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Ciphryx: Modern Tablet Writing
Quick | Accurate | Simple
A compact replacement text input system for the
virtual keyboard and "natural" handwriting recognition
New, faster and easier English-based tablet writing system sparks interest...
Thousands have viewed the ciphryx.com internet site over the last year, with a fairly high click rate. Most watch at least one video and read the concept description, shake their heads and say enthusiastically, it's extraordinary and futuristic. Great idea! But... (continue reading below)
... the excitement drops dramatically after the watching of it, when the realization sets in that it requires a little learning. One would think that simplifying tablet writing and making it fast, compact, less complex and neat would be welcomed, but the physical, hands on trying it, using it and integrating it into ones daily tablet routine seems to impede potential users from venturing forward. The relatively minor leap from watching it, to doing it, is evidently misperceived as too wide a chasm to cross. With the learning of a complex new video game, the attitude is strikingly different. It's ... Nothing is too difficult. The more challenging, the better. Let's try it! ...The contrast is amazing!
The absence of taking that next step is remarkable and speaks loudly. Apparently, simplification is no longer perceived for what it is, but becomes instead, a concept much too complex for the modern individual to bother with. If one could wake up in the morning and have intuited Ciphryx, there wouldn't be a problem. All would be well. No one would complain. The world would be improved. One, however, cannot solve fundamental problems with intuition alone.
The fairly recent arrival of this viral, "everything intuitive" mindset, has some insidious consequences. If one is removed from a true learning experience for long, true progress becomes almost impossible. One cannot go very far using a 30 second learning-curve mentality. It's extremely limiting and becomes like a mental straight jacket. And... you miss a lot of good stuff along the way, too! Ciphryx initially, is counter intuitive, because of its unconventional appearance, and if you use an intuitive bent to analyse it, you will be stumped.
Only after writing it for a bit does the "aha" moment arrive! ("Now I get it" you will say!) So... Ciphryx is for those immune, not yet infected or willing to fight the "intuitive" scourge. It just takes a few weeks of a few minutes a day and you'll be returned to your natural intelligence quotient and possibly beyond, because your mind will have been opened to something entirely new, yet not sent outside your print/cursive comfort zone. It was a difficult task to accomplish.
The Egyptians certainly had a symbol complexity problem to contend with in their system of writing and it is evident that they didn't have much luck in preventing its simplification. One doesn't see many hieroglyphs in the newspapers these days. Gee, I wonder why they disappeared. It couldn't possibly have had anything to do with advancing technology? (And, by the way, the modern newspapers mentioned above are going in the same direction as those ancient symbols.)
Embracing inevitable change has always been a problem. This particular story of change is, of course, not over. It's only beginning. I use Ciphryx exclusively and would not go back to the outdated tablet text input methods, even if I were offered a substantial cash reward. In my world, the "current" tablet text input methods, which include the virtual keyboard, are already in the past, resting peacefully with the complex hieroglyphs... They are old news... has beens... a distant memory.
The positive aspect of the Ciphryx system is that the visual output doesn't change one bit from what it has been in the past. It is just the input... which is designed to speed up the process, create many fewer recognition errors, make it compact for tablet mobility and yet, feel pretty much like the old familiar writing one is used to. The development of Ciphryx was lengthy and its description is complex and may even cloud the issue, but again, the bottom line is that it is fast, easy to write, compact and accurate. It just works. Read more about it below...Watch the short videos
Ciphryx.com will remain vigilant and continue to push forward on its quest to inform potential tablet users of its existence!
"Moving tablet utility forward."
... by leaving 'old school' writing behind!
For those who dislike the virtual keyboard and "natural" handwriting recognition, but have had no alternative.
CIPHRYX SYMBOL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE
- HIGH-PERFORMANCE TABLET WRITING -
Compact "Stationary" Text Input
- You may be thinking - "All I want is an improved old school handwriting recognition program... What is so difficult about providing that?" Well... if you actually sat down and thought about it with intelligence and logic... you might come to the conclusion that old school handwriting recognition can be reasonably viewed as a fundamentally flawed concept... that is only an interim, ill-fitting, sloppy solution that has been forced to work with a more advanced technology that is quite incompatible. The goal of advanced recognition writing should be to become keyboard competitive... a progressive improvement over pen-on-paper writing... not a regressive, slower-to-input, clear-text iteration. It's just plain silly.
- Using paper-based letters for inline recognition purposes is like grinding a square peg into a round hole or driving a modern car with stiff, steel-rimmed wooden wheels. Standard writing is very practical for what it was originally intended... graphic style input... but not inline recognition. Few are willing to see this and even fewer are willing to lift their stylus and make a few simple unconventional marks on their tablet screen to prove whether it is true or not. We have come to an era, where if you cannot pick up a task in about 30 seconds, it must be too ha..aard. So much for advancement...
- But, in spite of current societal inertia... in the big picture scheme of things, "natural" handwriting recognition will be found to have a rather short-lived historical presence. The little understood technological mismatch between old school, paper-based writing and its inline recognition will become more and more apparent as the years go by when no significant improvements are forthcoming and its alternative, even though it requires a little learning, becomes increasingly attractive and necessary.
- Our weak penmanship skills and the complex, Old World paper-based characters are the problem, not the software designers. Ciphryx overcomes this impasse. It is the next logical step in hand written input. It is superior in its speed and recognition potential, but is designed to remain in sync with familiar characters and letters. It's just an update for the tablet generation who will require a fast, high endurance text input system. However, it cannot be understood just by looking at a video or the strokes. It must be physically written to fully grasp. Ciphryx has a mathematical structure behind it, similar to notes on the musical scale...but is still remarkably compatible with English. (Other language versions for Ciphryx are also possible.)
- The choice is either to perpetually acquiesce to the faults of current text input methods, by which one is forced to sacrifice tablet utility, or finally take the "bull by the horns"and commit to a short, decisive period of self training that will provide a text input solution that is clearly more sensible and practical, especially if you are a student, a serious tablet user or if you plan on visiting Mars. (Even small laptops are considered quite bulky there.)
A miniature paint-like program is provided at the bottom of the page (Dooodl) if one wishes to test the feel of Ciphryx strokes ... A short word written in Ciphryx will be displayed daily as a Dooodl image at the bottom right.
Now... Let's take a quick look at what's 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
Voice recognition: - A solitary venture. Not a good idea for the classroom and public places.
Thought recognition: - Not recommended for sanity maintenance.
Ciphryx Preface (Jan. 2017)
This website is for those serious about using their tablets in the same capacity as a laptop, who are looking for a new text input solution and recognize that the above statements are true. Readers may also have come to the conclusion, given the length of time that has passed without a good alternative, that it is highly improbable that a serious solution to the ongoing tablet text input problem will ever come from a quick-profit oriented, mainstream company.
Many years ago I was on a search for a recognition writing system that would be an improvement over Old World, pen on paper writing... one which could be used for tablet sized computers that would offer greater speed than print or cursive ... was simple, accurate, compact to input and writable for the average user... After a number of years I discovered a specialized recognition method and stroke system (translatable into English), which I have termed Ciphryx (ciph = decode | ryx = write). I applied and was granted a US patent for that discovery.
I personally use Ciphryx every day on my tablet and no longer spend time fighting the virtual keyboard, key roaming or eye darting. The entire ciphryx.com website is produced and edited with Ciphryx on an 8" tablet. (Not a laptop in sight.)
For tablet users who would like to try Ciphryx, it's available here at ciphryx.com to download and test for a month. One may purchase their copy at a low cost when the trial period ends. If you wish to continue using older input methods, do so. You at least know that there is now another option, should you decide to change your mind.
Jeffrey Scott Nelson (Ciphryx developer)
The Ciphryx recognition writing system requires minimal
eye/hand coordination. It is smooth, fast, low
precision, high endurance and compact.
It is time to open our minds to
the 21st century solution.
(View video #1)
Stylus and finger input. Zoomed in on an 8" tablet. (3:51 min) 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!
This web page introduces a modern version of English writing created exclusively for recognition purposes. As cursive is a step above print, Ciphryx recognition writing is a step above cursive. It is fast, accurate, compact, simple, convenient and tablet agile. Ciphryx is an hybrid, combining concepts from both writing and the keyboard. Its strokes are not built to be directly readable, but are carefully organized to still feel like English letters. (The concept of sensing a simple motion and relating it to a familiar letter is called internal letter "completion".) Ciphryx writing is meant for quick input and to provide fast, one-for-one, low-error character output via computer interpretation. It offers a far better tablet text input method than either conventional handwriting recognition or a virtual keyboard.
Quick demo of text injection into a word processor. (35 sec)Best viewed at full-screen-OFF (Zoom in) Make sure video quality is 360p!
(Video #3 further below)
in order to break out of the last decade of "iffy" and cursory text input solutions something has to give. If nothing in the conventional toolbox is working well, then the time has come to develop a better working solution. The virtual keyboard and conventional handwriting recognition have proved over a sufficient amount of time to be quite inadequate modes of text input for the compact tablet computer. Dabblers and occasional users who are currently in the majority can get away with using them for brief input spurts, but it is the future student and serious tablet user who will be unable to bear up under the stress of the prolonged tedium produced by these older methods.
Ciphryx may not look like English, but it still feels like it!
The developer of Ciphryx, not being constrained by the corporate thought process, deadlines or even a time frame, did not accept that tablets must be forever restricted to entertainment and simple keyword searches. A number of years and much effort was expended testing and researching to find a fast, accurate and high endurance text input solution for students and serious tablet users. The answer was finally made clear with the discovery of Ciphryx. This simple stroke system is similar to an equation and falls into the category of a discovery and not a personal creation. It is not something to be liked or disliked, but a concept to be accepted or ridiculed which is generally the case with new advances that require several levels of understanding.
Preview of the single-stroke, widely-spaced, lowercase Ciphryx motions.
yellow = vowels | green = double consonants | blue = single only consonants
STOP THINKING LETTERS !!! - THINK AND FEEL -> MOTIONS -> Letters used for recognition writing are "old school". Each unique delineated motion above fits inside a shaped space described by a tightly fitting, puzzle-like BOUNDARY. No boundary crosses over into any other stroke's territory. No Ciphryx stroke has a clearly defined end point ... These are NOT LETTERS !!! They are flexible, MOTION TRACES with non-overlapping, definitive territories.
YOU MAY DRAW CIPHRYX STROKES WITH DOOODL AT PAGE BOTTOM
Click here to go there. Another Ciphryx Stroke Reference image sits along side. (Click (back) to return here)
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.
It makes the most sense, for future recognition writing, to eventually abandon Old World "paper" characters altogether and take advantage of computer technology. One can then adopt this new method of writing that outputs neat text and can be input more efficiently on a modern tablet than can be written with a pen or pencil using conventional lettering on paper.
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 -
- A JAVA FOR WINDOWS PROGRAM -
(Works with Exp, 7, 8 and 10)
It's fast and adjustable to many (OS) platforms.
(Java Runtime Engine [JRE-8] Provided)
Std (1280x800) and HiRes (1920x1200)
(2) Versions Available
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You can look at Ciphryx, shrug your shoulders and walk away or take your finger, tap a few buttons and a new compact text input system (below) will appear that may turn out to be the most used program on your tablet. It's worth investing some testing time.
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.r.
Text output is best viewed at full-screen-OFF (zoom to best clarity) (1:32 sec)
Note the features: A single stroke per letter. All smooth, follow-through motions. Continuous writing. Capitalization using a modifier stroke. Quick and compact "in place" input. High accuracy. High simplicity. All characters, numbers, punctuation at your fingertips. Inbuilt handwriting calculator. Voice character output feature.r.
This new text input system is an evolutionary jump in writing. It 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 will prove to be 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.r.
Give Ciphryx a try today!
Find out how primitive "paper based" writing really is.
Give old dinosaur writing and your virtual keyboard eyes a rest.
If you discover that you can't get used to Ciphryx... just delete it,
but if you can... you will have a powerful new tool at your disposal.
And don't forget to let a young person know about the Ciphryx system.
It doesn't 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 version is specifically designed for English writers. Read the FAQs and Stroke pages for more info.
It's free to download and right now, is very inexpensive to purchase (As a promotion it's almost free for the holiday season) Price goes back up Feb. 1. You'll find it easier to write than print or cursive and will be surprised once you get the hang of it. Your error rate, 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.
Come back later after absorbing the information you've just read.
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YOU CAN DRAW THE CIPHRYX MOTIONS ON THE SLIGHTLY MODIFIED* DOOODL PLUGIN BELOW. (ON CHROME WITH A PASSIVE STYLUS OR FINGER.)
For Chrome (test other browsers for compatibility)
1) Change each Ciphryx stroke color and write them one on top of the other in the Dooodl square ... OR
2) Pick the BLACK colored "brush" and tap a dot in the square after writing each stroke for practicing Ciphryx strokes.
- Just write a Ciphryx stroke and think the letter...
- Note the smooth follow-through nature of the Ciphryx strokes.... OR
3) Pick the WHITE colored "brush" and tap a dot in the square to change and choose a background color. Then you may draw a picture (doodle).