What would be the best way of doing this? I have a laptop - Toshiba Satellite with Windows Vista. It's Vista Home Premium, so it has tablet support.
I wonder if the best way would be to write on a graphics tablet into Windows Paint, for example. I've been looking around and there are graphics tablets and digital notebooks. Some of these devices apparently record your writing into an image file themselves, and you transfer the file to the laptop. Some of them apparently just transfer the writing input directly to the laptop. I'm not sure which is best.
I have this pressure-sensitive area on my laptop, but it doesn't seem to work well for actually entering handwriting into Paint (is there maybe some kind of pen that will work to write on this area?)
Things that might be important:
- Writing area the size of a piece of paper might be good for writing down a long formula although I don't know if one gets used to entering writing on a smaller area.
- Good resolution so you can put in small symbols.
- Making a file in format that's generally readable, like you can convert it to a .gif file.
- Being able to edit it, like cutting sections and moving them, erasing, etc. Maybe Paint can do this while a "digital notebook" couldn't. I read something about digital notebooks making a separate file for each page, which sounds like it would cause problems if you want to edit it.
I'm totally new to all this, obviously. Probably many people are. But I realized it would be really nice to be able to just write down math on a tablet or something and show it to people over the net, without putting it into pidgin Latex like people usually do, or going to all the work of writing it up in an html file or a Latex file.
The other possibility is just to use a scanner. Maybe this is a better idea, scan in your handwritten notes and then edit them in Paint. A scanner can also scan in book pages that you want to save.
Edited by dominose, 18 March 2008 - 01:28 PM.