Lenovo WriteIt Beta in Spring 2015 - handwriting directly in forms

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  1. AveSharia

    AveSharia Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Saw this in /r/Surface, via engadget, via YouTube.

    Lenovo is supposedly debuting a utility at CES that should make handwriting input a bit more natural, allowing you to write directly in forms, in lieu of using Microsoft's soft keyboard.

    I signed up for the beta- the YouTube video description contains a link but it just redirects to Lenovo's site. From the front page CES splash click "Learn More," then "APPS," then WriteIt.

    Looks like laptopmag has a video up as well, showing it in action. I'm pretty stoked about this... I have often wanted to handwrite some text, but had to call up the soft keyboard manually, which is a pain. I am curious how nicely WriteIt will play with other non-text stylus input.
     
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    Looks sweet! :) Signed up for the beta as well. With multiple stylus-enabled tablets I could get some real use out of this...
     
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    Surface Pro 3 here, and out of luck. The beta went live today and it is only for Lenovo PCs.
     
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    Yeah... I wouldn't worry, you aren't missing too much just yet. It seems like it has a lot of potential, but the cases where I need it most are where it performs least.

    It is very cool that they can detect when your pen hits a text box in a variety of applications and contexts. I would think that, however they implemented it, that alone has some cool implications for productivity mini-apps.

    That said, it seems to stink in URL bars, which would be about half of my use cases. It puts spaces between words, and thinks I really like to end my URLs with "-cam."

    It also isn't fun trying to constrain your writing to those small spaces, and keep it machine-legible. I'm trying to see how much I can get away with in terms of writing outside the box; but I think each stroke needs to at least begin inside.

    Still beta, so I'm still hopeful for improvements (yeah yeah, I left feedback with Lenovo).
     
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    Any difficulty uninstalling if there are problems ? Are any settings affected while it's operational ?
     
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