ritePen 4.0 Adds Touch Writing to Windows


The folks behind Evernote have released ritePen 4.0 in anticipation of the appearance of Windows touch tablets on the market. The tablet space continues to heat up with Microsoft (s msft) CEO Steve Ballmer stating a bunch of Windows tablets are on track for later this year. Touch tablets to compete with the iPad (s aapl) have been expected, but news about them had fallen quiet recently.  This new version of ritePen brings finger handwriting and touch control to any Windows computer with a touch screen.

Windows has a sophisticated feature that handles ink input on the screen and full handwriting recognition (HWR) of that ink. It requires handwriting in a small input panel and is only available to Tablet PCs with approved digitizers. That leaves touch tablets without any handwriting ability.

Ritescript is a subsidiary of the Evernote Corporation that has produced ritePen for years. The program was originally targeted at Tablet PCs requiring an active digitizer and special pen, and has long been an alternative to the screen handwriting and recognition capability built into Windows for these tablets. This new version 4.0 extends those handwriting tools to tablets with touch screens, eliminating the requirement for the special pen; the Tablet PC with the special pen is still supported by ritePen 4.0.

This new version of ritePen adds multitouch support to provide system control functions to Windows 7 touch tablets. Users of ritePen 4.0 can handwrite with a pen or the fingertip anywhere on the screen and have the writing recognized, converted to text and sent to any active Windows program. The handwriting recognition is available in any language supported by Windows.

I have been using ritePen 4.0 for a few months and one of the most useful features on touch tablets is the macro function. You can easily define macros that execute repetitive tasks, and assign a gesture to the macro. The macro can be run by simply drawing the gesture on the screen with the finger.

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Re: “It requires handwriting in a small input panel.”

It is not a requirement. Any software application can be written to bypass the tablet input panel. Microsoft recommends developers use the TIP, but it is not a requirement. Active Ink Software(http://www.activeinksoftware.com) has been bypassing the TIP for years.


I liked jkontherun more when you and Kevin did the video demos.

Alain C. (borax99)

Good morning JK. A small correction seems to be in order. You wrote: “It requires handwriting in a small input panel and is only available to Tablet PCs with active digitizers.” I’m sure this is an oversight; I have been happily using the Windows TIP on my Fujitsu P1610 and U820, both of which sport a resistive (i.e. passive) digitizer. The key is that, because of their small screens, there is plenty of room so I can park my hand on the side of the device and only the pen is in contact with the screen.

That said, I’m excited about this new version of ritePen and am looking forward to giving it a spin !

Regards !

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