ritePen 3.0 released with macro support and intelligent navigation functionality

I have a Fujitsu U810 UMPC and like to keep it around to use as a Tablet PC, traveling media player (Amazon Unbox looks fantastic), and my home Windows PC (in the docking cradle connected to a 17 inch LCD). A few weeks ago the folks at Ritescript, a division of Evernote Corporation, asked if I wanted to beta test their upcoming release of ritePen version 3.0. I jumped on the chance and have been playing with it for a bit and now see that the official press release and announcement were posted yesterday so you can now download and install it on your Tablet PC.

ritePen 3.0 released with macro support and intelligent navigation functionality
I have a Fujitsu U810 UMPC and like to keep it around to use as a Tablet PC, traveling media player (Amazon Unbox looks fantastic), and my home Windows PC (in the docking cradle connected to a 17 inch LCD). A few weeks ago the folks at Ritescript, a division of Evernote Corporation, asked if I wanted to beta test their upcoming release of ritePen version 3.0. I jumped on the chance and have been playing with it for a bit and now see that the official press release and announcement were posted yesterday so you can now download and install it on your Tablet PC.

A few years back I tested out a laptop with a touch screen that used ritePen as the default handwriting recognition engine and have since used it and compared it to Windows XP Tablet Edition and found ritePen to be a superior product. I love that you can write anywhere on the display, rather than having to write inside a box. I haven't yet done a comparison with this latest version and Vista (that has much improved inking capability) since I put XP Pro on my U810 instead of the default pre-loaded Vista for the time being.

ritePen 3.0 has some major improvements, including handwritten shortcuts for text input, launching an application, or visiting your favorite URL, easy building and editing of your custom dictionary, enhanced text input, enhanced intelligent navigation and more. The macro shortcuts you can setup are fairly basic and can't touch the powerful macro scripts you can create with ActiveWords, but they do work well for basic macros and in combination with the outstanding handwriting recognition ritePen is essential for Tablet PC owners. To launch a macro you simply write the designated text and circle it with your pen. For example, I setup FF to launch Firefox and then circled the two letters to launch the browser.

One issue I kept getting frustrated with before was that ritePen would create a line on the display when I tried to scroll or navigate around so I would have to turn it on and off when surfing around. Ritescript fixed this in version 3.0 so the software will recognize when you are navigating versus when you are entering text so that right there made it much more useful for me.

ritePen is bundled with select Tablet PCs from Fujitsu and others and is very popular in the vertical health market. You can purchase ritePen 3.0 for US$29.95 and even give the free 30-day full trial a go first to see how it works for you.

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