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PhatWare Unveils Penquills - 2-in-1 custom keyboard for iPhone

Penquills - new revolutionary two-in-one custom keyboard for iPhones, which utilizes two different handwriting recognition technologies depending on the screen orientation – single character recognition in portrait and whole words “natural” recognition in landscape.

Spokane, WA - November 24, 2014 - PhatWare Corporation, leading professional software and application developer, is proud to introduce Penquills – the new revolutionary two-in-one custom keyboard for iPhones which utilizes PhatWare's state-of-the-art handwriting recognition. Penquills combines two different handwriting recognition technologies in a single application - single character recognition input when iPhone screen is in portrait mode as well as free-style "natural" handwriting recognition in landscape. Penquills can be set as a system iOS keyboard and used with any iPhone app and is localized in four languages: English (US and UK), German, French, and Spanish.

When iPhone is oriented vertically, the custom keyboard view is divided in 3 areas: the first is to write alpha characters, the second is for punctuation signs, and the last for numbers. Users can write single or multi-stroke characters and symbols, one at the time, while a popup view with a short timeout presents alternative recognition results for each character. Characters can be written in one or more strokes and a user can adjust short timeout for multi-stroke characters. When a character is recognized with high fidelity it is immediately sent to the target application to improve input speed. The autocompleted word list is updated as characters are written, which further improves input speed.

When iPhone is oriented horizontally, the input method area contains a single handwriting panel. Users can write one ore more words in their preferred handwriting style: cursive, print, or mixed. As a user writes, different suggestions for autocompleted words are presented dynamically above the handwriting area, allowing a user to select the right result even before finishing a word. Alternative recognition results are also presented in this view permitting users to quickly correct possible recognition errors.

Penquills automatically learns as it is being used, improving recognition quality over time and updating the word autocomplete lists. The app also includes a simple notetaker app that is perfect for configuring and testing handwriting recognition settings. Penquills input method is especially useful on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because of bigger screen provides more space to write. The software is specifically designed for finger input but can be also used with any third party stylus.

Penquills Availability and Pricing

Penquills 1.0 is available via the iTunes App Store at a special introductory price of only $0.99, after December 10, 2014 the price will revert to the suggested price of $4.99. The price includes handwriting recognition in all supported languages. For more information about PhatPad, visit PhatWare's web site at http://www.phatware.com/penquills.

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, notetaking, database, and network management software development. To learn more about PhatWare, visit www.phatware.com.

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