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Shapewriter is friggin' awesome.

Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by Matth3w, Jan 24, 2010.

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    For those of you that don't know, it's just like Swype (with some minor differences, not sure which but have been told that is the case).

    I decided on Shapewriter because a) it's on the market place and b) seems to be more likely to be continuously updated for our phones as opposed to Swype which from my understand is made as an alternative to OEM keyboards.

    It's free, and pretty much kicks ass. Not sure how I lived without this before now. :icon_ banana:
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    I have Shapewriter installed, but I prefer Swype much more aside from no auto-caps and auto spacing after a period. The interface of Shapewriter is much better (in my opinion), but the accuracy of Swype is much much better. It takes me a long time to get the correct words with Shapewriter. I'll keep Shapewriter installed in case it gets better/they make it paid at some point, but until I can't use Swype, I'm using Swype.
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    Odd, I rarely have any problems thus far with Shapewriter and accuracy. And the auto spacing, auto caps are pretty much deal breakers for me.
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    Yeah, you can completely miss a key (by accidentally swiping the key next to the intended key) and Swype will still figure it out. I hope Shapewriter can become this forgiving because I will be upset if the Swype trial expires.
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    Drag from the period to spacebar on Swype.
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    Nice tip. Now find a way to auto cap the next word after the period and we'll be golden.
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    I've installed Shapewriter for the same reasons you have listed. However, after about a week, I went back to Swype.

    I found Swype to be more forgiving and came up with the word I was intending more often than not. Also? The puncuation on the keys in Shapewriter are just too small for these old eyes.

    I'm not having a problem with auto spacing and the caps thing is easy enough to handle.

    I'm sure I will go back to Shapewriter when Swype expires, but for now I think it just works better for me. But honestly, I'm really happy there will be another option if / when Swype becomes unavailable.

    ~S
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    How do you do contractions with ShapeWriter? Can't, don't, wouldn't, etc.
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    swipe the letters...dont = don't
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    I'm keeping Swype for a few reasons but I have recommended ShapeWriter to a few people (mainly the people that don't want to use a 'leaked' copy of a product... sissies:icon_ devil:)... But I'm also waiting for Shapewriter to catch up. It's a LOT further ahead in their iPhone version but it should get there. My main reason for keeping with Swype is in-case of some off chance they are tracking how popular it is (how many people are using it) and that may change their mind about how they choose to support/offer it to Android users.

    (IMHO the OEM route is perfectly acceptable, and logical for WM and BB devices but not really for the Android and iPhone market. Simply because these phones are sold, essentially as 'bare-bones' devices with the intent of the users customizing them via market apps. This, to me at least would suggest that Android and iPhone OEMs are far less likely to spend money to offer such a product as stock on the device.)
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    I've used the leaked copy of swype since it was posted. Honestly I like the program but hate how the company is screwing most of us by going oem only. Hope it gets ripped off the first android phone and posted for all of us to use.

    Back to the topic I decided to try ShapeWriter as an alternative especially since its free in the market right now. Its not perfect and if you're clumsy you might have trouble as its not as forgiving on sloppy finger sliding. But with practice im finding it just as good if not better than swype. Plus at least this company treats its community better by letting end users get it from the market and for free atm.