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ECTACO/C-Pen 3.0 Handheld Scanner

ECTACO/C-Pen 3.0 Handheld Scanner

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The C-Pen 3.0 can read text and digits in most fonts between 5-22 points. The C-Pen 3.0 is the latest in the CPen family and has been specifically designed to be used together with a hosting computer. It is connected to the host by a USB cable.

The C-Pen 3.0 replaces the highly popular C-Pen 2.0 handheld scanner. The C-Pen 3.0 is a handheld scanner pen working on-line with a USB host inputting text/number data into any host application. With a simple scan the C-Pen 3.0 recognises 180+ languages based on Latin, Cyrillic or the Greek character set. The C-Pen 3.0 reads printed text and sends it directly to the cursor in the active application on your computer.

Featuring an auto-trigger, the user simply puts the C-Pen towards the surface with the printed text and the pen automatically enters into scanning mode.

The C-Pen 3.0 comes with host software, which is divided into three parts: The C-Pen 20 SDK, the Abbyy FineReader OCR and the C-Pen 3.0 User Interface providing a turn key user solution, featuring user selective scan type (e.g. text). scan language etc. Simply plug your C-Pen 3.0 into a USB port on your computer and let C-Pen start saving you time and effort. You can read text and numbers directly into PC applications, move easily between reader and mouse functions without releasing the pen, and even customize your mouse pad to connect quickly and easily to your favorite web pages and start programs.

The C-Pen 3.0 SDK enables very flexible third party application development. Both The OCR Module and the User Interface are optional and are thus replaceable. Third party OCR engines may be integrated and can enable the recognition of additional character sets. The option to replace the standard User interface enables a seamless integration into any third party vertical application.

C-Pen 3.0 package contents

  • C-Pen 3.0

  • Installation CD (includes C-Pen Core software, C-Pad" in pdf format)

  • USB cable

  • Quick start guide

  • Free language dictionary

ow to Read with Your C-Pen 3.0

1.Open a new or existing document (in any piece of text editable software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Notepad, etc) that you want to insert the scanned text into. 2. In this document, place the cursor at the position where the scanned text is to be inserted.

3.On the book/paper that is to be scanned, place the tip of C-Pen 3.0 before the first character you want to read. The two supporting legs should be positioned so that the centre of the text line is in the centre of the opening. The leg with the trigger should be below the text line and the other leg above the text line. The C-Pen will start to read the text when the automatic trigger is pressed onto the surface and will continue to read until the automatic trigger is released.

4.Move C-Pen over the line of text. You can move C-Pen either left-to- right or right-to-left over the text.

5.Lift C-Pen after the last character you want to read. C-Pen stops reading when the automatic trigger is released and the text will come up almost immediately in the document on your PC.

6.Continue in the same way for the next line.

Additional Features:

  • Size 131 x 19 x 31 mm

  • Weight 35 g (with 1.8m USB-cable 80g)

  • Electrical Power USB powered

  • Optical Sensor CMOS area sensor

  • Image resolution 330DPI

  • Scan image area 10 x 6 (mm)

  • Illumination Built-in white LED

  • Scan Font size 5-22 pts

  • Scan speed 15 cm/s

  • Connectivity USB USB1.1 / USB2.0 compliant

  • System requirement: Windows / PC Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit) or Mac New!

  • Pentium 200MHz 64MB RAM

  • 200MB free hard disk space CD-ROM drive

  • USB port (USB1.1 or higher)

34 Main Languages featuring dictionary support and spelling check system: Armenian (Eastern, Western, Grabar), Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch (The Netherlands and Belgium), English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German (new and old spelling), Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian (Nynorsk and Bokmal), Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish and Ukrainian.

133 Additional Languages with Latin, Cyrillic or Greek characters: Abkhaz, Adyghian, Afrikaans, Agul, Albanian, Altai, Avar, Aymara, Azerbaijani (Cyrillic), Azerbaijani (Latin), Bashkir, Basque, Belarusian, Bemba, Blackfoot, Breton, Bugotu, Buryat, Cebuano, Chamorro, Chechen, Chukchee, Chuvash, Congo, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Crow, Dakota, Dargwa, Dungan, Eskimo (Cyrillic), Eskimo (Latin), Even, Evenki, Faeroese, Fijian, Frisian, Friulian, Gagauz, Galician, Ganda, German (Luxemburg), Guarani, Hani, Hausa, Hawaiian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Ingush, Irish, Jingpo, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Karachay-balkar, Karakalpak, Kasub, Kawa, Kazakh, Khakass, Khanty, Kikuyu, Kirghiz, Klingon, Koryak, Kpelle, Kumyk, Kurdish, Lak, Latin, Lezgi, Luba, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Malinke, Maltese, Mansy, Maori, Mari, Maya, Miao, Minangkabau, Mohawk, Moldavian, Mongol, Mordvin, Nahuatl, Nenets, Nivkh, Nogay, Nyanja, Ojibway, Ossetian, Papiamento, PAOK, Provencal, Quechua, Rhaeto- Romanic, Romany, Rundi, Russian (old spelling), Rwanda, Sami (Lappish), Samoan, Scottish Gaelic, Selkup, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovenian, Somali, Sorbian, Sotho, Sunda, Swahili, Swazi, Tabasaran, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tajik, Tok Pisin, Tongan, Tswana, Tun, Turkmen, Tuvinian, Udmurt, Uzbek (Cyrillic), Uzbek (Latin), Welsh, Wolof, Xhosa, Yakut, Zapotec and Zulu.

1D barcodes: Check Code 39, Check Interleaved 25, Code 128, Code 39, EAN 13, EAN 8, Interleaved 25, CODABAR (without checksum), UCC Code 128, Cde 2 of 5 (Industrial, IATA, Matrix), Code 93, UPC-A, UPC-E and Postnet. Bank fonts: OCR-A, OCR-B and MICR (E13B) Digits and separators

With the C-Pen MAC (Beta) software you can use your C-Pen 20, C-Pen 3.0, C-Pen 3.5 or Ectaco/C-Pen on your MAC computer to scan printed text, do OCR, and get the text inserted at the position of your cursor in about any text enabled application.

The C-Pen 3.0 comes complete with a USB cable.

You can download the drivers by clicking on the following link:
Click here for MAC Driver Download

Version information:  CPenCore_1.2B1
Release date: 2011-01-12
New: Bluetooth support, allowing wireless connection for C-Pen 3.5 users. 

Click here for a Quick User Guide (which includes installation instructions) for a MAC:
Click here for MAC User Guide
This guide contains important information on how to install, connect and use the C-Pen.

System requirements (for MAC)

Mac OS X 10.6 or later on Intel supported.
Mac OS X 10.5 on Intel works, but further verification is needed.
IMPORTANT: Mac OS X 10.5 on PPC does not work.

C-Pen compatibility (MAC)

C-Pen 3.0, C-Pen 3.5, C-Pen 20 and Ectaco/C-Pen.

How Do I Use the C-Pen 3.0 with your MAC?

When using the C-Pen 3.0 on a MAC the scanned text will be inserted at the cursor position. This means that you can scan text into any standard program.

This is an example on how to scan text into Text Edit:

  • First check that the C-Pen is connected.
  • Start TextEdit.
  • Place the cursor in TextEdit where you want the text to appear. NB. Do NOT click anywhere else as this will move the cursor and make your program window "passive".
  • Place the tip of the C-Pen a few millimetres before the first character of the text. Press the C-Pen gently towards the paper and start moving it along the text line (like you would a highlighter pen). Try to keep a steady line! Lift the C-Pen from the paper when you have scanned the last character of the line.
  • The text you just scanned will instantly appear on your MAC screen in TextEdit.

NB. The text is fully editable, e.g. you can change font type and size in MS Word to customise the text. Note that there is a small automatic trigger button at the tip of the C-Pen. This button activates the scanning when the C-Pen is pressed against the paper. It is important that it is pressed in during the complete scan. The automatic trigger is shown in the picture to the left.



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