The Efficient Tablet Write-To-Text Solution


 US Patent #8,045,803 | Free To Test And Use




Don’t trust your handwriting for
handwriting recognition? Don’t like the
bulky, screen blocking and eye intensive
virtual keyboard? R U Lazy? Ciphryx is the    
 contemporary tablet text input solution.


The only non-accessory physical method
to input text on tablets without looking.

Like a keyboard … you can look … but you don’t have to.


– It’s quicker than print & cursive.
– It’s more compact than a virtual
   keyboard and standard writing.
– All control is just a stroke away.
– It’s convenient & tablet mobile.
– It has fast, accurate recognition.

… and it still feels like English.

(Learn about the natural perception 
phenomenon called “completion” below.)


– Ciphryx Software GUI  –

The above demo is a real time screen recording.
(more recordings and a video below)

It doesn’t connect too well with your eyes,
does it? It is not supposed to. It’s meant to
connect with your fingers. Your fingers
& mind feel what your eyes can’t see.


(Has voice, handwriting calculator, all caps, text inject,
ink off/on, cap prior, character repeat, draw, triple
character backspace, math mode, screen fade,
character to number and vice versa, select
all and copy, most often used keys,
direct punctuation, 2 screen size
modes and more features.)


It is not like learning a new language. 
  It’s like adjusting to a different accent.


 In Ciphryx, 25 English lowercase letters can
 be described, in their most simple
 form, by a single line or 2 or
3 connected ones.

That’s simplicity.

Ciphryx follows an efficiency hierarchy.
Most used characters = most simple.


If you catch yourself rolling your eyes… you should
probably leave now for an Old School
site. You are not ready to plunge into the future.


You may look all you want, but you cannot
understand Ciphryx without getting your fingers 
“wet”. You download the software, open up the 
program, view the stroke sheet, reach over 
 and make a mark and see what happens. 
You go from there! If you don’t like
what you see, just delete it.


If you find a single circumstance where Ciphryx
outperforms what you are used to,
your download will be justified.
Remember… It’s still free.




(Currently for Windows and English)


Ciphryx may not look like English, but  
it is specifically designed to retain the 
feel of English. Your mind and hand will 
 readily pick it up and relate to each 
stroke motion as a representation 
 of the letter you are “thinking”.

Ones mind desires things to make sense  
and will figure a way, if it can, to make it so.
Ciphryx was constructed and arranged   
to trick the mind so ones hand and
brain will rapidly coordinate.

Although you obviously need to look at 
the strokes initially, as you progress,  
you will find yourself looking less often  
and just glancing down occasionally
 to insure that you are staying within   
the bounds of the writing rectangle.


Ciphryx recognition writing is a less difficult,  
but higher form of writing than print & cursive. 

Get this concept and you will then “get” Ciphryx.
Ciphryx is a smooth hand motion system and is not
built for direct reading as is Old World writing. 
Its on-screen text TRANSLATION is for reading.

Stroke “feel” is similar to the rapid automatic  
mental process that occurs when tapping 
a key via keyboard position memory,



 Within a month, by just practicing a few
minutes a day, you can master this superior 
alternative to the virtual keyboard and
“natural” handwriting recognition.


Use it every day. … to search the web  …  
take notes … program … do email …
  fill out forms … jot down thoughts …

Ciphryx simplicity removes the need
for resting your palm on the screen.


Those of today from all walks of life are
convinced that keys are the apex of tablet 
text input … that an intensive visual system  
is its final solution. The real truth is quite  
 the opposite. The use of vision is actually a 
  hindrance. Reducing the need of sight within  
  the text input equation is the real answer.


 Ciphryx is here for those insightful individuals
who have a little time, curiosity, energy and 
 a keen desire to rise above the primitive.



The Ciphryx recognition writing system was created for several very good reasons. I, the developer, needed a much simplified, but still English-feeling input system that would allow fast, neat notes to be taken within a very small space, and an easy to navigate method for programming software on a smaller than laptop computer  (today’s tablet). I disliked having to wade through the slow, oddball and unnecessary contortions required by current forms of text input. 

I set out to develop a more practical piece of software that would offer a better method to get extended tablet work done and not feel burned out after about 30 seconds of text input time. I thought it would take about 15 days to work the problem out. It actually took 15 years. During this period, tablets were invented and have since been improved upon. The higher end your tablet / cpu set up, the better Ciphryx will perform.

Ciphryx is a cross between the keyboard concept and handwriting recognition. Each stroke, when activated by a modifier stroke (like the shift key for caps and punctuation e.i.), has an alternate symbol associated with it. This minimizes the number of overall  system strokes, which heightens recognition potential by allowing increased simplicity and the widening of the “distance” (or uniqueness) between each stroke shape (definitiveness). The symbol system is not only organized to fit English, but also follows a hierarchy principle where the most used strokes are the most simple or easiest to write. This feature maximizes writing efficiency.

If you don’t like change or are not into true learning, this site is not for you. It is for futurists and explorers who enjoy the learning process and the experience gained by moving forward, so let’s go forth and see how it is possible that the powerful tablet computer has triggered an evolutionary change in handwriting.



Ciphryx is more natural for 21st century tablet use than standard (school taught) writing or the virtual keyboard. It is a modern, coherent symbol system that is faster than longhand and easier to write. Ciphryx is designed for speed, a low error recognition/output rate and is specifically organized to maintain integrity with the English writing system. It is compact and, of course, 100% neat. When mastered, Ciphryx is highly effective and an excellent fit for the English print/cursive system. If you have a compatible tablet, it becomes the most practical advancement in both handwriting and text input.


One fact is: the virtual keyboard is an annoying piece of software.

– It is cumbersome,
– blocks too much of the screen and
– requires too much high eye/hand coordination

A second fact is: Old World handwriting, that was designed
for writing on paper is slow, frustrating, too complex
and a poor match for recognition input technology.

– In the digital era, it doesn’t make technical or practical sense to continue using the software translation of complex, paper-based Old World longhand. In this high tech world, it’s just plain silly … a waste of time and energy, and a thoroughly  outdated process. It makes far more sense to input a smooth, simple, definitive, unorganized script and then… have software instantly analyse and output it as more complex, organized standard text. This type of improvement in efficiency is the reason computers were developed. The world moves forward because of it. It’s called evolution. 



The motion dot is used only for demonstration
purposes to accentuate the direction of motion.


The instructions and the stroke reference sheet pop up when  
 the [Info] button is tapped on the GUI in the expanded mode.

(full screen recording on 8″ tablet)

This system is a technological advancement. It is not made for direct reading, but for simple, easy handwriting. If you have jotted something down and find that you later can’t decipher it, you already understand the concept of letter “feel” perfectly. “I thought I wrote the letter correctly when I was writing it… at least it felt like it, but on checking later it was written incorrectly and unreadable.”



 A run through of Ciphryx (a-z and 1,2,3…0)

(Ciphryx contains all virtual keyboard characters)

Fast, follow-through, widely-spaced and print/cursive compatible. These are not letters, but motions that fit within specific non-overlapping boundaries. Flexible puzzle pieces, if you like. There is a definitive reason for every match-up with each English letter or number. Some are identical to English. Some are not, but all contain a significant matching letter “essence” that makes for an easy transition.

See a standard video of Ciphryx writing below.



The Ciphryx innovative input concept was discovered while I was on a search for that elusive “better” tablet text input solution. I now input all of my tablet text using it and over the course of many years have tested countless arrangements and found the one with the most English-like feel, that allows the quickest transition to it. 

Getting over the mental hurdle to take the step to learn Ciphryx, is its main obstacle. Your intelligence won’t help you, however. You will have to try it to understand how it is “tuned” to English. You will find no similar form of text input out there. Like the musical scale, Ciphryx is empirical, not an opinion.



The concept of sensing a simple motion that is only a piece or a
stroke essence of an actual letter and completing the rest
of it in one’s mind is called internal letter “completion“.

This IMMEDIATE and AUTONOMIC response allows Ciphryx to work.
One is satisfied that a complete character has been written.
The faster you write, the greater is the letter connection. When 
all Ciphryx symbols are correctly matched 
with English, the system “clicks”.

Ciphryx GUI on 8″ tablet (compact / expand mode)  with v-keyboard behind


If you learn this input method you will be able to write neatly, compactly and faster than you have ever written. You will not have to search for characters or switch interfaces as is the case with the virtual keyboard. Eye darting will stop and you will only need to follow the output, not the input. The choice to try Ciphryx all depends on whether or not you want a compact, smooth, relaxed tablet text input style or wish to continue with the one you are using now.  You are encouraged to search the web for a better alternative, but you will be challenged to find one… You will run across ubiquitous software that doesn’t require experience or learning, but then you will be in the same spot you are now.


Many years were taken to get Ciphryx right. Now complete, it has been made available to the general public. Ciphryx is a comprehensive, hi-endurance system that is beyond graphic writing, the virtual keyboard and natural handwriting recognition. It will work in the classroom like no other tablet text input method on the market and excels in the arena favored by the serious tablet user. 

I use the Ciphryx system exclusively, because it IS better than the alternatives. I know handwriting. I’ve studied it for a very long time. I know what works and what doesn’t. I know what one can quickly adjust too and what one can’t. I know the inadequacies of the tablet and how to best overcome the problems. I program, write emails, edit this web page, casually write down my thoughts and, of course, input web search terms on a daily basis with Ciphryx. It is not like learning a new language… It is more like getting used to a new accent. The software is here for those who would like to try a change that will make a big difference in how they view their tablet and its future utility. This little program turns the elephant in the room into a mouse. Do not take my word for it. Test it out yourself.

(All videos, graphics and photo alterations were made by the developer.)



The choice between the old virtual keyboard / handwriting recognition paradigm and Ciphryx is the choice between    crossing a stream on stepping stones or walking a bridge.



(Real time Video – Watch the stylus and finger input -)

Zoomed in on an 8″ tablet. (3:51 min)
(Compact and expand mode demo) Classroom substitute for print and cursive? …… What about the virtual keyboard?  Best viewed at full-screen-OFF (Zoom in) Make sure video quality is 360p!


With Ciphryx it’s not a liability to have poor penmanship.


Although most users may still prefer vision for this advanced style of writing it is not a requirement. Like dancing, this text input system is based on smooth, follow-through motions.



Old world (paper-based) recognition-writing and even the poking of virtual keys were creations dragged from a bygone era (print / cursive and the typewriter). Neither were specifically designed for the new medium of the tablet digitizer. These two common forms of input are stop gap measures which have been temporarily adequate for low-level, short text input bursts needed for search engines, but not for the sustained, high-endurance text input required by the modern tablet classroom, where students will be required to take quick, neat notes, write entire sentences, whole paragraphs and yes, even in class essays.

Although handwriting has been “out” and key text input “in” …  with the advent of tablet sized computers, the melding of writing into the keyboard concept now becomes the best technological solution to getting text into these compact devices when in the fast paced classroom or business environment. (To some, the news is actually good and a breath of fresh air… An opening of a new door.)

An historical example – Long before the invention of papyrus scrolls, cuneiform stylus writing was used to quite efficiently tap information onto a moist clay tablet. It, however, was not as practical to use the same tap symbol system on the later technological development called paper. A better system was eventually deemed necessary for the new medium. The new technology of paper, therefore, forced a change. 

In the 21st century, the handwriting used with pencil or inkpen, that has been effective for centuries on the now, old paper medium, does not translate well for efficient inline recognition on the new medium of the tablet digitizer. It takes up too much screen space, is too complex and the character configurations are bunched too close together. These little annoyances add up to a too high precision requirement for the normal user and abiding by that extra care requirement slows down the input process to a rate even below that of  primitive paper writing. (This is regressive and a move backwards.)



It is now time for another once-every-five-hundred-years-or-so handwriting modification in order to fit the new requirements of a newer medium i.e. the electronic tablet. Ciphryx is that modified symbol system.

(Translations into non-English phonetic languages are also possible.)



The “intuitive” software approach cannot solve all of our technological problems. Some innovations still require learning and practice time. Today, an epic crossroad has been reached. The choice is simple. We either stall, scratch our heads and stubbornly stick with the intuitive, but inferior tablet input systems or be inspired by a fresh and more practical approach and evolve. Ciphryx makes the evolution of writing practical. Like cursive before it, It fits along the English writing continuum. 



A quick list of what is wrong with current tablet text input solutions.

(Just imagine using any one of these as your primary text input method in a fast-paced future “tablet classroom”.)

The virtual keyboard: – Takes up too much screen space. – Requires far too much eye/hand coordination for high-endurance input. – Has too many mode switches. – Can not take notes well with one. 

“Natural” handwriting recognition: – Too slow. – Required user accuracy too high. – Many letters are time and position dependent.  – An extremely inefficient recognition writing tool.

Print or cursive graphic writing: – Too complex and slow. – For most writers, too messy. – Left to right writing uses too much screen space. – Teachers will not accept tablet handwritten material.

Character reader: – Requires an extra step. – Users must be overly neat. – Again, initial writing takes up too much screen space.

Accessory keyboard: – Defeats the portability goal of a stand alone, compact computer. – Cannot take practical notes with one. – Cumbersome to switch between it and drawing.




Tablet users who may wish to try Ciphryx can download it exclusively here at and test it. One can  then download a free key when the trial period ends.


The Ciphryx group of strokes is the best set for recognition purposes. The motions are widely spaced, smooth flowing and simple. Although Ciphryx uses a coordinated “breed” of stroke that is very specific and formulaic, each can be arranged to be a surprisingly close match to an English language counterpart in its feel. Old world handwriting from any language group, on the other hand, does not have the character spacing requirement and cannot reliably fulfill the in-classroom utility test for recognition writing. 


This website is exclusively edited with the Ciphryx system on an eight inch tablet (HP Envy 8), using a custom, double-ended stylus. (Wacom active end for art and navigation. Conducive fabric end for Ciphryx.) 

(Not a brand endorsement… Just a fact… FYI)



The Ciphryx Write-To-Text Solution

– Currently –


(Works with Exp, 7, 8 and 10)


Why Java?

“Apps” using today’s cpu’s still offer too slow recognition 

Java avoids “slow hooking’ into the OS

It’s fast and adjustable to many (OS) platforms.


(Java Runtime Engine [JRE-8] Provided)

Std (1280×800) and HiRes (1920×1200)

(2) Versions Available




Ciphryx strokes can be viewed as simple pieces of a virtual puzzle that fit tightly against one another. This boundary based concept is patented and the secret to quick input speed with high recognition. The Ciphryx recognition program defines each stroke’s boundaries precisely through angles and direction change detection which gives a writer confidence that the error rate will be low and similar to that of a keyboard.




This new text input system uses a specialized stroke formula that provides the lowest potential for error at the fastest input speed. A highly practical and useful tool for the modern world. Ciphryx is a system of text input well suited for the multitasking classroom. Unlike the virtual keyboard, it is an high endurance system that requires very little eye/hand coordination and can, with practice, be written blind. Something one couldn’t even imagine saying about the eye intensive virtual keyboard or natural handwriting recognition. 


Give old dinosaur writing and your virtual keyboard eyes a rest.


It does not take long to get acquainted with this revolutionary text input method and there is no time frame required to become a Ciphryx master. You can take a month or a year. The more you use it, the faster you will be able to write and the fewer errors you will make. This particular  version is specifically designed for English writers. 

It’s free to download and you’ll find it easier to write than print or cursive and will be surprised. Your error rate upon mastery, can be extremely low. The input speed is high. and its user interface does not obscure a large portion of the screen as other forms of tablet text input. And again, its feel comes so close to familiar English that you will find it quite remarkable.  There will be some text input situations in which only the Ciphryx system can do an adequate job. 





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