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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. 02589's Avatar
      02589 -
      PF was very clear and wisely so to advise the backup. OTOH, I installed this program without backing up (because I have access to other iPhones if needed), uninstalled it with the incredibly long spinning wheel/recovery time, and it everything works as good as it did before I installed the program. I strongly advise the backup. I don't see it as mandatory, just a smart move.

      The point is....If you installed it and didn't make a backup, and now you want to uninstall it, there is hope.
    1. anonymoustache's Avatar
      anonymoustache -
      I'm on 1.0.2 and didn't backup my plist file. After installing it, each time I did anything which would usually bring up the text input interface (keyboard) it would kill the app and jump back to the home screen. I intended to uninstall it so I could use the keyboard again but after reading this thread became worried about not having backed up my plist file. I uninstalled it anyway and everything is working again, including Safari and YouTube.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Not worth risking. I had to do a restore to get everything working again.
    1. reptile347's Avatar
      reptile347 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ubik View Post
      ATTENTION: UNINSTALL CAUSES SPINNING WHEEL OF DEATH!
      Only fix: SSH to /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and delete new "com.apple.SpringBoard.plist" and replace with your backup!
      Actually no.
      When you uninstall yes the processing wheel spins for a long time but if you let it spin for like 20 mins and don't touch it the phone finally reboots by itself and is totally back to normal.

      At least this is what I found with mine on 1.1.4
    1. ZALka's Avatar
      ZALka -
      Hi! i added the source but still can't find it between the applications... is this because i have firmware version 1.1.1??
    1. anneqt08's Avatar
      anneqt08 -
      how o install dis??....
      sorry new here.....
    1. ubik's Avatar
      ubik -
      Quote Originally Posted by reptile347 View Post
      Actually no.
      When you uninstall yes the processing wheel spins for a long time but if you let it spin for like 20 mins and don't touch it the phone finally reboots by itself and is totally back to normal.

      At least this is what I found with mine on 1.1.4
      yes. but i mean 20mins. thats not normal. thats why i did it myself.
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by pqn View Post
      How do you get this
      You get it by reading the first post

      Quote Originally Posted by anneqt08 View Post
      how o install dis??....
      sorry new here.....
      carefully read the first post again
    1. colacao82's Avatar
      colacao82 -
      After I uninstalled. I noticed that all my text msgs had been erased!! I had a completely empty sms box. Has anyone else experienced this??
    1. maz's Avatar
      maz -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Not worth risking. I had to do a restore to get everything working again.
      Same here! It BRICK´d my 1.1.3 8GB iPhone.
      Damn it. Had to PWNAGE it and lose all my apps.

      Will wait to install it again for sure.
    1. eyallevi9's Avatar
      eyallevi9 -
      to uninstall just do a reboot after uninstalling (home+sleep untill apple logo and then let both go) put back your back up plist just in case
    1. wearmaize's Avatar
      wearmaize -
      OK lefties! I have found that left handed people have trouble writing the letter "t"

      Here is the solution!
      1) From left to right, draw the horizontal line. (-)
      2) Then (quickly) from the top down, draw the vertical part. (l)

      It should register as a t.

      thank me if I helped.

    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by wearmaize View Post

      thank me if I helped.

      How about a cookie instead?
    1. zjtan512's Avatar
      zjtan512 -
      This may sound like a stupid question, but how do you actually uninstall this application if it doesn't appear in Installer?
    1. HaiLong's Avatar
      HaiLong -
      ppl seem to be having all these problems but i havven't found many.. its pretty friggin aamazing honestly, i just spent a few hundred on a translator where i could write chinese characters directly into itt and have the output read back the pinyin or english translation, now this new functionality allows me to do both on the iphone, in case anybody is wondering about the chinese character recognition.. it's nearly flawless, much better that the latin character recognition, but then again chinese characters ARE more distinctive so this is a logical flaw. a few of the main problems are that theres no support for a horizontal keyboard use yet, in fact it basically disables your horizontal keyboard all together, but i didn't find this to be much of an issue because i never use it. also it would be nice if they integrated pinyin to character recognition, but this is an awesome start, thanks so much to the developers! also if anybody knows of a native wedict chinese dictionary or any kind of chinese to english dictionary for the iphone please tell me!! the cedict webapp one works but im looking for one i can use offline also, thanks!
    1. zsuns's Avatar
      zsuns -
      I know everyonee was saying if you uninstall it, it will brick your phone....its not true.


      if you get that never ending spinning weel and un-installing this app....just lett it sit there for however long it takes(took me ten minutes almost) then your iphone will miraculously reboot on its own, and your iPhone will be fine =]
    1. aamodr's Avatar
      aamodr -
      cool nice application but a bit slow to transform into text
    1. Aiyo's Avatar
      Aiyo -
      Quote Originally Posted by aamodr View Post
      cool nice application but a bit slow to transform into text
      Yeah I agree, but I wouldn't call it an app. Its more like a super mod.
    1. lunatic16's Avatar
      lunatic16 -
      Seriously how do you uninstall this app? It isn't the in the applications folder on the Iphone.

      Edit: deleted the folder HWpen and it bricked my 1.1.4 Stuck at the Apple Logo
      Looks Like I will have to pwn all over again
    1. meteparozzi's Avatar
      meteparozzi -
      Confirmed that you can use this with weDict to do translations from and to Chinese.

      Simply follow the instructions and links at this site:

      weDict Google Code

      Download the dictionaries from StarDictionary in the link and then follow the instructions to put them onto your iPhone. Then you can select which ones to use and it will go either way. If you want, I'll try to upload a .zip of all the ones I'm using in my ESL classes to rapidshare.

      I'm in Taiwan, so it's all traditional Chinese for me.

      Here's the link.

      http://rapidshare.com/files/108751412/weDict.zip.html