Dom Perignon IV Speed Contest

How Fast Can You Type on Your PDA?

The fastest entry in each category wins a prestigious bottle of Dom Perignon.

To know the answer, participate in the Dom Perignon IV Speed Contest!

Just type the 40 words on the left with the method of your choice and record your time.

Acceptable input methods include:

  • FitalyStamp, FitalyVirtual, and the Fitaly keyboards for the Palm, and Pocket PCs.
  • Atomik, Silkyboard, TapPad, TapType, MessagEase, and other Graffiti area overlay solutions.
  • On-screen Keyboards for the Palm such as Qwerty, Keyboard Hack, QuickWrite, and other keyboards activated by a pen.
  • On-screen Keyboards for the Pocket PC such as Resco and WordLogic.
  • Palm Handwriting software such as Graffiti, Jot, TealScript, RecoEcho, and MyScript.
  • Pocket PC handwriting methods such as Block and Letter Recognizer, CalliGrapher, Pocket Tablet, PenReader, and BijiWriter.

Obviously, the use of Graffiti shortcuts is not allowed and neither is the use of word or phrase completion capabilities such as the ones offered by Fitaly and WordLogic for the Pocket PC, WordComplete, TextPlus, or the one that is built-in Windows CE.

The use of an attached (or built-in) full keyboard or thumboard is not allowed since the object of this contest is to compare input methods using pen input.

Contest Awards

Submitting Entries

Contest entries should be posted on the Dom Perignon IV Forum established for the contest. The message title should start with the Method, the Time expressed in hundredths of seconds, and the WPM as in the following example:

FitalyStamp: 45.58s - 52.65 WPM

If you are using a Palm organizer or a Pocket PC, the test must be run with the freeware word game FitalyLetris available for your device: either FitalyLetris for the Palm or the Pocket PC FitalyLetris. For Pocket PC handwriting methods that work a word-at-a-time, such as CalliGrapher, entries should be measured with Richard Owens' SIPTimer freeware timer program.

The entry should also include a gif file with the image of your score page. For Palm devices, you can use a screen capture program such as QuickTake, ScreenShot, ScrShot, Jolly Roger, or ZGrab. If the capture program produces bmp or jpg files, you can use Windows Paint to convert these files to the gif format used on the forum.

For the Pocket PC, you should use the Screen Capture from ValkSoft — cosponsor of this contest — to produce the gif image file of your score sheet.

The use of an attached (or built-in) full keyboard or thumboard is not allowed since the object of this contest is to compare input methods using pen input.

The contest starts on October 1st, 2004 and ends at midnight on November 6, 2004. A table of current entries will be maintained on this page and on the forum for the duration of the contest.

Current Results

Contest entries will be posted in the table below, as recorded with the Palm or Pocket PC version of the FitalyLetris freeware game. Times are measured in hundredths of seconds. Score sheets for all entries will be available on the Dom Perignon IV Forum in the form of gif files attached to the entries.

You can expect the average speed achieved by contenders to demonstrate that text input on a PDA is a very realistic proposal!

See the Dom Perignon IV Forum for the full results.

You have until November 6th, 2004 to show that the real purpose of
HotSync and ActiveSync is to transfer from the PDA to the PC!


Prior Contests
The first Dom Perignon Contest took place in 1998, won by Marcus McRae at 65 wpm. Two years later, Dom Perignon II was won by Faith Perez of Australia, the first person ever to reach 80 wpm on a PDA. The 2002 Dom Perignon III was won by Jenneth Orantia, Jim Belich, and Patrick Yam, and the average speed of all participants reached 50 wpm. In all three contests, more than 30 participants scored over 60 wpm.

Once again, the time has come to reassess what can be achieved on these wonderful PDAs. This is the purpose of this fourth contest.

To allow an easier comparison with the earlier three contests, we have chosen to keep the same test paragraph. It turns out that the words used in it are among the most frequent in the English language and are therefore a good test for usual tapping skills.

Test Paragraph

Here it is again, for those who find the text on the picture too small:

  What you need to do to have a chance to win the contest is to tap this sentence as fast as you can without any error. One more thing you need to have for a valid entry is a witness.  

All Can Participate

Anyone can participate. However, participation in this contest is not allowed in countries where such contests are not legal.

Participants in the earlier contests can submit entries as long as they are faster than in the first contest. Multiple entries can be submitted. Each participant can only win one weekly award — except possibly in addition of the Dom Perignon award itself.

Videos of the winners will be posted on the Fitaly site.

Contest Cosponsors

We are pleased to acknowledge the cosponsorship of the Dom Perignon IV Contest by the following companies, all dedicated to working more efficiently on PDAs:
Blue Nomad - WordSmith SoftMaker - TextMaker
Quik Sense - Quik Budget Pocket Informant
Astraware - Candy Cruncher - Text Twist - Insaniquarium ValkSoft - ScreenCapture for the PPC
Neohand - Amy Reiley's Pocket Vineyard - PDA styli

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