As much as I like to handwrite to enter data on a form, there are times when it's just easier to use a virtual keypad to enter data. Below are some of the keypads that can be accessed from within an Active Ink form to simplify data entry.
MetaFacts has composed a report on mobile users. The interesting tidbit of information was the following: "Mobile PCs have moved into the majority, with 53% of computer-using adults using either a notebook or tablet PC."
“Mobile PC users are very busy” said Dan Ness, Principal Analyst at MetaFacts. “Nearly 13 million adults use a notebook or tablet PC 40 or more hours per week, and 60% of these active users regularly use three or more PCs, moving between home, work, and publicly-owned PCs.”
Pro-Teck Tailored Waste Solutions in New Haven, Connecticut, is an established leader in the field of transportation and disposal solutions. It has an extensive transportation network throughout the Northeast region of the United States, with jobs as small as five gallon pails up to thousands of tons of soil.
When Pro-Teck’s financial administrator, Peggy Manalis, was asked to come up with a better tracking system for the company’s fleet of trucks, she turned to her IT consultant for help. And her IT consultant strongly recommended the tablet computer.
An Internet search led Manalis to Allegiance Tablet PC Experts. Once she spoke with Allegiance, she knew Pro-Teck was heading in the right direction. “Not only was the price right, but they were incredibly helpful and responsive – they were able to answer all of our questions and point us in the right direction. They recommended Active Ink Software for managing our field inspections.”
Pro-Teck started with one tablet computer in December ’07, and now they have three. With Active Ink software, all of the company’s forms are right on the tablet. As Manalis notes, “Everything is automatic now – information can be input and e-mailed to the office immediately. This has cut down on the hours it used to take to fill out all of the forms -- it has been a tremendous time and money saver.”
Erin Kendal of Computer Shopping Magazine describes five reasons why students should use a tablet PC. I wish I had a tablet PC when I was in college. The three things I would have used were the audio recorder, the digital note taking function and the PDF highlighting capability.