Better Letters was created to improve handwriting. It was inspired by the instructional handwriting font work of UK handwriting specialist Christopher Jarman. The app provides instructional lectures, both audio and written, along with practice fonts providing choices of writing style, guidelines, and directional arrows.
With Better Letters, your iPhone or iPod Touch becomes a personal handwriting trainer.
Research shows that the fastest, clearest handwriters join some letters, not all of them: making the easiest joins and skipping the rest. Also, the fastest and clearest writers tend to use the simplest letter shapes, avoiding the complex and accident-prone letter formations of conventional cursive.
In fact, the earliest published handwriting books (half a millennium ago) taught a semi-joined style of this type – called “Italic” in reference to the style’s origins in Renaissance Italy – well before today’s more complicated cursive came along.
; via a Kate Gladstone email, who notes:
Better Letters is a multi-featured suite of handwriting instruction/improvement resources, developed by — of all places — a medical software company, Deep Pocket Series, which describes this app as a “personal handwriting trainer.” (In addition to MDs, the company is also marketing this app to teachers, administrators, teens, and parents of elementary/middle school children.)
In addition to MDs, the company is also marketing this app to teachers, administrators, teens, and parents of elementary/middle school children