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WritePad for iPad | Handwriting recognition keyboard and iCloud notes

By PhatWare Corp

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WritePad is an advanced notetaker app that lets you to take notes in your own handwriting, which is immediately converted to the digital text using PhatWare’s state-of-the-art handwriting recognition software. You can also use simple gestures to select text, cut, copy, paste, and insert special characters.

WritePad has a spell checker with its own custom dictionary, a context analyzer, auto-corrector, and a Shorthand feature that fills-in words and phrases you frequently use, once entered into the Shorthand Editor.

WritePad lets you save and transfer notes over Wi-Fi from your iPad to another iPhone or iPad, or synchronize your notes with Box, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, SkyDrive, Google Drive, and iTunes.

Benefits and Features

- Create and edit text documents using the advanced handwriting recognition engine or iPad keyboard for text entry in landscape or portrait mode.

- Improve productivity by utilizing inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features.

- Statistical analyzer, which improves overall handwriting recognition quality by addressing common recognition errors. If this feature is enabled, WritePad will learn the user's own handwriting style.

- Email, Tweet, Print, or post Facebook updates directly from WritePad.

- Synchronize or Import/Export WritePad documents with Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, SkyDrive, iCloud, and iTunes.

- Translate documents to 16 supported languages using Bing Translator.

- Change WritePad's appearance by manipulating text, page, and ink colors using the customizable Styles feature.

Handwriting recognition is averrable as custom keyboard extension for the following languages:
- English
- English (GB)
- Dutch
- German
- French
- Italian
- Spanish
- Portuguese
- Portuguese (BR)

Document Synchronization support:
- Box
- Dropbox
- Evernote
- Google Drive
- iCloud
- OneDrive
- WiFi (direct to device)
- iTunes (direct to PC)

Supported Handwriting Recognition Languages:
- English (UK, US)
- Danish
- Dutch
- French
- Finnish
- German
- Indonesian
- Italian
- Norwegian
- Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal)
- Spanish
- Swedish

UI translated to the following languages:
- English
- Dutch
- French
- German
- Italian
- Portuguese
- Spanish

WritePad demonstration video:

What's New in Version 8.1

- Optimized for iOS 8.1
- WritePad handwriting recognition input panel can now be selected as a custom keyboard and used in all other applications
- Improved handwriting recognition performance
- Improved integration with iCloud and other cloud services.
- Handwriting recognition in Indonesian language added

iPad Screenshots

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Customer Reviews


One of the best note taking/writing apps available one the Appstore. Pricey? Maybe. But you get what you paid for, and in this case, you get quite a lot.

Different writing styles (traditional, handwriting etc.) along with the ability to use the handwriting keyboard in other apps (I'm actually writing this review using the handwriting feature), make this one of the better note taking apps that you can get.

LOVE new ability to use as an alternate input in other apps

I've always liked this app since I prefer handwriting to typing. Now I'm ecstatic that I can use this within other applications.

My only complaint is that the new version has a glitch when I click on alternate spellings, the text is inserted in the wrong place in the middle of a sentence instead of at the proper point. Hope you're able to resolve this soon and thanks for your excellence app.

Very useful app

The recognition of handwritten text is quite good. Sadly not all words are featured which is a negative aspect, especially if you write texts with scientific termini. What l personally like is the possibility to work with pdf documents. Leave handwritten notes or signing documents was never that easy. For the current price tag this app is easy to recommend

WritePad for iPad  | Handwriting recognition keyboard and iCloud notes
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  • $7.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 8.1
  • Size: 39.0 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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