WritePad App Turns Handwriting To Text
Hello App Champer buds, what’s cookin’?
How many of you remember what it was to take down notes as your teacher or professor taught in class? Or some tasty receipt that your friend cooked at the house party the previous night?
Writepad App is just that.
It’s all about getting you to use your fingers as one to note down virtually, rather than tapping it all the way.
Writepad has three modes to choose from. One is the view mode; You can navigate through the document by the usual screen gestures, open emails, phone numbers and webpages in associated applications.
The next mode is the tap or keyboard mode; Its what you already know but has a useful auto-completion feature thus helping you to speed away with the words.
The third mode is what the application is all about; It recognizes cursive, print, and mixed handwriting styles. In this mode you can use the application in two different ways;
Either you go full screen or you write into a writing pad area that pops up from the bottom of the screen. Pretty cool I think.
So in this star featured mode, your writing style gets converted into text and you can teach the application to recognize your style of writing onto the screen by using the settings button to auto-learning your handwriting patterns.
You can also set here the palm resting option, as well as auto-correcting, common spelling mistakes, auto-capitalization, and personalize other settings such as, undo redo, spell check, case sensitivity, numbers and symbols.
There are special gestures for deleting text, inserting spaces, removing spaces and so forth.
Lets go over the two options in the handwriting mode. In the full screen option, written anywhere on the screen gets converted into text and appears after you pause for a short amount of time(pause settings available).
Text selection, deleting, and cut/copy/paste are handled in standard iOS fashion.
While in the writing pad area mode your handwriting is converted in near-realtime, but will not appear in the document unless the ‘Enter’ key is not tapped in.
There are easier-to-use keys for common editing options. However, you can see only a few characters at a time.
Standing out in this application is the shorthand feature. It already comes with quite a few of its own, like if you write the date and circle it, it converts it immediately to the current date.
You can also create your own short cuts thus making it more efficient.
Once your document is complete, you can email it, export it in text or PDF format or print it. Using the built-in HTTP file server one can exchange text files between your device and the desktop computer.
Synchronizing WritePad documents with Dropbox, SkyDrive, Evernote, iCloud, and iTunes is with the click of a button. You can also tweet or post from within the application as it supports social networking.
Though it is fun to use the application, there is still a lot of room for improvements that can be done.
Compared to iPhone the results on iPad are much better due to its larger screen. Hence for better results on the iPhone the use of a stylus is recommended.
The application has language specific versions but its not multi-lingual in a single app. You can download Writepad in approximately 15 different languages and translate your document with the help of the in-built support for Bing Translator.
Writepad may require a longer learning time to actually recognize your style and writing normally can be problematic. Though it has a few issues with missing a word or swapping out an incorrect letter, one must write clear enough such that an average human can read it. Thus helping the application learn well your style of writing.
Due to a cluttered user interface it makes it difficult to navigate through the various features in the application. With the fact that you might take a while to get use to the application’s editing gestures, there is no built-in tools for working with lists and it doesn’t handle graphics at all.
So as long as you want to write just a document you should be able to handle it.
The Good: fun/fast way to write a document, three modes: view, tap, write, the shorthand feature, uses built-in HTTP file server, synchronizes with many online storage platforms.
The Bad: not multi-lingual in a single application, a little less accurate on iPhone.
The Cash: $2.99 on the iPhone, $4.99 on the iPad.