Category : Digital writing basics

Digital paper

The ‘digital writing process’ is a method of capturing natural input via pen on paper and the conversion of this process into raw, live data.

Digital writing is a very stable technology – which has been available in varying forms, for over 10 years.

The process is widely used in consumer products such as Livescribe and on an enterprise level in any environment where repetitive form filling is an operational necessity.

The digital writing process that Pendata Asia works with require three critical technology components:

  • an Anoto Pen with optic lens (to take between 50 and 100 images per second of digital snapshots of a microdot pattern),
  • software to generate actions from the captured strokes such as easily implemented pre-population or specific instructions for data export and 
  • Dot Pattern – a non-repeating dot pattern printed by professional offset or laser print, onto a standard paper form or surface so the pen is able to determine which page is being written on, and where on the page the pen is.

In addition, a successful deployment and solution design requires one other critical requirement: knowledge!

Pendata Asia understands the specialist factors that contribute to a successful application or solution design and deployment. In addition, our Team work within a best practice environment using the latest technology and hosting solutions to provide our clients and partners with best in class solutions and support.

Anoto Live Pen 2

With more than 10 years of experience, Anoto provides easy-to-use, intuitive, reliable, and durable digital pens for an array of purposes and environments.

Anoto Digital Pens write and feel like traditional pens, but capture everything you write as digital data in real time.

From paper to computer screens, tablets to walls, Anoto has pen tips that suit any surface equipped with our Microdot Pattern.

Pens record pressure and absolute time, combining all information for ultimate accuracy and world-class handwriting recognition.

Technology and a centuries old process like ink on paper may seem unlikely companions in a digital workflow. However for certain situations, not only is wet ink on paper a better solution fit, it is the only option. From the practical, time saving individual solutions like personal note taking (and text conversion) to the enterprise solution where a hard copy (with embedded wet ink input/signature) is required to complete a process, digital writing is a simple and effective solution.

Once the practicality of a sensible data capture solution is layered with the server side tools that make this process secure, scalable and integral, a digital writing solution deliverers where other data capture solutions are under credentialed.


The digital writing process is widely used across the world, by organisations health care, financial services, public sector, trades and services, facilities management and educational environments.

Anywhere containing repetitive, time critical, compliance heavy processes currently using hybrid offline and online systems see almost immediate returns on productivity, efficiency and staff motivation.

The digital writing process is for the most part, a data capture solution, that converts the process of digital writing or drawing into digital data.

The applications of this process can be broadly broken into Enterprise solutions for business applications, and Creative Applications. Creative solutions focus on the use of the pen and dot pattern solution to make surfaces such as walls, table tops, or shared documents interactive (and smart) data capture surfaces. In addition, Anoto dedicates and entire solutions devision to the provision of services for creative applications.

Pendata is specifically involved with the provision of Enterprise solutions. Typically this is ‘forms’ based workflow, however it can include the use of the digital writing process in areas as diverse as Biometric Signature Capture and validation to time and attendance / remote field audit solutions (such as signing a box on a site audit sheet).

Whatever the solution, the pen and paper is best suited to deployments that include some or all of the following situational requirements:

  • low end user training requirements
  • requirement to leave a hard copy of the original signed document with the data creator
  • low cost stable technology based solution
  • ability to run a hybrid solution of natural input data capture with back end digital integration
  • ability to apply data credibility tools to a natural input workflow
  • requirement to digitise part of an existing solution without removing legacy pen and paper process

There are a multitude of other reasons in addition to this. However, almost universally the solutions of best fit involve the ability deeply integrate the Anoto Live Forms Platform with an existing software API. In these scenarios, the Anoto platform can add almost immediate value to an existing solution.