Perhaps it’s due to the various ways that I’ve looked at – or looked into – for taking notes, the Rocketbook lineup was one that I was already aware of. These are, ostensibly, reusable journals due to using the Pilot FiXion pen, which is erasable (but more durable than the erasable pens of my youth). With the Rocketbook Panda Planner, they’ve also embraced some digital aspects as well.

You’re still setting your plans by hand – in a daily, weekly, and monthly view – on the synthetic paper. This is all well-known capabilities that we’ve seen from the Rocketbook line. So, what’s the digital bit? Is it just taking photos? That’s what I asked, at least, as that is what I used to do to get my handwritten notes captured into Evernote and searchable. In some ways, it’s similar, but a little different. Here’s what their PR firm had to say about it:

The Rocketbook Panda Planner connects a variety of cloud services including Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box, iCloud, Slack, email and more for easy organization, uploading and sharing capabilities. Use the?Rocketbook app?to scan your notes, transcribe your handwriting, and send to your favorite service. Then, erase and use it again.

Seven symbols at the bottom of each page act as the magic ?buttons? behind Rocketbook?s quick and easy cloud organization. First, assign each icon to the cloud destination of your choice. Then, when you mark that icon on your page, the Rocketbook app automatically files your notes to the right place. The Rocketbook app also crops and enhances each page so your digital notes are even more crisp and vibrant than the real thing.

So, there’s a clever bit of integration, and the hand-marked tags that can preset a workflow of where things end up landing in your various services. I do like the fact that it seems to be storage- and notetaking-app agnostic, which gives it flexibility to fit into what you’re already using.

The Rocketbook Panda Planner is available in two sizes (6″ x 8.8″ or 8.5″ x 11″) with pricing either $35 or $37. Both sizes are available in four different colors covers, and come with a FriXion pen and microfiber cloth to erase things. So, of all the digital integrated ones, it’s one of the more affordable ones, particularly one that sets you into a preset planner system. You can check out all the deals at

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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