Graphics input

Livescribe

How can I combine a real notebook with digitization?

Great question. My current solution here is Livescribe, a ball-point pen that remembers what you write if you use special paper. It also has some features I don’t use, such as audio recording. You can find more about that on the internet.

My summary is: Great pen; clunky data transference app. Worth it overall.

Here are some links I’ve needed for that recently:

Graphics tablets

Wacom are the recognisable ones here, but they are crazy expensive and their drivers are awful on macOS, working unreliably and aggressively enforcing obsolescence of tablets. Their competitors drivers can surely not be any no worse and their tablets cost less. Which competitor is least worst?

Richard Zach recommends StylusLabs Write as the input app, a minimalist sketchpad app that looks convenient for maths and other textual-type stuff. Windows/Mac/Linux.

Tablet computer as graphics tablet

I am fond of Android-tablet-as-screen, since it is a cheap device with touch interface and visual feedback. There are many apps that do this; None for linux though AFAICS.

Richard Zach is good here and talks through some of the wacom options and getting output from his mathsnerd reMarkable tablet via srvfb.

Mathematical OCR

a.k.a. “Reverse LaTeX”.