Latest Release for the iPad including Handwriting Recognition!

The latest version of the ASETNIOP keyboard for ipads is available here: http://asetniop.com/ipad/

What’s most exciting about the current version is the new handwriting recognition feature for numbers – if you need any digit from 0 to 9, just draw it in the pad below the yellow helper bar.  The recognition algorithm is still under construction – it’s going to get a lot better as we add scaling and path tracking – but even now it still works reasonably well.
Some notes about the current version:
  • In order to learn how to use the keyboard, you might want to try out the tutorial (http://asetniop.com/ipadTutorial.html).  It will introduce you to all of the basic concepts and teach you the basic alphabet.
  • There are two ways to obtain numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) – the first is to press the A, T, N, and P keys all at the same time to switch layouts (the A and T keys combine to form the F, and the N and P keys combine to form the M, so think “FM radio” to remember this code).  The numbers 5 and 6 are obtained by pressing the chords for R and H, respectively.  You can access symbols through this layout too, simply by pressing the shift key (left thumb) and selecting the appropriate key or chord.  Just press the FM code to switch back.
  • The second way to obtain numbers is to simply draw it inside the grey pad for the N key (below the yellow bar).  Aim for your drawn letters to fit just inside the boundaries of the grey area, and draw using a single motion (i.e. don’t lift your finger off the screen).  This feature is still under development, so the recognition isn’t so great (especially when dealing with 3, 5, and 8, and the number 4 works best when you draw it like an upside-down “h”), but it will get a LOT better in the coming weeks.  [IT’S ALREADY BETTER!] You can also use this area to draw a slash, a backslash, and a dash.
  • The predictive suggestions are very basic at the moment, but they will also be getting considerably better as we refine the algorithm.
  • You can send an email directly from the program by pressing the “send as email button” at the lower left-hand corner of the screen.  You’ll need to fill in the address and subject, but what you’ve typed will be instantly copied to the body of the message through your ipad’s email client.
  • To copy the text you’ve typed and paste it somewhere else, simply use the ipad’s normal copy/paste feature (i.e. touch the screen and select the text you want).  For some reason it’s necessary to have at least two or three lines of text before this feature will engage – if needed, just add a couple of carriage returns (SHIFT and space at the same time) to the bottom.  The program will copy ONLY what you’ve typed; not any of the buttons or other extraneous items on the screen.
  • If you’d like to increase or decrease the size of the display font, just press the “size +” or “size -” button.  Right now you’re limited to the vertical space above the keyboard, but we’ll be fixing things so that the text will scroll upwards as you fill things in.
  • If you run into a problem or have any requests, comments, or suggestions, please use the “report bug” button to get in touch with us.
  • Thanks for using ASETNIOP!  We hope you like it!

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