By: Sylvia Suszka Hildebrandt, RN, BS, MN, ARNP, CCNI
Sylvia is a contributing editor of PDA cortex.. She
was Excelsior College's first graduate of Health Care
Informatics. She also participates as a professional
reviewer for Computers In Nursing. Sylvia is on the
National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Review Committee and
reviews grant applications received in response to NCI's
SBIR Topic 181: Clinical Trial Data Collection Using
Hand Held Technology. Sylvia is a co-author of the soon
to be released book "Handhelds in Medicine".
Corporation (CIC) is a provider of input, electronic signature
and security software solutions. CICs core software technologies
include multilingual handwriting recognition systems, dynamic
signature verification, ink compression, and operating system
extensions that enable"pen" input to a handheld device.
CICs products are designed to increase the ease of use,
functionality, and security of mobile electronic devices ranging
from handheld companions to cellular phones.
Jot is an advanced handwriting recognition software, that can
eliminate the need to learn "Grafitti". Jot is just
what the name implies. You can easily, Jot words, individual letters
- both upper and lower case, numbers, gestures, symbols, and accents.
Data input feels more natural: No more special symbols or characters
to memorize. Jot allows all PDA users to input text more naturally.
Jot also supports most of the Graffiti-based characters.
Feeling cramped by the small Graffiti area? Jot has full-screen
support allowing users to input text on the full screen or in
the input panel area.
It has a wonderfully simple user-interface. There is no need
to change modes to get capital letters! With Jot where you write
determines if the character will be read as upper case, lower
case, numeric or a symbol. Jot enables users to use the center
area of the screen to get capital letters. And you can see what
you're writing on the screen!
The built in recognizer helps users improve their accuracy by
enabling characters to be viewed in ink as they are written. Jot
supports International character recognition of Roman-based western
European languages and accent marks!
With Jot's Macro Editor, you can define frequently used phrases
(such as "vital signs stable") or actions (such as copy
or paste and copy) for quicker text entry and editing.
Jot's intuitive character recognition simplifies and speeds data
entry freeing the clinician to focus on patient care.
Jot provides an extensive animated tutorial demonstrating how
to write letters and symbols and offers practice sessions for
each function. A tuner capability allows the user to select individual
letters that cause difficulty with the strokes. A good example
is "Y" which can be produced by two methods: first draw
a "V", and then a straight line down from the base to
complete the letter; or you can draw one stroke slanted like the
beginning of a "V", then one total stroke finishing
the "V"and adding the tail.
Simple to download, install and learn, you'll be "Joting"
in no time!