intelligent writing system for smart phones and tablets

simple, efficient and non-interfering

privacy protection made in Switzerland
In 1996, Raphael Bachmann falls in love with the potential of the touchscreen, and buys an Apple Newton.
Spurred on by the limitations of the device’s text input, Raphael develops SpeedScript, a user-friendly keyboard app optimized for touchscreens.

SpeedScript does without autocorrect and autocomplete.
Write how you think without annoying outside interference.

SpeedScript protects your privacy. The app doesn’t read or save your data.
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Raphael in 2003 and 2016
The Apple Newton that started the whole story
Imagine if SpeedScript had existed back then
SpeedScript in 2016
SpeedScript in 2016
SpeedScript in 2016

Autocorrect? Autocomplete? No thanks!

Apart from being efficient and easy to use, SpeedScript spares users the annoying and sometimes embarrassing help given by autocorrect and autocomplete systems. And by concentrating entirely on ergonomic and linguistic optimization it avoids the sinister privacy issues of text entry systems that trawl the cloud and the user’s smartphone to achieve a usable recognition rate.

The paid SpeedScript app does not need any permissions at all. The free version accesses advertising networks and requires acceptance of carefully delimited permissions, but SpeedScript does not read or store any information, including information provided in connection with the advertising (which comes from ad network bundler AddApptr). This makes SpeedScript the obvious choice for users who value their privacy and want to limit their exposure to the dark side of the cloud.

How does SpeedScript make text entry quicker and more efficient?

SpeedScript strikes the golden mean by combining writing and typing on a touchscreen. In any language, vowels and spaces account for around half of all characters used. According to SpeedScript logic, it must be possible to write these frequent characters quickly and easily without having to search for the right key and move the finger too far.

So SpeedScript enables you to write strokes in eight different directions from any character key on the keyboard: a stroke to the left produces an “a,” a stroke downward an “i,” a stroke to the right a “u,” and so on. Starting from the blue key you can write single vowels and a single space.

directions

SpeedScript also gives direct access to symbols like ' " [ ] { } < > % # & ~ ^ º ² ³,
and to special functions such as page up, page down, home, end, cut, copy and paste, and arrows for navigation in the text. The symbols and functions are grouped together thematically: punctuation, mathematical symbols, parentheses, smileys, currency symbols, navigation in the text, and even cut, copy, and paste.

SpeedScript’s compact and efficient QWERTY design

SpeedScript uses a QWERTY layout without the keys for vowels. In a standard QWERTY layout, most of the vowels are near the edge. SpeedScript takes advantage of this to compress the QWERTY keyboard without losing its familiar layout. The remaining keys are still positioned in almost the same positions relative to each other.

The SpeedScript QWERTY design has only 22 keys instead of 27, giving a better overview and making it easier to locate the desired key. Because of the reduced number of keys, the keyboard is eight rather than ten keys wide. This makes a big difference: the keys are 56% bigger, which makes it a lot easier to hit the target key. Usability tests have shown that people can find and hit keys faster using the compact SpeedScript layout than with the standard QWERTY layout.

SpeedScript AG: the company

Swiss-based SpeedScript has been in the text entry business for a long time. And it shows. From the outset, the company has avoided the complications and distraction of text completion by creating a simple but effective writing system based on ergonomic and linguistic principles that has been honed for well over a decade. The earlier versions of SpeedScript for Windows Mobile were already capable of outpacing ten-finger typing. The latest version, tailored to the exploding Android market, has now also been streamlined to make it very easy to get used to and even more intuitive. For people who prefer to write as they think with no outside interference, SpeedScript is about to change the way they use their Android device.

From the moment founder Raphael Bachmann bought an Apple Newton back in the nineties, he was intrigued by the challenge of finding quick and easy ways of writing with a touchscreen device. In 2000 this mission prompted him to assemble a team of developers and launch his own company. SpeedScript AG has subsequently become a pioneer in linguistic research as the basis for developing text input methods − most notably SpeedScript for Windows Mobile. SpeedScript is patented internationally.