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Predictive text for Palm OS with Instant Text Mobile
Posted on 18-May-2005 21:42. | Tags Filed under: News.

Predictive text for Palm OS with Instant Text Mobile
Textware Solutions is introducing Instant Text Mobile for Palm OS. The new program offers a fast and accurate solution for those who use a PDA for text-entry: composing emails, taking notes or preparing documents.

Textware supplies solutions for very fast text-entry, with Instant Text for Windows and the Fitaly keyboards on Palm Powered and Windows Mobile PDAs (see Geekzone Software Store).

“With Instant Text Mobile, a thought which may take 1/10 of a second to form, three seconds to say, and six to ten seconds to type will now take just under a second to enter on a PDA,” said Jean Ichbiah, president of Textware Solutions. “The PDA has always been the most natural place to take notes and compose emails because it is always with you. Now it is also one of the quickest and most accurate means of text entry as Instant Text Mobile delivers a very fast way from thought to text."

With other input technologies, it is often difficult to keep up while taking notes on a handheld. Many users end up using cryptic notes and a variety of abbreviations created on the spot to speed up the process. The resulting documents are often difficult, if not impossible, to understand afterwards—often by their own authors.

Instant Text Mobile avoids these problems by letting users enter fully intelligible words and phrases with only a few letters, while never requiring users to memorize predefined abbreviations. A user just enters a few letters and Instant Text flashes choices of complete words and phrases. Thus, the letters trf, tfo, trfo, tfm, tft, tftion, among others, will produce the word "transformation" as a choice, and therefore, there is no need to remember any shortcut. Any of those combinations works and a single tap enters the word on the PDA.

But words are just one "expansion" by Instant Text. As letters are being entered, they may also produce a phrase. In an attorney's glossary, for example, "natc" typed right in the middle of a sentence might yield a word like "naturalistic" but also the phrase "notwithstanding anything to the contrary," a phrase identified from the first letters of different words. The use of phrases results in major keystroke savings. For that reason, the glossaries supplied with Instant Text Mobile contain thousands of phrases that are frequently used in everyday letters, memos, and emails: phrases such as “I would like to receive,” “you are going to,” “on the other hand,” “whether or not,” and “for your review.” Instant Text Mobile also includes a very easy-to-use interface, making it simple to add new phrases to a glossary within seconds.

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