– Ciphryx Patented Tablet Writing Software –
Below is a diagram of a short Ciphryx sentence. The “drawn motions” are actually seen for no more than a fraction of a second. (When one becomes proficient, the ink may be turned off and the strokes become just motions and never appear.) Ciphryx strokes are NOT written from left-to-right as depicted below, but one-over-the-other, as represented by the blotch, which is not actually produced. (Prior marks are auto-erased with the initiation of a new character stroke.) The symbols are not letters nor ordinary scratch marks. They are swift, follow-through patterns that have a beginning,
Note: Efficiency hierarchy = most used letters are more simple
but no real end. You will find them all definitive. Think of Ciphryx strokes as flowing, abbreviated letters that allow more wiggle room for your stylus to roam. Your brain and hand will rapidly “get it”, but you have to physically try them in words to understand how they work together and flow. The whole point of Ciphryx is to input compact, fast & messy … yet produce a pure text output, choosing whatever font you wish that is, clear, organized and neat. To emphasize the intent of abbreviated writing, if you could create your own handwriting as a font, Ciphryx tablet writing software would output your handwriting, but it would be faster to write and always legible. Remember! Your writing may no longer look like English, but it still retains its “feel” when you physically write it. The faster you write, the more English-like Ciphryx feels. (See FAQ for more info on the term “completion’.)
THE CIPHRYX FORMULA
The Universal Ciphryx System (UCS or Ciphryx) is simpler, comprehensive, coherent and scientific … a progressive evolutionary step in the English language designed for tablet writing in the computer age. It employs a simple pattern configuration and efficiency formula that is very specific. It is similar to a mathematical equation and is not the personal concoction of an eccentric inventor. Ciphryx describes a series of simple, asymmetric, follow-through motions. These motion pathways are limited in number, definitive and have high variance tolerance. They are easy for ones hand to follow within their description, regardless of ones penmanship skill. (Is that not what a practical recognition writing system’s goal should be?) Some of the motions do trace letters that occur in the English language. Most of these familiar strokes are “alphabet positioned” to be English identical. All strokes beyond the identical are positioned to still have the feel of the English letters they represent. (How this is accomplished will be explained below.) Ciphryx is, however, not meant to be read, only written. It can be extremely illegible when put down on paper. The tendency toward uniquely patterned, but similar looking written symbols allows for substantial simplification, increased writing speed and provides access to a superior recognition method.
The 2 Ciphryx GUI size modes displayed on an 8″ tablet. (Expanded and Compact)
MAIN CIPHRYX FEATURES
– Low eye-hand coordination required
– 100% English compatible stroke system
– 100% neat and faster than standard writing
– Accurate and rapid recognition
– Character hierarchy: more used = more simple
– Large stroke targets to minimize user error
– No timing of strokes = relaxed writing style
– Two text fields to increase productivity
– Window fade feature
– Touch and active stylus modes
– A substantial number of helpful sounds
– Handwriting calculator
– Compact, classroom versatile configuration
– Voice of letter output option
– Ink off option to minimize input distraction
CIPHRYX STROKES AND REFERENCE SHEETS
Look upon the figure below as the “periodic table” of the most simple, stable, follow-through motions. Instead of counting increasing number of electrons and protons and shells, it is the number and character of the changes in line direction. This is the universal set for lowercase letters. The touch screen digitizers on tablets are variable and highly inaccurate. There are a few strokes the one might want to fit between the ones shown, but digitizer inaccuracy will not allow it.
(lowercase Ciphryx relationship to standard letters)
It helps to “feel” the strokes and think the letter. Try not to look!
The Ciphryx strokes are what they are. They comprise a universal set of widely spaced, follow-through natural motions and like a mathematical equation, will not change over time. They can be likened to spinning or non-spinning billiard ball motions made on a pool table or bodies acting in a gravitational or electromagnetic field. Some can be written to trace an English letter exactly, others cannot. Each is part of a boundary based puzzle that fits within a tight geometric framework, but all have been painstakenly matched to fit into the English system either by surprising coincidence, a little trick explained below or simple logic.
Most of the lowercase strokes have some part familiar to a cursive counterpart. The strokes may not appear powerful or impressive on sight, but they are components of a cohesive input system that produces a stationary writing flow that is key to its writing practicality. The strokes must be written together in words to understand how the system feels and works. Observation is actually a hindrance to its understanding. (Read about the meaning of the “efficiency hierarchy” in the FAQ below.)
Note, as explained above, this website was written and is edited with the Ciphryx software GUI on an 8″ tablet. Every word … every sentence, and in an efficient and more relaxed “mode” than when poking virtual or physical keys. Most of the time, the strokes do not have to be looked at while being written. On a quality tablet, the ink can be turned completely off and just the trail of output text is observed as done in “blind” typing.
Also note that modifications to the Ciphryx stroke arrangement can be made to fit other phonetic languages.
COPY OF CIPHRYX DIRECTIONS
UNIVERSAL CIPHRYX SYSTEM (UCS OR CIPHRYX)
(THE PATENTED DIGITAL WRITING SYSTEM)
READ CAREFULLY TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THE CIPHRYX PROGRAM AND ENJOY!
THREE HELPFUL PIECES OF INFO:
1) THE VIRTUAL KEYBOARD SETTIINGS CAN AFFECT CIPHRYX.
IF VK CAPS ARE ON…CIPHRYX CAPS WILL BE ON.
2) WHEN IN DOUBT … JUST USE THE RESET GESTURE!
(A LONG DIAGONAL LINE UP AND TO THE LEFT)
3) AS FOR ALL PROGRAMS, IF CIPHRYX STOPS RESPONDING,
PRESS AND HOLD ON THE TASKBAR-> TAP TASK MANAGER->
TAP UCS-> TAP END TASK-> REOPEN UCS
UCS is a writing and text input system that functions as a keyboard and writing pad. (This instruction sheet is erasable and may be additionally used as an input pad. Tapping the info button will produce another duplicate instruction set.) The strokes are designed to be English-compatible, simple, few in number and fast. It, like a keyboard uses one character for more than one purpose. There are no caps. Only lowercase turned into caps. There are no numbers. Only similar ‘number feeling’ lowercase strokes that are turned into numbers using a simple gesture. The reference sheet explains what symbol is turned into what and how. Below is an explanation of the general user interface, the Ciphryx gestures, some notes about the system and at the bottom of the page, a text grouping of a few common non-keyboard characters that may be cut and pasted when needed.
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Ciphryx can be used as a ‘cloaked’ writing system, meaning that the strokes may easily be written without ‘ink’, having only the printed letters expressed. The strokes are so smooth and simple that for some writers it may become natural to feel each stroke rather than see it. The ink feature may be turned on and off at will.
Ciphryx is organized as a right slanted writing system like standard cursive. Correctly positioning the computer will maximize user recognition results. Speed is an important concept to understand when using ‘recognition writing’. The speed at which one may write is dependent upon processor speed, pen pressure used and digitizer quality. Ciphryx is a fast writing system but, it is possible, even with one of today’s faster processors to write too quickly for it to keep up with the human hand. Overwriting speed produces post-stroke interference and odd recognition results. Fast is a measure of both, stroke motion velocity and the speed with which one can write one symbol after another. Each user will have to determine the right balance between stroke/writing speed and positive recognition. Stroke size is also important. Writing tiny strokes provides less information to the software and therefore poorer recognition will result. Note that the space symbol is opposite of what one may be used to. Think of the Ciphryx spacer as a gesture that pushes each word out of the way and to the left, once it is completed.
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UCS: USER INTERFACE FEATURES
Grey writing rectangle:
Single line text field: (top)
Multiple line text field: (bottom)
[_] Menu …….. Opens menu when OUTSIDE of Ciphryx window
[_] Dn ………… Return when OUTSIDE of Ciphryx window
[_] Sp ………… Space when OUTSIDE of Ciphryx window
[_] Build^……. Text to inject
[_] +| a …………. High/Low text insertion speed (left) and Mode indicator (right)
[_] ^S/A/C …….. Select All and Copy to Clipboard (top field)
[_] S/A/C ……… Select All and Copy to Clipboard (bottom field)
[_] Compact ….. Reduces Ciphryx window size
[_] ~/ ………….. Turns Ink feature on and off
[_] V …………… Voice
[_] F …………… Fades window
[_] T …………… Touch mode
[_]Expand …………… Expands Ciphryx window to normal size
[_]Info …………… Opens up Ciphryx description and instructions
[_]B-Space …………… Backspace when OUTSIDE of Ciphryx window
UCS: QUICKLY GETTING TEXT INTO ANY TEXT FIELD OR WORD PROCESSOR
There are two ways to input Ciphryx text into a word processor or text field: AUTO 1 STEP INJECT or 2 STEP INJECT. 1 STEP INJECT is most useful for editing, entering key words into search engines or filling out forms. (The top, small text field is generally used for 1 step text injection, but it may also be used for 2 step injection as described ahead.) 2 STEP INJECT is most useful for writing larger blocks of text, then quickly transfering them into a word proccesor.
1 STEP INJECT: Check the [_]Build^ text box -> write on the gray Ciphryx writing rectangle which will record (build) the recognized strokes in the upper text field. -> when finished writing, tap at the desired caret point within the non-Ciphryx text field to inject that text. If the caret is already at the desired location within the non-Ciphryx text area, tap anywhere OUTSIDE of that field, but within that text program’s border to auto inject at the caret point. The 1 step inject feature is limited to storing about one line of text. (Two spaced warnings are given when reaching the end of the text limit.) Tapping [_]Build^ automatically clears all prior text for quick starts. Text is NOT saved to the clipboard unless the [_]^S/A/C (Select All and Copy) button is pushed. For flawless recorded corrections for 1 step injection during a build; editing within the small field must be made as-you-go using the backspace. Tapping off the Build[ ] button during a build session just stops the injection recording process. Normal editing may be done in the small text field when build is off.
Remember, if you want to select or inject text within a non-Ciphryx text area (in most browsers e.g.), activate the extended delay button. Tapping outside the active text area at a pre-positioned caret point or with pre-selected text is a better editing solution if the editor allows it.
2 STEP INJECT: For 2 step auto injection, tap to activate focus of the desired Ciphryx text area. -> write to the desired Ciphryx field from the gray writing rectangle -> tap the [_]S/A/C (bottom field) or [_]^S/A/C (top field) button which selects and copies all of the text to the clipboard -> then… tap the appropriate area within the non-Ciphryx text field to inject at the the desired inject location. You may also make use of the the Menu button and manually select the paste feature that will pop up when tapping into the non-Ciphryx word processor. A little trick to select all and copy, but NOT inject, is to select the [_]S/A/C or [_]^S/A/C button and quickly tap out of the Ciphryx GUI and then back into the writing area. Injection will be prevented, but the text will be saved to the clipboard.
Note: In an unexpected Ciphryx shut down, the text from both text fields is saved by being copied to the clipboard before exiting. The text is then recovered by the automatic pasting of the clipboard contents into the larger text field of a newly opened Ciphryx program.
CIPHRYX BUTTON DESCRIPTIONS
[_]Sp: Singly or after text is built to be injected, tapping [_]Sp, and then the target area, will add a space to the BEGINNING of the injected text.
[_]Dn: Singly or after text is built to be injected, tapping [_]Dn, and then the target area, will add a Return (Down) action to the BEGINNING of the injected text.
[_]F: Fades the Ciphryx window into the background.
[_]V: When the [_]V checkbox is checked all symbols will be spoken as well as output.
[_]T: Switches between the touch and active stylus coordinate systems. Touch will work on the stylus coordinate system but, not vice versa.
[_]+| a : Text injection speed (left) and MODE label INDICATOR (right) [a = lowercase, A = caps, M = math mode, C = calculate mode), [_]+ (at left) is set by default to 1 second (+). When off, text insertion is delayed ~4 seconds after tapping inside the external program. It gives the user a chance to position and select text.
[_]~/: Turns on and off the visible ink feature in all designated rectangular areas. Note: Tapping the [_]~/ checkbox will also clear the window from errant lines that may occasionally appear around the writing rectangle.
[_]Menu: Replaces the pen touch and hold feature. It opens the main menu on the active, non-Ciphryx program, including the desktop. Tap [_]Menu, then tap the target region of the non-Ciphryx program. The menu will open.
[_]Build^: Stores a short string of characters for automatic tap insertion of text. Additionally, if the Ciphryx ‘Cmnd 1’ stroke is on, tapping the [_]Build^ box opens the Ciphryx text menu (copy, paste…etc.).
[_]Compact: Shrinks the Ciphryx program dimensions to a more portable size.
[_]Expand: When contracted, increases the Ciphryx program to its default dimensions with the larger text field showing.
[_]B-Space: Singly or after text is built to be injected, tapping [_]B-Space, and then the target area, will add a backspace to the BEGINNING of the injected text.
MODIFY PREVIOUS: Changes the former symbol into its math counterpart or alternate symbol. On the reference sheet the lower character near each Ciphryx stroke is the modified outcome. The modify previous stroke will also turn a number or alternative symbol IN MATH MODE back to its standard representative letter. This allows the mixing of math and lowercase symbols.
CAP PREVIOUS: Capitalizes the prior letter. This feature will also change a number in MATH MODE into its capital letter representation. This allows the mixing of caps and numbers.
CAP ALL: All letters after this gesture is performed will be uppercase. (There is no cap-all in math mode).
UNCAP: All letters after this gesture is performed will be lowercase.
MATH: All Ciphryx symbols will be in math mode after this gesture is performed.
MATH OFF (complete reset): All symbols after this gesture is performed will be standard symbols.
LONG STROKES: The Math Mode on, the Tab, the calculator Clear and the Reset/Space stroke require substantially long strokes. Long strokes should extend almost the full length or width of the Ciphryx window to be actuated. If started in the gray rectangle a stroke may extend outside of the window and still be effective.
A REMINDER….. WHEN IN DOUBT … JUST USE THE RESET GESTURE! (A DIAGONAL LINE UP AND TO THE LEFT)
THE RESET GESTURE WILL ALSO RESET A RARE STUCK SHIFT-KEY EVENT ON A WORD PROCESSOR. MAKE THE RESET GESTURE, THEN TAP INTO THE WORD PROCESSOR.
CALCULATE: In calculate mode any two numbers separated by + – * or / will be appropriately calculated and output. The last calculated number is held in memory. It is activated by writing the Ciphryx stroke ‘m'(memory).The memory stroke multiplied by (1) will output the value of memory. When written FIRST in calculate mode, the Ciphryx ‘m’ stroke will output the letter ‘m’ (memory) and set the memory value as the first number. Each new value that is stored in memory may be used to link a series of calculations. The CLEAR gesture erases and programatically resets the current calculation set. The memory is not erased and its value may be used in the next calculation. The Ciphryx ‘j’ symbol is the erase tool for the calculator. It will erase the first number before the operator is written and only the second number after the operator is written. The second number is erased back to the operator sign (+, -, /, *).
COMMANDS: Command symbols notify the software that the next symbol is an activator. The ‘Cmnd 2’ stroke activates the Windows (Ctrl + F10) command (a secondary pop up menu) within the active program plus, when written before the Ciphryx stroke for ‘v’, will turn OFF the ‘voice’ feature and when written before the Ciphryx stroke for ‘i’, will turn OFF the ink feature.
The ‘Cmnd 1’ stroke activates the standard pop up menu plus the commands within the active, non-Ciphryx program for:
Select All (a),
And within the Ciphryx window:
Ink on (i),
Voice on (v),
Write the ‘Cmnd 1’ stroke… then the appropriate letter -> touch the desired program -> that menu will be activated. For the two command strokes used without a secondary stroke, make the cmnd stroke on the Ciphryx writing area and then touch into the desired program to pop up the menu that the press and hold feature normally activates.
Three generic commands; the paste (Ciphryx ‘Cmnd 1’ stroke + p), undo (Ciphryx ‘Cmnd 1’ stroke + u) and redo (Ciphryx ‘Cmnd 1’ stroke + r) are not automatically reset to zero. This allows them to be used many times in succession without rewriting the command gesture. Touching inside a Ciphryx text field and then back into the target program will reinitiate each command. Once a series of pastes, redos or undos are done, the reset gesture must be written in order to turn off the command system. A reminder label is displayed until the system is reset.
Again: If Ciphryx display or recognition problems occur, just use the RESET gesture to return behavior back to normal. In the event of a non-Ciphryx program failure, tapping the [_]Menu button and then the taskbar will open up the menu where the task manager may be used to shut down a non-responsive program.
A little bit about the digitizer and cpu….
The digitizer is not a perfect tool. It is not absolute in its abilty to accurately determine where the pen tip is placed. Touch screen digitizers can be especially inacurrate but, Ciphryx is designed to help compensate for imprecise pen tip location determination. Input speed can make a big difference in accurracy. A visible stroke may not always be the same as what the computer records. Each digitizer has its eccentricities that one must get used to. The cpu is also not consistant in its speed. It will vary and therefore, symbol recognition time will vary while you are writing. Additionally, the digitizer takes a few letters to warm up and start recognizing accurately at speed. Writing an initial double swirl, which is not recognized as a symbol, helps speed up this proccess. Recognition sensitivity may be affected by touching even the edges of the screen. The best policy is to touch only the back of the tablet. Also, palm rejection is not recomended. It adds another layer of programming which slows down the recognition process and is, therefore, counter productive. And finally, note that different areas of the digitizer may have better sensitivity than others.
Practice writing Ciphryx strokes without watching your hand. Just feel the strokes and watch the output in the text area. You will soon get the idea and understand the Ciphryx cloaking concept.
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