The digital highlighter is an invention designed with obsessive note takers in mind. Whether you’re in college, or you remember what that was like, taking notes by hand had the distinct drawback of creating double the work since you had to retype your thoughts to write your papers. This was perhaps why those without the compulsion to take notes didn’t bother, but for the rest of us, there was nothing that could be done about it. Well, the fine folks at Scanmarker must have felt the same way because they created the all-in-one multi-lingual digital text and image scanner.
What is It?
The digital highlighter essentially scans your handwritten text, or text in a book, and transfers it into any application that accepts keyboard typing, i.e. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The highlighter is a handheld scanner that attaches to your computer with a USB cable. It recognizes characters from 8 pt to 24 pt, and it has a scan field of 0.4 inches. This is most helpful for college students or anyone who writes for a living. By digitizing your notes, you can easily transfer your thoughts directly from the notes document into your report. Plus, if you were taking handwritten notes from a textbook, you can now just highlight the text in the book and skip the handwritten notes altogether.
Once you receive the package, you insert the disc that comes with the digital highlighter into your computer. You have to download the software to make it work, but once that’s done, you should be good to go. As a side note, just like all software, the manufacturer occasionally updates the software. You should check periodically to make sure the version you have is the most up-to-date. The highlighter works best when everything is updated.