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Posted by Dr Andus
Apr 4, 2018 at 11:29 AM


There seem to be more and more devices with styluses entering the market, and I was wondering where members of this community stand in this regard.

We have already had some discussion about it before, but I thought it would deserve its own thread.

To kick it off, here is a review comparing the latest entrants into this space:

“2018 iPad vs. Acer Chromebook Tab 10: education showdown”


Personally I’m only using Boogie Board Sync for handwritten notes, but it’s very likely that my next Chromebook will come with a stylus (or I might even get one of these new Chrome tablets), if this turns out to work properly (no lag, quick access).

Have we passed the gimmicky stage and arrived at usable handwritten notetaking and stylus use that can be used as the primary way of interacting with a device in real-life situations?


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Apr 4, 2018 at 12:36 PM


I used Canson Papershow briefly, but the company soon discontinued it with no software upgrades. It requires a special paper with a grid that the pen could follow. When Canson dropped it, the paper was no longer available. I have kept an eye on more recent devices (they have to work on Mac for me). The reputable ones seem to cost upwards of $600. Too rich for my blood.


Posted by Dr Andus
Apr 4, 2018 at 02:33 PM


Jeffery Smith wrote:
I used Canson Papershow briefly,
> It requires a special paper with a grid that
>the pen could follow.

Oh, yeah, the ones using actual paper is another sub-category of this space.

I’ve just read about the Rocketbook Everlast with the Pilot FriXion Erasable Gel Ink Pen. But using a wet cloth to wipe the ink would be a bit too messy for me:

“Expand Your Writing Potential with a Smart Notebook and Pen”



Posted by bigspud
Apr 4, 2018 at 09:42 PM


yeah the rocketbook is a bit messy.

It does work, but it may just miss a target. the only digitising action is to park the image into a storage. any storage. but honestly who uses 6 cloud storage services on a workable basis? not many I hope.
writing on paper is a backup! it’s the data we want to use, so ultimately the rocketbook archives images of what could just stay as a written page in any book!
It’d be nice if they appended scanned pages to a web-document as one of their scanning options. and auto date-stamped them.

If there was a way to forward to an OCR/ICR service, then the output of rocketbook might just be fantastic!
Same with the 3m Post-it plus. its still an island until the scanned post-its are text that we can manipulate. I’m waiting for that day!

nebonotes is the most intuitive stylus based note writing app I’ve yet used. just wish that the promise of digital notes had it on an unlimited page/canvas size. the tech is great, but augmenting the linear process of taking physical notes has never really been addressed well.
well, In my very humble opinions…


Posted by GeorgeB
Apr 4, 2018 at 10:33 PM


I worked with the LiveScribe+ pen and paper. It didn’t work for me.
I went back to my trusty Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and the Samsung Notes app.


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