Think You Need to Pick Pixels Over Paper? New Technology Lets Handwriting Get Digital

Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:10 PM

Note takers, scribblers, list makers and artists, we know you love your paper pads. We do too. For many, the act of handwriting notes versus typing on a keyboard is essential for memory and information synthesis. For others, pads of creamy drawing paper unlock creativity more readily than a computer-drawing program ever could. Despite our increasingly digital world, paper pads are still the first choice for many for note taking and drawing. Now, the modern note taker no longer needs to choose paper over pixels. Ampad® has rolled out a new line of paper pads, the Ampad® Shot Note®,  and the Ampad® Shot Note® App,  which work together to let users easily save, search and share handwritten notes, memos and drawings.

Paper to Pixels

Ampad's new line of Shot Note pads and app moves you from paper to pixels, quickly and easily. Just download the free app from the iTunes Store on Apple to your iPhone.  Next chose from one of our six pads to take notes, jot down a memo or sketch a drawing. Once you're done, snap a quick picture of your Ampad Shot Note paper using the Ampad Shot Note App and save and tag the file. Voila! Your info is digitized, taking you from handwritten to handheld.

Sharing your files is equally easy; send it to multiple recipients via email or upload to Evernote, DropBox or Twitter. You can even save it to your camera roll and send it as a message.

A Pad for Everyone

With six pads to choose from, there is a Shot Note for everyone. The line includes:

  • 5" x 8" writing pad - wide ruled
  • 5" x 8" writing pad - dot graph
  • 9" x 12" sketch pad - blank
  • 8 ½" x 11 ¾" writing pad - wide ruled
  • 8 ½" x 11 ¾" writing pad - dot graph
  • 9 ½" x 7 ¾" notebook - medium ruled

Professional & Office Workers

  • Sort, save, integrate and share critical handwritten content
  • Manage and organize piles of notes and big ideas
  • Streamline office flow and projects
  • Simple to share with colleagues and clients

Teachers & Students

  • Easy way to save, share and search class notes
  • Save and share class discussions and notes for study groups
  • Capture big ideas and thinking



  • Send personal handwritten thank you notes and birthday wishes
  • Share anniversary congratulations
  • Save grocery and to-do lists for quick mobile access
  • Archive kids' drawings and school projects


Want to see how can the Shot Note family of pads and apps simplify and streamline your life? Click here for a video of the Shot Note in action. Handwritten to handheld is just a click away.

Ampad Shot Note pads are available on and




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