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Old 08-24-2018, 01:20 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a suggestion for a relatively low cost stylus that can be used with a computer? I've run into a situation where I need to provide an approximation of my handwritten signature and I can't just upload an image of my signature. Doing this with a mouse is a pain, and the results are pitiful.

The last time I looked at this tech it was expensive. I don't really know who the players are any more.
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Old 08-24-2018, 01:59 PM   #2
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I think it's not just the stylus you need but the tablet to go with it--I don't know of any styluses that work without a tablet although I may be wrong.

In any case, check out monoprice.com's graphic tablets (link is the search results for "graphic tablet" (no quotes), lowest price first) as they have some very inexpensive tablets that for what you are looking to do, might just do the trick. I've not tried any of the monoprice tablets but I have bought other things from them (various computer cables, usb hubs, etc.) and have recommended them to others. Their customer support is very good, their pricing reasonable as is their shipping.

Wacom is the major player in the graphics tablet market and they do have a line of entry-level/not quite as pricey tablets that also might be worth a browse. I have an Wacom Intuos 2--pretty old at this point--that I use to paint and draw with in Corel Paint and Photoshop but I think that's overkill for what you need. While I don't use it that way, my Intuos 2 came with a mouse and when not using the stylus one can use the tablet as a mouse pad using the Intuos mouse--I use a Logitech mouse on a regular mouse pad and just pull out my tablet when I want to draw/paint--I'm guessing that the monoprice tablet can be used as a mouse pad with a mouse but I'm not certain of that.



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There are styli for touchscreens but check for compatibility before buying one.

   
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How cool...I didn't realize that...good to know...



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Not really a new invention as you can see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sketchpad.


Although to avoid "gorilla arm" (Yes, really!) perhaps best for use with a tablet computer.

   
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Thanks for that link...I'd forgotten about Sketchpad...



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I wrote an article for a trade publication once wherein I posited that computers were watching us for signs of stress and/or impending deadlines. So they could fail at the worst possible moment. As evidence, I gave the light pen. If the computer weren't watching, how would it know where the light pen was pointing, hmmm?

   
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LOL!!! '-}}


Very...plausible...'-}}




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LOL!!! '-}}


Very...plausible...'-}}




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This was early on in the personal computer revolution. Some of the readers fell for it, I suspect.

   
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steve: Some of the readers fell for it, I suspect.
Probably more than a few.


I think the best of this sort of thing is a full page newspaper ad that Volvo ran many eons ago just as the chunnel was being completed stating that Volvo had a new car offering that would flip the drive from right to left and vice versa so that those using the chunnel would not be inconvenienced when going from England to France and France to England. It had a lengthy description of the option and was almost plausible until one realized what day it was...'-}}




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