I'm now about a month into owning and using a TPC, and I am becoming increasingly frustrated by the extent to which my handwriting has deteriorated since I last wrote frequently (15 years ago at university).
There is something about looking at my notes in my TPC that annoys me much more than looking at them in my paper notebook used to.
Can anyone recommend good resources for improving adult penmanship?
BTW, this isn't about improving TIP recognition ... my tablet seems much happier with my handwriting than I am!
Fairbanks, ``The Italic Way to Better Handwriting'' is a good choice.
I've a link to a free on-line copy Ludovico Degli Arrighi's _La Operina_ on my web page, http://members.aol.com/willadams which is a classic source.
Carolyn Knudsen did a wonderful book on chancery a while back --- highly recommended.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
Write it out about 500 times and either your handwriting will improve enough for TIP to recognize it or it will get so bad that you will give up.
No, actually in all seriousness, I have made a conscious effort to write more neatly in an effort to get TIP to recognize it better. I'm in the medical profession and have succumbed to the sloppy writing syndrome that plagues most of us. My tablet has actually taught me to write better.
As far as resources, I'm sorry but I can't help you there.
One thing I would say, is keep working with the TIP (or any PDA version). This has improved my handwriting because I get tired of rewriting things. (also in medical profession -- what is it that makes us sloppy writers?)
Great link Trev! (sorry, small aside - i'm still using my pen & still getting into trouble with Trev...)
Pity Microsoft didn't visit it before they decided how certain letters should be written.
I learnt cursive too, all the way here down under and my "open" b & p had to change to closed versions; a joined 'v' doesn't have much success etc.
I recommend everyone tests the full 52 upper/lower case letters one-by-one to work out which letters need to be modified.
I'll bet the average is between 3 and 6.
Once these are modified, I think most people will be pleasantly surprised as to how well their "lousy" handwriting suddenly gets recognized.
If you add the word 'Trev' to your dictionary I am sure it won't cause you as much trouble.
Trev should be a household name by now anyway.
I was writing the old way on blank computer paper for a couple paragraphs and I suddenly realized that everything was straight and evenly spaced, the neatest I've ever written and it was completely natural. Yay tablets :D
Ah cursive, the bane of my primary school existance. I went into a mix of printing and cursive through high school. Now I am starting to get much neater writing. This is not only due to recognition in the TIP, but also because I like sending ink messages in MSN messenger. I used to get messages like "Wow, that's cool. Pity I can't read your writing."
I'll have to print some of those practise sheets, off the website Trev posted, into Journal. :D