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Old 08-22-2007, 04:00 AM   #1
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Question Some questions about the Iliad ?

Hi,
this is my first time here, very nice people, very helpful thanks a lot.

But I still have some questions before ordering my iliad

How good is note taking ? Does it feel responsive enough ?
Can I zoom in and out while taking notes ?
Can I draw small mindmaps with it ?
How good does it sync the notes back ( Whats the format and is it usable or are my notes stuck in file format oblivion ? )
Anybody tried to work with Evernote and an iliad ?

How is the battery life, I'm a bit confused after reading every possible time span ( 5 hours - 10 hours ? ) ?

How easy does the display break ( a lot of confusinf opninions about that one ) ?

Is there a function to lock the hardware buttons so I can drop it into a bag running and could use it as a shopping list without having to boot.



Is there anbody in germany who could show me a real iliad ( Munich, Nurnberg, Berlin ? ) ?

Thanks a lot confused likely Iliad buyer Florian
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:51 AM   #2
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How easy does the display break ( a lot of confusinf opninions about that one ) ?
I had to drop mine about 5 times...
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:25 AM   #3
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How good is note taking ? Does it feel responsive enough ?
--Not bad. I use it in classes and meetings. Generating a new page in notes mode is a bit slow.

Can I zoom in and out while taking notes ?
--Yes, but the display reacts somewhat more slowly than an LCD, for example, so you may not want to do this.

Can I draw small mindmaps with it ?
--Absolutely.

How good does it sync the notes back ( Whats the format and is it usable or are my notes stuck in file format oblivion ? )
--An XML file ties the notes together. They are stored as JPG (I think-- might be PNG.) I've gotten into them without trouble.

Anybody tried to work with Evernote and an iliad ?
--Sorry, can't help with that question.

How is the battery life, I'm a bit confused after reading every possible time span ( 5 hours - 10 hours ? ) ?
--Note-taking uses more power than reading. You'll probably still get 7+ hours even if you're taking a lot of notes. I get about 12 when just reading. Someday there is supposed to be a battery upgrade that will increase this. The developer community is working on software fixes, too.

How easy does the display break ( a lot of confusinf opninions about that one ) ?
I've had mine for about 5 months, and no problems so far. I got an inexpensive "planner" cover to keep it in. You want to protect the screen, but no need to be paranoid.

Is there a function to lock the hardware buttons so I can drop it into a bag running and could use it as a shopping list without having to boot.
--There is a hardware button lock icon you can tap with the stylus. I've done what you describe. Don't forget to turn it off when you're done shopping, or you'll have that shopping list on there until the battery recharges. There's a lot of discussion about changing the software to leave the last page up when you turn off the unit.

Is there anbody in germany who could show me a real iliad ( Munich, Nurnberg, Berlin ? ) ?
-- There are several MobileRead members in Germany, but I'm not one. Someone else might respond...

Good luck!
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:45 AM   #4
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I've had mine for about 5 months, and no problems so far. I got an inexpensive "planner" cover to keep it in. You want to protect the screen, but no need to be paranoid.
These days the iLiad is supplied as standard with a fabric bag which has some kind of extremely tough insert in the front of it to protect the screen. It would take some serious mis-use to damage it through that.

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-- There are several MobileRead members in Germany, but I'm not one. Someone else might respond...
Our forum regular "Tribble" is the official agent who sells iLiads in Germany. I'm sure that he'll be able to help.
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:23 AM   #5
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Hi Florian!

I could show you an iLiad in Bonn. There are no salespoints in germany as of now, where you could have a look. There might be another iLiad user in your neighbourhood from this forum though.

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How good is note taking ? Does it feel responsive enough ?
Note taking is good. The strookes lag behind a bit, but it is comfortable to use. With the calibration tool on the next firmware release, it should be quiteaccurate aswell. (mine is a bit off at the moment, but very well useable.)
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Can I zoom in and out while taking notes ?
Yes and no.
If you scribble on images, then you cannot zoom at all. The standard image viewer does not support this yet.
On PDF you can scribble and zoom in and out. Zooming is not totally free. You cannot zoom in indefinately.

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Can I draw small mindmaps with it ?
Yes. But you should use a PDF canvas for that. No free canvas application is available yet.

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How good does it sync the notes back ( Whats the format and is it usable or are my notes stuck in file format oblivion ? )
As mentioned before, it uses an XML file to store the notes. MyScript can convert those notes to text with handwriting recognition on the PC. Or you can use the saved image file.
The iRex Companion Software allows to merge PDF files with the added scribbles into one PDF file.

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Anybody tried to work with Evernote and an iliad ?
No. But the image files could be used with it. I do not know, if it will be able to handle the XML files.

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How is the battery life, I'm a bit confused after reading every possible time span ( 5 hours - 10 hours ? ) ?
5 hours is a bit low and was mostly a result in a permanently active WLAN. You should get about 10 hours out of the iLiad with normal usage. Lots of scribbling uses some battery. I have used the enhanced community ipdf and have gooten as much as 15 hours of use out of it. But about 10 hours should be in there.


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How easy does the display break ( a lot of confusinf opninions about that one ) ?
The screen has a glass based cover and breaks easily if pinpoint force is applied. Ellbow on the screen will usually be deadly. You should protect it when carrying it around. I have not been informed about a change in the packaging yet, so as far as i know, there is no protective cover included with the iLiad.

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Is there a function to lock the hardware buttons so I can drop it into a bag running and could use it as a shopping list without having to boot.
Yes, a software button does exactly that.

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Is there anbody in germany who could show me a real iliad ( Munich, Nurnberg, Berlin ? ) ?
As i said. If you are in Bonn, feel free to visit me and have a look. You should make an appointment though

Best regards,
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Old 08-22-2007, 10:34 AM   #6
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Hi Tribble,

The "shoulder bag" which used to be an optional accessory appears to be being supplied as standard with the iLiad now. I got one with mine, and a couple of other people on the iRex forum have said the same. It was in the iLiad box, with all the accessories (hub, charger, etc) inside it.
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Great. Noone told me that. I got to open one of those boxes i guess and see for myself.
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