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RitePen 3.1 Smoothly Upgraded

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Leo from ritescript announced on the forum  last night that an upgrade for ritePen 3.1 was released. It’s a minor bump-up, but it’s important because it  addresses issues encountered and reported by GBM forum members. I upgraded last night, and it definitely works smoother for me. Really have to admire the ritePen guys for being so attentive to their customers.

Current ritePen 3.1 users can use the “Check for Upgrade” option for the free update if you haven’t received the auto-upgrade notice already.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

5 Comments

  1. Charles Jannace

    05/25/2009 at 5:34 am

    I love Rite Pen 3.1 but when I enable it, it cancels out the Grab and Drag Add-on in Firebox. I guess I can’t have everything.

  2. gmich

    05/25/2009 at 9:45 am

    I was wondering about this as well. I downloaded the trial o RitePen last night after reading Sumocat’s post. It seems like a great piece of software, but I noted that in Firefox I have to turn off grab-and-drag in order to be able to write on the screen. This makes RitePen more clunky to use within FF, as the grab-and-drag plug-in is pretty much a must-have for tablet users, and you have to unclick it every time you want to use a RitePen macro or shortcut.

  3. Sumocat

    05/25/2009 at 1:58 pm

    The drawback of using one tool for many different purposes (“one pen to rule them all”) is that you get to the point where you need to specify when particular actions should be performed. I toggle ritePen off and on regularly, but I also regularly toggle Grab & Drag when I need to select text on a web page or for cursor control in some web-based text editors.

    However, the Pro version of ritePen offers a solution. Using Binding, you can designate windows that, when in the foreground, will either not trigger ritePen or only trigger it after you select a text field. This works fine in Firefox with Grab & Drag. Obviously the drawback is you need to click either on another window or in a text field, respectively, to activate ritePen. However, I have that covered with the search box at the top and InkSeine’s tool ring at the bottom.

    Not sure if the Binding feature would be worth the upgrade to Pro for you, but coupled with the simplicity of keyboard shortcuts, which I use for everything, I think it’s a good deal.

  4. gmich

    05/26/2009 at 6:31 am

    Thanks for the reply, Sumocat. I’ll check out the Binding feature — I was thinking of getting the Pro version anyway. Another question: Do you use or have you used ActiveWords? I also have a trial version of it right now, and much of the functionality (though not the specific methods of achieving it) seems to overlap with ritePen. Do you think it’s worth having both? Any thoughts on this?

  5. Sumocat

    05/26/2009 at 10:23 am

    I have not used ActiveWords but I’ve only read and heard good things about it. After using ritePen with ink macros, I now understand the fuss. However, I find ritePen to be sufficient, particularly since I use it along with nirCmd to perform actions not possible with ritePen alone. And despite the inevitable toggling, I really like the write-anywhere functionality.

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