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Best handwriting recognition software?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Hasprida, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Hasprida

    Hasprida Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Is Microsoft's OneNote on the top of the dog pile when it comes to handwriting software? I'd like something that I could easilly write lengthy documents in and then have it convert over to typed text. Does OneNote do this? Is it possible to write a novel in OneNote? Or is that still a ways off as far as true useability?
  2. alphaswift

    alphaswift Scribbler - Standard Member

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    OneNote is about as good as it gets. I live and die by that application. Could you write a novel with it? Sure. It would be far easier to type it out in Word, even if you don't know how to type. You'd be a pretty good typist by the time you finished your book.

    Word has a lot of functions ( like outlining and formatting ) that will help you write a better novel.

    Good luck with the book. ( try and work out a chapter where the hero uses tabletpcreview.com to save the world! :) )
  3. Hasprida

    Hasprida Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Haha...I will ;)
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    I would say that if you want it converted to text, the TIP provides better usability. Or RitePen. OneNote is better if you just keep everithing handwritten and just need the ability to search for it (a feature I do not really need). Still I am faster and more accurate with an onscreen keyboard (with Fitaly layout and slides). Actually I am using a mixture of all of the the above depending whether I am inputing the text as a draft (using the TIP) or correcting it (usually I do this with StrokIt and my own defined Graffiti Gestures).
  5. gordoncahill

    gordoncahill Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Actually all handwritting recognition is done by the OS (with the exception of Ritepen) not the program, so all things being equal you will notice no real difference between say OneNote and journal as far as recognition goes. You will notice a big difference between XP and Vista however. I agree that the tip with its improved ability to make corrections as you write would probably be better.

    Have you tried the speech recognition? It's built into Vista and XP Tablet. TheXP tablet was pretty average but Vista is better. Not as good as dragon NS but good.

    Gordon
  6. Hasprida

    Hasprida Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi all, once again I thank you for your replies :)

    I have not used speach recognition yet (still learning this laptop as I've only had it a few days), but I did have a question bout restoring it to factory settings.

    While inside of Word, I am able to bring up a little yellow bar that allows me to write a word or sentence and then insert it into my word doc. Is this OneNOte or is this the TIP software that comes with the tablet edition of XP? The reason I ask is that I don't want to loose when I reinstall the OS (I don't hav ethe back up disk for office) or do I need to buy MS Office with OneNot included? I have an older version of Word (windows 2000) that I own and was going to reinstall, but I'm not certian if I will still have the TIP window:confused:
  7. Shogmaster

    Shogmaster Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    TIP (Tablet Input Panel) is part of XP:Tablet Edition OS. It is part of the OS and you will retain it when you put it back to factory settings.

    It is also now part of every Vista except for "Home Basic". Whether you have a Tablet PC or a regular PC, you do have TIP inside of your OS and you can activate it (do search for "Tablet Input Panel" from Start search). In Tablet PCs, TIP will pop up for every basic OS operations and MS applications. For non MS applications like Firefox, it won't pop up unless you install 3rd party TIP variations like GeckoTIP.

    OneNote is a separate app, just like Word. It is NOT part of the OS. But it is an INK app, so whether you have a Tablet OS or not, installing it will give you access to INK.

    Journal is an INK app that is part of the XP:TE or Vista (not Home Basic). You cannot buy it separately or install it separately on regular Windows.

    Hope that clears it up for you.
  8. Hasprida

    Hasprida Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thank you Shogmaster, it sure does :p

    Merry Xmas!
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