Artists and café doodlers, rejoice! Moleskine and Adobe have joined forces to bring you a Moleskine smart notebook that can be easily transitioned to a computer for more serious content.
Here’s how it works: Buy a Moleskine notebook – you know, the minimalistic, dark-covered notebooks prized by writers, musicians, and other artsy folk – compatible with the service, then download the Mokeskine Smart Notebook app and fire up Adobe’s Creative Cloud service (you use Adobe, right? I mean, you have a Moleskine now).
The app will pick up on the page vectors – a little like a QR code – and copy the image accurately with your smartphone camera, making sure all the angles are just right. It will then download the Molekskine doodle as a JPG file, convert it to an SVG file, then upload it to the Adobe Cloud where you can access it using Photoshop or Illustrator and really go to town.
The book itself is a traditional Moleskine debossed hardcover with a custom Adobe design, rounded corners, and red bookmarks. The paper is 81 lb. acid-free, ivory stock, with 160 pages. It costs $32.95 and the app download is free.
Of course, you need an Adobe Creative Cloud membership to really take advantage of this notebook/digital doodle hybrid. But since the creation is targeted specifically at graphic designers and artists, it’s aimed at the crowd most likely to already use Adobe. Business people, writers and science students may get less use out of the creation. It’s worth noting that Evernote had a similar partnership with Moleskine that might appeal more to serious note-takers and business people.
There are quite a few ways you can sketch out your designs using digital technology, especially with a phablet or a tablet, but a lot of people still prefer the feel and interaction of classy, traditional paper. The Moleskin smart notebook is a fitting compromise. Expect to see it in a café, dorm, or park bench near you.