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
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
Installation CD (includes C-Pen Core
software, C-Pad" in pdf format)
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.
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
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.
Size 131 x 19 x 31 mm
Weight 35 g (with 1.8m USB-cable
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
System requirement: Windows / PC
Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista (32/64 bit), Windows 7 (32/64 bit) or MacNew!
Pentium 200MHz 64MB RAM
200MB free hard disk space CD-ROM
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.
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.
Version information: CPenCore_1.2B1
Release date: 2011-01-12
New: Bluetooth support, allowing wireless connection for C-Pen 3.5
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
This is an example on how to scan text into Text Edit:
First check that the C-Pen is connected.
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