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Win a Copy of WritePad for the iPad



Phatware is sponsoring a giveaway for its excellent handwriting recognition app WritePad. We gave away one copy last week (congrats, TabletTeacher) and now we have five more licenses to give away courtesy of Phatware.

If you want to do Digital Inking and handwriting recognition on your iPad, than WritePad is the App for you. Tablet PC users will feel right at home, especially those who remember the Write Anywhere functions of the early Tablet OS. You can either write your notes anywhere on the screen and have them recognized, or you can use the TIP like interface to enter your Inking. Version 4.2 makes some nifty improvements and this App continues to make good progress.WritePad for the iPad costs $9.99.

Here’s how you enter for a chance to win one of the five licenses. Simply leave a comment to this post. Tell us your first Tablet PC or Digital Inking experience and why you fell in love with putting that stylus to the screen. We’re looking for stories here whether you’re a Tableteer from way back, or just new to Digital Inking. The five winners will be drawn randomly from those who submit. Entries will be accepted until Friday at 12 noon PDT.

Have fun and good luck!



  1. Brian Casey

    08/24/2010 at 6:56 am

    My first inking experience was on an HP TC4200 that I purchased for college back in 2006. I put One Note on it and off I went into the wonderful world of taking digital notes. I really wish they had put a digitizer in the iPad but these note taking apps are getting better (my personal favorite is Notarize right now). Here’s to the future.

  2. tivoboy

    08/24/2010 at 7:05 am

    Oh, where to begin. I guess it really started when I bought my first X41, had used an HP T1000 I think it was for work, and soon realized I wanted something from IBM and the X41 fit the bill. It DID take some getting used to, but quickly became a real pleasure. I still think for many people a convertible is the way to go, or at least something which can have an attached BT keyboard. Getting better touch for handwriting, like the writepad app, will go a long way to getting the stylus out of peoples hands

  3. ShadyEd

    08/24/2010 at 7:27 am

    I’ve been using HP convertible tablets for a while and just recently got an iPad. I’m looking forward to trying things without a stylus and would love to win a copy of WritePad.

  4. Jennifer

    08/24/2010 at 7:37 am

    My first inking experience was not on a tablet but on a Palm Pilot. I loved using Graffiti and am sorry there isn’t anything like it on the iPad.

  5. Michael Anderson

    08/24/2010 at 7:59 am

    I would have to say that mine was with the Newton Messagepad, which I owned from the time it was released into late 1998 when I transitioned to a Psion. I still have a MessagePad 2100 lying around … and it is still an amazing device!

  6. Gerardo

    08/24/2010 at 8:06 am

    My first experience was with a Newton Message Pad too, about 17 years ago. It changed the way I look at computers and how I interacted with. Unfortunately I haven’t reproduced the same experience using a Tablet PC, but I will never be tired of trying.

  7. Jay Kay

    08/24/2010 at 9:05 am

    My first inking experience was on a new HP PDA (don’t remember the model number) circa 1983 or so. It had a clamshell design with the screen in the lid and a keyboard in the body. It was unique at that time because the lid could fold against the back of the keyboard. This converted it into a mini-tablet. The inking experience was less than ok but the deal-breaker was the low contrast screen. It went back to the store after a week.

  8. Dennis McGimsey

    08/24/2010 at 10:08 am

    I started inking on the Pilot, then the HP PDA and then the Motion 1300 and have been doing inking in one tablet PC or another until I bought the iPad. I have aquired several ink note apps but am still looking for the utopian solution.

  9. David Howard

    08/24/2010 at 10:15 am

    That is funny, like others my first inking experience was a PDA (a Casio palm PC). I do not recall any ink to text (recognition) capabilities, and was frustrated that as soon as I purchased it brand new, the Dev tools had been upgraded and I could not do much with it.

    I have since loved the experience of inking on a Windows based system, starting witth the XP based Acer C302′ with what now seems like a huge 14 inche screen. I have since had a toshiba M400, a Fujitsu U810 with it’s tiny 5.7 inch screen, and my beloved Fujitsu T2010, the best device I have ever owned. The inking has improved with each new release, and I recall how sweet it was on the Acer with XP tablet PC edition, and using Journal and OneNote. I still use OneNote along with MindJet. Ind Manager in ink mode. I highly recommend that, as it combines the free form maps with free form text to help creativity and spontaneity,

    I am typing this on the iPad while waiting for the plane to leave, and have tried Penultimate, Noterizer, and a couple of other tools, still looking for the experience of the Windows systems with a pen. I have two pens, the boxwave, and another. Looking For a way to use them better.

    Plane leaving now…gotta go!

  10. Gary Harrison

    08/24/2010 at 12:12 pm

    My first inking experience was on the venerable Palm Pilot, which led to a whole succession of Palms (including the T3, which I still use). Then I graduated to the Newton 130 and ultimately the 2100, which I used just last month (after months and months in storage). I was hooked, but didn’t know where to go. The I saw a pile of hardware in the IT managers office, and recognized a tablet. I said, “Could I try that?”, and I got my first TC1000. Two TC1100 later, I’m still using it for notes, when my HP TX2 is too clunky to use. I don’t EVEN what to think what this inking addiction has cost me, not to mention the huge pile of accessories I now have. Winning this will force me to buy an iPad (in the plans, anyway). Sigh…

  11. gmich

    08/24/2010 at 1:14 pm

    I got hooked on tablet PCs in 2007 largely thanks to finding GBM (and JK on the Run as well). The many articles and Inkshows got my interest and, as an educator, I thought a tablet could be really useful. I’ve had a Fujitsu T2010 and a Dell XT2 (preferred the Fuji), and now have an iPad as my only “tablet”. I’d love to have a full-on tablet as well, but finances won’t allow it at the moment.

    I teach at the college level and I’ve found loads of uses for the tablet (hooked up to a projector) in the classroom. OneNote, inking on slides or documents during class, drawing diagrams or brainstorming on the fly — lots of things. The iPad isn’t there, yet, of course, but I hope the devs continue to try to get inking right.

  12. JP Adlhoch

    08/24/2010 at 1:44 pm

    Wow, this goes back to the very early days, and even then, the recognition software was pretty sophisticated. Now, it’s almost scary as to its abilities! We all win with the advances.

  13. Don C

    08/24/2010 at 1:44 pm

    My first inking was on a Dell Axim. What a delight to see my handwriting turn into text. I have moved on to a Toshiba. Now I would like to do the same on my IPAD.

  14. Schuthrax

    08/24/2010 at 7:16 pm

    Back in the mid nineties my company did some work on tablets, in fact, we were pushing the boundary of what could be done on tablets “in the field” for city/county/state workers. Things were very primitive then and I daresay that an iPad could run rings around anything we had back then. I’ve made my way through a few pocket pc type devices and eventually bought an HP tablet which I mostly use for drawing. I even worked my way through a few Wacom tablets so that I could have pen abilities at the desktop. Now, I really wish my iPad had those capabilities; I just hope Steve one day sees the light!

  15. Thomas Pope

    08/25/2010 at 12:25 pm

    I’m a latecomer to the TabletPC scene, due to purely financial reasons. I coveted them when they first were released, but never had the money to buy one. Then due to a position change at work and a lucky break, I managed to inherit first a retired M1400 and then a new-to-me LE1700 and finally an iPad. I’d love to be able to take my iPad to more meetings instead of the LE1700, but the lack of good stylus note taking has always been a problem. I’d love to try WritePad and see if it could become a replacement or at least supplement for my Dropbox linked set of OneNote files that currently holds my entire work life.

  16. Jverlinden

    08/27/2010 at 6:53 am

    The very first money I earned after my graduation was spend on a Compaq Concerto back in 1993. That was a magical pen experience avant-la-lettre…..
    Since then I used almost all Palmbased PDAs (favorite Sony nx73) and ended up with the frustrating Dell XT. Always looking for better apps, and the iPad is on it’s way…

  17. Dean

    08/27/2010 at 7:30 am

    First time. Apple Newton. Been inking ever since.

  18. Teocady

    08/27/2010 at 10:53 am

    The company I worked for in 1993 distributed the GRiDpad 1910, an XT-clone in a slate form-factor. It had this wonderous glass screen, which despite being mono-CGA and needing a tethered pen, had the best stylus-feel I’ve ever experienced. We wrote handwriting-entry asset inventory software for DOS using the PenRight! library.

    Later we moved to 386-based ruggedized Kalidor slates and then 486-based Toshiba slates that ran PenWindows 1.0 (Windows 3.1 with handwriting extensions)

  19. Brian

    08/27/2010 at 11:05 am

    My first digital inking experience was on a palm pilot, then I moved to a Motion 1200 (that I still own), right when they were first introduced. Though it doesn’t get much use these days, I used that slate for many years. I have just moved to an iPad and this software would be a great addition. I will always use some sort of computer with a stylus, the way it helps my right and left halves of my brain work together is amazing. Thanks for all your hard work on this board!

  20. Warner Crocker

    08/27/2010 at 12:02 pm

    OK, Contest is closed. Winners will be selected and notified soon.

  21. Jose Sinuhe Figueroa

    08/27/2010 at 1:05 pm

    This seems to be a great tool for class, since I got one of those emerging palm devices almost 10 years ago I dreamed of an acceptable accurate writing recognition tool.

  22. Ken Wall

    08/29/2010 at 9:29 am

    My first inking was on a Newton, then a succession of Palms with grafiti, which I loved until switching to Windows Mobile which I didn’t. Series of PC tablets since, great for handwriting, particularly Mindmanager and OneNote. Tried 6-7 Programs and 3 stylus types on IPad and IPhone 4 and current favorite is Brinklin’s NoteTaker with my finger, but still open to good inkin experience on “IGadgets”.

  23. UnRoadWarrior

    09/01/2010 at 10:51 pm

    My love affair with handwriting on a device started with the Newton (others have commented on the same). I mastered the Palm ‘grafitti’ and then moved on to a real keyboard on a BlackBerry. With the iPad I am back a full circle to a device I can write on. Looking for a good stylus with a skinny tip though.

  24. KWms

    09/11/2010 at 10:00 am

    I started with a great bug heavy HP tablet. Fell in love using it for grading and annotating documents. My palm TX was good too. Can’t wait best features of those to migrate to Apple!

  25. Holly Robinson

    10/07/2010 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve been using the tablets for a while now. I absolutely love it! -I don’t know how I went this long without it.

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