Re: NTLK Jot v Calligrapher v Newton

From: Michael Manthey (
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 00:00:03 CDT

On Tue, 06 Jun 2000 08:07:35 +0200, Karen wrote:
>I agree with Ed!!!!!!
>I used Graffiti and then Jot on my Palm V (for as long as I used it -
>about 5 weeks, before putting it in the bottom drawer). They were BAD.

Sorry to dissent, folks, but I don't quite agree on that one. I admire
what Paul said, because it shows how deeply he understands the programming
of it all. I am just a user, and my practical impression is this (all
derived from personal observation on 5 different Newtons): There is no
question that the Newton has a fascinating handwriting recognition.
However - I do a lot of writing, most of it in German on my MP 2000, and
under these circumstances the Newton is not quite perfect. The quality of
the letter-by-letter recognizer diminishes noticeably if after writing in
English for a while you switch back to German (somehow the built-in
dictionary must be involved even in "print-mode"), and I also noticed that
our green little friend reacts very nervously to wheather-changes, of
which you have a lot in the Rhineland (in that respect we have sth. in
common.) So, Graffiti was not that bad to my mind, it works quite well.
and once you get used to the characters, you have an additional 3rd and in
some instances more reliable recognizer. The built-in recognizer (I mean
Rosetta, not Paragraph) yields best results in Notes and Dates (day-view),
whereas it is somewhat capricious in Names and various dialogues. And let
me just ask one blasphemous question: anyone here on the list, who didn't
in some way adapt his or her handwriting to the Newton?

Sent by:
Michael Manthey
Melatengürtel 92
50823 Köln
Tel. +49 221 5107445
using Eudora Pro on Newton MessagePad 2000.
Newton is magic.

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