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Digital pen guide

  1. Dec 4, 2014 #1

    ShayanJ

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    My laptop is Lenovo ideapad S510p(no touch-screen!) and my OS is Ubuntu 14.04. I want to buy a digital pen but there are things that make me doubt it.
    1)Can I find models that have no problem with linux? Which models?
    2)I want to buy something cheap because I don't need high sensitivities or any other special feature. So I was thinking can I buy only a pen and write on any smooth surface and don't buy anything special for that?
    I'll appreciate any suggestions.
    Thanks
     
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  3. Dec 4, 2014 #2

    jedishrfu

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  4. Dec 4, 2014 #3
    Digital pen! ha! For like drawing or just notes?
     
  5. Dec 4, 2014 #4

    ShayanJ

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    I've seen that page before but there were also other pages suggesting that there are models that work with linux but those were not enough.
    And about your last sentence, I think I need a driver developed for linux regardless of having a software for the pen or not. But I'm not sure. Anyway even if this is possible, I have no idea how!

    I just want to be able to write some equations in my computer faster than latex coding allows.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2014 #5

    jedishrfu

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    I searched around for that too and found an app on the iPad that took handdrawn scratches and generated the equation. It was pretty good except it couldn't recognize or had no knowledge of some of the more arcane math symbols like partial derivative. However what it could do was very impressive.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myscript-mathpad-handwriting/id674996719?mt=8

    and this one looks good not pen but keyboard:

    http://www.mathmagic.com/ios/

    and you might find something here too:

    http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-equation-editor

    and lastly this one although I don't know how it is now:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pi-cubed/id311433261?mt=8
     
  7. Dec 5, 2014 #6

    ShayanJ

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    I really appreciate it that you devoted your time for finding these. But actually they're not applicable for me. I want something for my laptop and also I don't have anything running iOS!
    Actually I was thinking about making some physics video courses for uploading in a website. And I realized its better to write equations in an application resembling a white\black board and capture the screen with recorded explanations. But It seemed to me that if I want to write equations by latex coding, it'll be slow and will fall behind my explanations. So I thought a digital pen would be good.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2014 #7

    jedishrfu

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  9. Mar 2, 2015 #8
    You should buy a digital pen at Digital Field Solutions. I have nice experience with DFS..
     
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