Graffiti is an ancient data input method by technology standards. The Palm OS, no matter which PDA, has always used graffiti in more or less the same way. Now that’s about to change. PalmSource has licensed Jot’s technology to create Graffiti 2.
Under this agreement, “Graffiti(R) 2 powered by Jot,” will be embedded by PalmSource in current versions of its Palm OS platform provided to licensees of its operating system. The new Graffiti 2 handwriting software supports an intuitive, more natural form of input, minimizing learning time for new users and easing the transition for experienced users.
“Jot has established the kind of broad based consumer acceptance in the Palm community that made it a natural choice for us,” said David Nagel, president and chief executive officer of PalmSource. “Graffiti 2 is a superior handwriting recognition system that will enhance the ease of use that Palm OS is known for. We expect this technology to appeal to a wide range of users who will be able to easily take notes and write memos on their Palm Powered(TM) devices.”
Pocket PC owners may feel free to laugh at this statement, as PPC devices have had this type of handwriting recognition for ages. But at least this move levels the playing field a bit, removing one reason PPC proponents claim their OS is easier to work with than Palm.
“We are extremely pleased that PalmSource, the leading supplier of operating systems for handheld devices and smart phones, chose Jot to enhance its competitive edge,” stated Guido DiGregorio, CIC’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Based upon the experience we gained over the past several years by providing Jot directly to the Palm OS developer and end user community we believe that Graffiti 2 powered by Jot will provide Palm OS users the most natural and intuitive experience possible. Now that we have established a more strategic relationship with PalmSource, we are optimistic about the additional potential associated with our wide range of natural input and electronic signature products that are currently available for Palm users.”
So the end result is that all you Palm OS owners who download Jot won’t have to pay for it seperately in new devices. There’s no word when we might see the first Graffiti 2 devices emerge, but it can’t be too far away. I wonder if we’ll see fewer PDA’s with the Graffiti area now. I hope so, as more screen space is always nice, ask the Clie NR/NX owners.