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IRIS IRISPen Executive

IRIS IRISPen Executive
alaScore 78

159 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 reviews of IRIS IRISPen Executive. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the size and design are generally positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the IRIS IRISPen Executive is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by (

IRISnotes 1 for Smartphones


Connecting to your Android or Blackberry smartphone by Bluetooth so you can send handwritten notes as email attachments is far from the only thing the IRISnotes 1 for Smartphones ($129) digital pen does. However, it's the pen's defining feature,...

Takes handwritten notes (as image files) without a computer. Connects via Bluetooth to Android and BlackBerry phones

Needs separate receiver unit along with pen

The defining feature of IRISnotes 1 for Smartphones is that you can connect to your smartphone by Bluetooth, write a note, and send the note by email.

Expert review by : Don Lee (

IRISPen executive


Just imagine your office space surrounded with technology and not paper. Be able to access and edit any document without having to retype the entire document. To get to that paperless office environment, you have to deal with the stacks of paper...

Quickly and accurately scan documents onto your computer

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Gerry Blackwell (

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Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Jennifer Berger (

IrisPen Executive


Besides glaring accuracy problems, the IrisPen Executive's troublesome software and out-of-date manual are tall barriers to overcome. This product needs an overhaul before it can work well for most users.

Scans many different fonts ; recognizes hand-printed numerals ; helpful text-to-speech integration

Unreliable software ; manual is out of date ; scan accuracy varies ; text must be small enough to fit within small scanning area ; difficult to align the sensor with text ; must be connected directly to Mac's USB port, not a USB hub

In practice, the IrisPen Executive is only useful if you are very, very obsessive about detail, have more patience than the average person, and simply will not (or cannot) retype anything. Otherwise, this little device is just too hard to use, and its...

May, 2005

Expert review by : Julia Sagar (

IRISPen executive review


A portable electronic highlighter that talks back

Excellent text-to-speech function ; Extremely portable ; Convenient ; Quick set-up

Needs practice ; Price

Overall, a portable, fast and useful application for anyone with small to medium scanning needs

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Ursula Seymour (

IRISPen Executive


The IRISPen is a portable scanner and OCR software bundle that allows you to scan and recognise text on the move. It is a small device, which you plug into your PC and then run along lines of text. It transfers text directly to your system.

The IRISPen Executive is an expensive, niche tool, but if you need a handheld scanner then it's the most versatile option on the market.

Aug, 2006

Expert review by (

IRISPen executive


Optical character recognition specialist company IRIS has revealed a new addition to its electronic highlighter collection: the IRISPen executive. A small, portable scanning device, the executive converts printed information into electronic type

Excellent text-to-speech function, Extremely portable, Convenient, Quick set-up

Needs practice, Price

Overall, a portable, fast and useful application for anyone with small to medium scanning needs

Dec, 2006

Consumer review (

Surprisingly good


Very versatile,can save in a number of file formats, compact and portable.

May, 2011

Consumer review (

Not a fan


Easy to install, however that's about it

No matter how careful I was to scroll over the text I wanted, I couldn't get this to scan properly. A good keyboard would be a better investment

Nov, 2010

Consumer review (

Good unit but a few issues


After trying several portable scanners, this one seems to be about average. The software works well, except for the fact that character recognition needs improvement, the included business card application has a hard time reading cards that are not a...

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

The IRISPen Executive for Mac OS version contains three additional high-level features: bar code recognition, numeric hand printed recognition and Text-to-Speech support. The bar code reading supports Code 39, Code 93, Codabar, EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC and Interleaved 2 of 5, with checksum verification. This module is based on the PBR (for Pen Bar code Recognition) technology, which provides high accuracy. The user-friendliness is such that the software can automatically detect if texts or bar codes are read and which bar code type is used. The IRISPen Executive for Mac OS is a perfect tool for bar code reading in an office environment: information desks, marketing surveys, customer identification and order encoding. The hand-printed numbers recognition technology is based on more than one million writing samples. As a result, all writing styles, European and American, are supported. Contrary to other solutions, no training phase or imposed style is required. IRISPen Executive for MacOS supports the Text-to-Speech technology from Apple Computer Inc., providing clear, natural, auditive feedback of all recognized data.


Scan type:Pen scanner
Scanner Type:Pen

Dimensions & Weight



Compatibility:Mac/Mac / PC
Country Kits:N/a
Localization:Dutch / English / French / German / Italian / Spanish/French
Manufacturer:AB Soft /I.R.I.S.
Model:Executive/Executive 6
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:IRIS IRISPen/IrisPen


Package Type:Retail

Other Features

Compatibility:PC, Mac
Dimensions (WxDxH):1 x 0.598 x 4.9 / 5 x 1.42 x 0.945
Media types supported:CD
Minimum system requirements for Macintosh:- Mac OS 10.3\n- 60 MB\n- CD-ROM\n- USB Port\n- Mac 10.x / -Mac OS G3\n-Mac OS 10.3\n-60 MB HD\n-USB\n-CD-ROM

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Readiris 9 PRO for Mac


Form Factor:Handheld
Input Type:Monochrome
Interface Type:IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP)/USB
Interface Type (2nd): None
Supported Document Type:Plain paper / Bulk objects (such as books)
Supported Media Type:Bulk objects (such as books) / Plain paper
Type:Text reader


Color scanning: No
Film scanning: No
Maximum scan size:4.13 x 5.83


License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Utilities - OCR software / Utilities - other

System Requirements

Compatible operating systems:-Windows Vista, XP, 2000 \n-System OS X 10.3.9 / Mac OS X up to 10.3 \nMac OS 9.x\n / Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 (32/64 bits);\nMac OS X 10.4. / Windows Vista, XP, 2000\nMac OS G3 / Windows Vista.\nMac OS X. / Windows Vista\nMac OS X / Windows XP, ME, 2000 or 98 SE / Windows XP, ME, 2000 or 98\n / Windows XP, ME, 2000 or 98\nMac OS X up to 10.3 & Mac OS 9.x / Windows XP, ME, 2000 or 98\nMac OS X up to 10.3 & Mac OS 9.x\n / Windows XP, ME, 2000, 98 SE
Mac compatibility:No / Yes
Minimum hard disk space:30 / 50 / 65
Minimum processor:G3 / Pentium 166 MHz / Pentium 166 MHz / G3 / Pentium 166 MHz / G3 processor / Pentium 300 MHz
Minimum RAM:128 / 16 / 64
Minimum system requirements:- USB port \n- CD-ROM drive\n / -CD-ROM, \n-USB / CD-ROM drive,\nUSB Port / CD-ROM drive\nUSB port / USB port\nCD-rom drive
OS Required:Apple MacOS / Microsoft Windows 2000 / NT4.0 / Microsoft Windows 95/98 / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS 7.0 or later/Apple MacOS 9.x / Apple MacOS X 10.3 / Microsoft Windows 2000 / Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP / Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition / Microsoft Windows XP/Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later / Microsoft Windows Vista / 2000 / XP

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:1.48 / 3.88