June 7, 2012
A ripoff's not a ripoff if the original product doesn't actually exist, right? Working under that (admittedly shaky) premise, I was intrigued by the latest "unique" text editor for iPad, Tyype HD. Basically, the app seeks to enable the conceptual iOS text-entry gestures designed by Daniel Hooper. If you've seen his video before, you'll know what to expect. If you haven't, just watch: Cool, right? In line with the "inspired" feel Typpe already projects, developer appvetica promotes their product thus: Déjà vu, right? Still, regardless of how you feel about such lifted designs (Jailbreakers don't seem to mind!), it must be admitted that, as a specialty text editor, Tyype succeeds at implementing Hooper's ideas. Had Hooper made the app himself, we'd surely promote that and poo-poo this, but he didn't, so there you are. And, to be honest, Tyype does a good job of integrating some important features absent from Hooper's demo, like Cut, Copy, and Paste keys added to an extra keyboard row. If, like Hooper, you're waiting for Apple to adopt such a gesture-based keyboard in iOS itself, you'll probably want to pass this app up. If, on the other hand, you don't think Apple will ever go that route (Yo!), you might as well just grab Tyype right now for $0.99.
Tyype HD - gesture based text editor with Dropbox support