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WritePad is a text editor which incorporates advanced handwriting recognition software for text entry. WritePad recognizes cursive, print, and mixed handwriting styles. To enter the text you can simply write with your finger on the iPhone screen in either landscape or portrait mode employing your own handwriting style. It also allows easily switching between the handwriting recognition and the standard iPhone keyboard.
In the beginning the recognition quality may depend on your style and how comfortable you feel writing on the iPhone screen with your finger; however the more you use it, the better it will become as the software will adapt to your patterns. In addition, you can use simple finger gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, insert special characters such as space and return, invoke the spell checker for the selected word, correct recognized text, and more (see the Gestures section below for a complete list of gestures).
WritePad is a FREE application developed to demonstrate the handwriting recognition input on iPhone and obtain your feedback about this new input method. If you have downloaded and used this application, please feel free to send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to demonstration purposes, you may find WritePad useful as a notepad because you can store its content as text file, and as an email composer because it allows you to send its content via email by touching the Send Mail button in the toolbar.
By: MB-Gmail - Mar 14, 2009
WOW. Although I'm aware that this technology has been around for awhile, I have never before 'seen it in action'. I opened the WritePad app and admittedly expected a mediocre experience... but right from the very beginning it was impressive. (Again, WOW.) I am not proficient in the use of my iPod touch yet, (and I have large fingers so I fumble around) but WritePad picked up my 'style' from the start. It also has a HUGE bonus-- the extensive guides throughout the program, along with a full Help section. I will definitely check out other apps from this developer. By the way, I have been a computer nerd for about 11 years now, and although I have benefited from various types of customer reviews, this is the very first time I've actually written one. I really felt the need to give those responsible a big THANK YOU for their efforts.
By: C-Lai - 22-Aug-2009
I don't understand why some people pickup a handwriting recognition softeware and then turn around and say "handwriting is useless" and give this great software a 1*. Anyway, good speed, well thought out layout and elaborate options to set to make it great. Yeah, there may be a few more features to add, but, hey, people IT'S A FREE SOFTWARE!!! Good job to the developer, and can't wait for Apple to pay YOU to integrate it into their OS.
beginning of something wonderful
By: GreenChickenLabs - Mar 4, 2009
When the latest update to WritePad was released, I was surprised at the level of recognition at natural print without having to go through training like Tealscript or learning new glyphs like graffiti back in the old Palm days. Cut, copy paste along with landscape in regular print makes this an excellent editor. I just bought a pogo stylus and can't wait for the Notes version aka Phat Notes with more than 1 page which should be a contender in the text input arena. Thanks for the preview to this excellent recognition engine.
Very Cool App
By: Gaan Djin - 20-May-2009
This App has great potential. I would rather use my finger to write out a word over typing those little tiny button keyboards any day. The only disappointing thing is that it's not integrated with the rest of the touch as an alternative input for all programs. I was impressed that it can read my words better than I can! Also a glitch in the Shorthand list will allow you to rename your shorthand to start with a symbol even though you can't create one with a symbol (Useful for +ve & -ve type shorthand). All & All great App and I look forward to seeing updates.
By: Bobbyjoe37 - 23-Feb-2009
Great app. I got a good idea for a new app though, I'm not sure if apple will allow it but it would be sweet if you or sombody else made an app that grouped apps in one square to lessen the amount of pages needed for all our apps. And it could have namable sections and u could custumize which app goes where mabye even have the option for a passcode in it, I would love that one and I bet it would become an instant hit.
Best select/cut/paste in App store
By: MusicServer - 7-Feb-2009
And now with a keyboard it's a much better package. I don't always use this app, but it's fun to compose emails. One must practice, and allow the program to learn your writing style: it seems to do best with my cursive rather than print.
As I said in the title, the text select is the best: double tap to select a word, easy to select a range, and a Select All feature-- every text-based app should have this. The developers get 5 stars for this feature alone!!
So, maybe still a few things to work out, but very impressive. I'm using it now to relearn what is for me the lost art of cursive writing.
By: JosephDP - Feb 8, 2009
WritePad 1.6 is incredible for a free app. It fixed every bug I had encountered, including that the ampersand (&) seemed to act as an end-of-file when sending to email. Now you can even save files. Handwriting recognition & training is still great.
The mid-October 1.1 update to WritePad fixed the main problem I was having: no matter what settings, no matter my writing technique, WritePad would not recognize my last name. With 1.1, it does.
So, I used it to write an email. I was amazed at how accurately it transcribed my cursive into print. I've been a PalmOS Grafitti user since 1996 and my cursive is horrible as a result. I was disappointed that when I tried to send the email, only the first 33 characters of the first line were copied over to the email, used as both the subject & the first line.
I don't like the selection technique, in that a vibration telling you to start selecting doesn't really tell you where the cursor is. The magnifying glass should pop-up so that you can position the cursor precisely. I also seem to have a slight tremor in my hands, as more often than not, WritePad creates a period rather than starting selection.
That being said, I am looking forward to apps coming out that use the WritePad software.
This app is really nice if you take time to read the instruction.
By: BazoukaJoe - 31-Oct-2008
I read a lot of comment with 1 or 2 stars. The comment comme from dumb Dud that are not able to read more then one word in a row. The soft work verry well and have a lot of good features. Just take 2 min to read the instruction and you will see how amasing it is. STOP destroying the credibility of a good app and dont post review if you didnt at list read the instruction. I do think this app is the most advance tech in iPhone. I use it to take not rapidly, because I hate the virtual keyboard. The soft might not be complete, but at least the recognition work just fine and I think it's promising. Really hope you are going to make it work with a app that can sync or just the ability to save, find and reedit stuff.
By: GKBKK - 29-Sep-2009
Read and learn the gestures first. This will save you a great deal of frustration. After one hour of practice, inputting text using this app is faster than using the touch keyboard - I now make fewer mistakes in WritePad than I do with the keyboard. With the Pogo Sketch stylus, inputting text is as fast as handwriting. I too long for an external keyboard and a lite version of Pages, but we don't have either. This is a free app and provides a better solution than the touch keyboard. Copy and paste is easy.
By: iTunesfool - Dec 30, 2008
For those who cannot understand how to get rid of the instructions: In edit mode, draw a line from the bottom left hand corner to the top right hand corner and back down to the bottom left hand corner. This selects all. Then use the backspace gesture (look under gestures in the instructions on how to draw it) and the instructions will be gone, and you can start writing. Now to the review: Very excellent handwriting recognition, plain and simple. Yes, there is a delay, but acceptable to me. Recognizes 98% of what I write in cursive. Much faster and more accurate than trying to peck out an email with the built-in keyboard. Yes, it does crash. Reset your iPhone, and it works fine. After all it is a 1.0 app. Keep up the good work devs, as soon as PhatNotes or whatever comes of this, I will be the first to purchase it. Good work!!
Interesting little App
By: Daveeindeed - 24-Feb-2009
I've been using writepad for a few weeks now, and although it took me a while to figure out things such as deleting whole chunks of text, now i've learned them the simple swipe actions are a breeze to use.
The handwriting function is correct about 80-90% of the time though it has gotten better over time; either it's learning or I'm adapting.
One thing that I always thought it lacked was the ability to store and edit different notes, but with the newest update that's become a standard feature and it's a real lifesaver.
Overall the app is a brilliant little thing, for taking notes, messing around on, or showing off your touchscreen, and it's made even more appealing by the fact that it's free. 10/10
By: Rip_Vega - 17-Jan-2009
I was a big fan of Calligrapher when I used a Pocket PC some time ago and am pleased to see that it's coming to the iPhone. Seeing it replace the keyboard would be great. This demo illustrates how good it is very well and includes all of the functionality. How long before we get a useable app that can save seperate notes? I'd buy it. The iPhone screen makes some of the handwriting a little difficult but the app copes well with the recognition. The implementation of text selection using the vibrate feedback is great and shows how easilt copy/paste could be done if Apple ever allow it. For users new to this technology you must forget about writing in lines and get used to writing in one place, over the top of what you've just written. Screen size is not a limitation. Just carry on writing and leave the app to sort it out. Come on Apple, let's really get the iPhone rocking with Calligrapher integration!
great app - more than I was looking for!
By: cdlneal - 16-Jan-2009
I was looking for a text editor for landscape keyboard to make it easier for email typing and came across this which not only has that but also has hand writing recognition.
The controls (like different shapes) to make "select all", "return", dot, space etc are easily picked up - just take some time to read the note on the page when you first download it. You'll find it very useful. Once you've looked at it you'll have to select all and delete before using that page - however all the help info you need is under "tools" (bottom right)> then "help" 3rd along from the bottom.
Just practised the call number function (by double clicking the underlined number) and works a treat!
Thanks - and even better that it's free!
By: playgued - Nov 28, 2008
I was stunned at how good this app is. I have been so frustrated by the Palm Pilot writing recognition software that I was reluctant to try this (Palm, supposedly would have great software since they make such a big deal of it). But the handwriting recognition software is PHENOMENAL! I use it all the time for my emails now. It is so much quicker than typing on my iTouch. You have to learn how to use the "Check" feature creatively, but once you learn that and learn the strokes for carriage return, space and backspace, the app is a breeze. I am trying to find the "Notes" edition and when I do, I will probably offload 5 or 6 apps. I would offload the email app that comes with it (it can't be offloaded) because I use this app for writing all my emails (still need the iTouch email to read emails though).
By: Modeyaka - Nov 27, 2008
It does all the stuff that other similar apps do with the added bonus of cut and paste (and undo) plus handwriting recognition. The latter works well with a little trainig and patients. I would pay for this app (it is free) just for the edit capabilities. Now makes you wonder why the geniuses at Cupertino dont license this capability into the base OS. The lack of edit capability has been one of the biggest shortcoming of the iPhone - and these guys go a long way to plug that gap. Well done guys!
By: IWantCrisps - 15-Nov-2008
Thought i would give this app a go, expected to delete it quickly. However, i've kept it to show off to my friends as it works so well! Unfortunately can't really be used for a great deal yet, doesnt help you can only fit about 4 words on the screen at a time but hey. This app has got real potential- maybe you could update it into a proper word processor (i'd happily pay)? Im waiting for one of those on my Touch!
amazing free app
By: nyc needs live guides! - Sep 27, 2009
Read all of the instructions carefully and look at all the options for functionality and you will see this is simply an amazing app. I can not believe it is free and I will use it a whole, whole bunch. I have a deaf partner and I'm hearing, so now I can simply write on the ipod touch and she can read it. It's very fast and pretty accurate and has a simple spell check anyway. you just draw a check mark and a list of words comes up and correct word is always in the list. If you hate to use the keyboard in notes app, get this. It's much better!!
Last app needed to replace my Palm TX
By: SidCid - Oct 24, 2008
This app has great potential. I've found writing words with both the 'auto learner' and the 'spell checker' settings very useful. I'm still having difficulty in getting the software to recognize my handwriting, but still working with it. I feel like I'm missing something, but need to play more to see if it's user error. I think I'm getting the 'return character correctly', but I would really like an actual return (new line) instead. I'm able to get the 'backspace' 'space character' to work without problem. I also like the keyboard option; it serves it's purpose well.
By: Engr Mel - Oct 23, 2008
Take time to read the instructions and you will be pleased. After using this program for two days it is about 98% accurate and way faster than any other text entry method that I have found, including Shapewriter (which I love). The cut, copy, and paste abilities are also far superior to other text entry methods out there. I use this for all my emails and to write notes to email to myself. It's uses beyond that are pretty limited at this time - can't wait to see the technology incorporated into more applications!
Finally handwriting recognition!
By: db69 - Jun 6, 2009
The one thing I miss from my Palm and Windows PDA's is handwriting recogniation. The one thing I hate about the Touch is the keyboard. I've used handwriting recognition programs by PhatWare so I jumped as soon as I saw this free demo version. And I loved it. It's very smooth and quick. It learns and adapts to your style of writing. Writing with your finger is not a problem because you can write the letters practically on top of each other. My favorite part is the short cuts: I write db and then circle it and it substitutes my name. Or "addr" with a circle and it substitutes my entier address. And it doesn't just demo handwriting recognition but this is a handy little notepad program and you can use it to compose and send email. If you've ever wanted to try handwriting recognition, or just want to have a little fun, then give this one a try.
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