Tips to Help Select a Digitizer
Electronic or Paper?: If you receive all of your prints electronically in PDF, TIF, DWG, etc. Then you may prefer to takeoff on the computer screen with your mouse. In this case, you can use PlanSwift or Electronic Takeoff without using any hardware.
Video of a digitizer
Sizes: Digitizer models are listed reflecting the ACTIVE area of the digitizer and not the footprint. The size of the footprint can be found in the specifications section of the brochure for each specific model. Small format is considered 12" x 12" & 12" x 18". Large format digitizers are 20" x 24", 24" x 36", 30" x 36", 36" x 48", 44" x 60". Some Engineers and graphic artists can use the small format, but most Estimators and GIS users require a large format digitizer. D Size drawings require a 30" x 36" while E size (most commercial work) requires a 36" x 48".
Digitizer Software: Digitizer drivers are almost always included for free with a digitizer. In addition to software drivers, all digitizers require either the QuikRuler or some type of desktop software to operate. Digitizer software applications vary according to the user's industry and include: AutoCAD, Timberline, Agtek, PayDirt, StyleCAD, Maxwell Quest, MC2, QuickPen, MasterBuilder, WinEst, Edge, and many others. See comprehensive list. VectorteC carries three versions of Takeoff Software that will work with a digitizer to give you a graphical representation of your takeoff on the computer screen. The QuikRuler does not require a computer or software.
Hardboard or Roll-Up Digitizer: Roll-Up Digitizers are portable, so if you are going to be moving the digitizer from office to office or to the jobsite, you may want to consider a GTCO Roll-Up Digitizer. However, Hardboards will read though one inch of plans while a Roll-Up Digitizer will read through a half inch.
Input Devices/Pointers:The Pen Stylus, 4 Button Cursor, and 16 Button Cursors are available with all boards. Some boards are available with wireless options. The buttons on the pointers can be programmed to perform functions within your digitizer software.
Table, Stand, Pedestal: If your table is not large enough for a digitizer (Check the FOOTPRINT in specifications), then you may want to purchase a Pedestal
Accuracy: Most estimating digitizers are accurate to a level of .010 which is more than adequate for construction estimates. Mapping and Medical digitizing processes require an accuracy level of .005 or .002 which increase the price of the digitizer. Construction Estimators - usually require the standard .010 accuracy level available in the GTCO Roll-Up Digitizer, QuikRuler, or Super L VI Digitizer. The GTCO Roll-Up Digitizer is the only Roll-Up Digitizer available in the market today and is included with the QuikRuler. The QuikRuler can be used without a computer and software. The Super L VI Digitizer is a hardboard and includes the widest variety of input devices available, all corded or cordless. Engineers, Architects, and GIS that require an accuracy level of .005 or .002 will need to compare the consider the Drawing Board VI
Selecting a GTCO CalComp Digitizer