WritePad for iPad [Review]

I thought I’d get back into reviewing apps with a fantastic application called Writepad for iPad. WritePad is “Advanced handwriting recognition software for iPad.” And, it really is.

When you first open the application, you’re greeted with a short tutorial in the form of a text document. It’s incredibly helpful, and I recommend reading it. If you don’t need/want handwriting recognition for your iPad, it’s not worth your money, but if you’ve been looking for a new way to inout text into your iPad, this is the perfect application for you.

To start a new document tap the “+” button in the upper left hand corner. From here, you have a few options for text input which can be selected in the upper right hand corner. The 4 options are: Read, Write, Input Box, and Edit. [Those may not be the developer-given titles, but that’s what I call them.]

Read: Lets you read the document you’ve been working on with no distractions of and editing tools

Write: Makes red lines appear over the top of everything. On those lines, feel free to write anywhere on the screen for recognition. Make sure to write neatly!

Input Box: My favorite form of input. This brings up a yellow box on the bottom of the screen with advanced handwriting recognition. The app attempts to determine what you’re writing before you press enter. When you’re done writing a line, tap the return arrow to insert the text into your document

Edit: Don’t know why you would want this in a handwriting recognition app, but it’s there. A keyboard! I suppose if you mess up catastrophically, and you need to fix something quickly, visiting this screen may be helpful.



Every time I review some sort of document creation / editing app on the iPad, everybody asks me how to get documents in and out of the app. This app makes it really simple. It syncs with Dropbox. When you set up sync through dropbox, it creates a new folder in your dropbox entitled “WritePad,” and you can freely put in and take out any documents as you wish.

If Dropbox isn’t your cup of tea, then use iTunes. Plug in your iPad and go to the applications tab of the iPad’s sync page. At the bottom, there’s a file-transfer menu. Select WritePad and transfer to your little heart’s content.


Out of 5, I would give this application a 4. The recognition is great, only if it’s a word that the app knows. It doesn’t recognize some people’s names, and tries to correct them, even though they’re right. I use this app a lot in class, and it’s fantastic.

Availability: $9.99 in the iTunes App Store from the developer PhatWare Inc.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

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