unsure of your printer's specs, look the printer up on the manufacturer's website and check for the phrase "PostScript compatible" or "PostScript emulation."
  • close Even if a printer is PostScript compatible, the necessary drivers may not be installed. Check by printing a test page. Follow the instructions on the test page and dock the pen to the computer to review the results. If it does not work properly, check the printer manufacturer's website for a downloadable PostScript driver. If the manufacturer does not have one, Adobe offers universal drivers on its website.
  • close The page must be printed in "Actual Size" to be able to work. The paper cannot be scaled down or enlarged or the dots will have moved position and the pen will not recognize it. Make sure that the printer setting is set to 'Actual Size.'

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About the Author

Nicole Thelin has more than a decade of professional writing experience. She has contributed to newspapers such as the "Daily Herald" of Provo, Utah, and now writes for several online publications. Thelin is pursuing a bachelor's degree in education from Western Governors University.

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