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PhatWare updates WritePad handwriting recognition app for iPads and iPhones

New WritePad update features several improvements based on the user’s feedback, such as support for various text encodings, improved handwriting recognition alternatives list, new text editing options, indexed word lists, and numerous performance improvements.

Spokane, WA - December 18, 2013 - PhatWare Corp., a leading professional software and application developer, has announced today the immediate release of WritePad 7.1, a new version of the popular note-taking and handwriting recognition software for iPads and iPhones. WritePad 7.1 features numerous improvements, many of which are based on user’s feedback, including as support for various text encodings, improved handwriting recognition alternatives list, new text editing options, indexed Autocorrector and user dictionary word lists, and performance improvements.

WritePad is designed to deliver considerably faster note-taking, by offering multiple suggestions for words or phrases as notes are input in the user’s own handwriting. As a user writes, alternative recognition results and word completions are presented in a scrollable suggestion bar next to the text, allowing a user to select an alternative result if the initial translation of the handwriting was incorrect.

To further increase compatibility of WritePad documents with other applications and platforms, several text encodings are not supported, including UTF-16, UTF-8, Windows Latin 1, and others. The encoding can be changed via Document Info command in the toolbar. Other new fractures include indexed user-modifiable spell checker and Autocorrector word lists, new text editing options accessible from start-up wizard, and color-highlighted non-dictionary words in the handwriting recognition alternatives list.

About WritePad

WritePad, an advanced note-taker for iOS, converts practically any handwriting into computer text. Notes created with WritePad can be sent via email or SMS, tweeted, saved, posted on a Facebook wall, printed, exported as PDF, translated to other languages, synchronized with major computing cloud services, and exchanged directly between two or more iOS devices. WritePad also features integration with the iPhone’s or iPad’s Events, Contacts, Maps, and other apps.

With WritePad, users can:

  • 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 using inline gestures, spell checker, context analyzer, and shorthand features.
  • Improve overall handwriting recognition quality using WritePad’s Statistical Analyzer, which addresses common recognition errors. When enabled, this WritePad feature learns and adapts to the user's handwriting style.
  • Synchronize WritePad documents with Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Evernote, iCloud , and iTunes.
  • Email, Tweet, print, or post Facebook updates directly from WritePad.
  • The shorthand feature, which allows users to insert current date and time and repetitive text by writing a short name on the app’s input panel. Built-in calculator, enabling users to write simple equations such as "22.3+15.66=" and WritePad will calculate the result.

Availability and Pricing

WritePad 7.1 is available now in the iTunes App Store. WritePad for iPad is priced at $9.99, while the iPhone edition is priced at $4.99. For more information about the WritePad product line, please visit PhatWare's web site

About PhatWare

Founded in October 1997, PhatWare Corporation is a leading provider of easy to use powerful software products and professional services for the mobile and desktop computing marketplace. PhatWare specializes in handwriting recognition, digital ink, note-taking, database, and network management software development. To learn more about PhatWare, visit

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