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Livescribe's latest smartpen is aimed at writing buffs

The updated app now supports vector graphics, too.

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Livescribe had the canny idea of letting you digitize your art by drawing with ink on actual paper, and it's trying to make the drawing experience better with the Livescribe 3 Black Edition. The pen has a grippy matte black finish with a glass-reinforced black clip and a subtle change in balance that was requested by some of the company's customers. We take that to mean that artists or perhaps lovers of calligraphy wanted something more akin to a professional tool.

Along with the pen, the company also released a new version of its Livescribe+ mobile app. The new version now supports vector strokes for PDF files, which should make it more useful for users of vector-oriented graphics programs like Adobe Illustrator. The app will be updated for Android and iOS sometime in the next couple of weeks, and the Livescribe 3 Black Edition is now available for $150, which puts it on par with the regular Livescribe 3 and $50 less than the Pro edition. If you're looking for something that can store a pen strokes and sync to a Mac or PC, you probably want the $200 8GB Echo Pro pen, instead.

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