Scribble-->Handwriting Recognition in iPad Pro?

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  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

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    The incorporation of Scribble in the Apple Watch demonstrates that Apple clearly has the technological ability to institute reliable handwriting recognition. The feature is undoubtedly useful in the Apple Watch, but to date there hasn't been much word about the other devices where this would be useful: iPad Pros. System-wide handwriting recognition seems an essential feature if the iPad Pros are to be a good paper replacement.

    Since Scribble is in the Apple Watch, will system-wide handwriting recognition come to the iPad Pro soon?
    Discuss!
     
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  4. rhyzome thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll have to check that out...I hope it does come soon!

    Why?
    Searchability and ergonomics. Handwriting recognition would allow you to not only condense all of your paper in the iPP but search through it (which would give the iPad Pro as paper replacement an advantage over traditional paper). The ability to search through your handwritten documents allows you to recover documents quickly but also to see new connections between them that you otherwise might have overlooked. As an alternative input method, "typing" by writing with the pencil and having it recognized is ergonomically beneficial in the very least because it provides a third set of positions for your hands (in addition to typing on the ASK and virtual keyboard). It can therefore help to relieve typing fatigue while still allowing you to "write" in some way. In my opinion, the experience itself of writing with a pencil is also ergonomically superior to typing on the screen or the ASK. To me, it is just more natural and easier on my wrists. In short, if I could search through what I write, I'd rather write with a pencil than type, even if it is a bit slower.
     
  5. Feenician Suspended

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    Mentioned it here before but it really is awesome. Handwriting anywhere you can input text and a great recognition engine that even copes well with cursive.
     
  6. Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    And to think Apple introduced this technology in a commercial product over 25 years ago. And it only took them 20 years to reintroduce it.

    OSX has had pretty good handwriting tech since the beginning, but Apple never developed it, choosing not to turn it into a tablet platform.

    It's really sad that I was doing this on my Palm phone over a decade ago, but haven't had a good substitute since the iPhone came out ...
     
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    I never used a newt but I understand that after a shaky start the handwriting recognition was considered the best in its time. Inkwell, the development of handwriting recognition on is X spawned from newton, I found to be absolutely atrocious. Much, much worse than Microsoft's implementation at the time (I guess we're talking around 2010 last time tried it). This is probably at least in part due to my awful chicken scratch writing.
     
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  9. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    This is a good one. I use it too. And FYI, the app GoodNotes, while it doesn't do direct handwriting-to-text coversion, will search on handwritten text. So one can still find keywords buried in your handwritten notes. I believe there are other "note" apps that will to text conversion, too.
     
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    Thanks, I love that scene! Nice reminder! :)
     
  11. Appleaker macrumors 68000

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    An interesting idea, especially because of the intro of scribble and the new writing option in messages. It is definitely a possibility for the iPad pros but they may be unlikely to do it because the fact is the majority of users can type faster than they can write so there may be a point to it compared to when it was used on something like the Newton, when typing was often slower. But some people simply prefer writing so they may just do it because of that.
     

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