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    Handwriting Recogition......

    Have been doing some research into this and am feeling like it is a good plan!!
    Most of the time all i will need text input for is entering postcodes, maybe naming tracks and such. I dont want a real keyboard in the car, and OSKs take up valuable screen space and as far as i can tell are difficult to get to work in all apps. For those with touchscreens surely good handwriting rec software is the answer, but so far I have found nothing about it when searched this forum (please correct me if i am wrong!!)

    Below is a link to the best software I tested, it is truely excellent. There is no 'special language' for it recognises however you write, there are a few shorthands, for space and to switch between number and letter input. Also on the website is a character training prog, i have not looked at this, as long as i wrote legible to me, it came up with correct letter. It is a 15 day trial, I have tested on Win 2000, and will be testing with XP soon. I downloaded and installed it with no probs, and it has full instruction links and an uninstall exe so dont be scared, please try this if your interested. Download pen reader....

    http://mswindows-software.penreader.com/index.html

    The only draw back I can see is that to turn it on and off you need to right click on an icon in the bottom right windows tray. This is obviously a big prob when in Media car or the like. Ideally it would be exellent for one of you proggramming genius' to write something so a button within media car can turn this on and off.

    Give it a go and let me know what you reckon, i think it would be very slick indeed........

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    Windows XP Tablet PC Edition includes native support for handwriting recognition...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerPrince
    Windows XP Tablet PC Edition includes native support for handwriting recognition...
    have you used it, how would it work within media car or car box? Ideally it would only come into action when a cursor is in a box. I think i can get a copy, do you mean use this as OS, or somehoe extract the software?

    With penreader you can still use the mouse / touchscreen for pressing buttons, but any holding down and moving will draw a line! which is bad and means it needs turning on and off.'

    Do you think its a good solution for text input? wondering why its not talked about more on here....

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotchbackVW
    have you used it, how would it work within media car or car box? Ideally it would only come into action when a cursor is in a box. I think i can get a copy, do you mean use this as OS, or somehoe extract the software?

    With penreader you can still use the mouse / touchscreen for pressing buttons, but any holding down and moving will draw a line! which is bad and means it needs turning on and off.'

    Do you think its a good solution for text input? wondering why its not talked about more on here....

    Cheers.
    I used it quite a while ago. IIRC the screen would become "writable" if your cursor was in a text input area. It was part of the on-screen input feature. You could either use an on screen keyboard (about half the screen), use a on-screen pad where the keyboard was, or use the whole screen to write on. In a similar way to Pocket PCs.

    You could install the whole OS (as I did), or probably just extract the required program.

    I just trialled it so don't use it anymore (no real need for it). Not sure whether you can buy Tablet PC Edition separate (ie without a Tablet PC), but if you're an MSDN subscriber you may get it that way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerPrince
    I used it quite a while ago. IIRC the screen would become "writable" if your cursor was in a text input area. It was part of the on-screen input feature. You could either use an on screen keyboard (about half the screen), use a on-screen pad where the keyboard was, or use the whole screen to write on. In a similar way to Pocket PCs.

    You could install the whole OS (as I did), or probably just extract the required program.

    I just trialled it so don't use it anymore (no real need for it). Not sure whether you can buy Tablet PC Edition separate (ie without a Tablet PC), but if you're an MSDN subscriber you may get it that way?
    I'm an MSDN subscriber and haven't had anything cross my path. Next weekend I'll check the pile of unopened microsoft stuff.
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