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[SOLVED] Smartphone as a writing pad for laptop?

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Jul 8, 2012
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Orange County, CA
Update: solution in post 5


I recently started school again and I have this habit of taking notes only on my Laptop. I just cant take notes on paper, it irritates me.

My laptop is perfect for note taking until the professor gets to the part of the lecture where they start drawing molecular arrangements and drawing images on the smart board.

I was wondering if there was any app, or any way i would be able to hook up my smart phone to my laptop so i can draw these images on my phone and have it show DIRECTLY to my laptop. i know there are apps out there like bamboo paper etc, where i can draw on my phone and just transfer it later to my laptop but i take a lot of notes, and the information goes by quick and i want to make sure i insert necessary drawings into the right place in my notes.

Ideally i would like to just draw something on my phone and have it appear directly in word (on my laptop), or just something i could quickly drag into my word document.

Not sure if anything like this exists or if this is a stupid 1st world problem :confused:, but if it does exist let me know.

and no, i dont want to buy a tablet or another laptop that i can directly write on, that would be too easy.


Thanks in advance.

ps. i have a vaio with windows 7 and a rooted S3, if that matters.
 
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geronimo48

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Jun 28, 2012
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I recently started school again and I have this habit of taking notes only on my Laptop. I just cant take notes on paper, it irritates me.

My laptop is perfect for note taking until the professor gets to the part of the lecture where they start drawing molecular arrangements and drawing images on the smart board.

I was wondering if there was any app, or any way i would be able to hook up my smart phone to my laptop so i can draw these images on my phone and have it show DIRECTLY to my laptop. i know there are apps out there like bamboo paper etc, where i can draw on my phone and just transfer it later to my laptop but i take a lot of notes, and the information goes by quick and i want to make sure i insert necessary drawings into the right place in my notes.

Ideally i would like to just draw something on my phone and have it appear directly in word (on my laptop), or just something i could quickly drag into my word document.

Not sure if anything like this exists or if this is a stupid 1st world problem :confused:, but if it does exist let me know.

and no, i dont want to buy a tablet or another laptop that i can directly write on, that would be too easy.


Thanks in advance.

ps. i have a vaio with windows 7 and a rooted S3, if that matters.

OK. This is a shot in the dark. I haven't confirmed that this will work, but you can try it. I have the Evernote app running in Chrome on my computer. Evernote has a companion app for android called Skitch. It is a drawing app and it MAY be able to do what you need. Please keep us posted on your success. You are not the only one who could use this!
 
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Jul 8, 2012
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Orange County, CA
OK. This is a shot in the dark. I haven't confirmed that this will work, but you can try it. I have the Evernote app running in Chrome on my computer. Evernote has a companion app for android called Skitch. It is a drawing app and it MAY be able to do what you need. Please keep us posted on your success. You are not the only one who could use this!

Thanks for the info. I tried it out and it's not exactly what I was looking for but it does work.

I have skitch on my phone and I can draw and sync it to evernote (this can also be done with evernote app) . Then I can open evernote on my pc, sync and save the file.

The only downside (and big one for me) with this is the necessity of Internet. The University I go to has very thick concrete buildings and sometimes I am in an underground laboratory, both of which make Internet and wifi very difficult if not impossible to use.


I am still looking for a way to directly hook up my phone to pc through usb as a writing pad for these situations.

Thank you for trying, maybe there are some more ideas out there?

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Jul 8, 2012
13
2
Orange County, CA
Ok guys I figured it out.
Instead of looking for an app that is specifically made to just draw on a smartphone and have it come up on pc, i looked up an app to control my pc.

I used Unified Remote ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Relmtech.Remote ) which allows you to use your Android to remotely control your pc. You can do this through wifi or blue tooth, and thankfully my laptop has blue tooth. This app is very easy to use and convenient, thanks a lot Unified Intents for this app.

Anyway its simple to connect and i just type up my notes on my pc normally, and when my professor throws up those nasty equations and diagrams I just grab my stylus and draw the image directly into Microsoft word, power point, or virtually any app like paint or photoshop.

Keep in mind that since you are using a smart phone, drawing detail may not be great (don't expect any Picasso action) and this is completely due to your specific phone.

Hope this helps someone else out there, and if it does please let me know.

Happy note taking!

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pennjersey83

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Ok guys I figured it out.
Instead of looking for an app that is specifically made to just draw on a smartphone and have it come up on pc, i looked up an app to control my pc.

I used Unified Remote ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Relmtech.Remote ) which allows you to use your Android to remotely control your pc. You can do this through wifi or blue tooth, and thankfully my laptop has blue tooth. This app is very easy to use and convenient, thanks a lot Unified Intents for this app.

Anyway its simple to connect and i just type up my notes on my pc normally, and when my professor throws up those nasty equations and diagrams I just grab my stylus and draw the image directly into Microsoft word, power point, or virtually any app like paint or photoshop.

Keep in mind that since you are using a smart phone, drawing detail may not be great (don't expect any Picasso action) and this is completely due to your specific phone.

Hope this helps someone else out there, and if it does please let me know.

Happy note taking!

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using XDA Premium HD app


+1 for unified remote. I use it as a remote control when I am laying in bed and watching videos on my big PC monitor. I'm surprised however that your professor don't mind you pulling out a smartphone during class. My professors would kick me out of class for that no matter what the reason
 
Jul 8, 2012
13
2
Orange County, CA
+1 for unified remote. I use it as a remote control when I am laying in bed and watching videos on my big PC monitor. I'm surprised however that your professor don't mind you pulling out a smartphone during class. My professors would kick me out of class for that no matter what the reason

I'm in higher education and at this point my professors could care less what anyone does as long as it is not loud. We pay several thousand dollars for our educations, jokes on us if we spend that money on texting and Facebook.

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chengshi67

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Feb 14, 2019
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do you have a try with digital writing drawing pad

with a digital drawing / writing tablet , you can Note down your ideas with ease in your handwriting. drawing tablet come with a digital pen /stylus . offer good writing experience .

I've had my XP-Pen Star G430 : https://www.xp-pen.com/product/46.html drawing pad for almost four years, and it stills works well, even if it sometimes has issues with the driver, but that's more Windows 10 and Microsoft than the tablet.
 

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    I recently started school again and I have this habit of taking notes only on my Laptop. I just cant take notes on paper, it irritates me.

    My laptop is perfect for note taking until the professor gets to the part of the lecture where they start drawing molecular arrangements and drawing images on the smart board.

    I was wondering if there was any app, or any way i would be able to hook up my smart phone to my laptop so i can draw these images on my phone and have it show DIRECTLY to my laptop. i know there are apps out there like bamboo paper etc, where i can draw on my phone and just transfer it later to my laptop but i take a lot of notes, and the information goes by quick and i want to make sure i insert necessary drawings into the right place in my notes.

    Ideally i would like to just draw something on my phone and have it appear directly in word (on my laptop), or just something i could quickly drag into my word document.

    Not sure if anything like this exists or if this is a stupid 1st world problem :confused:, but if it does exist let me know.

    and no, i dont want to buy a tablet or another laptop that i can directly write on, that would be too easy.


    Thanks in advance.

    ps. i have a vaio with windows 7 and a rooted S3, if that matters.

    OK. This is a shot in the dark. I haven't confirmed that this will work, but you can try it. I have the Evernote app running in Chrome on my computer. Evernote has a companion app for android called Skitch. It is a drawing app and it MAY be able to do what you need. Please keep us posted on your success. You are not the only one who could use this!
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    Ok guys I figured it out.
    Instead of looking for an app that is specifically made to just draw on a smartphone and have it come up on pc, i looked up an app to control my pc.

    I used Unified Remote ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Relmtech.Remote ) which allows you to use your Android to remotely control your pc. You can do this through wifi or blue tooth, and thankfully my laptop has blue tooth. This app is very easy to use and convenient, thanks a lot Unified Intents for this app.

    Anyway its simple to connect and i just type up my notes on my pc normally, and when my professor throws up those nasty equations and diagrams I just grab my stylus and draw the image directly into Microsoft word, power point, or virtually any app like paint or photoshop.

    Keep in mind that since you are using a smart phone, drawing detail may not be great (don't expect any Picasso action) and this is completely due to your specific phone.

    Hope this helps someone else out there, and if it does please let me know.

    Happy note taking!

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using XDA Premium HD app