06-28-2014, 09:42 AM
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When using my fountain pens, I usually use blank or lined paper. I noticed that Brian (SharpSpine) sometimes uses dot paper when writing up his SOTD and was just wondering what anyone who has tried it likes or dislikes about it. The same for graph lined paper. I am asking about these types of paper when just writing a normal letter or note, nothing else.

Thanks for any input.

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 06-28-2014, 11:41 AM
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(06-28-2014, 09:42 AM)freddy Wrote: When using my fountain pens, I usually use blank or lined paper. I noticed that Brian (SharpSpine) sometimes uses dot paper when writing up his SOTD and was just wondering what anyone who has tried it likes or dislikes about it. The same for graph lined paper. I am asking about these types of paper when just writing a normal letter or note, nothing else.

Thanks for any input.

Well I can't speak for Brian, but one use for DOT paper is Evernote's import function.

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 06-28-2014, 11:51 AM
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(06-28-2014, 11:41 AM)wingdo Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 09:42 AM)freddy Wrote: When using my fountain pens, I usually use blank or lined paper. I noticed that Brian (SharpSpine) sometimes uses dot paper when writing up his SOTD and was just wondering what anyone who has tried it likes or dislikes about it. The same for graph lined paper. I am asking about these types of paper when just writing a normal letter or note, nothing else.

Thanks for any input.

Well I can't speak for Brian, but one use for DOT paper is Evernote's import function.

Huh Isn't that some computer thing?

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 06-28-2014, 11:59 AM
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(06-28-2014, 11:51 AM)freddy Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 11:41 AM)wingdo Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 09:42 AM)freddy Wrote: When using my fountain pens, I usually use blank or lined paper. I noticed that Brian (SharpSpine) sometimes uses dot paper when writing up his SOTD and was just wondering what anyone who has tried it likes or dislikes about it. The same for graph lined paper. I am asking about these types of paper when just writing a normal letter or note, nothing else.

Thanks for any input.

Well I can't speak for Brian, but one use for DOT paper is Evernote's import function.

Huh Isn't that some computer thing?

Yes it is.

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 06-28-2014, 12:08 PM
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(06-28-2014, 11:59 AM)wingdo Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 11:51 AM)freddy Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 11:41 AM)wingdo Wrote: Well I can't speak for Brian, but one use for DOT paper is Evernote's import function.

Huh Isn't that some computer thing?

Yes it is.

I'm not sure how it relates to my query.

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 06-28-2014, 12:30 PM
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(06-28-2014, 12:08 PM)freddy Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 11:59 AM)wingdo Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 11:51 AM)freddy Wrote: Huh Isn't that some computer thing?

Yes it is.

I'm not sure how it relates to my query.

You asked how people like it. I love it as it is fantastic for importing handwritten notes into Evernote .......

You know, you hand write on paper ..... and camera click and import into your computer

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 06-28-2014, 12:57 PM
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Freddy, all I use is Dot paper. The benefits for me is that it helps me stay straight as I were without the busyness of all the lines associated with grid-ruled paper. For me it is the perfect balance between blank and graph or lined paper.

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 06-28-2014, 01:39 PM
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(06-28-2014, 12:30 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 12:08 PM)freddy Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 11:59 AM)wingdo Wrote: Yes it is.

I'm not sure how it relates to my query.

You asked how people like it. I love it as it is fantastic for importing handwritten notes into Evernote .......

You know, you hand write on paper ..... and camera click and import into your computer

Okay, fair enough, Doug. But why Dot paper instead of blank?

(06-28-2014, 12:57 PM)SharpSpine Wrote: Freddy, all I use is Dot paper. The benefits for me is that it helps me stay straight as I were without the busyness of all the likes associated with grid-ruled paper. For me it is the perfect balance between blank and graph or lined paper.

Looks like I'm going to have to pick up a pad and give it a try. Thanks, Brian.

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 06-28-2014, 01:52 PM
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(06-28-2014, 01:39 PM)freddy Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 12:30 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 12:08 PM)freddy Wrote: I'm not sure how it relates to my query.

You asked how people like it. I love it as it is fantastic for importing handwritten notes into Evernote .......

You know, you hand write on paper ..... and camera click and import into your computer

Okay, fair enough, Doug. But why Dot paper instead of blank?

The "dots" are used by the import feature to properly align the page and writing from a smartphone camera.

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 06-28-2014, 02:02 PM
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(06-28-2014, 01:52 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 01:39 PM)freddy Wrote:
(06-28-2014, 12:30 PM)wingdo Wrote: You asked how people like it. I love it as it is fantastic for importing handwritten notes into Evernote .......

You know, you hand write on paper ..... and camera click and import into your computer

Okay, fair enough, Doug. But why Dot paper instead of blank?

The "dots" are used by the import feature to properly align the page and writing from a smartphone camera.

Brilliant! I never would have thought that.

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 06-28-2014, 02:06 PM
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Interesting indeed !

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 06-28-2014, 06:01 PM
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Doug, thanks for the info on the paper! If I ever get a cell-phone, I might try it out! Biggrin

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 06-28-2014, 06:19 PM
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Livescribe Smartpens uses a "dot" paper technology also. In this case the dots are not really visible to the naked eye. Therefore they aren't use to align your writing. The smartpen uses a camera built into the pen tip, the dots help coordinate/plot the X & Y axis so your pen strokes are captured. Just shared so that you know there is a very different "dot" paper out there.
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 06-28-2014, 06:39 PM
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From a simple question, a wealth of information. I love it! Thanks, gents. Smile

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 06-29-2014, 03:09 PM
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It's not just the dots that make the paper. Like Brian I use Rhodia dot pads, the paper itself is amazing with fountain pens. It's not prone to feathering nor bleeding like many copy papers are when printed with dots. Another thing to keep in mind is finely dotted paper doesn't work so well if you write in a dimmly lit setting, say in a recliner with end table lamp. You need brighter to see dots than lines or you'll write off-kilter past the dot borders. Just saying, it's nice that its clean, almost like unlined but has that one shortcoming, you'll need good lighting. Rhodia and fountain pens were made for each other, it's not just the dots!

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 06-29-2014, 06:56 PM
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I just ordered a pad. Thanks for the heads up about lighting but I usually write at a desk with good overhead lighting.

As for Rhodia/Clairefontaine, I agree that it is some of the finest fountain pen friendly paper out there. I just haven't used the dot paper and thought it would look better than lined or graph paper when writing notes so I am looking forward to getting it. Smile

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 06-30-2014, 05:41 AM
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I tend to stick with either blank or lined paper. I have not used the dot paper, but have used the graph-lined version and like Brian, find it to be too busy for me. The quality of the paper itself is the same, of course, but the look and feel while writing are going to be different.

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 07-06-2014, 03:18 PM
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The advantage of dot paper is it can be used as a lined paper or graph paper as needed. Very handy when I am planning out my next DIY project. The dots are small and more background than full lines. I can write, draw, mark measurements, and even fold to create a paper pattern for use on various materials. Just plain handy stuff IMO.

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 07-11-2014, 09:11 AM
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You'll love it, freddy! Like others have said it gives you the architecture of graph paper without the noisy clutter of all the lines, the centering of lined paper without looking like a school project. DOT paper is my preference and the more fountain pen friendly the paper the better, for all I write with are fountain pens. Enjoy!

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 07-11-2014, 10:05 AM
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(07-11-2014, 09:11 AM)XP100 Wrote: You'll love it, freddy! Like others have said it gives you the architecture of graph paper without the noisy clutter of all the lines, the centering of lined paper without looking like a school project. DOT paper is my preference and the more fountain pen friendly the paper the better, for all I write with are fountain pens. Enjoy!

I used my first sheet to enclose a note with something I sent to Krissy (of Prairie Creations) and you are right. It was love at first use, and for all of the reasons you mention here. Smile

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