Handyscript Best for Slow Typists

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-07-21 Print this article Print
For those who dont type fast, Ventris this month released the $39.95 HandyScript for Windows text input system. Rather than hunt for letters on a keypad, Ventris lets users touch-type using 11 graphic symbols representing handwriting strokes.

Ventris said it hopes users will eventually use the HandyScript input system to enter text on anything with a keypad. The company is developing the text input system for use in Palm OS and Windows CE devices and for smart phones featuring J2ME.

The text input system, which comes with a tutorial, runs on Windows 98 and higher and requires Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher and Macromedia Flash.

Although HandyScript may be perfect for users who finger-type, its definitely not fast enough for those of us already schooled in available text entry methods. For example, it took 2 minutes for my colleague and me to exchange hellos typed in HandyScript over instant messaging.

I find composing SMS messages on my mobile phone to be infuriatingly slow, even with the T9 text entry method, so I may give HandyScript a try when its ready for mobile phones. But until then, touch-typists should stick with what they already know.<

A free trial version can be downloaded at www.ventris.com.

As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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