11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, easy input utility relies on internet connectivity and ads in free version
I've used PDAs or Smartphones ever since I got my first device - a Phillips Velo running Windows CE 1.0. Versions 1 & 2 of Windows CE were awful, and it wasn't long before I moved to the Palm platform, where I discovered the joy of Graffiti writing as an easy method of input. I moved back to the Microsoft platform when Pocket PC Phone Edition came out and found the...
Published on August 7, 2011 by Jennifer Ray
3.0 out of 5 stars needs work but good
I love graffiti, it is my favorite text input method. The makers of this keyboard do a good job of replicating the old graffiti of days gone by. However I regret having paid for the product. The free product pops up an add now and again, its not so hard to deal with. However the paid version will complain and cause all sorts of problems if it can not get to the...
Published 23 months ago by Katherine Perry
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4.0 out of 5 stars Works Like Palm But With Compressed Input Screen,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)I was a Graffiti wizz on the old Palms! When I graduated to a Galaxy S smartphone I was thrilled to find this app. I never could master Swipe and had too many fat-finger errors for the regular keyboard. Recently I upgraded to a Galaxy S4. Graffiti still works, but the input area is compressed to about half the height it used to be and I can't find any setting to expand the area. I'm guessing it has to do with the higher resolution screen on the S4. As a result Graffiti is more difficult to use reliably. Conversely the larger screen on the S4 has improved my input with the regular keyboard. So for now I have Graffiti disabled. But if the input area size could be expanded to the old proportions, I'll be back in a heartbeat (and bump this to 5 stars).
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of old-school familiarity...,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)My first "smart" device was a Palm Zire 21. Yeah, it wasn't much to look at, but it did have a number of advantages. It played relaxing games and exchanged data with my computer.
But the input was kinda funny. When I first saw the Graffiti2 input, I thought to myself "shorthand??? I'm supposed to write shorthand to input text?
You see, I write. A lot. Not as much as I used to, but still quite a bit.
But then, once day, after finding "Documents to Go", which allowed me to edit and exchange Microsoft Office files with my computer, it clicked.
Like someone learning a new language, I went from consciously trying to remember the correct gesture to just knowing it.
Not long after, I upgraded to a Zire 71, which opened up a whole different universe. The writing became easier and quicker, and I found myself writing whole stories on that little PDA.
Sadly, in May of 2011, that venerable PDA with the blue housing took a hit to its screen, which broke the LCD layer.
So I went to a smartphone, since I was due for an upgrade. Yes, it cost me more (I'm on Sprint), but I needed the PDA functionality... so I bought a Blackberry Style.
Why? Because it was the only clamshell/flip form smartphone on the market.
And I liked it. Sure, this was the time when developers stopped loving Blackberry OS in favor of iOS and Android, but there were still enough out there to make it worth the price.
But even that finally ended, and I recently upgraded to an HTC EVO 4G LTE, running Jellybean 4.1.1 (according to the diagnostic screens). No more physical keyboard.
So now what? Even with the Blackberry, I suffered from FFS (that's "Fat Finger Syndrome"). Even using landscape is less than ideal. Swype was good, but it's hunt and peck for someone who touch-types on a QWERTY keyboard.
What I needed was some sort of handwriting recognition.
And that's when I remembered Graffiti. So I looked for it, and it was here, and compatible with my phone!
Granted, it's not exactly like what I used on the old Palm Zire line, but it's close...
So it won't be a learning curve, but a RE-learning curve.
4.0 out of 5 stars Works decently with finger, better with a stylus.,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)I actually installed this on a couple of Android tablets, one that can use a stylus and one that cannot. There is a little lag on the input but in general it works well. I find the accuracy is much better when I use the stylus but it is still pretty usable even if I use my finger. If you are like me and have a lot of problem with "fat fingering" things on the standard onscreen Android keyboard this is an alternative you should seriously consider.
4.0 out of 5 stars Better keyboard.,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)With all the complaints about soft-keyboards on phones and PDAs I am still shocked this input method has faded from use. The availability of this app is why I picked Android over iPad.
I would like to see support for the improved glyphs from myGlyphs hack.
5.0 out of 5 stars palm to droid no sweat,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)Been a palm user for years. Hate to keyboard. Even the free version is sweet. Works just like the palm...
3.0 out of 5 stars needs work but good,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)I love graffiti, it is my favorite text input method. The makers of this keyboard do a good job of replicating the old graffiti of days gone by. However I regret having paid for the product. The free product pops up an add now and again, its not so hard to deal with. However the paid version will complain and cause all sorts of problems if it can not get to the authentication system. It then completely shuts down the keyboard. If it just popped back to the free mode when it cant authenticate that even would be accessible. But I found most times that it would error on authentication and then just refuse to go on till it authenticated.
Oh on a side note. if you send you device in to get repaired, remember to switch back to the standard keyboard, the repair guys are clueless at many places.
So in conclusion I would up this to 5/5 stars if they fixed the authentication problem.
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't get it to work on Acer Iconia 500,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)I have been looking for a handwriting app for my Android tablet since I purchased it. I have tried many but were disappointed with all of them. This one is no different. I downloaded it, it shows on my tablet, but I cannot get it to work. It does not show up in the "Settings" menu.
I'll keep trying, but I don't think it's an "operator error."
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)I can finally write a review without taking all day! If you ever used a palm device this is a must have! Thank you for making a usable input interface for the android!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - Thank You!,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)Now I can keep up with my daughter's typing speed, and she grew up with these gadgets!
I mastered Palm's Graffiti years ago. On my tablet, I just couldn't make my big fingers hit the correct key with any keyboard I loaded. Now it feels so natural. I have no trouble with extended characters either: i.e. * @ " #, etc. Finally!
Again, thank you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Free version downloaded but did not show up in apps. Paid version showed up in apps, but didn't work well at all.,
This review is from: Graffiti for Android (App)Downloaded Graffiti for Android (free version) to my new Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE. I looked for the app tile, but it was no where to be found. Perhaps I made an error. So I tried to download it again and the message showed up that it was downloaded and asked if I wanted to replace it. But it didn't show up on my downloads or apps. Very strange. It could not be found any where. So it was a no-show. Well, what does one expect for free. I was not surprised.
Then just to see what would happen, I downloaded the paid version, Graffiti Pro for Android, which I paid asking price for. Wonder of wonders. It did download and show up on the apps of the phone. I opened it and tried it out. I was not impressed. It didn't work well at all. Whatever I wrote whether cursive block print, the typed version was incorrect; almost like the app had been drinking. Oh well, money down the drain. Perhaps it was operator error, but one would think it would do at least something.
I am giving the brand new Galaxy Victory 4G LTE to my son for Christmas. I just purchased a Samsung Galaxy Note II with S-pen. So the S-pen technology eliminates the need for Graffiti. Maybe my son can get the Graffiti Pro to work better.
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