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Pairing a pen with an Android device

To send ink using Live PDF for Android, you must first "pair" your digital pen with the device that's running Live PDF for Android.  How to proceed depends on which pen you have.

To pair a Live Pen 1, you'll need to know the pen's PIN.  If you already know it, you're ready to go.  If not, see SCENARIO 2 below.

To pair a Live Pen 2, you'll need one of the following:

  • A printed pairing pidget (rounded square, 5/16" (8mm) across, with pattern printed in and around it) and a docking station (if your pen is brand new and was shipped to you in "shipping mode" - it acts completely unresponsive).  See SCENARIO 1 below, or,
  • A PC with Anoto penDirector installed.  See SCENARIO 2 below.

 

SCENARIO 1: Pairing Pidget (Live Pen 2, no access to a PC or Anoto penDirector)

  • Plug docking station into any USB charging port.
  • Dock pen for 5 seconds, then remove from dock. (this "wakes up" pen from shipment mode)
  • Uncap pen and observe pen screen.  If you see anything, pen is "awake".
  • In Live PDF for Android, select Digital Pens from the menu, then MY DIGITAL PENS
  • Tap Pen type, then Live Pen 2
  • Tap the pen's writing tip inside the pairing pidget, and then follow the on-screen instructions.  Your device will search for your pen and will provide further instructions and feedback.
  • Once pairing is complete, the pen name will be displayed in PAIRED PENS

 

SCENARIO 2 (PART 1): Anoto penDirector (Pairing preparation)

  • Dock pen
  • Open Anoto penDirector to Pen settings tab
  • Confirm Bluetooth enabled is checked
  • Confirm Bluetooth discoverable is checked (or if button, that it appears "pressed")
  • Where applicable, write down Current PIN for later use
  • Undock pen and replace cap

 

Anoto penDirector with Live Pen 1 docked

 

Anoto penDirector with Live Pen 2 docked

 

SCENARIO 2 (PART 2): Live PDF for Android (Pairing)

  • In Live PDF for Android, select Digital Pens from the menu, then MY DIGITAL PENS
  • Tap Pen type, then select your pen type (see here if you're not sure)
  • Tap Pair, and then follow the on-screen instructions.  Your device will search for pens of the type selected and will provide further instructions and feedback.
  • Once pairing is complete, the pen name will be displayed in PAIRED PENS

Notes

  • When Live Pen 1 pairing is successful, pen will give three short "bumps".
  • When Live Pen 2 pairing is successful, pen will give one short "bump".
  • When pairing is attempted but unsuccessful, pen may give a longer "buzz".
  • One cause of unsuccessful pairing (especially for older Live Pen 1) may be incompatible pen firmware.  If possible, ensure you have the latest firmware installed on your pen.
  • It is not advised to pair pens through the Android device's Bluetooth settings, as the pairing may be "lost".
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