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  • IPadforwriting Level 1 (0 points)

    Be sure to let Apple know!  The more people who request it as a feature, the harder it will be for them to say no.

  • amphiprion_ocellaris Level 1 (0 points)

    Nevermind handwriting recognition, I'd just like a workable note taking paper replacement that doesn't require writing in kindergarten sized text with your finger painting finger which fits half a dozen words per page. I love that the ipad doesn't require a stylus, but humans do use tools in the real world for some tasks when it is easier. I just cleaned out an entire book shelf worth of old hand written, drawn and annotated university chemistry notes. How nice would it be to have a paper replacement? I assume there is some technical hurdle to it, because the solutions on the app store aren't as convenient as pen and paper either.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,655 points)

    It's more expensive than the others, but the Jot Pro is the precision writing stylus for the iPad.


  • IPadforwriting Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple's WWDC announcements were promising for handwriting recognition -- if you speak Chinese, that is...  iOS 6 will double the number of Chinese characters recognised, but nothing was said about offering handwriting recognition to those of us who speak Englsh.  The Chinese handwriting 'keyboards' recognise English characters (but not punctuation) already, so surely it wouldn't be a great leap for Apple to develop an English handwriting 'keyboard'?


    They even promote the new Chinese functionality on the web site (look at the bottom part of the page linked below) -- how very frustrating!!


  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,690 points)

    IPadforwriting wrote:


    Apple's WWDC announcements were promising for handwriting recognition -- if you speak Chinese, that is

    You mean if you write Chinese.

    but nothing was said about offering handwriting recognition to those of us who speak Englsh.

    You mean write English.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,655 points)

    I write English well, with support. My spoken English is another matter. For example, I would never dictate to Siri in English. The one time I tried it, she didn't understand one single word.

  • IPadforwriting Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, you're right -- I meant write, not speak!  My apologies!


    In short, I just wish I could write in English on my iPad as well as people can write in Chinese!



  • MuggsMcGinnis Level 1 (10 points)

    Steve Jobs explicitly opposed using handwriting... seemed to think typing would be better. Technically, what I want is character recognition rather than handwriting recognition since handwriting recog inevitably requires more processing and will be less reliable and slower. Learning the Graffiti script was easy, particularly with the Tetris-like game they included, Giraffe. The game would drop characters from the top of the screen slowly and they would disappear as you entered the Graffiti for each. It began with letters only. As you progressed, they would drop faster. Then, punctuation and finally special characters. The game made learning the script fast and kind of fun.

  • IPadforwriting Level 1 (0 points)

    I wouldn't mind that, either...  The odd thing is that iOS supports handwriting recognition for Chinese, but not English...  I created this thread hoping Apple would listen but am about to get a Samsung (either Galaxy Note 8 or Note II)... 

  • sdf_iain Level 1 (0 points)

    Ahem: ces_ref/Reference/reference.html


    This is the latest iteration of the Newton handwriting recognition system and is fully implemented on OS X (as long as you have a Wacom tablet).  It's one of those things that isn't implemented in iOS.


    This is probably because there's no way for the capacitive screen to know that you're using a stylus.

  • mhamilton69 Level 1 (0 points)

    If only Apple would have implemented the precision stylus recognition of the Samsung Note series.

  • maloned1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Please Apple, add Handwritting recognition in English.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,812 points)

    maloned1 wrote:


    Please Apple, add Handwritting recognition in English.

    Apple is not reading here. Use the Feedback page:



    Meanwhile, there are lots of note taking programs in the App Store that do handwritng recognition.

  • jcb_powerbook Level 1 (0 points)

    Coming with iOS 8, I just installed MyScript Stack - Handwriting Keyboard. It is basically doing the job. Working from all apps. Coming like a keyboard window.

    I think it answers the question.

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