Is it possible to use a stylus (including the Apple Pencil) with WriteUpp?

With the release of the 2018 iPads, the Apple Pencil is no longer restricted to Apple’s “Pro” line of tablets. As a result, we’ve seen an increase in enquiries about WriteUpp’s ability to "work with" the Apple Pencil or other styluses.

However, the answer is not totally straightforward.

If all you want to do is use your stylus to tap and click just as if you were using your finger then WriteUpp (either web or app) will work just fine.

However, if you're expectation is that you will be able to use your stylus to hand-write notes, documents, assessments and your writing will be converted into text then the answer is a little more convoluted, but not a complete "no". 

WriteUpp doesn't feature any built-in hand-writing recognition functionality so by itself it's not capable of converting stylus handwriting to text.

However, if you install a 3rd party keyboard that supports hand-writing from the App Store or Google Play Store you will be able to hand-write your notes with your pencil. All you will need to do is login to WriteUpp using Safari (on iOS) or Chrome (on Android) and switch keyboard so that instead of typing you will be able to use your stylus to hand-write your notes which will then be automatically transcribed into text.

PRIVACY

If you install one of these apps and allow them "full access" keep in mind that the developer/provider of the app will be able to see everything you enter via that keyboard.  

We take privacy and security very seriously at WriteUpp so if you do choose to grant “full access”, aside from the obvious data security concerns, you should also consider the following questions in relation to GDPR:

  • Do you know where that data is stored?
  • Do you have a Data Processing Agreement (DPA) in place with the developer

We’re not saying that you shouldn’t use a stylus with a third-party keyboard and WriteUpp but we please be aware of the implications.

IMPORTANT

Please keep in mind that WriteUp DOES NOT feature any built-in handwriting recognition that allows you to use your stylus to write notes, documents or assessments. If you choose to use a third-party keyboard this is at your own risk and we cannot provide any technical support to assist you in its use.

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