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Top Three Handwriting Recognition Apps

written by: Janelle Cox•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 10/11/2011

There are quite a few handwriting recognition apps out on the market today but how do you know which ones are the best? Discover the top apps that will let you use your finger as a pen. Learn how to use your fingers as a stylus pen to jot down notes, make a list or write an email.

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    Use Your Handwriting

    Use Your Handwriting 

    Use Your Handwriting is a free app that allows users to quickly jot down notes using their fingertips as a pen. For those of you who are new to touch screens, this is a great alternative to the keyboard.

    When you first launch the app it will guide you through a tutorial. Then you can begin practicing writing with your finger. The first thing I did was change the preferences until I found the best fit for me. I found that choosing sharp under the stroke width and fast under the writing speed worked best for me.

    This app functions fairly well. All of the options are listed at the bottom of the screen which makes it easy to navigate through. If you want to begin a note you tap the + sign in the right hand corner. You can change the theme and color of the note any time you like. There is the option to undo and categorize your notes in order. You can also add checkmarks or stars at the bottom of the screen.

    The only downside to this app is that there are not enough background choices. I would also like to see an option for my handwriting to be changed into text and the option to email to myself so I can print out my list. Other than that, this is a great handwriting app, it's nice for quick writing, it makes it easy to organize and add notes and it's convenient.

    Download Use Your Handwriting on iTunes. (FREE)

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    If you are looking for a basic handwriting app that will allow you to jot down notes and share them then this app is for you. When I first launched the app I was surprised at the simplicity of it. It had mundane background colors and not a lot of features. It got right to the point as soon as I opened it.

    It's extremely easy to use. There are no preferences to adjust or ink colors to change. All you need is one finger to write your note (which is in black ink) and two fingers to scroll down so you can have more room to write. Once you complete your note you have the option to email, Facebook or Twitter it. This is why I like this handwriting app. I can jot down a to do a list in a matter of seconds when I am using my fingers, then I can email it to myself and print it out.

    Bottom line is, this app is as simple and easy to use as you can get. If you are one of those people who like all the bells and whistles this app is not for you. There are no background themes, different colored ink or zoom in capability. I like it because it's free, basic and I can share it with others.

    Download Handwriting on iTunes. (FREE)

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    Jotter Lite


    I became an instant fan of Jotter Lite the moment I opened the app. This company presented its app in such a whimsical way I just had to see more. The lite version offers three memos, color ink preference, ability to erase and zoom in, share to email, photo album, Twitter, Facebook or copy and send it to text.

    This app makes it easy to write quick notes or draw a simple sketch. This is a very well executed app that has a simple menu, fun design and functions fantastically.

    I was satisfied with the lite version because once I can share my note or sketch via email or save it in my photo album I can erase it. For those of you that need more than three memo options and more features, such as pen width, the full version would be a better choice. This costs 99 cents at the iTunes App Store.

    Overall I found this app to be one of my favorites. The only downside is I would like to be able to use two fingers to scroll down to have more memo space. Other than that, it worked beautifully.

    Download Jotter Lite on iTunes (FREE)

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    Overall Best iPhone Handwriting App

    Each of the three apps basically provided the same thing, using your finger to write instead of a keyboard. For me it all comes down to being able to share or save what I have written. If you're looking for simple, which is all I really need, I would say the basic Handwriting app would be my suggestion. If you're someone who likes a little variety than either of the other two apps above will work just fine.

    Do you have a suggestion or comment you would like to share about any of the above apps? We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment in the section below.