auxbuss wrote:Thanks for the replies.
And yup, I Google'd. I posted because I'm interested in folks' experiences and because nothing seemed wholly there yet. Appears that's the case.
I'm a bit surprised that things aren't further along. Nebo looks interesting, but it looks like the marketing folks have their talons hooked into keeping it as a closed system. That's a shame.
I'm not after something to handle a manuscript. A scene or chapter at a time would be fine. After, I can simply paste into Scriv.
I'll probably wait for the next iPad cycle and see what appears. Paper and pens are cheap and plentiful.
I've been tracking developments in hand-writing-to-text technology for years (because I was trained to hand-write long-form documents, and because I've taken seriously recent MRI-derived discoveries in brain science concerning hand-writing versus typing), and I think that you may be being a tad more pessimistic than the technology deserves.
As Katherine implies above, there's no doubt that voice-to-text is more advanced than handwriting-to-text. But both are as yet imperfect technologies. A quick glance at any voice-to-text users' forum will show that it too has its problems and hidden traps, especially for those not ready to prepare very carefully before they use it. Dictation style is a key.
As I explain in one of those L&L threads I referred you to, in my opinion the best of hand-writing-to-text technology is undoubtedly from MyScript. They've been going a relatively long while (I think I first used one of their products 17 or 18 years ago), and their technology is licensed to numerous other application developers on Windows and the Mac. They may have serious competitors, but apart from Apple and Microsoft, I don't know of any. MyScript's own applications still appear to be better for handwriting recognition than anything anybody else has so far succeeded in coming up with.
As a matter of fact, I don't think MyScript Nebo is quite as closed as you suggest: you can at least get printed copy out of it by copy and paste. MyScript Stylus is a full keyboard replacement that - as far as I've been told, because I've not used it - can input directly into iOS Scrivener. I've been told of remarkably error-minimal results with both Nebo and Stylus.
Of course, just as a crucial issue in voice-to-text is the style of dictation, so, as Katherine writes, a crucial issue for handwriting-to-text is and is always likely to be the consistency and conformity of the user's hand-writing.
My (typed) 2p.