Compatibility: iPad Pro 12.9", iPad Pro 11", iPad Air 10.5" or iPad 10.2". Requires iOS 8.0 or later, and the use of Apple Pencil or similar paired stylus with palm-rejection features. Content will appear in landscape orientation on smaller iPads.
Use your stylus with confidence and ease to produce notes that you feel good about sharing, that you, your colleagues & friends (and your handwriting recognition software) can read.
This app brings the popular Getty-Dubay® WRITE NOW handwriting program to your tablet so you can use it as a workbook — only better. You'll be able to use the WRITE NOW instructional pages over and over by digitally erasing your previous sessions — practice to your heart's content!
This is not your grandparent's handwriting. Getty-Dubay® WRITE NOW is already enjoyed by tens of thousands of adults worldwide. For nearly 30 years, the authors Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay have been using this book to teach people — from medical professionals to fountain pen enthusiasts — how to have legible, handsome handwriting without the loops and curlicues of conventional cursive.
It's real handwriting, for real life.
The app content takes you step-by-step through the printed italic alphabet (lowercase and capitals) and numbers, then onto joining these letters for flowing, legible cursive italic writing. The app also contains many pages of handwriting tips, guidelines, personal choices, and the history of handwriting. And the book walks its talk: it is completely handwritten by the authors.
The app is simple to use.
The app comes pre-loaded with the Getty-Dubay® WRITE NOW workbook. Turn pages, scroll, navigate and create bookmarks in the same way you would with an e-book.
The fun comes when you touch your stylus to the screen. Now you can select the color, width and opacity of your pen line. Trace and copy the handwriting models, reading the instructions and tips as you go. Erase your work and practice more by selecting the eraser icon to change the stylus function to erase mode, or by erasing you writing on the entire page at once. There are extra practice sheets at the end of the book, too.
On the 12.9” iPad Pro, the pages will appear in portrait orientation. On smaller iPads, pages will appear in landscape mode and scrolling will allow you to access the entire page. (For pedagogical reasons, screen rotation and zooming are disabled.)
This app replaces the need for the paperback workbook, which means you're saving paper and the resources that would have gone into producing and shipping the product.
While you may experience improved handwriting after just a few sessions, most gains will come from repeated practice over time. As you use this app, try out your new handwriting on whiteboards, or with pen and paper for thank you notes and other correspondence.
To access the FREE online resources that come with this app: www.handwritingusccess.com/app-support
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Just what I was looking for...
...to help improve my handwriting. Works well with the Apple Pencil — I can switch between writing with the stylus and navigating the content without having to change modes (as with the Apple markup tool) just by touching with the stylus or my finger.
Good, not great.
TLDR; locked to landscape if you’re not using the 12.9” iPad Pro and no pinch to zoom to practice different sizes.
I’m a big fan of the book so I was excited to see an app. I had previously used the PDF from the web resources that come with purchasing the hard copy in Adobe Sketch to practice on my 11” iPad Pro.
One complaint I have that isn’t mentioned on the app description but is addressed on the website FAQ is that the orientation will be locked to landscape mode unless you have the 12.9” iPad pro. Their rationale is that allows them to “present the content at close to its original size, so you get the best possible pedagogical benefit...” While I understand that there may be an optimum size to when you’re first learning, I don’t see why this has to be locked to landscape mode or enforced forever. Given that you can scroll up/down why can’t we work in portrait mode and scroll left/right? Why can’t there be a setting to allow you to pinch to zoom in/out to practice at various sizes. They can certainly set the default to what the believe is the “best possible pedagogical benefit” but it isn’t how I want to actually use their material so I may just go back to importing their PDFs into Adobe Sketch.
Another nice to have feature that is possible with their PDFs on the web is to type out your own text to create custom practice sheets. I understand that might be a feature that’s difficult/expensive to create in the app but I would definitely pay more if the app was an all in one solution to how I’m already using their web resources.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the feedback! It being a new app — and our first — we’re already thinking about features to add on updates to come.
We set ourselves a simple task at first: take a great resource and bring it to the iPad by making an ebook that you can write in. There are many drawing apps available that explore the full potential of the iPad and stylus. Our app is first and foremost a handwriting program.
Detailed user information like yours is very helpful in shaping future versions of the app, with the goal of exploring additional new ways to take handwriting beyond pencil and paper.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.