For those times when scribbling on a sticky note is just too much trouble, Casio's Tag Writers offer a handy (literally) alternative: highlight some text on screen, right-click your mouse and - hey presto! - a printed message glides from your mouse. Peel off the backing and attach it to whatever you like.
The Tag Writer (model KP-C10) is a stand-alone, egg-shaped printer measuring about 11x7cm; the mouse version (model KP-C50) is a standard two-button, scroll-wheel mouse with built-in printer. Compatible with Windows 98/Me/2000 Professional, they come with instructions, an installation CD, one roll of thermal printer paper (about 65 tags) and the required USB cable.
You can grab text from a number of applications, choose one of the supplied phrases from the Phrase Library ('paid', 'received', 'Merry Christmas!', etc.) or add your own phrases to be retrieved in just a few mouse clicks. The text size changes to accommodate the number of words you've selected, but the tags are only 61x13mm in size and after about 30 words the text spills onto another tag - and may require a magnifying glass to read.
Once installed, the program, by default, will run whenever Windows is started, and an icon sits in your System tray. One thing I found annoying was that the Tag Writer's right-click menu overrode that of the application I was in, but by choosing Context Menu in the printer's right-click choices you'll get the menu for an application. Or, if you rarely use the printer, just right-click the icon and select Exit.
The mouse version is slightly larger than a standard mouse and undeniably clunky in appearance and to hold. The separate 'egg' printer, however, is really quite a sleek little thing.
Casio PC Tag Writer
Price: KP-C50 (mouse) $159.95; KP-C10 $129.95; thermal roll paper, 3-roll set (XT-13P) $18.95Distributor: ShriroPhone: (02) 9370 9100URL: world.casio.com