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[X60] Scribbling issues with the X60
2012-05-25, 12:59 GMT
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Question Scribbling issues with the X60
I recently bought an Onyx Boox X60 primarily for taking handwritten notes at the office. The digitizer is great, but I found the built-in scribble app to be nearly useless for note-taking.

My most important problems are:
1. Scribbles are named "Scribble1", "Scribble2", etc. Renaming scribble files is not supported.
2. Searching scribble files by file name (including partial name) is not supported.
3. Exporting scribble files (to a PC via USB cable or wirelessly to the web) is not supported. I have tried the following methods:
• Accessing the device memory and the SD card and finding the scribble files – couldn’t find them.
• Using the Export function in the Scribble application – exports only the last page of a multi-page scribble (clearly a bug)
• Using the (undocumented) snapshot function (pressing Vol+ and Vol- buttons simultaneously) – captures a blank page without the scribbles.
• Using a blank pdf as a template – the scribbles are lost when I rename the template. Even if I don’t rename the template (or rename it before starting to scribble), the scribbles do not show up when I view the pdf on a pc.

Does anyone know a solution or an alternative scribble app which can solve some of these issues? It would make a huge difference for me...
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2012-07-10, 18:24 GMT
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RE: Scribbling issues with the X60
Glad to see my post generated a lot of interest :-)

Anyway, I have found a workaround to the problems above, which I would like to share with the huge crowd interested:

1. Write.
Use the Scribble function to take notes. If you need more than one page, use the Next page button to open a new blank page.

2. Export.
When the meeting/class is over, use the Export function to export the last page (Menu - Tools - Export). When prompted for a title, simply enter the page number (if you're exporting page 3, enter 3 for title - if you have 10 or more pages, use a leading zero for single-digit numbers, e.g. 03).
Delete the scribble page you have just exported. This will take you to the previous page - now export this page, entering the appropriate page number for title.
Repeat this step until all pages are exported.

3. Rename.
Go to folder SD card - Notes, and select the folder with the appropriate name (Scribble #) that was created automatically when you exported your scribbles. Rename it as you like (I use "yyyy mm dd" followed by the meeting topic and keywords).

4. Enjoy J.
You can now search for this folder (=meeting) using the keywords in the folder name. By default, the folders are sorted by title, so if you use the “yyyy mm dd” format I suggested above, your folders will be sorted chronologically.
If you open the folder, you will see your exported pages as 1.png, 2.png, etc. Nice thing is, even though the pages are all separate png files, you can flip through them as if they were appended together: just open the first one, and press the right arrow button to go to the next one.
If you want to have a backup copy (always a good idea), or to share your notes, the folders will be visible when you connect your device to a computer.

Conclusion: using this method, the Onyx Boox X60 is usable for taking handwritten notes. I just wish the pages of one scribble could be exported in one step… Better yet, if it was possible to rename, search and export (to a pc) the scribbles themselves, it would not even be necessary to export them to png at all… This is exactly how my ASUS EeeNote EA-800 works, so I will stick with it for now – even though I am attracted by the high-contrast e-ink screen of the Boox.
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