How it works

990-01-Applikation-1_02The STAEDTLER digital pen comprises a ballpoint pen and separate receiver unit and can be used for digitising your handwritten notes.

Write and sketch as usual on normal paper whilst the receiver is attached to the top of your note pad. The position and movements of the pen tip are recorded via infrared and ultrasound waves as well as complex algorithms and are converted into an image file. Up 100 pages of A4 in a resolution of 100 dpi can be captured.

The data can then be transferred to and stored on a computer using the USB cable provided. The handwriting recognition software included – also known as OCR software – enables you to manage and sort your image file notes and facilitates retrieval of specific data via a keyword search, e.g. for forwarding by email. The STAEDTLER digital pen keeps your notes safe, enables well-structured filing and spares you the trouble of having to scan as was necessary in the past.

What's more, handwritten notes can be easily converted into computer text via an adaptive handwriting recognition software, hence saving the bother of retyping them. The text file can then be processed and formatted as required or exported directly into a word processing programme. The software's training module helps improve the level of recognition accuracy. This is where you customise your profile specific to your handwriting style and define personal abbreviations such as e.g. for 'for example'. It involves a one-time rewriting of a two-sided sample text. The software recognises 30 languages.

86When working with the STAEDTLER digital pen, you can choose between three settings: 

The mobile mode enables you to capture your notes when on-the-go, away from your computer. You transfer the data to your PC for further processing later on.

In online mode, your data is displayed on your computer screen in real time. This is done by connecting your receiver directly to your PC via USB.

The mouse mode enables the STAEDTLER digital pen to be used as a computer mouse. Use of the stylus refill provided means that no marks are made on your notepad.



Software and user manual

It will show that it is a 30-day trial version but normally it recognizes that he already has the license for version 1.1 and converts the trial version to a full version. Sometimes customers must redo the procedure after 30 days but after the second time it should be permanent. 

Comparison of STAEDTLER digital pen 1.0 and 2.0

Here you can compare the digital pen 1.0 and 2.0 (.pdf).

Compatibility and technical specifications

System requirements
Microsoft®: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Macintosh® OS X 10.5 Leopard oder 10.6 Snow Leopard (Intel Processor only)
Free hard disk space: 100 MB
Recommended RAM: 512 MB
Minimum screen resolution: 1.024 x 768
CPU: minimum Pentium 2 GHz
Microsoft®: MyScript Studio Notes Edition 1.2, Note Taker
Macintosh® MyScript Studio Notes Edition 1.2, Note Taker
MyScript Studio Notes Edition 1.2 recognises handwriting in: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Canada/UK/US),  Finnish, French (Canada/France), German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese,  Kazakh, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil/Portugal),  Russian, Spanish (Mexico/Spain), Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese
Technical specifications
Transmission mode: infra-red and ultrasonic
Weight in gram 17,7
Length in millimeter 142
Diameter in millimeter 13,7
Operating time: n/a
Charging time: n/a
Battery type: SR 41 button battery
Weight in gram: 23,3
Length in millimeter: 72,4
Width in millimeter: 31,5
Height in millimeter: 20,6
Operating time: approx. 15 hours
Charging time: approx. 3,5 hours
Battery type: Lithium ion rechargeable battery

Subject to change without notice. Errors and omissions excepted.

ISPA Award

The STAEDTLER digital pen was distinguished with the highly coveted ISPA (International Stationery Press Association) award in 2011.

Our digital ballpoint pen was voted best product in the category 'Computer Accessories' based on the criteria innovation, quality, price, presentation and environmental responsibility.
Further information on the ISPA award can be found at