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The 7 best handwriting apps for iPad and iPad Pro

Lucy Hattersley | March 3, 2016
The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make note-taking a joy. Discover the best handwriting apps for iPads

Unlike most of the note taking apps, you don't draw directly where you want the words to appear. Instead, you draw inside a box at the bottom, and your letters are then transposed into the note. This makes notes neater, and it's obviously much easier for finger-writing; but it does remove some of the accessibility of an app like Notes (where you draw directly on the paper).

We'll look at 7Notes' handwriting recognition capabilities in more detail in the next slide.

Price: Free

Download: App Store

7Notes handwriting recognition

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of 7Notes is its ability to recognise your handwriting, and then turn it into typed text (that is easy to read and can be scanned and searched through).

As you write in the box, the words appear above it. Tap the correct word to select and insert it, or when you get to the end of the line, you'll add the whole sentence. We found it more accurate than we expected, given the scrappy nature of our handwriting. But it struggles with certain details, such as full stops and other punctuation.

Perhaps more importantly, the same handwriting technology has been added to a keyboard app with Mazec, our final pick.


Mazec isn't technically a handwriting app. Instead, it's a keyboard app that recognises your handwriting and transcribes it into text. So you can scrawl your letters by hand, rather than type them.

Like 7Notes, the app that spawned it, Mazec is great at recognising text but less hot at punctuation. It's also a bit difficult to edit and change letters without going back to the keyboard. But it is great for spotting words and turning them into text, and can be used with any app.

Price: £3.99

Download: App Store

Source: Macworld 


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