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Mazza558
September 10th, 2008, 10:04 PM
http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/TryJavaDasherNow.html

The idea of this program is to allow you to "type" with just the movement of a mouse. Imagine a sentence you want to type and follow the letters, one at a time, and the more common words will be easier to create. It's a very enjoyable way to type for some reason, perfect for touchscreen things. Give it a good try (yes, longer than 20 seconds).

You can change settings (like speeding it up to a usable speed) in the options at the top.

It's also in the repos, so just search add/remove for "dasher".

cb951303
September 10th, 2008, 10:08 PM
I remember using that application in linux. a clone maybe?

Mazza558
September 10th, 2008, 10:12 PM
I remember using that application in linux. a clone maybe?

Hmmm... this was apparently around in '02. Same application?

EDIT: Yay, it's in the repos! Install from add/remove.

smartboyathome
September 10th, 2008, 10:14 PM
Well, site is down for me. Wikipedia page doesn't say much about it either. :(

Mazza558
September 10th, 2008, 10:15 PM
Well, site is down for me. Wikipedia page doesn't say much about it either. :(

Try it - as I said, I just found it's in the repos.

tdrusk
September 10th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Cool. Kind of reminds me of T9 texting.

Jay_Bee
September 10th, 2008, 10:20 PM
If you set your mouse in one position and leave it, it will produce some very creepy sentences. :shock:

smartboyathome
September 10th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Try it - as I said, I just found it's in the repos.

Can't, I'm trapped on Windows until my new power cord comes for my laptop. :(

Mazza558
September 10th, 2008, 10:23 PM
Can't, I'm trapped on Windows until my new power cord comes for my laptop. :(

Ouch. Well, there is a Windows installer, but if you can't access the site...

Some of the input modes are awesome. One of them is an eye tracker, so you just look in the direction you want to go (provided you have a webcam).

klange
September 10th, 2008, 10:24 PM
I've had Dasher ever since I first heard about it.
Haven't used it in a very long time.

Maheriano
September 10th, 2008, 10:25 PM
My shoulder is bad enough from using the mouse for normal things, I don't ant to think about what this will do to it.

Mazza558
September 10th, 2008, 10:28 PM
I've had Dasher ever since I first heard about it.
Haven't used it in a very long time.

If Apple had used something like this for the iPhone, it would have become massively famous.

Trail
September 11th, 2008, 08:10 AM
Touch typing for me.