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The (Electronic) Pencil is Mightier than the Keyboard

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Rajan Bedi
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Rajan Bedi   3/1/2017 12:20:41 PM
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I use the Surface as a tablet and also as a laptop as the flip cover contains an integrated keyboard. It is expensive but improving productivity, avoiding duplication, having Office 365 and keeping the same PC environment were important for me. I give a lot talks and sometimes playing videos within Powerpoint on my laptop would start buffering and pixelating. The Surface and Windows 10 are much better at this!

Also, I can wirelessly or using a USB stick transfer files from my laptop to the Surface and it also allows you (although I haven't tried this yet) to extend the viewing area by connecting a second external display just like my laptop.

 

I don't work for MS by the way ...

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 12:11:41 PM
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@Elizabeth: ...If Nebo can handle that type of write/edit cycle, I might be convinced...

One thing about Nebo is that if you double-tap a paragraph of your hand-written text to convert it into machine-readable text (font, whatever), then there's no going back (apart from using the back button).

This isn't a problem in that you can still select that text and edit it -- deleting words and adding new handwritten words -- but... personally I like to see my original hand-written notes when I come back to edit.

But I think the Nebo would accomodate what you want as follows, You use Nebo on your Surface or iPad/iPad Pro to capture your hand-written notes. You use the "Export to Word" option (which auto-invokes your email) to send the document to your main PC -- this process automatically converts your handwritten notes to their machine-readable equivalent as part of the export process, but it doesn't change the handwritten notes on your tablet.

Then you print it out from the PC, mark up your printout, then return to your tablet to continue.

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elizabethsimon   3/1/2017 11:39:05 AM
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A couple people at work have the Surface Book which is slightly heftier than the Surface but still very small and lightweight. I'm becoming tempted by the Surface. The ability to run the same Windows software that I'm currently running is a plus for me. The price of the Surface makes my eyes water so I'm still waiting for a good reason.

I occasionally write poetry and have found that I really need to write the first draft on paper. But then it has to be typed into a computer. Then sometimes I need to print it out and edit by hand.  If Nebo can handle that type of write/edit cycle, I might be convinced.

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 11:27:27 AM
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@Rajan Bedi: ...especially given that I often have difficulty reading my own handwritten notes...

It sounds like we are twins LOL

      Being able to draw is also very helpful

As far as I'm concerned, Nebo (plus Apple Pencil) is a dream app/combo

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Rajan Bedi   3/1/2017 11:25:10 AM
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I am very impressed at Nebo's recognition especially given that I often have difficulty reading my own handwritten notes. Being able to draw is also very helpful: I was on a flight last week and sketched the system architecture for an FPGA-based embedded system in minutes. Keep wanting to switch my Surface on to see what else I can do ...

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 11:17:11 AM
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@Rajan Bedi: I'm really pleased with the Surface tablet and am using Nebo on it to write and capture my thoughts...

Are you as amazed as I am at how good the Nebo's handwriting recognition is?

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Rajan Bedi   3/1/2017 10:56:04 AM
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I'm really pleased with the Surface tablet and am using Nebo on it to write and capture my thoughts. For me, productivity is the main thing and not having to duplicate my work. It is also compatible with my Windows laptop, physically smaller and I can use it on planes during take-off and landing.

I did not like Windows 8 at all (sorry dad), but Windows 10 is significantly better!

A really nice device which helps productivity ....

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Max The Magnificent   3/1/2017 9:51:46 AM
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@Rajan Bedi: ...the Surface tablet also has a very nice digital pen which helps productivity...

I've heard good things about the Surface tablet -- but, as strange as it may seem, I've never actually seen one in the flesh, as it were.

For myself, I think I'm now committed to the iPad Pro based on my investment in apps and videos (like all of the Doctor Who Episodes since the 2005 reboot). Having said this, I'll keep my eyes open the next time I'm at Best Buy or whatever and try to get a "hands-on" with a Surface.

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Rajan Bedi   2/28/2017 9:32:49 AM
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As someone who enjoys writing, the Surface tablet also has a very nice digital pen which helps productivity.

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Max The Magnificent   2/27/2017 12:22:47 PM
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@Kevin: ...The new iPad with the pencil comes pretty close to the feel of writing on paper.  It's not as romantic, to be sure...

In 100 years time, using a stylus on an iPad will seem like ancient technology

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