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Orientation Guide

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Ink Manager Trainer Practice Set

Heres an overview of activities in this tutorial how long to allow and what steps require your PC.


These activities take about 45 minutes.

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Check your package contents. Try the CrossWriter digital pen. Explore your CrossPad portable digital notepad (PDN). Using CrossPad controls. Installing the IBM Ink Manager software. Creating digital notes. Transferring digital notes to your PC. Creating and using Notebooks. Troubleshooting and maintenance. Getting the most from your CrossPad.

Working with CrossPad. Working on your PC.



Check your package contents.

This is an overview of everything you should have received in your CrossPad package. Check to make sure theres nothing missing or damaged. If there is, call Cross Pen Computing Group Customer Support at 800.510.9660.


CrossPad Portable Digital Notepad CrossWriter Digital Pen Serial Transfer Cable Four (4) AAA Batteries / CrossPad One (1) AAAA Battery / CrossWriter (ships installed) Five (5) Replacement Ink Cartridges (shown on p. 5)

Orientation Guide Supplemental Handwriting Guide User Guide Quick Reference Card CrossPad CD-ROM Warranty Card & Offer End User Licensing Agreement & Regulatory Compliance Notification

Replacement cartridges and new pens can be ordered directly from Cross (800.466.4428) or purchased through any authorized Cross dealer. A special replacement pen offer is also included in this package. Customer Support: 800.510.9660 or

Try the CrossWriter digital pen.

The CrossPad is actually a system of two elements, a digital pen that writes in traditional ink while transmitting digital ink and a digitizing notepad that receives and stores those signals. The CrossWriter digital pen is a fine writing instrument in the Cross tradition. While it feels like a traditional pen, there is more here than meets the eye. This pens special features make it unlike any other.


Give it a try. Remove the cap and write your name here several times to get the feel of it.

Signet Holographic insignia designates this pen as digital. Clip Features the Cross brand logo.

Cap Snaps on and pulls off from the front section of the pen. Protects the ink cartridge.

Transmitter Concealed in front section. Sends digital ink signal to CrossPad. Pen turns on with first writing contact or light tap of pen point. Turns off after 5 minutes of disuse. Barrel Conceals the transmitters AAAA battery. Holds the cap when pen is in use. Ink Cartridge Replacement cartridges insert in pen tip. Removal tool is part of ink cartridge tray.

Front Section Holds the pen tip and transmitter. Protects the delicate transmitter assembly.

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Explore your CrossPad portable digital notepad (PDN).

The CrossPad portable digital notepad (PDN) is a lightweight, portable digitizing tablet. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with these key CrossPad design details.


Tablet Slot Holds the stiff backing card of a standard letter-size bound tablet (8.5" x 11").

Battery Housing Battery storage unit. Holds four AAA alkaline batteries.

On/Off Button Up for on. Down for off.

Quick Reference Sticker Convenient CrossPad and digital pen reference for basic features, troubleshooting and support.

Ink Cartridge Tray Snap-in tray. Holds five replacement ink cartridges and a tool for removing cartrdiges from the pen.

Control Console Six recessed buttons that initiate CrossPad actions. Activated with a tap of the digital pen.

Display LCD display window. Indicates system status and confirms actions.

Orientation Install the batteries.

1 Locate the four AAA batteries that came in your CrossPad package. 2 Press the housing release button. The battery housing will pop out slightly. 3 Remove the housing and insert the four AAA batteries into the housing according to the positive (+) and negative (-) indicators.

4 Push the housing back into the sleeve until it snaps into place.
PC COM Connector Plugs into an open PC COM port.

Rubber Feet Grip flat surfaces for a secure writing platform.

Battery Housing Release Frees the battery housing Pocket Door for removal. Conceals and protects cable connection ports.

CrossPad COM Connector Plugs into the CrossPad COM port.

Reset Button Special use button. Applications are described in the User Guide.

COM Port Connection point for the serial transfer cable.

AC/Recharger Port Connection point for an optional rechargeable battery system.

Speaker Plays system audio cues.

Using CrossPad controls.

Turn your CrossPad on.
Slide the On/Off switch along the right edge of the CrossPad up into the On position.


You should see the liquid crystal display (LCD) come on. It provides responses to button selections that you make with the Cross digital pen.

Reading the CrossPad display


Indicates CrossPad is on.

Indicates CrossPad is on and is recording a signal from the digital pen.

Previous page. Indicates a digital page with digital ink present.

Current digital page and page number. Digital ink present.

Next page. Shows remaining Indicates a digital battery power. page with no digital ink present.

Using CrossPad buttons CrossPad is controlled by signals you send it with the transmitter in your digital pen. You select buttons from the control console along CrossPads base by tapping the tip of your pen on the indentation above the button icon.

Keyword Used to index key ideas visually (on your CrossPad) and digitally (in your digital notes). Tap button twice to Bookmark the current page.

Menu Summons a menu of control settings and user preferences. Successive taps move you through the menu then back to the first menu choice.

Page Backward Moves you back one page in your digital notes.

Page Forward Moves you ahead one page in your digital notes.

Cancel Used to answer no to menu display questions.

OK Used to answer yes to menu display questions.

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Orientation Move between pages.

The Page Backward and Page Forward buttons move you back and forth, one page at a time, in your digital notes. The display changes to indicate the number of the page you are on. It is quite important to keep your written page and your digital page aligned as you will see later. Try moving between pages. The initial display should show page 1. If it does not, see the instructions on page 10 of this guide for erasing your CrossPad, then return here. Tap Page Forward. Remember that the first tap often turns the pen on. You may need to tap again. Because you have not made any marks on page 1, the system will ask you to confirm the choice: The current page is Blank! Do you wish to insert a Blank page? This is one way CrossPad helps ensure that your written pages and digital pages remain aligned. Tap OK. The display changes to page 2. Tap Page Backward. The display changes back to page 1.

Review CrossPad menus.

Menus are used to set system preferences and control system actions. Repeatedly tapping the Menu button with your digital pen moves you through the choices. Try it. Tap Cancel at any time to exit. A chart in the last section of this Orientation Guide provides a convenient map of all the menu screens you may encounter when using your CrossPad and transferring files (page 22). A second chart (page 23) reviews the various reasons the CrossPad beeps to alert you to system conditions or confirm user actions.

Technical support is available at the Cross Pen Computing Group website ( or by calling: 610.651.8377.

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Installing the IBM Ink Manager software.

Ink Manager is the software that resides on your PC. It is referred to frequently in this guide. The IBM Ink Manager for CrossPad CD-ROM includes the software you need to upload digital notes from your CrossPad to your PC and to manage your notes once they are transferred. Take a moment now to load the software so it is ready when you need it to practice uploading notes.

Orientation Insert the Ink Manager CD-ROM.

The Ink Manager CD-ROM includes an installation wizard that automatically installs the software you will need to run Ink Manager on your PC and organize your notes. 1 Turn your PC on. 2 Place the Ink Manager CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive of your PC and close the drawer. The Windows auto-run feature will prompt you for installation. If nothing happens, read Troubleshooting Tips, Section 17, in your User Guide. 3 Follow the Instructions on the screen to install IBM Ink Manager. You will be given the option during installation to go on-line and complete your registration on the Cross Pen Computing Group web site. If you have a modem attached to your PC, you can do this now. If you would prefer to register on-line later, use your Internet browser to go to pagereg.html. If you do not have a modem, fill out and return the warranty registration card provided. During installation, IBM Ink Manager takes the first step toward establishing a user profile for your handwriting by asking you to indicate your handwriting style (print or script, uppercase, lowercase or mixed). See the enclosed Supplemental Handwriting Guide for more about this feature.

Review the system requirements.

IBM Ink Manager requires certain PC system capabilities (listed below). We also recommend some configurations to help you get the most from the software. Take a moment to confirm that your system has everything that Ink Manager needs. Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0 system software Pentium or better processor 20 MB free hard disk space I6 MB RAM minimum 32 MB recommended 32 MB minimum for Windows NT 4.0 SVGA (800x600) or better resolution display One available 9-pin COM port (industry standard 16550 chip recommended) CD-ROM drive

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Creating digital notes.

Turn the CrossPad on.
Your CrossPad should still be on. If it is off, slide the On/Off switch up into the On position. The CrossPad display will appear and show you positioned at page 1. If you had already recorded digital notes when you last turned the CrossPad off, the display would show the last page number selected. If your CrossPad displays anything other than 1 on a page with no recorded digital ink, take a moment to erase it. Try it even if you do have an empty CrossPad, just to practice.



Erase the CrossPad.

1 Tap the Menu button once to turn the pen on (if it has been idle for longer than 5 minutes). Continue tapping until you reach the prompt: Erase CrossPad? 2 Tap OK to erase. 3 Tap OK again to confirm. The display will say Erasing CrossPad..., CrossPad Erased, and then display a blank page 1. The next few pages in this Orientation Guide include a series of exercises where you create some digital notes, sketches and diagrams on your CrossPad that you can use to practice transferring data to your PC.

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Orientation Number this page of your guide 1.

Write 1 inside the page icon provided at the bottom of this sample page.


Select a Keyword.
Keywords help you search for notes once you have transferred them to your PC. Start by marking them here. Select a Keyword from your writing sample. For purposes of this example, choose a common word. 1 Tap the Keyword button once. The display prompts: Circle Keyword to be selected, or tap again for Bookmark. 2 Draw a circle around a word in your sample. Make sure that all of the ink you want to Keyword is inside the circle. 3 CrossPad beeps (if the beeper is activated) to signal that the Keyword has been captured. The display briefly signals: Keyword Selected! There will be more about this important feature later in this guide.

Note: Numbering pages is very important. It helps you synchronize your paper notes and digital notes.

Create a writing sample.

Fill in the blanks provided below with your CrossWriter digital pen. Write the way you always write. Big or small. Print or script. CrossPad will capture any kind of pen stroke you create. Note: The CrossWriter digital pen transmits digital ink when writing pressure activates the pen transmitter. Look for the icon that indicates your CrossPad is receiving digital ink. If it does not appear as you write, you may not be writing with enough pressure, or your pen battery may be depleted. Also check to make sure that the front end of the pen is screwed together tightly.
Todays date is

Add a Bookmark.
Bookmarks provide a way to invisibly tag a page of your digital notes, to signal the end of a section or to otherwise mark a page so you can locate it later. Tap the Keyword button twice. CrossPad prompts: Insert Bookmark? Tap OK. CrossPad confirms: Bookmark Inserted There will be more about this important feature later in this guide.

Taking notes is

I am writing on a

Move to the next page.

Tap Page Forward once. Notice that the page display changes to page 2.
My signature

Tapping Page Forward indicates to CrossPad that you are changing pages. If you back up to jot a note on a previous paper page you must let CrossPad know this by tapping the Page Backward button.
Did you number this page 1

Orientation Number this page 2.

Did you remember to move to the next page in your digital notes? If your CrossPad still reads 1 tap Page Forward once. Write the number 2 in the page icon at the bottom of this page.


Sketch something.
Sometimes even a basic diagram, sketch or chart says more than words ever could about an idea. Sketches are a simple, practical way to show someone else what you are thinking and aid recall by creating visual markers for key points. 1 Create a drawing with your digital pen in Box A. 2 Add a caption in the blanks provided. 3 Tap Keyword then circle a word in your caption. 4 The beep indicates that this Keyword has been selected.
Did you number this page 2

Move to the next page.

Tap Page Forward once. Notice that the page display changes to page 3.

Ink Manager Trainer Practice Set

Number this page 3.
Remember to always confirm that the page numbers on your CrossPad display and your paper notes match.

Orientation Connect the dots.

Separately connect the three sets of dots in Box B to create a diagram we can work with on the PC. Add a caption in the blanks provided.


Bookmark the page.

Tap the Keyword button twice to bookmark this page.

Then select a Keyword in the caption as before.

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Transferring digital notes to your PC.

Follow these steps to transfer the digital notes you just created to your PC. You will need the serial transfer cable from your CrossPad and your PC.

Orientation Connect the cable to your CrossPad.

Insert the cables small connector into the CrossPad COM port with the Cross logo facing up.


Connect the serial transfer cable to your PC.

Connect the larger end of the cable to an available COM port on your PC. Tighten the screws to secure it. If you are already using your ports for a modem or other peripherals, you will need to disconnect one of these devices when using the CrossPad serial transfer cable. If you have more than one COM port, make a note of which port you use (typically COM1 or COM2), so that you can designate that port in the Ink Transfer software you will configure next.

Configure Ink Transfer for the selected port.

If you have more than one COM port, Ink Transfer, a digital note upload utility installed when you loaded your software, needs to know which port you have selected. 1 Open the Ink Transfer utility from the Windows taskbar by double-clicking on the Ink Transfer pen-nib icon. Note: If the serial port has not yet been properly configured, there will be a red prohibited overlay on the icon. 2 Select Serial Port Configure. 3 Specify the port to which you connected the serial transfer cable on your PC (generally COM1 or COM2). 4 Select a Baud Rate (generally 115200). Note: The communication speed on your CrossPad must match this setting. Use the CrossPad Menu button to check or change this setting. 5 Click OK.

Press the serial transfer cable connector firmly into the CrossPad COM port. Watch this connection carefully to make sure that the cable doesnt accidentally pull free.

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Orientation Transfer your digital notes to your PC.

1 Tap the Menu button on your CrossPad with your digital pen. The first menu choice Upload Ink? will appear. Reminder: If your pen has been idle for longer than 5 minutes you need to tap once to turn the pen on and then again to make a selection. 2 Tap the OK button. Ink Transfer launches automatically when it senses incoming digital notes. While the transfer is in progress the CrossPad display indicates Transmitting... and the PC monitor displays a progress bar that tracks the transfer. This bar disappears quickly when transferring a small sample of digital notes. Note: The CrossPad can not capture any digital ink while a transfer is in progress. If you see the message UPLOAD FAILED! on the CrossPad display, change the baud rate on your CrossPad to 38.4K, and repeat the steps on this page. Check also to see that both COM port connections are secure and that Ink Transfer is running. When the transfer is complete, the Ink Manager application launches automatically and the CrossPad display indicates Upload Successful! Erase CrossPad? 3 Tap the OK button to erase. CrossPad is now ready to capture new notes.


Once you erase your digital notes they can not be restored, so CrossPad displays: Tap OK again to Erase CrossPad, to confirm your intentions. 4 Tap the OK button a second time to confirm.

Confirm your Keywords.

Confirmation is the process of verifying or modifying the Keyword text assigned to the digital ink words you marked as Keywords. Ink Transfer includes the option to confirm Keywords you have marked in your digital notes immediately upon transfer. Confirmation begins with the Keyword(s) Confirmation dialog box. In it, you can view each Keyword by clicking the left and right arrow keys. To change a Keyword, edit the text directly or click the down-arrow key to view and select an alternate word. After making changes, click the Accept All button. Take a moment to confirm or correct the Keywords in your sample transfer. Click the Help button for additional on-line help should you need it.

The screen remaining on your desktop after the Keyword(s) Confirmation box is closed is the primary window of the IBM Ink Manager application. Turn to the next page of this guide for more information about this software.

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Orientation Familiarize yourself with IBM Ink Manager.

The screen shown below is the primary window for using Ink Manager software and viewing Notebooks, the digital ink documents created when you transfer notes from your CrossPad to your PC.


1 Click the Fit Page to Window button to see a complete view of page 1 of your handwritten notes in the Page Window. 2 Then take a moment to review the layout of the screen.

Bars and windows

Title Bar Displays the name of the current application (Ink Manager) and the active Notebook. Menu Bar Displays the pull-down menus you will use to access choices not available on the toolbar.

Page Window Displays the current Notebook page.

Standard Toolbar Positions frequently used commands from the Menu Bar conveniently near the Page Window. See Toolbar Preferences in the User Guide for toolbar customization options.

Status Bar Provides summary information about the displayed Notebook.

File Tools

Navigation Tools

Ink Tools

Page Tools


Organize Create and save Notebooks. Undo and redo actions. Cut or copy digital ink to your clipboard and paste it in other pages, Notebooks or applications.

Navigation Move within the current Notebook using the following criteria: Page Keyword Bookmark Upload Date Page Creation Date

Edit Color digital ink. Make ink strokes bold or italic. Add ink freehand. Make new Keywords. Group ink strokes as pictures (to exclude them from recognition).

View Zoom in or zoom out on the current page. Fit the page within the Page Window.

The CrossPad Quick Reference Card includes a comprehensive visual overview of all the tools available in IBM Ink Manager.

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Creating and using Notebooks.

Once transferred, digital notes are placed in Notebook documents. Notebooks store digital ink and other data. They are a flexible, dynamic, archiving system for managing digital ink on your PC.



Moving between Notebook pages.

Now that you know a bit more about how Ink Manager works, use some of the software tools to traverse your Notebook. 1 Select Page as your navigation criterion in the Navigation Box (if that is not already the current selection).

Specifying Notebooks.
To get you started, a default Notebook was created for you based on information you provided when installing Ink Manager. You should see that Notebook name now in the Title Bar at the top of your screen. There are a number of options available for directing digital note transfers into one or another Notebook. Using Ink Manager preferences and commands, you can create, open, or append to multiple Notebooks. Ink Manager uses the settings in the Notebook tab (File Preferences Notebook), shown below, to determine where to place data you want to transfer. Make your choice before initiating the transfer.

2 Click the Next tool to move ahead to the second and third pages of your Notebook. You should see the sketches you made there. 3 Click the First tool to move back to page 1. Note: You can also use the Page Up and Page Down keys on your keyboard to move between Notebook pages.

Note: These options are fully explained in the CrossPad User Guide, Section 8, and on-line help.

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Orientation Reviewing Bookmarks

1 Click the pull-down menu in the Navigation box on the toolbar and select Bookmarks as your navigation criterion.


Adding Keywords in Ink Manager.

A Keyword is a word or phrase you designate to mark a section of notes for later retrieval. You can search your notes by Keyword all your notes (across notebooks) or just a specific notebook. There are two ways to create Keywords (and Bookmarks): On your CrossPad (when you circle them in your notes and mark them with the Keyword button), and on your PC (when you use Ink Manager features to add or modify Keyword selections).

You will notice that you could have selected one of several other search targets. Once a criterion is selected, all of the navigational tools move you between entries of that type. See the User Guide for more about these other navigation criteria. 2 Click the Go to tool next to Bookmark in the Navigation box. You should see a menu listing the Bookmarks that you created in your sample pages earlier in this guide. 3 Click on the second entry. This action should move you to the third page of your Notebook where that Bookmark is located. 4 Use the Prev and Next tools to move between the two Bookmarks. If this were a large document with fewer Bookmarks than pages, you could use this tool to jump quickly between Bookmarks across many pages in your Notebook.

If you discover words or phrases in your Notebook that you would like to be able to find by Keyword, but didnt mark on your CrossPad originally, you can use Ink Manager tools to add them as Keywords on your PC. 1 Select a word by using the Select tool to drag a box around it. 2 Click the Keyword tool. 3 A window opens where you can verify the recognition for that word, correct it, or add other search terms. 4 Click OK to add this Keyword to your list of searchable markers. Note: Digital ink associated with a Keyword displays in blue.

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Orientation Cutting and pasting digital ink on different Notebook pages.

Words and images you see in your Notebook are comprised of digital ink. They can be cut or copied to your clipboard and pasted elsewhere in a Notebook that you are organizing, or into virtually any other type of Windows document. 1 First, make sure that the Navigation box criterion is set to Page. 2 Click the First tool to move back to page 1 of your document. 3 Click the Select tool and drag a box around your signature or a block, section, or group of digital ink strokes. Only those strokes that are completely within the box will be selected. You can tell an object is selected when it appears in a black field. 4 Click the Cut tool. You can tell the object has been cut and placed on your clipboard because it is no longer visible. 5 Click the Next tool to move to page 2 of your document. 6 Click the Paste tool and the object you cut is pasted in the same position on this page as it was on its original page. Move it from that position with the Select tool. 7 Click the Undo tool and the object is returned to its previous position. While this edit simply went from page to page, you could just have easily gone from Notebook to Notebook or from Ink Manager to another Windows application.


Pasting digital ink into other applications.

Try pasting your signature (if it is still on your clipboard) into another application on your desktop, WordPad for example. Open WordPad. Select Start Programs Accessories WordPad. Open an existing document or a new page. Paste your signature into that document. Once it is pasted in, you can easily move the element around, rescale or delete it.

Exporting digital ink in other file formats.

You can export words, sketches, diagrams and other digital ink strokes from Ink Manager in formats you specify for use in other applications. This feature is only available in Thumbnail View. Ink Manager can save .NBK format notebook pages as .BMP (bitmapped), .TIF (Tagged Image File Format, .JPG (Joint Photography Exports Group), .PNG or .PS (Postscript) formats. 1 Select View Thumbnail. 2 Click on a page or sequence of pages (Shift-Select) that you want to save in the new format. (They should appear highlighted on your screen.) 3 Choose Save Pages from the File menu (or Right-Click). 4 In the window that appears, type in a name for the new file you are creating, indicate the format you prefer, and specify a destination on your PC for the new file. 5 Click Save.

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Digital ink pasted into other applications has the characteristics of a bitmapped image.

Orientation Adding comments.

Each Notebook has a Reports Window where you can type additions to your handwritten notes. In order to maximize the viewing area of your Notebook page, this window is not open by default. You may set it to display all the time if you prefer. 1 If this window is not open on your screen, select View Reports Window to open it. 2 Click the Notebook Description tab in the Reports Window. 3 Begin typing in the window. The comments you create in the Notebook Description become part of that Notebook. Just as with Keywords, you can search among several Notebooks that contain the desired text in their respective Notebook Descriptions.


Converting words or phrases to text.

Handwriting recognition is a feature of the Ink Manager software. Try recognizing some of your digital ink. 1 Click the Select tool and drag a box around a word or phrase on page 1 that you want to convert to text. The selected text will appear in a black rectangle. 2 Select Ink Recognize from the menu bar. The Busy (hourglass) cursor means that Ink Manager is processing your handwriting. When recognition is done, the text from your handwriting will appear in the Reports Window. Note that the Recognition Results tab in the Reports Window is now highlighted. You can edit this text just as you can edit comments in the Notebook Description tab. You can also copy and paste this text into virtually any Windows application. Depending upon the legibility of your handwriting, Ink Manager may be able to recognize your writing rather well using its default settings. But Ink Managers transcription tools work best when you take the time to train them to recognize your particular handwriting style. The Supplemental Handwriting Guide that accompanies this Orientation Guide is devoted to teaching the software to recognize your handwriting with more accuracy.

The Find In Notebooks tab shows results of searches conducted for Keywords or text in your Notebooks. If there are several occurrences, you can review them here and double-click an entry to load the corresponding Notebook and view that text.

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Ink Manager displays an upside down question mark in the recognition window when it is unable to provide a reasonable transcription or alternate for a word in your digital note sample.

Troubleshooting and maintenance.

CrossWriter Digital Pen
Replacing the battery. To replace the battery, unscrew the barrel from the front section and remove the old battery. Slip the new battery into the barrel, negative (-) end first, so that the positive (+) end makes contact with the transmitter. Then tightly re-seal the pen body. Low battery indicators. When the pen is transmitting properly on the writing surface, a pen icon will appear on the CrossPad display window. If you do not see this indicator, you may need to replace the battery, or you may not be pressing hard enough to trigger the microswitch in the pen tip. Automatic shutdown. When the pen has been idle for 5 minutes, the transmitter turns itself off to conserve battery power. To turn the pen on, simply tap anywhere on CrossPad with the pen tip. If you are selecting a button with a pen that you are turning on, you need to tap the button twice once to turn the pen on, and again to make the selection.



Battery life. The Cross digital pen requires one alkaline AAAA battery. It is shipped with a battery already installed. With normal daily use, this battery will last an average of 6 to 12 months. AAAA batteries can be purchased at many drug and grocery stores and most electronics or camera stores.

Replacing the ink cartridge. The replacement cartridge tray is located along the upper left edge of the CrossPad and includes five refill cartridges. Each has enough ink for up to eighty memo-size pages of single-spaced notes. To replace the ink cartridge, slip the metal v-notch on the refill cartridge tray beneath the base of the cartridge in the pen and gently lift it from the pens front section. Unsnap a refill cartridge from the tray and insert it manually in the pen tip. Then press the cartridge tip firmly against a hard surface until it snaps into place. Transmitter. The transmitter electronics should only be removed from the pen body by a Cross technician. The assembly is exposed when you change the battery and should be treated very carefully.

Battery life. CrossPad requires four AAA alkaline batteries. With normal daily use a battery set will last an average of 3 to 4 months. AAA batteries can be purchased at most drug and grocery stores. Care and Cleaning. Repeated tapping of CrossPad buttons will leave some ink residue on the surface of your CrossPad. Clean it with a soft cloth and an alcohol-based window cleaner. Low battery indicators. The battery indicator is part of the main CrossPad display and will help you keep track of remaining battery power. System messages will begin to appear when the power level falls to 20%. Flash ROM. While it is always a good idea to transfer your digital notes prior to changing the batteries, the flash ROM in the CrossPad is designed to preserve your data even when there is no power signal present. Replacing the batteries. To replace the batteries, press the housing release button (the battery housing will pop out slightly). Remove the housing and replace the batteries following the positive (+) and negative (-) indicators. Slide the housing into place until it snaps. Automatic shutdown. CrossPad turns off if you have not transmitted any digital ink in the previous 60 minutes. You will get a system alert immediately before this happens (one long beep). Tap your pen anywhere on CrossPad to continue. If CrossPad turns itself off, simply press the On/Off button once for Off and then back On again.

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CrossPad Menus.
Menu choice If you answer OK Next action/display
Upload successful! Erase CrossPad? UPLOAD FAILED! or Please check connection and retry. Back to main display.


Upload Ink?


Circle Keyword to be selected or tap again for bookmark

Bookmark Inserted. Keyword Selected! Last upload was 12/31/97 2:14 p.m. or No Data Uploaded

View time of last upload?

Back to main display.

Erase CrossPad?

Press OK again to Erase CrossPad.

Erasing CrossPad then CrossPad Erased

Enter Training Mode? or Exit Training Mode?

Training Page 1/1

Move to the next training page or tap Menu to exit.

Turn the Beeper On? or Turn the Beeper Off?

The Beeper is On.

Back to main display.


The Beeper is Off.

Display CrossPad Memory

60% FULL

Back to main display.

Set Clock?

OK: Cont. Cancel: Exit -> Move to Next Field <- Increase Value

Tap OK to move to current clock settings. Tap Page Forward to move between fields and Page Backward to decrease field values. Tap OK to leave or Cancel to exit with no changes. Tap OK to move to speed settings. Tap Page Forward to increment between choices. Tap OK to exit.

Set up communication speed?

OK: Cont. Cancel: Exit -> Select speed

Change Contrast?

-> Increase Contrast <- Decrease Contrast OK: Cont. Cancel: Exit

Contrast Changed Tap Page Forward and Page Backward to increase or decrease display contrast. Tap OK to save or Cancel to exit with no changes.

Orientation CrossPad alerts.

CrossPad beeps alert you to the display of important system messages and confirm Keyword selections. Here is a sample of CrossPad alerts and their associated system sounds.


What you hear

What you see

Memory usage is above 90%!! Please Upload & Erase soon!

What it means
CrossPad memory is nearly full. Plan to transfer digital notes.

One long beep

Memory 100% full! Upload and Erase

CrossPad cannot capture any more digital ink. Transfer the digital ink to your PC, then erase your CrossPad.

Battery level is Low! Please Replace or recharge Battery!

This is your first alert that your CrossPad battery power is nearly depleted.

Low Battery Shutdown in Progress. Notes will be saved.

The batteries are completely drained. CrossPad will automatically shut itself off. Notes will be stored in memory until new batteries are installed.

One short beep

To Conserve Batteries Shutdown is in Progress. Notes Will Be Saved.

CrossPad has been inactive for 60 minutes and will turn itself off unless you tap your pen to send a signal. Notes will be stored in memory until new batteries are installed.

You can use CrossPad menu choices to turn the beeper off if you prefer.

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10 Getting the most from

your CrossPad.
This Orientation Guide only briefly introduces CrossPad features that will help you to get more out of your note taking. There are a variety of other Ink Manager resources you can use to create a dynamic management system for your note-based work. Here are some additional steps we recommend you consider to further your understanding of your CrossPad and the Ink Manager software.

Orientation Find out more about Ink Manager Trainer.


The Supplemental Handwriting Guide in this package introduces the Ink Manager Trainer software. This utility provides exercises you will use to improve the way Ink Manager recognizes your handwriting. When you take the time to create a profile for your writing style you can improve the recognition accuracy for any handwriting you convert to text. Ink Manager Trainer is divided into a series of training sets. You can complete the training sets in groups or one at a time over a period of time, whichever is more convenient. If you intend to make frequent use of the recognition capability of the software, we strongly recommend that you complete the two Basic Training sets in the Supplemental Handwriting Guide.

Review the Ink Manager User Guide.

The IBM Ink Manager for CrossPad User Guide is a convenient reference that covers all aspects of the CrossPad product and the IBM Ink Manager software. An electronic version of the User Guide and this Orientation Guide are also available in portable document format (PDF) from the Start menu on your desktop. To view an electronic document, select the following menu items from your desktop: 1 Start Programs IBM Ink Manager Documentation. 2 Double-click on the name of the document you wish to view. On-line help is also integrated within each component of the IBM Ink Manager software and is accessible from within Ink Manager, Ink Manager Trainer, and Ink Transfer. To learn about topics from on-line help, select Help on the menu bar or click the Help tool on the toolbar, if available.

Start taking notes.

The remaining pages in this tablet are provided to help you get started taking notes on your CrossPad. Each page includes cues for marking page numbers, and tracking Keywords and Bookmarks, features that will reinforce some of the CrossPad basics outlined in this Orientation Guide.

Done with Orientation

Youre ready to get started.

User Guide Section 12

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?

Keywords? Bookmark?