MyScript Stack 1

When Apple first announced that it would allow users to set third-party apps as the default keyboard, I got pretty excited. I know it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but similar to having a multitude of pens in varying styles and colors, I like having options when typing. It makes it more fun.

MyScript Stack is another third-party app that is now compatible as a default keyboard for iOS 8. Although, I’d be incorrectly describing it as a keyboard since its main feature is that you can handwrite letters instead of typing them.

With this app loaded as your default, you can simply handwrite any word you wish, letter on top of letter, instead of tap, tap, typing away like a grandpa. The future is here.

MyScript Stack 3

After setting MyScript Stack as a default keyboard, open a document that you wish to write in and a big, blank box will appear. All you have to do is draw a letter to begin. The app will analyze the lines and transmit the letter you drew into the document.

You don’t have to write out a word the way you would on paper, either. The word “stack” in the app refers to the fact that you can stack letters one on top of the other. All you have to do is give it just a fraction of a second, like you would when writing on paper.

The app also includes space and delete gestures. Swipe across the board from left to right to create a space. Swipe from right to left to delete a letter. There are also manual controls for space and delete, plus a Return key.

In addition to the handwriting feature, the app includes predictive typing and auto-correct. As you scribble your words, the app will try to determine what you meant to write. If the word is wrong, the one you actually wrote is right next to it and can be selected instead.

MyScript Stack 2

You can switch between the light and dark themed boards or set it to automatically adjust to whatever background it sits on top of. In light mode, you can change the color of “ink” that appears when you write a letter. You can also change the ink’s thickness to fine, medium, or thick. These settings can be changed in the app’s Appearance section.

The main problem I found with this app is that it tends to auto capitalize letters fairly regularly. So much so, that it significantly slowed down my ability to write. I had to go back and rewrite letters. I even gave in and switched to a different keyboard once when I couldn’t manage to write a lower-case “s.”

This is a seriously fun way to write. I love it. Other than the problem with automatic capitalization, I found it to be a worthwhile and unique experience on the iPhone. However, the app does need a bit of polishing. The auto-correct and predictive typing is good, but not great. It certainly isn’t as good as Minuum’s.

If you just want to have fun writing notes to friends, this is worth checking out. However, because of the slow nature of handwriting (I type much faster than I write), it is not a useful productivity app.

MyScript Stack is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for free. Download it in the App Store today.

Check out these other iOS 8 keyboard apps

  • Troy

    This looks tiring

  • George Kunnath

    nice, but I don’t think it will be faster. just one letter at a time that takes time.

    • Perhaps the use case for this is walking and typing? It’s the only practical use case I can possibly think of since you’d be typing slowly but still want to do so accurately.

      • Tobias9413

        i don’t know, i feel like the iOS keyboard is easy to remember like a computer keyboard. Im so used to it now that i can type without looking at my phone and i have seen many other people who can do this too.I do rely on auto-correct when it comes to this though and rarely does it correct me wrong. Guess the keyboard does memorize your typing style.

  • Ricky

    Looks nice for my little cousins who like texting to their parents wile I take them out to the mall but definatley not for the average adult.

  • Alexa21

    It’s fun for a while, but it does get tiring and a little frustrating. I really like the idea though.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    i thinks it’s best they used this as a learning app for toddlers

  • Jerry

    Why would anyone want this?!

  • ThoseCurves

    Lory, I think you officially hate Swype :-p .. still no review lol

    • Anmol Malhotra

      These are paid reviews.. App devs tell them to do and pay them. They never buy any app for review , it’s all free for them.
      So, I think Swype hasn’t contacted them yet. That’s why no review at all.

      • ThoseCurves

        that’s disappointing !!

      • Please read my reply to that ridiculous accusation.

      • ThoseCurves

        my disappointed was to his thought of accusing IDB yet using the site. it was not at all to his disparagement. I believe IDB and that is why it’s the only blog on the internet that i follow and visit at least 5 times a day.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Bro I never meant to accuse iDB. I used think like that way thats why i told you this. It was all false. Sorry for sharing the wrong thought. 🙁
        If i knew the truth I would have told you that. :/

      • It is very sad that you believe our editorial calendar is guided by developers paying us. What’s worse is that you write this in the comments as if it was a fact, potentially making people believe we were paid to review such or such app. This is ridiculous at best, and very insulting at worst.

        As clearly mentioned on our disclosure page, we always clearly label sponsored posts as such http://www.idownloadblog.com/disclosure/

        To save you time, here is a list of sponsored posts we’ve done in the past on iDB: http://www.idownloadblog.com/tag/sponsored/

        Note that the last sponsored post was over 3 months ago.

        We do get some apps for free, not always, and not all of them. This never influences our coverage and the outcome of our review, if we end up reviewing the app.

        Swype is actually on the list, and I believe Lory has it coming today or tomorrow. TouchPal and BrightKey will be next if you must know.

        I can tolerate criticism but I won’t tolerate wrong accusations that put our reputation at risk.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        I’m really really sorry for that comment Sir. 🙁 🙁 I’m a huge fan of iDB ( I dont know you recognize me by my name but i think you know that I’m a big fan of yours and your iDB. ) You dont know how much I love iDB and you. You shouldnt have written such a big comment. 🙁 I never wrote it to make you reputation at risk. I wish iDB stays forever. I spent most of my free time on this site. How can I think of this? I’ve been on iDB for 1 year and had never wrote anything negative about it , never even criticized iDB.
        The comment i wrote was clearly my thought , I used to think that way.
        I dont know what should i say more but I’m really sorry Sir and to Lory too. 🙁 🙁 I hope you will say something. :/ I’ve deleted the comment. I cant even think of keeping your reputation at risk.

      • It’s all good

      • Anmol Malhotra

        xD xD!! ^_^
        Thank youuu soo much Sir… 🙂 I’m sooo happy 😀

      • Anmol Malhotra

        And again really sorry for that comment.. 🙁 I never mean it.. :/

  • jaime boy

    Maybe ipad with a stylus…

  • Tommy

    You’d probably look more like a grandpa scratching at your phone like that trying to get each letters written out. Lol.

  • Luke

    I tried swiftkey and tbh I got bored of it. If there were more colors and customization, I’d use it more. And this app is just too slow for fast typers like me.

  • Sohail Wahab

    This is amazing!

  • David Hvilivitzki

    The slowest way to type …

  • Utrarunner5

    I remember when this was for the Palm Treo.

  • Byron C Mayes

    The best use for this is when I’m on a tablet using a drawing or painting app or certain music apps (like NotateMe) that simply work better with a stylus. Switching to the keyboard in the middle of such work interrupts “the flow” of what I’m doing.

    Being able to enter text without putting down the stylus is a godsend (or would be if there were a god to send things).

  • Greg Wardlaw

    I installed it but don’t know how to use it. I added the “Stack” keyboard in Settings but how do you get it started?