[Athen] Handwriting conversion to text- by OCR

Ed. Rosenthal edward at ngtvoice.com
Tue Jun 29 12:45:49 PDT 2010

I'm just reviewing this thread and don't know if this is actually 'on
subject' but you may want to review SoftWriting from Charactell


which does handwritten OCR; I believe it can then be made editable as

Your sincerely,

Edward S. Rosenthal

President and CEO

Next Generation Technologies, Inc. (NGT, Inc.)

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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Shelley Haven
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:37 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Handwriting conversion to text

(I sent this directly to Heidi yesterday because I couldn't post it to the
list despite several tries -- thought y'all might find it useful, too.
Apparently ATHEN-Pro is rejecting it because of one or more of the links, so
I've replaced them with descriptions -- let's see if this works...)

Hi, Heidi!

The handwriting recognition (HWR) I'm familiar with which are worth trying:

MyScript addition for Livescribe Pulse pens:

[see VisionObjects.com site]
The biggest issue I find with this is that you must rely on the software to
figure out how to format and lay out the resulting converted text. Since
most people write and draw anywhere on the page, not in straight one-column
text, the results can be rather strange.

HWR built into Windows XP:
[ <http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306906> search the Microsoft site]

HWR built into Windows 7:
[ <http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/04/23/ink-input-and-tablet.aspx>
search the Microsoft site]

Math HWR in Windows 7:
-in-windows-7> search for info on the Windows 7 Math Input Panel]

HWR built in the Mac OS ("Ink" or sometimes "Inkwell"):
[search Apple Support; also ATMac.org]

In my experience, Windows' handwriting recognition has been more accurate
and less of a hassle than the Mac's. You can use HWR in conjunction with an
external graphics tablet. Some programs, like Microsoft OneNote (Windows)
and Circus Ponies' NoteBook (Mac) include handwriting-to-text conversion
features (they use the HWR built into the operating systems).

Interesting tidbit: handwriting recognition works considerably better than
trying to OCR handwritten text because the HWR software doesn't just rely on
the static image -- it also has access to how the strokes were formed and in
what order, which provides additional clues as to what the person is
writing. My handwriting is mostly unreadable, but Livescribe Desktop has no
problem finding words I've written during a search.

- Shelley

Shelley Haven ATP, RET
Assistive Technology Consultant

On Jun 25, 2010, at 12:07 PM, Heidi Scher wrote:

Happy Friday, everyone!

I'm curious to know if anyone has used any of the software/hardware for
converting handwritten information into digital text? I've noticed several
pens and software are available and would appreciate any helpful information
that anyone is willing to share!

Thanks in advance!!



Heidi Scher, M.S., CRC

Associate Director

Center for Educational Access

University of Arkansas

ARKU 104

Fayetteville, AR 72701


479.575.7445 fax

479.575.3646 tdd



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