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    Shapewriter going off the market

    On June 20 Shapewriter keyboard will be pulled from the market according to their site. Just thought everyone should know (since Swype isn't an option for some people anymore). So get it now before it disappears! There's also SlideIt keyboard as another alternative.
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    Wonder why. They were a close second to swype in quality.
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    Re: Shapewriter going off the market

    I wonder why.

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    Considering that ShapeWriter is a free app, I strongly suspect it will be replaced by a paid version. Pulling the free version from the Market will enable the vendor to provide support only to a single version.
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    Maybe the Swype buzz killed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Daddy View Post
    Maybe the Swype buzz killed it.
    A couple of other possibilities are (a) that the Shapewriter folks are adopting the same marketing strategy as Swype (i.e. licensing to phone manufacturers and carriers) or (b) legal issues have arisen between Shapewriter and Swype in reference to patents and copyrights for features that were originally developed for IBM in the late 1990's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsh1120 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Daddy View Post
    Maybe the Swype buzz killed it.
    A couple of other possibilities are (a) that the Shapewriter folks are adopting the same marketing strategy as Swype (i.e. licensing to phone manufacturers and carriers) or (b) legal issues have arisen between Shapewriter and Swype in reference to patents and copyrights for features that were originally developed for IBM in the late 1990's.
    That makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsh1120 View Post
    Considering that ShapeWriter is a free app, I strongly suspect it will be replaced by a paid version. Pulling the free version from the Market will enable the vendor to provide support only to a single version.
    Here is what the update said:

    We plan to take ShapeWriter off the Android Market on June 20 for an indefinite period of time. We ask you to update your ShapeWriter to version 3.0.9 which will not expire. In particular, the paid user should upgrade to the latest version ASAP.

    I don't see a paid version, other than their writing pad. Very odd.
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    Bump, Tomorrow is the day! everyone should try this, i used swype and SlideIT, this is by far the best. I have yet to spell anything wrong and also has a spot for other words just above the keyboard with different words!
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    This sucks. I actually prefer Shapewriter to swype right now, because of the bigger buttons or at least space between the buttons. makes it easier to fix the onsie twosie mistakes.
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