IRIS Notes 

Do you ever make paper notes when out and about and then have to copy them into a PC. If so then this package might save you time and potential mistakes in transcribing.

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I have reviewed a couple of such devices in the past with limited success.

The IrisNotes product consists of a 7x3x1.4cm unit that receives the notes from what looks like a fairly conventional pen. You then plug the unit into a PC or notebook via the supplied micro USB to USB cable supplied. Open the first piece of software (more of this in a bit) and the graphic images of what you have written is imported. To change this to text press the convert icon this opens the second piece of software and fairly rapidly you have editable text.

Back to the start, first get your industrial scissors as it comes in one of those welded packages that look great on hooks in a dealers premises but are a nightmare to open. Once you have extracted everything you are ready to install the software.

First a full sized CD total space taken 53MB, then a mini DVD space taken 176MB. Do not ask me why the contents of both packages could not be on a single CD. Having a DVD (even a mini one) disqualifies anyone without a DVD drive. The time taken on a reasonably fast Vista system was only six minutes for both the software installs.

In the packaging you are supplied with three pen refills and four small watch batteries. You need to insert one refill in the front of the pen and two of the batteries on the top of the pen.

Press the unit and if it has any battery power (mine did not) then you are ready to write. Attach the USB to charge the unit and after a couple of hours you can write.

After I had written a couple of sentences I decided to press the button on the right side of the front to start another document. The number in the 3x1cm LED display still showed 0 so I assumed I had a problem. After several tries I gave up and had a think. I then found a slider on the side of the pen and once this was pushed I saw another icon on the LED and all was well. I then checked five pages in the Quick Start Guide and still could find no mention of this step.

So now I wrote a couple of paragraphs and then attached the unit to the PC opened the Mobile Note Taker Software and told it to upload the files (file in my case) from the unit. My not that brilliant handwriting was displayed on the screen. I then pressed the button to open My Script Notes Lite which should convert the graphics to editable text. It wanted a serial number after looking through everything I found it on the mini DVD (listed as a CD in the Quick Start Guide) and once entered I was able to open the application and after around 30 seconds my graphics were converted to text WITHOUT A SINGLE ERROR I was more than amazed.

I then decided to stop trying my best scrawl and make it work harder and while there was the occasional letter wrong it was still very good. Remember all this had was a short paragraph of my attempted best writing before I reverted to my more normal scrawl and it still gave very acceptable results, I was very pleased with the results.

So give it decent packaging a better manual (remember to mention the slider on the pen) and put all the software on one CD and this is a very nice and easy to use product. I cannot give it any higher praise for accuracy.

Doing my Internet searches found IRIS Notes at a best price of £80.46 including free delivery from the first link below.

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Comment by ToniClarke, 21 Sep 2010 23:42

Please I need help with this device.I have the same problem that Paul had but cannot solve it, what do you mean by "slider" on the side of the pen.

Comment by Ali kadhim, 1 Sep 2010 22:09

I bought the IRIS notes  last week but when i receive the package it seem to be with out any software??? how can i upload the notes that i made till now i couldn't see it and i dont now how???
would anybody help me how can i download the software or it should be in a cd  with the package?? becouse it seem to be useless with out the software i can only use it as a mouse only

Comment by simona, 29 May 2010 7:55

I bought the tool and used it successfully. Never encountered any issue, all my notes were recorded and displayed. Too bad for me that it does not recognize Romanian - I could have used the cool handwriting to typing converter tool!

Comment by mburkhalter, 11 May 2010 18:17

is the software adaptable to the handwriting of more than one person?

Comment by Josef, 5 Jan 2010 16:04

Three quick questions:
(1) Just wondering how the transmitter / reeceiver operate.  If IR link between them then I'd be concerned about it's ability to understand a south paw (left handed).  

(2) How does it handle graphics?  I need to record simple graphs, block diagrams, and flowcharts often during meetings?

(3) is it possible to edit?  I mean go back to a previouse sentence and strike out a word or two and insert while writing?

ADV - thanks - ANCE

Comment by alfy, 25 Dec 2009 18:26

I need help with this device! Have the same problem of Paul but cannot solve it, what do you mean by "slider" on the side of the pen? Is the button to push? It does not work anyway... PLEASE HELP
Thank you!

Comment by Froglet, 3 Dec 2009 10:58

hmm, not quite as much use to me, as part of the art of minute-taking is being able to precis rather than quote verbatim.  But I still want one, it's gadget-tastic and would be great for putting the wind up managers in one-to-one meetings!!

Comment by unejook8ed, 3 Dec 2009 0:52

This is amazing, what an awesome concept! This would deffinetly be an awesome thing to have when taking notes.

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