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  1. wooly

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    i recently had my phone stolen and i got my replacement today. today just happens to be the day shapewriter was taken off of the market!! i'm screwed is there any way to get this back.. like can someone upload it for download?? anything?
     

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    Yup, yesterday was the last day.
     
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    I'm sure it's somewhere. But I'm also sure it's illegal to distribute now, so...

    I hope they bring it back. I'll pay for it.
     
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    there are ways u could find it on the internet but we can not say bc forum rules
     
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    Swype is in open beta again so you could download that from their website legally. I remember reading something from Shapewriter that made it sound like they will not be returning any time soon. I don't have a source though. If you're fixed on Shapewriter, I'm sure an apk will turn up somewhere. Have you tried the xda developer forum?
     
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    SW is done, yeah. I seem to remember that they got bought out, so the reason the app isn't ever going to get updated is that they're working on more high-profile and professional applications. Shame, too.
     
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    Was shapewriter infringing on patents?
     
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    Nuance Communications is pleased to announce that ShapeWriter, Inc. is now part of Nuance. The ShapeWriter continuous touch application has joined Nuance's portfolio of patented text input solutions recognized as the industry's leading predictive text technology. As we bring Shapewriter into the Nuance family, please note that we are suspending downloads of the iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile applications. Please stay tuned to this site for future product updates.

    -source
     
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    Yes, they've been acquired by Nuance communications, which I think is a good thing, as Nuance makes a killer diction app. Diction is all that shapewriter needed. I got a beta of Swype, but prefer shapewriter. I think shapewriter is more accurate, usually gives better alternative guesses when not, and has auto caps.
     
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    I was able to add it to my phone this morning via appbrain. I couldn't find it when I did a search through the regular market, but was able to download through appbrain (even though appbrain just redirects you to the market).

    Anyway, try this link:
    ShapeWriter Keyboard - Android app on AppBrain
     
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    Same here, got my replacement phone yesterday, and sync'd up via appbrain (it was in Myapps list already)
     
  13. wooly

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    how do i do this through appbrain i clicked "install" but got nothing but like a welcome from appbrain.. its too late for me to still get shapewriter somehow isnt it?
     
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    Do you have an AppBrain account? Sign up if you don't and click install (on the shapewriter page) from your computer. Install the AppBrain app from Market then click "sync" then "perform installs". Click on appropriate "update" and "ok" prompts from there.
     
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    holy shit! it worked!!! (appbrain) you guys are the best! i'm an idiot i didnt dwnld appbrain to my phone!! thank you guys so much
     
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    i downloaded swype because i figured i was screwed.. and i gotta tell ya i really like shapewriter much better than swype. thank God for android forums!
     
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    just get in on the swype beta... every bit as good!!
     
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    I just downloaded and installed shapewriter and HATE it. Not interested at all. SWYPE rocks.
     
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    I agree! I have tried both, SWYPE is way better!
     
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    Swype does auto caps, but otherwise you're right. The fact that Shapewriter is more accurate and gives better guesses just makes it faster. Plus I never liked the way Swype handled double letters and adding words to the dictionary. Sometimes I tap out words that I don't want to save! And you can't even edit Swype's dictionary. :mad:
     
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    Now the only keyboard on the market which uses this new sliding method is SlideIT. I use it for 3 months and it
     
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    I must be missing something. I have tried both, and I can hardly tell any difference. They both seem really nice. Smooth, good word prediction, way better than tapping... I don't know. It's a toss-up for me.
     

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