Installation was a snap. Plug it in to the serial port, select the com port it's on in the QuickLink Desktop application, match the baud rate of the serial port with the pen, and it's done. The only thing that needs to be done on the pen's side is to make sure it's running the proper application during installation: "PC-Controlled Communications." Updating the software, or adding applications is the same process, where all that needs to be done is to run the software, and run the same program on the pen as during the initial installation process.
The QuickLink pen is also compatible with Palm Pilots, PDAs, and other IrDA enabled cellular phones.
The pen is to be held from anywhere between 90, and 75 degrees (as shown below). This is the pen tip, not the larger section of the pen, as it is curved to make it easier to get the proper angle. The pen can be setup so as to be useable with either the left, or the right, as the characters are "upside-down" if this weren't true.
To actually start scanning the text (after you've opened up the application - discussed later) simply, start sliding the pen along just as you would with a highlighter. It's quite important to keep it in a straight line, rather than letting it follow a curve. Think about it: OCR (Optical Character Recognition) takes some time on scanners, yet this device is asked not only to do it fairly quickly (albeit one line at a time), but also to deal with the fact that it is moving! To make it a little easier, the pen tip has a white line that acts as a guide.
Another nice feature is the ability to scan in either direction. While it might seem more natural to scan in the same direction one reads, I found it easier to scan in the opposite direction, as it is easier to see where the tip of the pen is moving in this way than it is to go from left to right (if you're right handed: vice versa for left handed people). This point is important, as the pen is quite sensitive, as we'll see later.
When I first opened the box, there was a small pamphlet, which had the basic instructions. I'm the kind of person who likes to just jump into using something, if it looks simple enough. Given that the QuickLink pen has merely seven buttons, I just jumped right on in:
The red button is for power, green the enter button, and white for escape. The arrows are for directional navigation, and selecting/deselecting options. Though the manual is extremely in-depth, and accurate (props to whoever wrote it!), it is also extremely long. If you're new to dealing with these kind of peripherals, grab a sandwich, a cup of tea, and maybe even a blanket, as the book is no less than 104 pages!
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