So today was the first day that I really had time to play around with the handwriting to text functionality provided by the S Note software on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and I thought I’d share a little bit of what that experience was like for me as a first time tablet user, and as someone that tried this software once before with zero success. You can see the first screen shot above (I’ll have to do a different post on screen shots and image editing on the tablet if people are interested) shows my raw handwriting before the S Note software converted it to text.
The next screen shot shows the conversion of my original chicken scratch to actual text, and on the right hand side there you can also see that I’ve written the date in my own handwriting that is waiting to be converted. Now the time it takes to convert the text is not long at all, I just had to have a quick trigger finger when it came to grabbing a screen shot before the conversion actually happened. The first thing I’ve noticed so far is the high level of accuracy one can get with the Wacom Stylus that comes with and is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and S Note software. This isn’t like those screens that you’ve seen at the grocery store when you sign your name for a credit card transaction, you can actually draw some pretty fine and precise lines with this.
My biggest beef with the S Note software on my first try with this at the end of 2012 was that the software crashed on me almost anytime I wrote a full sentence and waited for the handwriting to text conversion to take place. I was more than happy and breathed a huge sigh of relief when I jotted down the above two lines of text and waited to see what would happen. What happened next was a snappy conversion from Brian’s chicken scratch to actual clean and neat looking text, Samsung passed that test with this new version of the S Note software.
Now that I felt like I was getting in a groove with writing and having the handwriting converted to text, I began to realize that sometimes the placement of the text was not where I was expecting it to be. With some quick Google-ing I found some handy tips on how to handle this. A simple tap on the border of the text box opens up a menu of commands that will let you do things like copy, move, cut, and delete the block of text that you have selected. I’m still toying with all of the options here, but it was easy enough to grab the blue diamond on the border of the text box and resize the box, or just grab it and move the whole thing completely so it lines up with my other text.
Overall my quick smoke test of the Samsung S Note app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet went incredibly well and was leaps and bounds better than my first go-round with the application/device. I can officially say I will not be returning this device like I had to a few months ago because it is void of any buggy app or hardware crashes as a result of chugging away at handwriting to text conversions. If anyone has any questions or things they would like to see tested, leave a comment below or send us an email and we will do our best to test it. At this point I’m not sure how we will be sharing related reviews on the Galaxy Note 10.1 and all of the aps and accessories that go with it, but I do think it will become a regular fixture here since Samsung seems committed to developing more apps and software to support the Wacom stylus and the ability to perform precise tasks like writing and photo editing on their devices.