Month: February 2009

IntelliScanner Mini, the smallest barcode scanner intelligently interfaced

IntelliScanner is always on the look out for innovative products. A couple of years ago they came with the Scanabout, a USB-dock based Bluetooth barcode scanner, a couple of years before that, they had the PDF417 scanner (which I purchased and still use to full satisfaction today). Last year, IntelliScanner released their Microvision-manufactured ROV IntelliScanner. Early this year, IntelliScanner released the IntelliSCanner Mini, an Opticon OPN-2001 packaged in an attractive metal box, and delivered with an excellent driver and great software.IntelliScanner divides its products between professional and home usage. The new IntelliScanner Mini is a home usage appliance, according to IntelliScanner, but the barcode scanner by itself is quite useful in professional environments as well. Of course, it is not as sturdy as the ROV-scanner IntelliScanner sells as an office device. The IntelliScanner Mini is a very small laser-based barcode scanner. It fits the palm of your hand and comes with a lanyard—not a luxury if you don’t want to lose it—and a black velvet pouch to protect it from scratches and bumps. The scanner …

EndNote X2, Professional Citations in Pages ‘09

Thomson Reuters' EndNote X2 is a full-scale citation application that integrates with Microsoft Word and with Apple Pages '09. One look at the manual of EndNote X2 and you'll know this is serious software that enables students, scientists, legal professionals, M.D.'s, and educators to add footnotes and bibliographies like they are supposed to in their field of interest. The manual would also make you think this is hard to learn software, but that proved to be wrong. EndNote X2 has a huge number of options and features, though.EndNote X2 works close together with Pages ‘09. In fact, it’s just as closely integrated with Pages as it is with Word. There’s one major difference though: in Pages ‘09 I don’t get the plug-in error messages I do get when starting Word 2004 with the EndNote plug-in activated. As soon as you select the “Insert EndNote Citation” option from the Insert menu, the “Cite as you Write” system comes into play and a chain of actions is started. First, EndNote is launched with the EndNote Find Citations …

Typing and updating mathematical equations in iWork ‘09 and elsewhere on OS X: MathType 6

Pages '09 comes with potential MathType equation integration. If you own or buy MathType 6 for the Mac, you can now just insert MathType equations into Pages '09, but also in Numbers '09 and even in Keynote '09. Inserting a MathType equation is easy as cake, but MathType 6 can do a lot more than just be added to a document. I tested MathType 6 and its iWork '09 integration and focused on using MathType equations from iWork into other applications.Of course I started my MathType review by playing with the MathType application, and what else can I do than kick in a wide open door: “This application makes it really easy to type in equations.” While spending time with MathType 6 by itself, I couldn’t stop thinking I wish I would have had this when I was fifteen or sixteen. My maths would have benefited greatly from it. But MathType isn’t just for kids who hate writing simple mathematical equations. The application is used by scientists and people who write books that contain complex …

Pages ’09 review

Apple released iWork ’09 with many new features that are better implemented and easier to use than Microsoft’s otherwise excellent Word. Let’s just say Pages ’09 delivers 90% of what most people using a word processor for, need, while Word delivers everything --with confusion as a result for most of us.I regularly look around on the web for new developments in all sorts of markets and product categories. In the word processor market, I recently reviewed WriteRoom, a simple word editor that could do one thing many people need: to go on writing without distraction. WriteRoom had a fantastic full screen option for that purpose alone. It is fully customisable, including colours and cursor settings. WriteRoom is popular, especially because of this capability. Another popular category of products with the Mac user crowd is the outliner. MS Word has an excellent outliner, but you can do better by buying OmniOutline, for example. I could go on, filling up a neat list of essentials you can find in all kinds of different products. Perhaps some of …