Iris USOA400 IRISPen Express 6 Pen Scanner
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Description for Iris USOA400 IRISPen Express 6 Pen Scanner
The Iris USOA400 IRISPen Express 6 Pen Scanner is a portable, hand-held scanner that works just like a highlighter. You simply slide the scanner over virtually any printed text, and the text is automa
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1. I am a law student trying to use the scanner to consolidate information from book to print. The books I use have writing in them, over the words, and lots of highlighting and underlining.
2. I was extremely reticent to buy the pen because of the negative reviews.
3. I am using a Macbook Pro (2010) with the pen.
The bottom line is that the pen really does work when you are using it with written text. Reviews that mention otherwise (I have noticed) are mainly PC users. The pen really is helpful in getting down all of the information you want.
A. Dealing with books (exclusively with typed print)
The pen works wonderfully. It works BEST with a book on a flat surface. (I have only had problems with very thick book in the beginning chapters (where the binding is not flat on the table. It can read over yellow highlighting without a problem. It has a 60-70% success rate with underlined words. It obviously works best with clean text.
B. Mac experience
I have a feelign that the OCR engine for the mac software is somewhat different (though I could be wrong) than the PC version. The far and few between Mac users have seem to have positive experiences.
C. Realistic Expectations
In an ideal world, the pen would work perfectly... of course, it does not. But you can definitely optimize the experience to make it work best for you.
1. Somehow it depends on the light. Insufficient lighting with not allow the text to be read. Too much lighting on the other hand, seems to overwhelm the pen and writing does not get recognized (so don't hold have your friend hold a flashlight above the book... like we did last weekend). Second, the pen can recognize text REALLY quickly. But when it's underlined or highlighted, slow down. I usually do an entire line (flat, good lighting, clean text) in a quarter of a second. And it's 99% always right. I slow down on highlighted text and that seems to work well.
Lastly, I typically run into problems when I try to only get particular words from the page instead of a whole line. this might be due to my beginner level use, though.
Just realize that this technology isn't perfect, but it is pretty good. For the price, it will save you thousands of keystrokes. I just hope this review presents an objective approach that might explain some of the more negative ones. If you find any questions or issues, comment and I'll try my best to address.
Contacted their customary support, who after giving one important piece of advice (more to follow) seem to be completely clueless about the use problems affecting this product.
Learned from experience, here they are:
1. LIGHT, LIGHT, LIGHT!!!!!
Did I say light? As in the light that comes through the window or shines from your lamp and weakens the optical reader that is supposed to scan? Such that when desk lamp is on, gibberish comes out, desk lamp is off, works almost flawless? I actually use a large card to shield the page area I am scanning from the light, as I do like to have strong light when I read. Do try that.
And I wonder, are the guys/gals in tech support really not aware that light interferes with the scanner?
2. Some pages will simply not scan, period.
Maybe it is the color, maybe the font, who knows, but one book with yellowish pages just could not work.
3. You need to calibrate often and also delete the calibration files before you do so (in Macs they are under User/Name/Library/Applications/Iris Pen).
Make sure you calibrate on the page you are about to scan. And start again with a new calibration next time. It's no big deal, a couple of seconds.
This is the only useful piece of advice I got from customer support.
4. Make sure you select the 'small print' option when scanning small print (duh!).
5. The button that takes the cursor to a new paragraph has a couple of seconds of lag--does work, but just takes longer.
Don't know why they don't give you an option for backspace in the settings: this would be really handy, as you often need to fix some letters.
6. Make sure you start scanning from a bit to the left of the start of the text, or you will keep missing the first letter(s).
I think this is about it for now. Have had it very little, so I do plan to update the review.
Otherwise, THIS IS THE BEST GADGET EVER, ESPECIALLY FOR ACADEMICS/STUDENTS, WHO TAKE NOTES ALL THE TIME. PLEASE IMPROVE THE TECHNOLOGY!!!!!