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  • iPhone Graffiti - HWPen brings handwriting recognition


    Originally posted here, Hanwang.com.cn has developed a handwriting recognition app for the iPhone.

    Still in beta, Latin and Chinese characters are both recognized, and the input is currently done with the finger. Of course you could also use the Pogo Stylus or TapRight as well, if you're more of a stylus folk.

    Currently, the only way to get HWPen is to add iphonecake.com/src/all as a source in your Installer and grab it from there. I have emailed them to see if they'd like it hosted on our Community Source and Cydia as well, so hopefully you'll see it there as well soon.

    Note: this is a beta version, so backup your /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.SpringBoard.plist before you go! just in case...
    Many folks come from Palm OS handsets, and have fallen in love with their graffiti handwriting recognition, and miss that when they come to the iPhone. HWPen, while still in early stages, could fill that gap as well for the people who just can't live without their handwriting recognition.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Graffiti - HWPen brings handwriting recognition started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 84 Comments
    1. colacao82's Avatar
      colacao82 -
      When i uninstalled I got the dreaded spinning ring. I just held the home and power button until it soft rebooted.
    1. nkgneto's Avatar
      nkgneto -
      This app actually messed with me trying to log in over safari, it seemed to not take the password I was inputing, since all I see are asteriks when entering it I could not tell what was being typed. But as soon as I uninstalled it I logged on again and it worked just fine. This is the only issue I have. Besides this the app worked great for me. The spring ring lasted 10-20 seconds but it eventually rebooted
    1. aerohunter's Avatar
      aerohunter -
      does it only work in Notes? It does not seem to work in SMS or email or Safari??

      Edit, it does work in SMS, email or safri.. great job.. thanks
    1. clarkbark's Avatar
      clarkbark -
      It's nice to see so many new apps coming. This particular one seems to be more fun than practical. I find it faster to type than for a software to interpret my hand writing.
    1. britcan's Avatar
      britcan -
      doesnt show up and when you uninstall you get the spinning wheel for ever.
    1. flek's Avatar
      flek -
      Is it maybe using up iPhone's battery after being uninstalled? I ask this because I haven't replaced my com.apple.SpringBoard.plist (which I believe controls background daemons) with the backup (I didn't make it on time )?

      If so, could anyone send me their backup of com.apple.SpringBoard.plist from 1.1.4, so that I can replace it?

      Thanks!
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by britcan View Post
      doesnt show up and when you uninstall you get the spinning wheel for ever.
      Wow... do you people even bother trying to read the posts (esp the first one) before you try these things?? PF said in the first post that you have to backup /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.SpringBoard.plist before you install.

      Key points:
      1. Beta - buggy, slow, only latin and chinese supported (so don't complain that russian or greek is missing)
      2. Have to backup com.apple.SpringBoard.plist (if you don't know how to do this then STOP)
      3. seems to only work on 1.1.4 (apparently)
      4. have to restore backup plist after uninstalling (again, if you don't know how then don't install!!!)

      If you take even 10 min to read through all the posts first then you wouldn't have this problem. Also, if you do not know how to backup a plist on your iPhone then don't try this! Instead of being a lemming I'll wait a couple of days before I try it... That way if there are any issues I'll know what they are before I install...
    1. lor443's Avatar
      lor443 -
      wats up with the back up??? how do i do tht?
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by flek View Post
      Is it maybe using up iPhone's battery after being uninstalled? I ask this because I haven't replaced my com.apple.SpringBoard.plist (which I believe controls background daemons) with the backup (I didn't make it on time )?

      If so, could anyone send me their backup of com.apple.SpringBoard.plist from 1.1.4, so that I can replace it?

      Thanks!
      You can extract it from a 1.1.4 ispw. Or just pwn your iphone and restore 1.1.4. You won't lose your contacts if you've been syncing with itunes.

      Quote Originally Posted by lor443 View Post
      wats up with the back up??? how do i do tht?
      Read the previous posts!!! I would suggest you wait for the next version before you attempt an install.
    1. civicmann's Avatar
      civicmann -
      What can't the iphone do?
    1. ekidd's Avatar
      ekidd -
      I have the Aqwoah keyboard installed on my 1.1.4 phone, do you think it will interfere with it or mess anything up if i installed this?
    1. PlayStation3Br's Avatar
      PlayStation3Br -
      Very Good Application! Congratulations!

      I make a video on YouTube and Pics, see:

      pf edit: no spam please. creative as it may be.
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by civicmann View Post
      What can't the iphone do?
      bluetooth is crap (no DUN, OBEX, A2DP) but I suspect this is just a software issue,

      no: cut/paste, video, 3G, tethered DUN (want to use my iPhone as a modem), iRDA, easy battery replacement etc
    1. Niiro13's Avatar
      Niiro13 -
      Oh snap...too bad I'm a developer =(.

      Now that needs to come out on AppStore =).
    1. pqn's Avatar
      pqn -
      How do you get this
    1. PlayStation3Br's Avatar
      PlayStation3Br -
      Quote Originally Posted by PlayStation3Br View Post
      Very Good Application! Congratulations!

      I make a video on YouTube and Pics, see:

      pf edit: no spam please. creative as it may be.
      Sorry, i not make a spam. Please see the video then:

      [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L7BCyEI1E8"]YouTube - iPhone Graffiti Review NEW! Reconhece Escrita iPhorum.com.br[/ame]
    1. wannagotopopeyes's Avatar
      wannagotopopeyes -
      I can't get it to install, seems to just crash to the springboard everytime, tried rebooting. 1.1.4.


      Quote Originally Posted by ekidd View Post
      I have the Aqwoah keyboard installed on my 1.1.4 phone, do you think it will interfere with it or mess anything up if i installed this?
      i know its irrelevant, but where did you get the aqwoah keyboard for 1.1.4? i had it back on 1.1.1 but didnt know they ever updated it. Downloads section?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Do not uninstall. It will jack with your safari and you tube

      Unless you backup and restore
    1. Otherkid's Avatar
      Otherkid -
      Quote Originally Posted by wannagotopopeyes View Post
      i know its irrelevant, but where did you get the aqwoah keyboard for 1.1.4? i had it back on 1.1.1 but didnt know they ever updated it. Downloads section?

      Go to http://web.mac.com/reinholdpenner/al...AlohaSoft.html . He has good themes that are free I believe in his source but to get the good stuff you have to donate and you will get the keyboards and battery chargers etc. etc.


      BTW Good App! Will try when better version comes out! dont feel like backing up and all that =\
    1. evh5150's Avatar
      evh5150 -
      fun to use but not useful in any way whatsoever. i had to uninstall it because when i opened safari in landscape, the keyboard was like locked in the way as if i were not in landscape. so i couldnt use the space button or the button that activates the app. i will try it again when its no longer in beta and a trusted good app that wont screw with my phone. when i uninstalled i had to hold down sleep/wake and home to get it to reboot. I think it is very amusing but not useful and not worth it since you may end up needing to restore the phone and I know from experience thats not fun to do especially if you havent properly backed up your phone.