How To Use a Digital Pen

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A digital pen for a digital tablet, and you, the user, may somewhere be between confusion on how to properly use your new purchase! Don’t worry; the digital pen may take some getting used to, but there is really no new technology that doesn't require some form of adjustment. It is not as difficult as it looks. So far this technology has traveled so that even companies such as Digital Pen Systems have made a big enterprise out of digital pens.

A digital pen is very nice, but using it can sometimes be considered an acquired taste. You will be able to maximize the use of a digital pen if you are able to appreciate what it gives its users: the semblance of offline notebook pen, pad pen or paper pen writing simulated in a digital atmosphere. And with the recent additions to technology, the likes of the Bluetooth pen and Paper IQ’s digital pen for Blackberry phones ( are making waves in the market today.

Here are the basic steps in using a digital pen as common to most of the digital pens available in the market today:

  1. Determine the type of digital pen that you are using. If you are using the traditional one, you have to get used to the cradle with which the digital pen is bridged to your computer. Otherwise, you may be finding better ease with the Bluetooth or wireless pen which gets automatically detected by your system.
  2. Test if it is working on your computer system. Once you plug in your digital pen, most likely your computer system will detect its presence for you automatically. Some system requirements must be satisfied so that your computer system can work well with your digital pen.
  3. Do some calibration for your digital pen. Calibrate your digital pen because the weight of your writing hand and your dexterity in using the digital pen affects the accuracy. For first time use of the digital pen, the computer will easily direct you to the control panel of your digital pen and allow you to make the calibration.
  4. Acquaint yourself with the accompanying digital pen software. The software is the best link between your digital pen and the data it will produce. If you have a manual or tutorial handy for the software that you are using, keep it and read it. 
  5. Inspect if your entries are accurate. Try to make some entries and characters and see how they will register on screen. The traditional digital pen will require you to have a tablet which can restrict your movements. Some other more advanced models enable you to write directly on the screen. If you can even afford it, you can use what PC World boasts to be a digital pen that talks back.
  6. Explore your saving options. Often the data is preserved as an image file, jpeg or gif format. Explore your saving options after you have been satisfied with the accuracy of your output. If you are still iffy with the accuracy, keep calibrating your digital pen until you get the desired characters. 


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