QUOTE(pgas @ Jul 5 2005, 10:50 PM)
For handwriting recognition there is:http://www.handhelds.org/project/rosetta/
which is currently used by OZ/Gpe.
for free note, in the gpe project there:http://www.handhelds.org/moin/moin.cgi/GpeSketchBook
Thanks for the links.
So we are comparing Apples to Apples (excuse the pun), the handwriting recognition system that was in the Newton MessagePad had the following features:
1) No special characters were needed. Normal handwriting was used.
2) Recognized different handwriting types: printed, cursive, or mixed word recognition
3) User could write anywhere on the screen, in any application.
4) Recognized "gestures" for common actions (moving text, inserting text, deleting, etc)
5) Deferred recognition mode (could be set to recognize later, if desired, so the recognition process would not interfere with rapid note-taking)
6) Adaptive recognition (learned the style of the writer)
7) Used both a built-in word dictionary and a user customizable dictionary (for hard-to-recognize words).
Amazing to think that all of this was available in 1993, and here we are in 2005 struggling to find it (or re-implement it) again
Having owned 3 different Newton models, I will say that the Z has progressed way beyond it from a hardware perspective, but is nowhere near it on the HWR front.