On Friday night last week, I was fed up with the Graffiti "Classic" recognition on my Tungsten E. Before bed, I removed the Brando screen cover, figuring the it might be dampening my strokes on the Graffiti area. No such luck: the plain screen of my TE improved my text entry very little. Argh.
After some flirtation with FITALY on Saturday, I knew this wasn't the answer for me either. I know many swear by this technology, but it always seems to get me with its steep learning curve, and the feeling that I'm pecking like a wild chicken on my handheld.
On Sunday, at church, I chatted with Sandy, who now owns my old Clié N610. During our discussion, I wrote some Graffiti on her Clié and was amazed at how responsive and accurate it was. I started to realize that the Clié had a piece of Scotch Satin tape applied to the Graffiti area. This gave me an idea: what about applying some Scotch tape over the Graffiti area on my TE? It was cheap, and at that point, I had little to lose.
So, on Sunday evening, I applied a ceremonial piece of 3/4" Scotch Satin Finish GiftWrap Tape (purple package) and was surprised and delighted at the improvement in my Graffiti entry! Amazing!
I don't know if the smoother surface or stabilization of the protective touchscreen was the key. Frankly, I don't care, because my responsive Grafitti Classic is back! :-)
I was also busily updating my Writing, Text Editing & Word Processing Guide for PalmSource Expert Guides, when I remembered a freeware text editor called SiEd that Sammy McLoughlin had mentioned a few weeks back. This is a plain text editor (not Palm Doc) which means it can open and modify plain text files (up to 64k) on your SD card or Memory Stick. Very Cool!
I found SiEd at FreewarePalm.com and gave it a try. SiEd worked so well, it's earned a spot among my permanent Palm OS apps. It's limited to 64k plaintext files, but hey, even with that limit I can see many uses for SiEd. Many thanks to the author, Benjamin Roe, for making his great little tool available to us.