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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Are these questions really asked by users?

No, but FAQs are a good way to get important points across without spending too much time on details.

If Ciphryx works well on my tablet, how do I get rid of the annoying pop up keyboard?

Go to Control Panel-> Administrative Tools->Services->Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service….>press and hold->click Properties->in General Tab see Startup type-> set to disable-> tap Apply-> tap OK … You may have to restart your tablet …  (If you use a password for your tablet at startup, tap the clock looking icon on the lower left. Then tap the [keyboard] menu item.) 

The characters in the video are difficult to make out and don’t seem English-like. How is it possible to feel like a particular letter, but not look like it?

The brain and hand work in concert to determine if an “agreeable” representative symbol has been written. If the stroke path has a similarity to its true letter counterpart, even though it may be shorter or a little different in appearance, the brain and hand will still be satisfied that the desired letter has been written. (Note the feel of your own scribbled handwriting.) This natural, physio-neurological phenomenon is called “completion”. Ciphryx “characters” are better described as motion tracks or traces. To look at them, one would think each separately as insignificant. It is their specific shape and specific order that is significant. They form a geometric puzzle that aids both the writer and the software to produce a practical recognition writing system that is neat, faster than “natural” writing and low error.

How does one get text from the Ciphryx GUI into an outside word processor or text field?

Two fast ways – First set the blinking caret at your target point. 1) Press [Build]. Write a single keyboard character, a word, phrase or sentence and just tap the window title bar or at the caret point. (For example: If the letter ‘a’ is placed on WordPad and one goes to Ciphryx and pushes [Build]…then writes a backspace, 2 return characters, a space and a capital letter J…then taps to the right of the letter ‘a’ in WordPad … automatically the ‘a’ will be erased, the cursor will go down 2 lines, a space will be added and a ‘J’ will be injected into the document.) 2) Press the select all/copy button after writing a word, phrase, sentence, paragraph or page etc. and tap the window title bar or at the caret point.

Is the Ciphryx system to be taken seriously as a practical, tablet writing input option?

One can only make that judgement after trying it. Viewing a video may be helpful, but its merits can only be understood by physical, hands on experience. Ciphryx is personal. Logic and evidence stand behind its practicality. Why use a slow, complex, primitive, paper-based method of writing when a highly compact, neat, faster, simpler, computer-aided solution is now possible that still maintains the feel of the older system it is replacing.

How long does Ciphryx take to master?

It depends. With a little practice several times a day… three to four weeks. You will not be graded, nor is there a deadline to become proficient. As one gets better and better, “regular” writing and the virtual keyboard will be viewed less positively. The two become alternate options, but are no longer exclusive, nor as desired as before, especially in the classroom or business environment.

How does one learn to write Ciphryx?

A truth: Ones hand faithfully follows the stroke path it has been trained to follow.  Read the directions . . . then start simple by familiarizing yourself with the strokes of the lowercase alphabet. Then practice writing the two old sentences … The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy black dog. And… Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Pick words to write like interesting, organization, behavior, constitution,extraordinary, natural, obfuscation, California… (You don’t even need a tablet to practice. A plastic stylus on a board will do.) When you can write “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” smoothly with no mistakes you will be “there”. Practicing punctuation, using the modifier, text injection, commands etc. should be saved for last. Ciphryx can be likened to a children’s jigsaw puzzle made up of 3 and 4 sided pieces. Recognition is dynamic (immediate) and is based on angles that form definitive boundaries between neighboring strokes. With practice you will understand where the boundaries lie and how to consistently stay within the boundary of the stroke you are trying to write on your particular digitizer. Ciphryx writing soon becomes natural and automatic.

From where did these symbols originate?

The symbols evolved from an original set of tested strokes that were deemed simple, widely spaced and definitive. It became clear over time, however, that the true nature of Ciphryx was a specific set of smooth, asymmetric, follow-through motions that are common in nature. This final stroke set was then rigorously tested and matched for English. The digitizer itself, being quite inaccurate in its capability to determine exactly where the stylus tip or finger location at high writing speed is, was used as a tool to determine the true meaning of “widely spaced”. Some of the original strokes were found, via the digitizer, to be too close for definitive recognition. (e.g. in the Ciphryx system the ‘O’ shape and the ‘U’ shape are just too similar to differentiate when written at high speed on the inaccurate capacitance digitizer, therefore, these two shapes are both recognized as the letter ‘o’.)

Where are the stroke description and instructions located?

After opening up the UCS program, tap the [Info] button. The graphic of the Ciphryx characters will pop up along with an instruction page.

What is an efficiency hierarchy?

The more used a symbol, the more simple, smoother or easier to write it should be. This means vowels (a, e, i, o, u) and numbers are first priority, double consonants (b, c, d, f, g, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, z) come second and single only consonants (h, j, k, q, v, w, x, y) come third. Punctuation and special characters are most complex and come as last priority. Ciphryx uses this principle to maximize efficiency and minimize the occurrence of mistakes. (Note that a short stroke may not always be the easiest to write nor exhibit the highest recognition rank.)

Will Ciphryx work equally well on all digitizers?

No. Some digitizers are less responsive than others. The best method to determine whether Ciphryx will perform well is to make a quick line swipe on the Windows ‘Paint’ program. If no time lag exits between pen down and the line drawn, Ciphryx should work fine. Prior to the decision for purchasing a test tablet, most of the new 8″ Windows tablets were tested. (Ciphryx works well on larger tablets but, the 8″ tablet is an ideal size for mobility.) Not too big and not too small. At this size Ciphryx excels. A virtual keyboard and graphic writing become problematic. At the time of initial touch screen testing, the 8″ Dell Venue 8 Pro was determined the best choice for reasons of moderate cost, good recognition speed and smoothness, with the added benefit of an active stylus that allows precision in drawing and text selection, plus ease in moving about selected small chunks of text and graphics. New Windows tablets are coming out all of the time and hopefully performance will keep improving. (Ciphryx has no relationship whatsoever with Dell except as a semi-satisfied customer.) The extra layer of active pen software, however, seriously degrades recognition time and does not permit Ciphryx to perform adequately using the Dell active pen but, performance is excellent when one switches to a quality capacitance stylus or ones finger.

Is palm rejection recommended?

No. You may try it, but again, it adds another layer of calculations between it and the recognition software. Speed is everything for high performance recognition writing. Any extra software that stands in the way of efficiency is counter productive. Ciphryx is actually easier to write without palming the screen. The stylus should be held farther up the shaft than a normal pen.

Why java for Windows?

Java is a separate runtime engine and does not require “hooking” into the OS. The internal clipboard is the hidden vehicle used to transfer text into text fields and word processors. This speeds up and allows immediate, unhindered recognition response. Java, with minor alterations, may also be programmed to work within other Operating Systems.

Can Ciphryx be written with ones finger?

Yes. It works very well using ones finger. Some may say better than their stylus.

What kind of stylus is recommended for Ciphryx?

The Ciphryx video demonstrations use a custom stylus with a non-scratching, conductive fabric tip, backed with a semi-dense foam. Capacitance (touch) screens are designed for the finger and it, therefore, makes sense to use a broad stylus with a smooth flowing tip to achieve the highest possible recognition. A good quality capacitance stylus is the best bet to maximize performance.

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Can the blind learn Ciphryx?

Yes. The smooth, follow-through nature of Ciphryx, the fact that it is written in one place and has a voice feature, makes it a perfect solution for blind tablet writing on small computers.

 


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