The Pocket PC handwriting recognition application CalliGrapher 8.0 has been released, and the tost notable new features of this handwriting recognition software include support for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, a new soft input panel called Write Pad and the Statistical Analyzer.
The software analyzes pen strokes written in any application window or in the designated Write Pad area, then converts those pen strokes into text and sends the recognized text to the target application. Employing advanced fuzzy logic and neural net techniques, CalliGrapher recognizes arbitrary alphanumeric strings as well as words contained in its integrated dictionary.
In addition to the classic CalliGrapher "Write Anywhere" input method, which allows users to enter handwritten information anywhere on the screen, CalliGrapher 8.0 introduces a new soft input panel called Write Pad. Write Pad is a specified area at the bottom of the screen where users can enter handwritten information that is instantly recognized and converted to the digital text.
CalliGrapher 8.0 includes a new Statistical Analyzer feature that improves overall handwriting recognition quality by addressing common recognition errors. The analyzer learns the user's writing habits by accumulating information about the words the user writes over a period of time. When enough data is collected, the analyzer automatically fixes common recognition errors based on the user's writing patterns.
Users can now switch between four recognition modes, including mixed cursive and print, upper case characters only, numbers only and Internet addresses, for more accurate recognition. The RiteCalc feature allows users to write simple mathematical formulas that CalliGrapher will solve.
Additional new features include improved handwriting recognition engine, new color selector to choose pen and Write Pad colors, improved graphics, floating and attachable on-screen keyboard with autocomplete, the ability to import and export user dictionary and Auto Corrector word lists as a text file, and improved support for landscape screen layout and full-VGA devices.
The new version supports devices running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 or later, including the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0.