Why type your texts or use the same tired emoji icons in your emails when you could send a hand-drawn creation instead? The DrawType keyboard lets you do just that on your iPhone. New to iOS 8, custom keyboards let you choose how you input information into your mobile apps. With DrawType, you create a sketch instead of typing what you want to convey.
Make no mistake, I’m not recommending this as a productivity tool. It’s a frivolous timewaster, to be sure. I can imagine a parent having fun showing their kids that broccoli is on the dinner menu through the use of whimsical pictographs in a text. I can also see unlucky souls stuck in a boring meeting, messaging each other their interpretation of their boss as he complains about the lack of team productivity.
This non-productivity can be achieved with the ten colors and three pen widths DrawType provides for your sketching pleasure. The little window is a bit difficult to use on the iPhone 5, but the tapered lines and multiple undos makes it a fun little diversion. Once you’re ready to send your hand-drawn reply to any question just hit the copy button and perform a tap and hold to paste the drawing into the text field. There are a few caveats with using with third-party keyboards in regards to the information they’re privy to, so I’d suggest reading up on the topic before purchasing ANY of them. If you want to have a little fun with your communication, I found DrawType to be worth the $1 entry fee.Tags