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– A NEW TEXT INPUT TOOL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY –
Ciphryx is not a “grunt” text input method like
Graffiti, that was created merely to get text onto
a handheld device. Ciphryx is a “post-paper”
English writing system that is a perfect fit for the digital
age. It takes advantage of computer leverage
in order to make writing more compact, speed
it up, and neaten it using clear text output. It is not
designed like paper writing, which was intended to be
eye readable. Ciphryx is directed toward minimization of
writing mistakes and maximization of software readability.
Although I personally use it every day and no
longer practice “natural” handwriting recognition or
tap the virtual keyboard, the vast majority of viewers
out there will not “get it” or will be too disinterested to
try it, even though Ciphryx is still free to use and experiment
with. The truth is, most would rather spend a lifetime
using a known, but problematic method, than spend a little
time testing a possibly better alternative that may improve their tablet text input experience.
But… if you are one of the few looking for a comprehensive solution and English-simplified, text input method for modern tablets, Ciphryx is the answer. The only price to get there is a little bit of time spent each day for 3 – 4 weeks to build mastery over it. Once you get used to it, Ciphryx is much easier and quicker than old world writing and far more mobile than the virtual keyboard. The eye darting stops and real tablet work begins. From my point of view, everyone else is doing it the hard way.
(Ciphryx performance (Windows) is tablet/cpu dependent)
In order to “get” Ciphryx, one must set
aside several erroneous beliefs.
1) Although everything around you is
changing, writing won’t.
2) Vision is all important for text input.
3) Ones mind does not easily adjust
when confronted with a visual paradox.
4) Writing cannot be a transcendent experience.
5) There are no psychological or physiological consequences for eye darting and key tapping.
Contrary to popular belief, real-time
recognition writing is not meant to
be particularly legible. Having computer
software read and reproduce more neatly,
what has already been fairly neatly written
by the user is ridiculously inefficient.
Transferring the Old World concept of paper
writing to computer-age, inline style of input
is like trying to fit the ancient square peg into
the modern round hole. One can force it, and
they continue to do so, but it will never fit
correctly and the attempt has been, and still is,
a temporary measure that will eventually prove
to have been a big waste of time.
True real-time recognition writing requires
a new stroke system that is built for the
most rapid text input with a minimum of
eye / hand coordination and the highest
possible rate of recognition. It is not meant
to be visually pleasing or even looked at … only
felt or glanced at, out of the corner of ones eye.
Additional targets for post-paper, recognition
style writing… and quite difficult to meet… are 1) the
organization of those strokes to fit within a symbol
efficiency hierarchy; 2) the maintenance of stroke feel
or “essence” of the target language 3) the passing of several tests that will produce the smoothest stroke
flow within words.
Setting up Ciphryx correctly could only be accomplished
using a hands-on, trial and error process. No
computer program could capture the feel. Only
the brain and hand in concert could do the job.
Ones eyes are mostly irrelevant. As a matter of
fact, the eyes are more of a hindrance than a help.
Ms. Hand and Mr. Brain both agree that, although simplified,
the new stroke must maintain the “feel” of the “real” letter.
Neither Mr. Brain nor Ms. hand care what the eyes think. Sorry!
Why do all of this? ….Like calculus, which is a
natural, innate form of mathematics, there is
only one innate Ciphryx geometry, which makes
it unique and worth the effort to develop. Since I
discovered this new form of text input and
worked it out for my own use, I wanted it to be
the fastest, easiest to adjust to and most comprehensive system possible. Since I am not a corporation, I could work without constraints and take as long as was necessary to get it done right. I still have my complaints, but they
are related to the slow pace of tablet / CPU evolution.
The enhanced efficiency requirements of modern writing
eliminates all Old World, visually based systems from the real
time recognition writing equation. The Ancients were
purely visual in their view of writing. They had
no knowledge of the computer and could
not have conceived of the need for a
more simple, intermediary
Ciphryx is a true intermediary writing
language. It is the round peg made for
the round hole. It is simple, mathematical,
in nature, similar to musical notes,
comprehensive in its stroke structure and
substantially quicker than longhand. It
has been carefully worked to maintain
the feel of English and is far more compact
and versatile than either standard hand-
writing or the obnoxious virtual keyboard.
lf a group of dancers were hired and it was discovered that
they constantly looked down to watch their foot steps, they
would be fired. A similar analogy holds for those watching
the motion traces made by their stylus tip or fingers
while writing Ciphryx.
– OBSERVE CIPHRYX IN ACTION –
(SCREEN RECORDINGS #1 AND #2)
(pardon the sloppiness and illegibility, but if the software can
read these scribbles (they are really just traced motions), who cares?)
In this similar screen recording below, the ink has been turned off.
The visual ball has been activated so you can follow the motions.
Ciphryx can be like dancing. You don’t have to watch your feet,
so why should you have to watch your fingers?
More recordings and videos below.
Ciphryx text is transferable into any word processor
or text box by either a one step… tap/inject or a
two step… select/copy and tap/paste feature.
BUT THE FEEL THAT COUNTS. YOUR MIND…
YES, YOUR MIND AUTOMATICALLY FILLS IN THE
MISSING PORTIONS OF THE LETTER REPRESENTATIONS,
SO IT STILL FEELS LIKE ENGLISH. YOU CAN WRITE SHORT,
QUICK WITH HIGH ACCURACY AND
Ciphryx, as intimated above, is a system of character
perception, rather than outward appearance. It allows
“clipped” input within a small area and offers the
capability to input text without looking or to
completely turn off the “ink” if one wishes.
The faster it is written, the more English
sense it makes. The extraneous parts of
letters are eliminated. Ciphryx goes straight
to a character’s essence, which the mind
and hand readily pick up… but not ones’ eyes.
Just watching Ciphryx will not be much aid to its
understanding. One has to sit down and try it.
Only then, will it be “gotten”. As is the case
with most new innovations that require
learning, children do not have the negative
reactions of adults. Most adults wish to
ignore it, even though it can be clearly
demonstrated to have greater overall
utility than the old-school text input
methods they were erroneously
taught were inviolate.
Ciphryx is something you play with a few minutes
at a time and then set down. Each stroke made
will strengthen the memory pathway between
ones brain and hand. In just a few weeks the
strokes become locked in and automatic.
There is a well thought out English letter
connection with Ciphryx … (It took over
15 yrs. to pin down all of the stroke
motions and arrange them correctly.)
That connection is not visual, but lies
in the feel or perceptual realm. You have
to feel it written to understand it. All know
what it is like to write ones own signature. It
feels right. But, if asked to read it after the fact,
for most, it will be illegible. Like a signature,
Ciphryx is designed to be rapid, feel right and
be recognized right. Stop thinking here and
now… in primitive, “Old World” writing
terms. Ciphryx is to be felt and written,
not read. Reading and display are
the purview of the software.
The lumbering, screen-blocking, virtual keyboard and
penmanship dependent handwriting recognition
are only practicable for the most basic, low-end
text input situations. (e.g. texting. search boxes,
forms) Both quickly become tedious for more
lengthy text input tasks on tablet computers.
CIPHRYX IS FOR THOSE WHO SEEK BEYOND
PAPER BASED WRITING AND THE TAPPING OF KEYS
Ciphryx uses a specialized stroke and recognition formula that provides the lowest potential for error at the fastest input speed, and still maintains the feel of English. There are only a handful of strokes that exist, which are simple and widely spaced enough that can be of any use for the special task of fast, low error recognition writing.
Although more simple, Ciphryx retains the essence of old,
familiar English. It doesn’t take more than a month to
become proficient. Once mastered, it is faster,
easier and smoother than print or cursive. It
is also far more compact and practical for
extended (high-endurance) text input
(Real Work) than the Virtual
Keyboard or Handwriting
As the proficient keyboard user types on a
PC, Mac or laptop without looking at the
keys, the proficient Ciphryx writer
writes on a tablet without
looking at the strokes.
The cardinal rules of Ciphryx tablet writing:
“Write fast using simple, natural motions.
Don’t look if you can help it. Use no strokes
that have position or time sensitive parts.
Make input as efficient as possible using
an efficiency hierarchy. Write all strokes
within the smallest area possible.”
– Ciphryx Software Intro (GUI Demo) –
(A Windows based java program)
A full screen recording on an 8″ tablet.
the [Info] button is tapped on the GUI in the expanded mode.
– MY INTRODUCTION –
I, being the developer of Ciphryx , use it every day (and have for years while perfecting it) as a replacement to the virtual keyboard and handwriting recognition on my tablet. The time has come for others to understand it. Ciphryx just makes the most sense if one is a serious tablet user and wishes to completely replace the bulky laptop. It is accurate and more tablet mobile that either the virtual keyboard or standard handwriting recognition and is quicker than old, paper-style writing. It is not too difficult to pick up because it has been painstakingly arranged to match English as closely as possible. Each stroke is far enough apart so as not to conflict with the recognition of another.
Very few have excellent or clear handwriting. Most
people’s is barely legible. The Ciphryx concept is
the only practical method and stroke system to
accomplish fast, accurate, note-taking quality
recognition handwriting. Be my guest to
study it. I will send those who
wish to try it a URL to
download a copy.
“If one thinks about it seriously, it makes no
sense whatsoever in a quick-paced world, to
write down long, complex inline handwriting and
then have a computer output another version of
equally long & complicated print text. The writing
process that has been adequate for centuries on
paper is now a redundancy and too space consum-
ing for serious use on tablet computers. The time
has come to update English handwriting to where
it fits in with 21st century recognition technology.”
A run through of Ciphryx (a-z and 1,2,3…0)
(Ciphryx contains all virtual keyboard characters)
The fact that the virtual keyboard and
handwriting recognition work, and
everyone uses one or the other,
does not necessarily mean that
they work seemlessly. The
truth is … each works
just passably well.
You wouldn’t be here
if you were satisfied.
It is laughable that either could be
employed within a fast-paced class or
boardroom setting, which is the
ultimate testing ground for a
practical text input system
built for surpassing just
simple, cursory use.
If you don’t want to write out messy longhand and
don’t trust your handwriting for handwriting
recognition and don’t like the bulky, screen-
blocking, eye-intensive virtual keyboard,
yet still want quick, clear text output,
and don’t want to be tired after
just 30 secs of input…
Ciphryx is the best practical solution.
It is unlike primitive, visual-based lettering.
It is not about permanence or appearance.
It is about efficiency, compactness and
stroke “feel“. The software takes
care of the visual and controls
The stroke shapes
take care of the
With the aid of computer interpretation,
Ciphryx Stationary Writing gets text input
accomplished neatly, compactly and quicker
than old-fashioned, paper style writing. The GUI
is far smaller and more maneuverable than the
virtual keyboard and increases the versatility
of the otherwise limited tablet beyond
that of the “modern” laptop.
Ciphryx is about simple, definitive patterns
that are smooth, follow-through and
organized to make English sense.
They are not just any patterns.
Ciphryx strokes, like notes
on the musical scale, are
limited and definitive.
If you don’t like the concept of musical notes,
you probably won’t like the concept of Ciphryx .
Ciphryx strokes can be input quickly and even
sloppily, yet still be recognized correctly.
(The recognition software and the
strokes are designed for each other.
They are one and the same.)
When you see it action for the first time you
may be disconcerted by its appearance.
It might make one squirm a little or
roll the eyes or even belittle it.
Most will search for every
possible excuse why not
to try it, but… it must
be admitted that
there is something about
Ciphryx that rings true and in
spite of its unconventionality, it does
look like the future of tablet writing and
high-endurance tablet text input.
Nothing else works as well.
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!
Adults, being who they are, will most
likely forego the learning experience and
continue trudging through their tablet text
input in the old fashioned way, which is no
different than the pencil writers of the 80’s &
90’s refusing to learn the “new” PC keyboard
because it was too ha…aard. That’s fine, but
note that kids don’t have that same problem.
Even if you may be over 14, it doesn’t take
any special talent to master Ciphryx … just
a little motivation and effort. And as you
see… it works… and well. If you truly
want to set aside your laptop and still
get some real work done… it would
not be unwise to learn it.
Yes, one can learn to write “in place”. The mind
is an amazing organ and adjusts rather rapidly.
The simple Ciphryx strokes do not connect well
with ones eyes and they are not meant to. They are
designed to connect directly with your school-days
perceptions of a letter. Even though substantially
shorter, if a stroke stays within a familiar pattern,
both your hand and mind will be satisfied that the
intended character has actually been written.
Your mind automatically adjusts and magically
fills in any missing gaps, so you don’t need
to write the entire letter.
This is a natural perception phenomenon to
which ALL users will respond, called internal
letter “COMPLETION“. It offers a mental
and physical shortcut which allows
quicker symbol communications
with modern, small computers.
Once learned, in whatever
time frame you choose, you will find Ciphryx
to be the easiest, fastest and most compact
English style of writing you will have ever
encountered. You will loose the eye-darting
between keystrokes and the left-to-right
space-taking of old school natural hand-
writing. You can even learn to write
Ciphryx without using “ink” (blind).
Ciphryx is free (for now). Download it and
set it on your task bar and play with it a few
minutes a day. You might just learn to like it.
Despite the fact that as of late 2017, there is still 99% +
adult resistance to even thinking about an improved, English
based form of text input for tablets, it was not a mistake
to develop Ciphryx . It’s available here for all who wish
to down-load and test it. I personally use it every
day and now become annoyed whenever I am
forced to poke a virtual keyboard on a non-
Ciphryx loaded tablet. The virtual keyboard
takes up far too much screen space…
requires too many mode switches
to reach certain characters
and over time, is not
healthy for ones eyes.
– Some Key Ciphryx Features –
Sounds to confirm actions, cap prior character,
number mode, handwriting calculator, select
all and copy to paste, set trigger text to inject,
note taking input mode, search engine mode,
character to voice mode, repeat character mode,
tap to erase, ink off and GUI fade mode
You may look all you want, but you won’t understand
Ciphryx without exercising some physical activity.
Download the software, open up the program,
view the stroke sheet, reach over and make
a mark and see what happens. Go from
that point. If you don’t like what you
experience, delete the program.
If you find at least one circumstance where
Ciphryx outperforms what you are used
to, your download won’t be wasted.
Remember… It’s still free.
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.
Within a month, by just practicing a few minutes a day,
you can master this practical alternative to the virtual
keyboard and “natural” handwriting recognition.
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.
One tablet text input 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 one 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 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”.
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.
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.
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.)n
(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.
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 –
– A JAVA FOR WINDOWS PROGRAM –
(Works with Exp, 7, 8 and 10)
“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
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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.
Give old dinosaur writing and your virtual keyboard eyes a rest.
It does not take long to get acquainted with this new 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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