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Old March 2nd, 2010, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Swype vs SlideIT vs ShapeWriter.

Which do you prefer? I'm using Swype now, but it is kind of frustrating me with its inconsistency adding words to the user dictionary. I also hate having to slide my finger off the keyboard to capitalize a letter and the fact that it doesn't auto-capitalize with new sentences. I used ShapeWriter previously, but I always had problems typing symbols with it, and the large number of proper nouns that came with its user dictionary really annoyed me. I have yet to try SlideIT, though. What opinions does everyone else have?

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The version of Swype (1.16.12.5230.t) that I'm using, auto-caps with new sentences.
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I have not tried that version of Swype but I like SlideIT mainly due to the accuracy.
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I haven't tried SlideIT. I tend to be pretty sloppy when swiping and swype is much better at figuring out what I am trying to type than shapewriter.
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swype is far more accurate. Shapewriter tries to do much when it comes to figuring out what you're trying to convey. How you come up with the word "yummy" when trying to type "you" is beyond me.
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I've tried both Slide IT and Swype and prefer Swype.
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The version of Swype (1.16.12.5230.t) that I'm using, auto-caps with new sentences.
Can you Please Mention it to me? I'm just using the HVGA version, which is like .35 or some crap.
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The version of Swype (1.16.12.5230.t) that I'm using, auto-caps with new sentences.
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Oooh, auto-caps is nice.... could you also Please Mention to me where you found this? Thanks

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The version of Swype (1.16.12.5230.t) that I'm using, auto-caps with new sentences.
This version really improved Swype. It is worth using now. Very accurate and user friendly.
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i prefer slideit and i may actually by the paid version once my demo time is up. its a bit basic looking but i like the UI better. shapewriter has those damm boxes that take up to much room on the screen. i dint like swypes UI.. imo
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The version of Swype (1.16.12.5230.t) that I'm using, auto-caps with new sentences.
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I tried to send you a private message, but you have private messages disabled.
Sorry about that, I just enabled PM, could you plz resend?

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can u post the link?
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Lots of Swype info in the following thread: Swype avail for Eris
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I can't say anything about Swype because I refuse to install stolen software on my phone or computer, and all the installable versions of Swype at the moment are unauthorized copies. I have used both ShapeWriter and SlideIT extensively, however.

Each has advantages and disadvantages, as one might expect. The principal disadvantages of ShapeWriter are:

1) It requires somewhat more accuracy in the tracing of words. How much that matters varies from person to person. I've found after several weeks' usage that I can achieve a pretty low error rate without seriously impeding my speed if I pay attention to what I'm doing. I can be a little freer in tracing with SlideIT and still get acceptable results, but it's not a major difference to me.

2) Its treatment of capitalization is idiosyncratic and sometimes problematic. With ShapeWriter, unless it recognizes a proper name, in which case it uses the appropriate capitalization automatically, words you enter are treated as lower case; there is a "change case" key that cycles the word you just entered between initial-cap, all-caps, and lower case. You can change the case of individual letters in the middle of a word, but it requires moving the cursor to the point immediately following the letter you want to change and then hitting the "change case" key. This mostly works okay in running text, but it's completely useless when entering a password in the browser, for instance, when the text is replaced by all asterisks.

3) It is incompatible with some applications, notably the "Word to Go" word processor in the DataViz "Documents to Go" package. In particular, hitting the Enter key inserts an underscore character instead of ending a paragraph, and there are some other issues with backspacing.

4) Some ASCII characters (notably _ and ~) are hard to find and enter, and some ([ and ]) just aren't there are all. Most accented alphabetic characters are there but hard to enter (requiring an extra-long keypress to bring up a sub-menu from which to select).

The good points about ShapeWriter are the price (it was free, the last I checked, although I'm sure that won't last forever) and the way it handles automatic capitalization, automatic spacing, and recognition of the single-character words "I" and "a" (ordinarily tapping a letter after tracing a word adds that letter to the preceding word with no space, while those two need a space and, in the case of "I", need to be capitalized). It's very rare, in my experience, for the current version of ShapeWriter to make mistakes in those areas (previous versions had bugs, so if you last tried it a few weeks ago and encountered errors in this area, that's probably why your experience differs from mine).

SlideIT, on the other hand, does not suffer from those problems. It has a real Shift key that works just as one would expect, it works fine with Word to Go, and it's somewhat more forgiving of minor inaccuracies in tracing. It also has a very extensive set of Unicode characters that are pretty straightforward to enter. In addition:

1) It has a macro-expansion capability -- you can add abbreviations that will show up in the list of possible words a shape you've traced might be, and when you select the abbreviation from the list the corresponding expanded text will be inserted. (For example, you might add your initials as shorthand for your full name; if you trace your initials and pick that abbreviation from the list of suggestions, your full name will be entered instead.)

2) It has prediction capability: type or trace the first few letters of a long word and the full word will appear in the list of possibilities.

The main disadvantage of SlideIT is its price. It currently goes for €5.99, or a little over $8.00 at current exchange rates. I would probably use SlideIT over ShapeWriter except that I really don't want to pay $8.00+ for something that, in my opinion and for my usage, is only a little bit better than what I already have for free. Different people have different needs and desires, of course, and SlideIT may well be worth $8.00 for many.

(You should be aware that the "SlideIT Lite" in the market is not really a free version; instead, it's a time-limited demo version that expires after a few days, refusing to enter any more text until you buy the full version.)
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slide it was good until it started to want the money and kept prompting me to buy the paid version. then I went to send a text but the keyboard doesn't work with contacts.so nothing comes up..that was the final straw.bye until that is fixed.
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I can't say anything about Swype because I refuse to install stolen software on my phone or computer, and all the installable versions of Swype at the moment are unauthorized copies. I have used both ShapeWriter and SlideIT extensively, however.
Try Swype for Android legitimately:

Swype | Text Input for Screens

Haven't tried the others but really enjoy using Swype.
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Try Swype for Android legitimately:

Swype | Text Input for Screens

Haven't tried the others but really enjoy using Swype.
Not only is this version legitimate it is greatly improved over the leaked version, both aesthetically and functionally. It is definitely worth checking out.
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i wish i could take back my vote for slideit and change it to swype. this bets version is the shizzzz
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I can't say anything about Swype because I refuse to install stolen software on my phone or computer, and all the installable versions of Swype at the moment are unauthorized copies.
It's in an official beta right now, and is working fantastically. Took me a day to get used to it, but I like it much better than the stock keyboard. Much quicker. I tried ShapeWriter, but it didn't seem as intuitive as Swype.
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It makes inputting text on the phone a lot of fun, I think. And I totally agree with the other posts that this legit version is much more polished and functional than the leaked version. Also, it takes up 1/3 the memory as the leaked version. Thank you Swype for sharing the beta.
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I've never tried ShapeWriter but out of Swype and SlideIT I'd have to go with swype much more cleaner and accurate for me.
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I'm pretty new to Swype so I haven't endured the tweaks discussed here. I think it's brilliant (and I can type very fast on an ordinary keyboard). Without Swype Beta, my friends wouldn't get my usual long emails and texts, hehe.

If I hadn't known about it, I'd have considered the Desire Z as touchscreen keyboards drive me crazy.
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I have an use swype an so far I really like it.
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Default Swype v3.0 no support for Android v1.6

About three months ago I discovered Swype and it revolutionised my use of an old G1. All my friends with iPhones were very envious.

Last week this software stopped working and I was invited to download the new beta version 3.0. After consistent crashes I checked with the Skype website to discover a belated apology that this version would not work on v1.6.

I checked out alternatives and Shapewriter are currently not offering downloads, so I am trying SlideIT. After only a few hours use I find that it recognises my 'slides' as well as Swype did and I actually find the interface rather better.

OK so it costs a few pennies, but I have no problem with paying substantially less than a month's rental for something as useful as this.

So, thank you Swype for forcing me back into the market!
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