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Old 11-28-2008, 05:43 PM   #1
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Handwriting on screen, anyone?

I am just wondering – is this something that people do?

Several of the current ebook readers has this as a feature. And there are also many tablet pcs out there where handwriting on screen is a possibility. But is this something that people use?

And if it is used can it actually replace paper?
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:28 PM   #2
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Hi,

I have a Tablet-PC (ThinkPad X41). I bought it, because the idea of writing on a digital display instead of paper was compelling to me. (easy deleting, no paper mess)

Let me tell you - writing on a Tablet-PC sucks!
You have a much worse feeling, what you are doing, than on paper.
(this is of course my subjective opinion - but I'm usually not very picky... - if it were at least as half as usable as I hoped it would be, I wouldn't write this)

And just you know - reading an e-book for a longer time on it, makes your eyes hurt...

But it's a good question, I'm also wondering, if writing on a eReader is something, that owners do.
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:28 AM   #3
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I usually use it on my Iliad to write down quotes from the book I'm currently reading. For me, it's not...well, it's not the same as pen-and-paper. I do like pen-and-paper.

Have you looked at something like the Lightscribe Pulse Smartpen system? It looks like the best of both worlds, and I know there are some people here (professionals even) who swear by it. I've considered it myself, but I like writing in my Moleskine, and the Smartpen requires special paper (note, Livescribe are enabling, if they haven't done so already, the printing of your own paper with an ordinary printer - that could trip me into the buy-zone).

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Old 11-29-2008, 05:33 AM   #4
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My handwriting is just awful - I can't do "joined up" writing; I basically write each letter separate. I far, far prefer to use a keyboard personally, even if it's only a "soft" keyboard on the screen.
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My ebook reader (REB 1200) allows annotations to be made on the screen via handwritten notes/scribblings or yellow highlighting of letters/words/paragraphs. See image below.

I find my handwriting is horrible on it; and can rarely write anything legible (even to me). The problem I have is that your fist cannot touch the LCD touchscreen while writing on it and that means my handwriting style is "handicapped" and it shows in the final product.

It is great, though, for "marking up" (editing) purposes or underlining/highlighting purposes.

Given it's limitations, I still appreciate that my reader HAS that capaibility, though.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:59 PM   #6
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I am just wondering – is this something that people do?

Several of the current ebook readers has this as a feature. And there are also many tablet pcs out there where handwriting on screen is a possibility. But is this something that people use?

And if it is used can it actually replace paper?
I think it's a matter of preference.

There is an associate of mine two actually that buy tablet PC specifically for this capability. They swear by it and relish the fact that their text note are instantly archived on the PC.

I do use this feature extensively on my smart phone even over the qwerty keyboard. I find I have to use the letter recognizer else I cannot read my handwriting later.

However I will always take a keyboard over hand writing any day. I can type far faster than I can write.

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I have gotten good enough with my iLiad that I can write readable notes. I can't write as small as I can with paper, but space is cheap in an electronic file.
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I was thinking of buying an Dell Latitude XT tablet for taking notes in meetings etc, but as far as I understand from the feedback in this thread handwriting on dream is not something one can actually use for other than simple markups.

thx everyone
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:38 PM   #9
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I did grocery lists on my EB-1150. Add a blank page to the front of whatever book you choose, then use it to scribble notes. It's not the best way to do things. A scrap of paper worked much better for shopping lists. I did it just to see how it would work out more than anything else. (It really didn't)

Also, I never worried about anyone "lifting" a paper grocery list if I laid it in the shopping basket.

Plues, it's sort of awkward to hold and wrestle 48-roll packs of TP.
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I usually use it on my Iliad to write down quotes from the book I'm currently reading. For me, it's not...well, it's not the same as pen-and-paper. I do like pen-and-paper.

Have you looked at something like the Lightscribe Pulse Smartpen system? It looks like the best of both worlds, and I know there are some people here (professionals even) who swear by it. I've considered it myself, but I like writing in my Moleskine, and the Smartpen requires special paper (note, Livescribe are enabling, if they haven't done so already, the printing of your own paper with an ordinary printer - that could trip me into the buy-zone).

Cheers,
Marc
The Livescribe is a neat tool/toy. I really wish I had had one in college but then I wish I had had a PC in college. Unfortunately that was back in the slide ruler days before even scientific hand held calculators.
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