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Better Letters is your personal handwriting trainer, inspired by the
instructional handwriting font work of UK handwriting specialist
Christopher Jarman. The app provides instructional lectures (audio and
written), and practice fonts with choice of writing style, guidelines,
and directional arrows.
Research shows that the fastest, clearest writers join some letters,
not all of them: making the easiest joins, skipping the rest. Also,
the fastest and clearest writers tend to use the simplest letter
shapes: avoiding the complex, accident-prone letter forms of
conventional cursive. In fact, the earliest published handwriting
books, half a millennium ago, taught a semi-joined style of this type
(called “Italic” after the style's origins in Renaissance Italy) well
before today's more complicated cursive came along. Now, more and more
people who seek better handwriting – doctors, teachers, and ordinary
folks of all ages in every walk of life – are reviving the Italic
style. Its high-speed clarity and simplicity fit the findings of
handwriting research and meet today's continuing need for fast,
legible writing on paper or in a pen computing environment.
BetterLetters puts an Italic handwriting class in your pocket!
Unlike other handwriting apps, Better Letters soars past the
worksheets. Beyond its sample letters and numerals to trace and copy,
Better Letters includes:
--User-selectable "ink" color. All letter and numeral examples display
in black, but BetterLetters allows you to trace the on-screen examples
in a color of your choice.
--Two style variations on Italic: letters with, or without, lower-case
exit-strokes.(Choose according to personal taste, or choose whichever
feels easier for you to write.)
--A list of 299 practice words, including every letter combination
used in English. (You can also input your own practice words.)
--Onscreen instructional essays and audio by our handwriting
specialist Kate Gladstone (known internationally as the “Handwriting
Repairwoman”) on such topics as joins, stroke order, handwriting
history, and speed development.
--Built-in sketchpad to practice and apply your skills.
--Links to handwriting instruction web-sites, selected by our
handwriting specialist, extend your resources for mastering rapid,
readable writing. (REQUIRES INTERNET CONNECTION: Wi-Fi, 3G.)
WHO WRITES BETTER with Better Letters?
--MDs, nurses, and medical and nursing students can gain and maintain
clear, rapid writing for situations that require handwriting. (In the
most computerized hospitals, computer networks crash; generators fail.
Even when computers work, doctors must often scribble notes, or give
ward clerks the day's handwritten records to read and process.)
--Children, teens, and young adults can prepare for written sections
of high-stakes tests. (Since 2003, the SAT exam for USA high school
students includes a timed handwritten essay: 1/6 of the total score.
When schools neglect handwriting instruction or use counterproductive
methods, Better Letters allows students to gain and maintain competent
--Parents and teachers – from kindergarten through grad school -- can
boost the legibility and speed of their own writing in order to teach
more effectively. (When a teacher's handwriting lacks precision
and speed, it can wreck even the best-planned lesson or demonstration.)
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