Proofreading with a tablet + pen
Thread poster: Lutz Molderings

Lutz Molderings  Identity Verified
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Apr 10, 2011

It's time for a new laptop for me and I'm considering buying a tablet this time.
Not an iPad, of course (I don't see the point of these devices), but a proper tablet like the Thinkpad X201.

The reason I'm considering a laptop with touch screen and pen is that I think it might make proofreading much more enjoyable. I always find it rather tiresome adding notes and highlighting passages in e.g. PDF files.

Does anybody have any experience with this? How does this work in Office applications and Adobe Acrobat? As far as I can figure out, I would need to purchase a plug-in in order to use the Stylus Pen in Acrobat.


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
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2 different thinks Apr 10, 2011

Lutz Molderings wrote:

It's time for a new laptop for me and I'm considering buying a tablet this time.
Not an iPad, of course (I don't see the point of these devices), but a proper tablet like the Thinkpad X201.






There are 2 different devices. You can not expect that a iPad have so much power, otherwise I can tell you the haptic in a iPad is much better.

And 600 grams are not almost 2 kilo.

If you want proofreading PDFs with a pen and you have already a good laptop, you may considered the option of a iPad.

iPad 2 + Griffin Stylus + Good reader + Dropbox + Sofa

Goodreader = http://itunes.apple.com/de/app/goodreader-for-ipad/id363448914?mt=8

Or

iPad + Stylus + Noteshelf (app) + Evernote (app) to make annotations and to beam it up to the net.


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not another device Apr 10, 2011

Thanks for the suggestion, Fernando, but I don't really want another gadget to carry around. With my laptop I can do exactly the same I do at my desktop and everything, including Outlook, is kept perfectly in-sync in the background. Adding another device using an entirely different OS is only going to complicate matters.
An integrated tablet in my laptop, however, is tempting.


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For what it's worth Apr 10, 2011

I bought an iPad in New York last June.

I was one of those that said, "It's just an overgrown iPhone!".

However, I thought if I'm going to get one, then I should get one in the US as they are so much cheaper - and I'm gadget mad so.......

Well, its one of my favourite gadgets now.

You can sit in front of the TV at night surfing the web, checking emails, in fact most things that you can do with a laptop you can do with an iPad - and its no heavier than a large magazine.

The keyboard is large and sensitive. There are thousands of apps available. Word and PDF are supported.


It's almost impossible to scratch the screen, and it seems like you never have to charge it up, as the battery lasts for ages - you can't say that about a laptop.

Screen clarity is exceptional, especially for photgraphs, when it really is remarkable.

The only problem I've come across is the lack of support for Flash.

All-in-all I've found it to be a great investment.





[Edited at 2011-04-10 17:49 GMT]

[Edited at 2011-04-10 17:50 GMT]


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laptop vs. iPad Apr 10, 2011

Dave Greatrix wrote:
in fact most things that you can do with a laptop you can do with an iPad


Yes, except for translating, creating invoices with your bookkeeping program, converting PDFs, using specialist dictionaries ... you know, the things translators tend to do

Dave Greatrix wrote:

...as the battery lasts for ages - you can't say that about a laptop.



Maybe not with cheap, off-the-shelf laptops, but with my ThinkPad battery time is not really an issue. The 8-cell battery gives me about five hours, the spare 6-cell battery another three.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the iPad is great, but I don't think it would help me in my day-to-day work as a translator. It's like with my BlackBerry. Yes, I save time because I can answer e-mails wherever I am, but I'm sure I waste at least the same amount of time checking out all these new apps all the time.



[Edited at 2011-04-10 18:33 GMT]

[Edited at 2011-04-10 18:33 GMT]


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
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You are right Apr 10, 2011

Lutz Molderings wrote:



Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the iPad is great, but I don't think it would help me in my day-to-day work as a translator.


Right. 100% right

Buuuut, you say you want to have a touchscreen to proofreading documents, right?

Bevor I buy a old resistive touchscreen, I would buy the same Lenovo without this feature (I suppose cheaper) and invest the money in a iPad (or maybe the Xoom).

No, is is not a big smartphone!

With, for example, Dropbox you can do a lot of things in the ipad and the documents will synchronize to your laptop (and other PCs) automatically!

Your handmade annotations could be also digitalize, OCRized and synchronize on the fly with all your PCs.



If you say you would like to use a touchscreen, realize it is 1000% better to do this in a couch.

Just try both touchscreen...And maybe think about new ways to work!

... Just a point of view


Regards


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thanks for the info Apr 10, 2011

Fernando Toledo wrote:



Bevor I buy a old resistive touchscreen, I would buy the same Lenovo without this feature (I suppose cheaper) and invest the money in a iPad (or maybe the Xoom).

Regards


So you are saying the touch screen technology of the new ThinkPad x201 is inferior to the iPad touch screen? Can you tell me why? I don't really know much about this.
Cheers.


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
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I forgot to say Apr 10, 2011

that with the iPad a Stylus and a app like Penultimate, you can rest your hand on the screen as you type!!

I could not write "as a painter"


[Edited at 2011-04-10 19:48 GMT]


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x201 comes with capacitive touch screen Apr 10, 2011

Just checked the specs of the ThinkPad x201. It comes with a capacitive touch screen, not the old resistive type.

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Ups! Apr 10, 2011

Lutz Molderings wrote:

Fernando Toledo wrote:



Bevor I buy a old resistive touchscreen, I would buy the same Lenovo without this feature (I suppose cheaper) and invest the money in a iPad (or maybe the Xoom).

Regards


So you are saying the touch screen technology of the new ThinkPad x201 is inferior to the iPad touch screen? Can you tell me why? I don't really know much about this.
Cheers.


I see now, it is a capacitive screen:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/23/lenovo-thinkpad-x201-tablet-review/

Anyway, I would like to touch it, before i buy. The technical details are great!
But haptik... Just try it.

Regards


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... Apr 10, 2011

yeah, I'll try to test both before buying anything.
X201 is rather pricy.
Thanks anyway.


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