Access has just released a version of the classic Palm OS Graffiti for Android OS devices. Entitled, Graffiti for Android, the app brings the original Graffiti 1 character recognition system to Google's mobile platform.
The application enables Graffiti functionality systemwide on Android phones. It includes the original Graffiti strokes, complete with the familiar two-part silkscreen, as well as the Graffiti Help reference screen. Users can bring up the silkscreen for text input and use a finger or stylus to enter characters.
Graffiti for Android v1.02 is currently available as a free download in the on-device Android Market. First impressions and additional screenshots after the break...
This marks the second time Access has brought technologies from classic Palm OS Garnet to other Linux based mobile platforms. The company also offers a Garnet VM emulator for Maemo powered Nokia Internet Tablets and the Nokia N900 smartphone. Access has a full license to the original Graffiti system thanks to the patent infringement lawsuit settlement reached with Xerox in 2006.
Graffiti for Android - Initial Impressions
PIC correspondent Kris Keilhack brings us his initial impressions on using Graffiti for Android on a Motorola Droid handset:
Initial impressions are that the app is very well done, fast, and stable. I will be reporting more on this potentially exciting development as soon as I have had time to give the Graffiti app a full test-drive on my Droid. Again, this is the ORIGINAL Graffiti, without any of the later niceties such as CrossingOver-style capital characters being done in between the character and numeric areas. Additionally, finger-based Graffiti strokes are a bit more tiring and tedious than the stylus-based ones in days past.
A nice dynamic input areas appears on the lower quarter of the screen and it looks nearly identical to the original silkscreen Graffiti area we all remember fondly. There are no Tungsten T3 or later-style Graffiti area minimize buttons or stroke from what I can tell, but with the large sizes and screen resolutions on many new Android devices, this should not be an issue at all. Certainly having a device with a flush-mounted, capacitive, 4.3", 854x400 screen makes Graffiti input a lot more pleasurable than it was on a recessed, 3.7", 320x480 screen in years past!
Regardless, this is still something that is a very welcome sign that Access has not completely forgotten about their longtime users. In fact, the old Graffiti stroke reference card that I carried for years in my wallet even makes a return appearance, this time in the form of a helpful onscreen help menu.
As a final tip, anyone interested in trying this app needs to first enable it under Android's "Language and keyboard settings" preferences menu.
Thanks to BaalthazaaR for the tip.