PhatWare, a company that has long brought some interesting mobile apps to mobile devices including Tablet PCs is going iPhone in a big way and they are promising more down the road. They’ve created three applications that utilize handwriting recognition on the iPhone. The applications currently in the App Store include:
WritePad – a new custom editor for iPhone. The program utilizes handwriting recognition input for the English language as well as iPhone keyboard for text entry and features spell checker, context analyzer, standard editing operations such as copy, cut, paste, and more.
WritePad Notes – a simple notes organizer that uses the WritePad editor for text entry. You can create, edit, search, and filter notes stored in the database. You can also import (export) notes from (to) Outlook or PhatNotes via CSV file.
WritePad Affairs – a simple affairs (tasks, jobs, contracts, etc.) organizer that uses the WritePad editor for text entry. You can create, edit, search, and filter affairs stored in the database. You can also import (export) affairs from (to) Outlook Tasks via CSV file.
Looking ahead PhatWare is planning a release of PhatNotes for the iPhone in the first quarter of next year that promises. Supposedly it will offer synchronization with the PhatNotes desktop software and at a later date, Microsoft Outlook.
I’ve tried out WritePad on the iPhone (check out this GBM Shortcut) and it works advertised and is a handy note scratcher in a pinch. But I have to say the screen is so small that doing this on a regular basis isn’t something I’m partial too. You might feel differently though.