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Iogear Digital Scribe - Pen

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Technical Details
Item Weight218 g
Product Dimensions21 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
Item model numberGPEN100C
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 211,970 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight227 g
Date First Available1 Oct 2007

Product Description

IOGEARs Digital Scribe is the first device ever to capture natural handwriting from any surface, and store it directly onto your computer. Based on a revolutionary digital pen that uses ordinary ink refill and writes on any paper, the Digital Scribe stores handwritten notes, memos or drawings onto your computer screen for easy editing right away or save it for a later time.FeatureProduct FeaturesTechnical detailsCompatible operating systemsMicrosoft Windows 2000/XP/VISTA Weight & dimensionsPen weight181g

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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to your computer 7 Sep 2007
By A. Gaur - Published on Amazon.com
This is from someone who owns the product unlike the other review...
From reading the other review, it doesn't seem like he has actually used the pen?? I don't understand why he would have given a bad review?
I have had my Digital Scribe for about a week or so and the unit actually works pretty well.
This picture is wrong though. It is actually a small base that clips onto your paper from the top or angled on the sides (pretty accurate). I have used the unit to write papers because we are required to have a hand written rough draft and then transfer it into word. I can do both at the same time where all my friends have to write their paper and then type it all back into word, saves me a bunch of time.
The software that comes with it is a lite version, but it serves its purpose very well, I can write and translate the text, which is what I bought it for. Its amazing how accurate the pen picks up my writing as well, I have chicken scratch for writing and it does my writing justice, and I don't mind having to correct a word here and there it beats having to type it all out again. So if you are considering this product, im giving it my stamp of approval. IT WORKS and it SAVES me a WHOLE BUNCH OF TIME.

p.s. I wrote thin with my pen, converted it into word and then copied it over into the review.
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What You Might Expect 15 Sep 2007
By A. Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who want the skinny up front, here's the deal:
- This device is _NOT_ capable of working without being attached to a PC
- Think of this like a poor-man's digital tablet without the features - but you get to keep the handwritten bit as ink on paper
- The version of the software provided doesn't do much... You need to upgrade or use other products if you want OCR
- If you want true portability from IOGEAR, the GPEN200N is supposed to work... but I've subsequently decided to purchase a tablet from Aiptek, which I _know_ will work

The full story below...

When I first purchased the IOGEAR digital scribe I was expecting to receive a portable, wireless, tablet-emulation device - something with which I could take notes on the go and upload to my computer later. I've owned a tablet device in the past and it was great, but a bit bulky - so I was happy to see a tiny, portable device which professed to deliver the same functionality.

HOWEVER... It was not to be... The device which was described and listed on this page was not what ended up getting shipped. The description was for the GPEN200N, the pictures for the older model of the GPEN100C (note: after submitting a comment to Amazon this has now been fixed...). What got shipped? The GPEN100C.

Basically you get two bits of hardware: a USB-connected receiver and a transmitter pen. The receiver (which looks a little like a tiny console game controller) must be connected to a PC to function using the retractable USB zip-cord cable (about 2' maximum extension). The main part of the unit is sat on the top of your pad of paper (or piece of paper) and will capture the information transmitted by the digital pen.

Included with the package is the drivers for the note taking function, and then MyScript Notes (2.1) Light...

Down to details. For what it is, the device is reasonable. In pen mode, the capture of the writing is reasonably accurate, though I do find if you set the device up for one-page mode it seems to record my writing on an angle instead of horizontally on the page. Seeing your writing pop-up on the monitor is pretty nifty too, and the export capability from the basic application are simple to use (e.g. for keeping digital images of your notes or pictures).

The mouse mode is kind-of fun in drawing applications, particularly for making quick diagrams, but otherwise largely useless. The device has no pressure sensitivity; for graphical work you really want a device which can handle multiple levels of pressure (this give a true brush-stroke capability). If you are anything other than the most casual user, don't bother with this for that purpose.

The pen itself is comfortable and quite light for my hands, using two watch-batteries. If you have smaller hands, this might not be quite so comfortable, however.

I personally found the My Script Notes LE software useless. I use Adobe products to do OCR, and the basic application which comes with the pen drivers are otherwise more than sufficient.

In terms of using the device, I have both a laptop and a desktop. With the laptop, it's ok, because everything sits on the table, but with my desktop the 2' USB cable is far too short to reach. If you want to use it with a desktop, be prepared to purchase a USB extension cable.

All in all, an ok piece of kit, but for the price, I'd recommend you do what I did in the end - go buy a real tablet from a company like Aiptek.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! and it does work with windows 7 x64 30 Jan 2010
By Ali Ezad Abbas - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I often need to sign documents electronically and bought this primarily as a cheap alternative to a graphing tablet. It works exactly as advertised, within minutes of installing the software and plugging in the hardware, it was up and running. I've used it for a couple of days now and it has managed to capture my writing pretty accurately. The clip is a little difficult to attach to the writing pad, but I've worked around that problem by only attaching it to a couple of sheets of paper at a time. I haven't checked the included OCR software since I already have Microsoft's OneNote which works perfectly to convert my writing to actual ascii text. I'd give it 5 stars for handwriting capture and ease of use. The product seems to have been updated since it was listed on amazon because the one I got doesn't have the flimsy retractable usb cable. Instead it comes with a long, normal girth, usb cable and seems very well made.

Another important issue is the compatibility with windows 7. I have windows 7 professional 64 bit on my laptop. My netbook also runs windows 7 home but the 32 bit edition. So after reading one of the reviews that it only works with windows XP, I was a little worried. However, there aren't any issues with windows 7 (either 32 or 64 bit edition) at all. I had installed an XP virtual machine on my laptop just in case but when it arrived, I decided to give it a try in windows 7 first and surprisingly it worked without any glitch. I just love this product and would recommend to anyone who needs a cheap gadget to store hand written notes on the computer.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work well 7 April 2008
By Light Pebble - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
How's that for a succinct title? It doesn't do a good job of capturing my handwriting. I attached pictures of what I wrote in ink vs. the digital copy it made, to the main product page. If you want to see a more detailed image see my review in the "external hardware" forum at bleepingcomputer dot com. The title of the review is "Review of Iogear Digital Scribe".
At the top of the page, near the receiver, it curved my writing around the receiver. At the bottom of the page, far from the receiver, it truly looks as if I was really drunk. The area of fairly-ok handwriting capture is only about 6" long on an 11" long page. But it doesn't capture my handwriting very well even in the middle of the page, there are problems like o's and a's not closing that make my handwriting look worse.
Some digital pens use special paper to capture handwriting. This pen only uses a receiver with ultrasound or something, which clearly doesn't work very well.
So you can decide if this is good enough handwriting capture for you, do you care if it degrades your handwriting a lot?
The software they give you, that you use to write the notes, has a lot of problems. Maybe it's still in development. This is a problem because you can't use the pen to write into a better program like Windows Journal or Paint, like I thought you could.
You can export notes in JPG format, but you can't import anything into their note taking program, to write on with the pen. Except if it's in their proprietary format, which is pretty limiting.
This pen is only for Windows.
Just writing in pencil on paper and scanning it in would work about as well. An eraser is a nice flexible editor. And it would make a better quality final image, too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, but poor software OCR 17 Feb 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The only reason I give this 4 instead of 5 stars is the poor quality of the OCR software...it just flat out works poorly. On top of that, the pen only includes the light version of the software - and then nags you to upgrade. That said, I only wanted this device to save handwritten notes, so I can go back to a certain day and look at my notes for that day. So for what I wanted, this works flawlessly. For those who complain about it not picking up handwriting, my suggestion would be to read the manual. You do have to setup correctly the orientation of the device so that it works properly and when attaching to a new sheet of paper, you have have to move the device a bit to get the orientation just write, but other than that it works great. I get the power of a REAL laptop, and most of the functionality of a tablet PC.
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