About one year ago, Livescribe ended their Developer Program. I released my Custom Paper Deployment Tool and requested Livescribe to reconsider their decision. A year later, with no change in status from Livescribe, I’m releasing a new tool to take PDF templates and combine them with PDF versions of Livescribe Dotpaper.
Please note that the Template Overlay Tool is not supported by Livescribe in any way, shape or form. As the Developer Program has ended, this tool is not associated with it at all. There is no warranty (either explicit or implicit) on the tool. I do not take any responsibility if anything adverse were to happen to your smartpen because of my tool. By going to the bottom of the page and clicking-through to the installer page, you agree to the terms and conditions listed above. This tool is available freely to all users by following the download link at the bottom of the page (though a donation is highly appreciated to offset the hosting costs as well as the licensing costs for the PDF library that I’m using).
This is version 188.8.131.52 of the Template Overlay Tool which allows you to select one of four different Livescribe notepads, supply a PDF template, and tell it the number of copies of that template that you would like created. Once you press the go button, it will prompt you for a filename and location for the resulting file which can then be printed and used with your Livescribe Smartpen. The generate archive tab allows users to take their template PDF and the exported PDF from Livescribe Desktop (after writing on it with the smartpen) and overlaying these together to create a new PDF with the original template and the handwritten content.
The first time you use Template Overlay Tool, you will need to Deploy the AFD files used by it. This requires my Custom Paper Deployment Tool to also be installed. Within Template Overlay Tool, click the “Tools” option and then click “Deploy AFD Files.” This will open a zip file with the 4 .afd files in it. You will need to extract those to a known folder (like the Desktop) and then open Custom Paper Deployment Tool and deploy them from there using the “File” –> “Open” dialog.
Template Overlay Tool ships with four new PDF notepads making it completely isolated from the 32 notepads I have already released with Custom Paper Deployment Tool. I used all of the last few dot paper license files that I had remaining for these notepads (and this is why they have different number of pages). Please remember to archive the notebook in Livescribe Desktop before using that same notepad again with a new template.
If you are ready to begin, you can go to the Template Overlay Tool Install Page.
Any questions or comments can be posted below and I will respond shortly. Please be aware that I have not digitally signed these install files so they will give a “Security Warning” because of an “Unknown Publisher.” There is however no security concern with the download and the install.
I have not been able to test with every different type of PDF imaginable (naturally) so it is quite likely that there will be PDF files that it won’t work with. If so, leave me a comment below, or contact me and I’ll try to assist.
UPDATE – 07/31/2012 @ 12:00 PM EDT: Version 184.108.40.206 was pushed out last Saturday to correct a bug with the creation of the archival PDFs. Due to a malformed command sent to the PDF library, if a template with a non-transparent background was used (like most templates), the handwritten additions would not be visible. This has since been resolved and is no longer an issue. Thanks to Istvan for pointing out the problem!