Thanks to the gang over at GeekDad, I was introduced to a cool FREE program called Your Fonts. Your Fonts allows the user to turn their own handwriting into a font that they can then use on most writing programs.
You need a printer and a scanner. You simply print out their template, write your letters, and then scan it back onto your computer as a .jpeg, .tiff, or whatever, and upload it into their system. I uploaded my own handwriting, and was amazed by how smooth the upload result was; it knicked part of my “a” because it must have been too close to the edge of the box or something like that, but otherwise was flawless in its capture. I am now able to write letters to people in my own handwriting and be BARELY more legible.
This is a fun, technology-enabled way of expressing yourself both creatively and through literature. You could even invent your own alphabet if you wanted to. This would also be a great way to capture your child’s kindergarten-level letters, or some of the beautiful penmanship that still exists among the older generations that actually had to study penmanship. Quite a difference compared to today’s generation who knows the “txt”ing version of a word’s spelling better than the traditional spelling of the word. I’m sure there are more tech-savy folks who could come up with all sorts of applications for this (texting friends in your own handwriting, perhaps?).
I meant to bring a sample to show you all, but obviously didn’t, so I will see if I can post one later today.