That new car smell. The latest issue of your favorite magazine. The package delivered to your doorstep. There’s a certain thrill that comes from getting something new– just ask the millions of viewers watching shopping haul videos. As exhilarating as it is to open the box of that electronic device you’ve been wanting, when confronted with convoluted set-up instructions, excitement suddenly turns to dread. Fortunately, with the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio, you’re just a couple of steps away from getting up and running on these smartpads. Read on to learn just how easy it is to start capturing, shaping and sharing your ideas!

What’s in Store

Both the Bamboo Folio and the Bamboo Slate instantly digitize your handwritten notes so you can access, edit and save from anywhere at anytime. The Bamboo Folio comes with an integrated, protective cover with pockets for extra paper and business cards whereas the Bamboo Slate is streamlined with just the simple notepad insert.  Both are available in two sizes: letter-sized (A4) or half-letter (A5). Each comes with an ergonomic smart pen (plus a pen refill) that works on any notebook paper, up to 80 pages. The best part is that these smartpads only have one multi-function button to navigate, so you can seamlessly pair with your smartphone or tablet and start working saving your notes digitally in no time.

Getting Started

The first step is to charge your smartpad by connecting it to a USB charging device. With typical use, your smartpad will hold its charge for around 8 hours so you can be ready whenever inspiration strikes.  You’ll also need to download the Inkspace app on your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet before you can pair with your smartpad. To turn on your smartpad once it’s charged, press the multi-function button (located on the bottom left) for just a few seconds until the LED lights up green. To pair with your device, press and hold the multi-function button for a few seconds until the LED light starts blinking blue. The Wacom Inkspace app will guide you through the pairing process for your Bluetooth enabled iOS or Android™ devices. Click here for more information.

Saving and Syncing

With the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio, you can capture your ideas wherever you are and save your files locally (up to 100 pages) until you’re ready to sync later with your smartphone or tablet. Just write as you would normally with the smart pen on any notebook paper. When you’re finished with a page of notes or sketches, press the multi-function button to save them within the Bamboo smartpad, or if you have your phone paired, save them to the Wacom Inkspace app. With Inkspace, you can organize, edit and share or enhance your work.

Using with Evernote and Other Favorite Apps

To make the most of your smartpad, send your notes to your favorite notetaking apps such as Bamboo Paper, Evernote or OneNote. Notes can be easily exported as JPG, PDF or WILL (Wacom Ink Language Layer) files, so you can organize and send using various apps and platforms including Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and iPhoto. With Bamboo Paper you can add color, highlights and more to your notes and sketches.

Storage and More

With an Inkspace account, you get instant access to 5GB of storage– that’s room for about 6,000 pages of notes or sketches! Plus, it allows you to easily organize, search and share files from anywhere. Need more storage and enhanced features? For a low monthly fee, upgrade to Inkspace Plus to get 50GB of storage (60,000+ pages of notes) and unlock premium features such as converting handwritten notes to text so you can easily review and edit notes or search for keywords and phrases. Additionally, you can export your drawings or diagrams to scalable vector files (.SVG) for easy editing. You can also try it out with a free three-month subscription.

With the Bamboo Folio and Bamboo Slate you can do more with your notes and sketches. These smartpads let you write naturally as you would with pen on any paper, then with just the push of a button, shape, save and share your notes and sketches. It takes just a few quick steps to power up and pair with your smartphone or tablet sand start bringing your ideas to life.

Ready to get started? The Bamboo Slate and the Bamboo Folio are available at Amazon or Best Buy.