Pilot Handwriting Plus Blog by Email

alphaThe handwritten word is not yet obsolete and is very powerful. Why do we hesitate to use our own handwriting in our blogs? Are we really concerned that our handwriting is too messy and won’t be able to be read by others?

I love the electronic age we live in and the fact that I have internet friends all over the world but as I was making homemade cards I realized I missed handwriting.  I’m used to thinking in front of a keyboard. I love the convenience of  simply typing without having to worry that I have made a spelling error or skipped letters and when I’m done I can have that corrected for me.  But I do think  handwriting is special.

Graphologists maintain that handwriting shows that everyone is an individual and their character portraits  have been described as ‘stunningly similar’ to those derived from psychological tests. You can’t fake it. People can read about psychological tests and learn how to answer in ways that impress the tester. Handwriting is impossible to fake effectively as the graphologist looks for evidence that remains unchanged even when the script is heavily disguised. And attempts at disguise betray themselves by many unnatural signs, especially under high magnification. Natural handwriting shows people as they really are.

PilotHandwriting.com is a one-of-a-kind application that captures your handwriting and allows you to write by hand on the computer.  You can add a handwritten e-mail signature to your blog post by using pilothandwriting  and the WordPress.COM post by email feature. Any email client can be used to send the email, allowing you to publish quickly and easily from devices such as cell phones.

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PilotHandwriting Walk Through

You need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for this application to work. You can use this link to see if your flash is up to date. If it’s not up to date then this is where to download and install the latest version of flash.

  1. Create an account
  2. Download a template, which will have empty spaces for you to fill in the appropriate letters in your own handwriting or whatever font you you choose. Pilot Handwriting recognizes each character and provides you with option to modify each character. Finish editing and save your font with a custom name.
  3. Put the handwriting (font) image through a scanner, or take a snapshot through a webcam or digital camera.
    • Scanner – Print out the template and fill it out, then scan it in and save it as a .jpg
    • Webcam – Print out the template and then fill it out and hold it up to the camera.
    • Digital camera – Print out the template, fill it out with your characters and the then take a picture and upload it as a .jpg
  4. Pilot Handwriting uses their font generator to turn your handwriting into a personal font. Download your personal font and then you can type with your own handwriting.

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20 thoughts on “Pilot Handwriting Plus Blog by Email

  1. I just wanna thank you for sharing your information and your site or blog this is simple but nice article I’ve ever seen i like it i learn something today.
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  2. I still carry a notebook with me and periodically will do my writing by hand. There is something organic that poetry demands and at times it just doesn’t feel right to type the emotions. There is something deeply personal about hand-writing. But I fear that if I blogged in my hand-writing, the messiness and lack of clarity would match my emotions and relationships too closely! LOL

    • Yes, I do agree that handwriting is organic and deeply personal. I also have a small notebook and I scribble down ideas in it. On a humorous note messiness and emotionality could either break or even make your blog. Who knows? It could viral. ;)

  3. Seems like a lot of work.. I’ll just work on my penmanship so that it’s nicer, thank you very much.

  4. I’ll stick to my hand calligraphy where I’m forced to really slow down for aesthetic reasons! My handwriting has really deterioriated to a point where I have become resigned and impatient for not capturing my thoughts fast enough.

  5. It’s an interesting idea, TT, and one which I’m sure would work (and be lovely) for anyone with a legible handwriting. Alas, that isn’t me! Also, after years of typing I now find handwriting to be very difficult to do.

    However, what I do like and have started doing in my blog, recently, is scanning doodles for posts. I do, more often than not, though, add ‘subtitles’ for those who find my handwriting as illegible to read as I do!

    Great post.
    :)

    • @Val
      You don’t exactly have to choose your own handwriting. They do mention that you can choose fonts as well so if you think theirs a font you prefer to your own script then you can select it instead.

      P.S. Scanning doodles how interesting! i know another blogger who excels at doodling, one who is an illustrator, and a blogger who incorporates her crow drawings into her blogging.

      • Actually, TT, you’ve planted the seeds of something in my head, now. I wonder if I could use it with some odd (aka ‘curious’, ‘funny’, ‘weird’ as in ‘would make people grin’ – which is a fave occupation of mine) hand-created fonts, type up my stuff and then put it in my blog (presumably I’d have to scan it? Does it only transfer to emails? I’m not really clear on that. Will have to investigate more.) Thank you!

        Eek! More ideas… wonderful!
        :)

        The crow blog sounds brill… any chance of a link to it?

  6. What a great post.

    I see that the owner of this tool is Comercial Arge S.A, the firm that owns Pilot brand pens. I probably have a few of those pens in my desk.

    I have printed the template and I will fill it in when my hand is feeling steady.

    Meanwhile I am wondering to myself what kind of output I will get in the end. Will it be a TTF font? Something Flash™ based? Something else? What will the recipient need in order to view the font?

    • Hi David,
      I have always liked Pilot pens. Alas! I’m still on a borrowed computer and until I have my own I can’t attest to what the output will be like. I’m longing to know what the answers to the questions you post above will be. Please share your experience with us. I’m looking forward to hearing the details. :)

  7. Hello Timethief, this is interesting but I think I wouldn’t use it for a whole variety of reasons, some irrational. I suspect that I feel my handwriting is too personal, maybe in the way that people once feared the camera captured their soul, I don’t want to put my handwriting out there for all those anonymous readers to see. I also have security concerns, as long as handwritten signatures are used as a key component of identity for banking admin, the opening and closing of accounts in particular, I would be unhappy to use this. Why make life easier again for identity thieves? So, on one level I would love to play with this, simply because it looks great fun – I visited the link and I liked their very elegant intro video – but I think I’ll probably pass for now. Yule looks like the Green Man of legend, is it he?

    • @Joanna,
      I share the same reservation but some people are into it so I shared the information. Yes, I suppose that’s the Green Man of the legend. Happy holidays to you!

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