June 23, 2021 4 min read
Have you ever found yourself in any of these situations?
OK, so maybe these are a little specific, but the point is clear: We all have those moments where writing things down helps us see a plan laid out before us, helps us process and remember information, and actually helps us *think.* But keeping track of those notebooks and scratch pads can be tricky, and using all that paper is wasteful and not very respectful of our beautiful planet.
These modern, eco-smart whiteboards can be re-used thousands of times, replacing all that notebook paper and reducing waste. And because sometimes you’re in a linear mood and sometimes you want to be creative and free, these babies are two-sided, printed with a familiar lined-paper template on one side and a wide open whiteboard on the other. Keep them on your desk, take them with you to meetings, stick them in your messenger bag – they’re lightweight, durable, and, when used with our Tackie markers, smudge-free.
Now here’s the cool part, the marriage of the ancient art of note-writing with some twenty-first-century technology/magic: Using your Android device and the Google Drive app, you can easily scan your Jotters, preserving them for all time and, if you’re so inclined, sharing them with that clumsy new coworker who failed to show up for orientation.
And here is your very own step-by-step guide for scanning whiteboards using your Android device and the Google Drive app:
Place your Jotter on a flat, contrasting surface in a well-lit area. Open up your Google Drive app (not Docs or Sheets or any of the million other Google apps). Go to the folder where you want your scan to be saved. You’ll see a circular button in the bottom right corner with a plus sign; tap that to see several options, including “scan.”
Voila! The camera function is now open. Hold your phone over the Jotter until you see the entire whiteboard on the screen, and tap the shutter button. Once the scan has been captured, you can hit “Retry” if you aren’t satisfied, or “OK.”
Tapping “OK” will lead you to several options:
When you’re done, tap “Save” to name your document and make sure it’s saved to the right folder. Of course, once it’s saved in Google Drive, you can access this document from any device and you can share it with anyone else you choose!
But here is what is truly the coolest part, your reward for reading to the end of this post: The wise and wonderful words on the Jotter you’ve just scanned are now searchable in Drive – assuming your handwriting is somewhat legible. So when you want to know what to do with your hibiscus at the end of summer, or remind yourself when you’ll be vested in your 401K, or recall the name of that phenomenal sushi place you went on vacation, search your Drive for those key words. Prepare to be amazed.
Are you an iPhone user? Check out this post for a step-by-step guide to scanning whiteboards with the Notes app on your iPhone!
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