PenOffice™ for Microsoft Windows
PenOffice has been optimized for Microsoft Windows XP, Office XP and
latest models of Tablet PC.
"If you have any kind of Windows-based pen computer, you
need PenOffice. It's inexpensive and even if you don't use it all
the time it makes no sense to have a pen-based computer system
without it." Conrad H. Blickenstorfer stated in
his PenOffice review published in July 2002 issue of Pen Computing
PenOffice™ brings the power of award winning
CalliGrapher® handwriting recognition technology to your
Microsoft Windows Powered Tablet, Desktop or Portable PC and adds
useful pen-based applications: Microsoft® Word™ 97/2000/XP
document markup, on-screen drawing, ScratchPads with email
support, and PenCommander.
PenOffice version 2 incorporates several powerful new features
that greatly expand its functionality and ease of use:
This powerful new technology allows you to use your pen to call
up commands that can control your computer in almost limitless
ways such as editing documents, inserting often-repeated text
into documents, and launching applications. Also see
- JPEG support:
PenOffice now lets you send your InkNotes and Screendraw
drawings in JPEG format as well as BMP, thus allowing your work
to be viewed on multiple platforms.
- ScratchPad Shape Checker:
This feature automatically replaces roughly drawn geometric
figures with smooth versions and works with most simple forms.
- Inline Gestures:
PenOffice allows you to embed control gestures in your writing.
Simply write, inserting the gesture as you do, and keep writing.
PenOffice recognizes the text and formats it based on the
gesture(s) embedded within the text.
- Updated English Dictionary:
PenOffice includes an updated English dictionary that contains
over 100,000 words. The new dictionary improves integrated spell
checking functionality and recognition accuracy.
- Windows 2000/XP support:
PenOffice now fully supports Microsoft Windows 2000 and
Microsoft Windows XP, including support for new Windows XP
themes. It also supports Microsoft Windows 98, Windows ME, and
Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 5 or later.
- Word 2000/XP support:
PenOffice now fully supports Microsoft Word 97, Microsoft Word
2000, and Microsoft Word XP in the word markup mode.
- Multilingual Support:
PenOffice Multilingual Edition supports handwriting recognition
in the Dutch, English, French, German,
Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian and European), and
Spanish languages (details).
Microsoft Word markup feature.
PenOffice is a combination of a powerful handwriting
recognition engine and applications which allow you to extend the
core PenOffice functions. This combination includes:
- Natural handwriting recognition:
CalliGrapher component of PenOffice recognizes print, cursive,
and mixed script as well as arbitrary symbols and control
- Immediate usability:
Unlike many handwriting recognition programs, the CalliGrapher
component of PenOffice is ready to run right out of the box with
no training required. You can, however, customize CalliGrapher
to your personal handwriting style, thereby increasing
CalliGrapher’s already superb accuracy and speed.
- Built-in dictionary:
The CalliGrapher component of PenOffice recognizes words from
its integrated dictionaries. This includes a main dictionary
containing approximately 100,000 words and a custom user
dictionary. CalliGrapher also recognizes non-vocabulary words
like personal names, geographical names, and arbitrary
handwritten symbol strings.
- On Screen drawing:
This feature allows you to use your screen as a virtual
ScratchPad. You may save and e-mail drawings. You can also write
while in drawing mode and have PenOffice convert your
handwriting into typed text at a later time (deferred
- Microsoft Word markup:
Using PenOffice, you can mark up Microsoft Word documents and
forward your edits to others. PenOffice supports Microsoft Word
97, Word 2000 and Word XP.
PenCommander is a new feature in PenOffice, which allows you to
launch pre-recorded, user-defined commands (PenCommands). To
execute a PenCommand simply write word command and draw a circle
around it. PenCommander features are available only while
PenOffice is in Recognition mode. PenCommander Script Reference
- Spell checker:
This feature works with practically any application for
ScratchPad provides you with the electronic equivalent of
- RiteCalc handwriting calculator:
Simply write an equation, and let RiteCalc do the math.
- Extensive correction interface:
By pointing out PenOffice’s mistakes, you can improve its
- Expandable Architecture:
Look for future applications that will take advantage of
PenOffice’s powerful capabilities to further enhance your
Multilingual Edition supports seven languages: Dutch,
English, French, German, Italian,
Portuguese (Brazilian and European), and Spanish.
During installation, a user can choose to install support for all
four languages or any combination of the languages listed above.
If only one language is installed, the Language gesture is
disabled and the Language icon in Windows taskbar is
disabled. If two languages are installed, the Language gesture or
icon switches between these two languages. If three or more
languages are installed, the Language gesture or icon displays a
pop up menu listing all installed languages.
Each PenOffice language pack includes the following
- Handwriting recognition engine
- Spell Checker with modifiable user
- On screen pop-up keyboard
PenOffice 2.5 has been optimized for better performance on
Tablet PCs. Now you can use PenOffice and Microsoft handwriting
recognition at the same time.
To use PenOffice and Microsoft handwriting recognition at the same
- If Microsoft handwriting recognition is
configured in Write Anywhere mode switch to the Input Panel
- Start PenOffice and switch into the
Now, if you write on the Tablet PC Input Panel, the Microsoft
handwriting recognition will be used, however, when you write
anywhere else on the screen PenOffice handwriting recognition will
be used. In addition to handwriting recognition you also will be
able to use advanced PenOffice features such as recognition
gestures, PenCommander, spell checker, word document markup,
correction window, and others.
PenOffice requires the following minimum configuration:
- Personal or Multimedia computer with Pentium
Pro 200MHz processor or higher (Pentium III/350MHz or faster is
- Windows NT 4.0 Workstation or Server with
Service Pack 6 or later, Windows 98 or later including Windows
98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP Professional and
- 10MB of free disk space for full
installation, an additional 10MB required for temporary files
- 64 MB of memory to use on Windows 98/ME.
- 128 MB of memory to use on Windows NT
- VGA with 16-bit color minimum resolution.
- Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing
- Graphics tablet system* such as WACOM Intuos™
is strongly recommended.
- CD-ROM (required to install application if
purchased on CD-ROM).
- Internet Browser such as Microsoft Internet
Explorer 5.0 or later is recommended to retrieve the latest
product information from PhatWare's web site.
PenOffice currently supports Wintab
interface only. PenOffice 2.4 may not be compatible with all
tabled devices that support other interfaces. This version of
PenOffice works under PenWindows, but it is not optimized for it.
It uses mouse moves rather than precise screen coordinates for the
ink trajectory. Please note that the above represents minimum
requirements only. PenOffice performs better on systems exceeding
the listed requirements.