Tip o' the Week: Buh-bye, Felty!

Ahhhh, the good 'ol Felt Marker font of the iPhone Notes app. If it wasn't bad enough that you can't beam a Note or easily transfer Notes from one iPhone to another (to my 3G upgrade horror), to add insult to injury, we're stuck with the Felt Marker font.  Or are we?

Brett Terpstra of TUAW fame has posted a tip here that offers a step-by-step procedure for... sitting down? ... a way to CHANGE the felt marker into something a bit more professional and readable.  Read on for the step-by-step and check out Brett's article as well!

If you wish to dispense with the Felt Marker font and go with something more professional-looking and easier to read, the power to do so rests in your hands, no Jailbreaking or hacking required. This method, by the way, will also change existing Felt Marker Notes that you've created, but requires that you enter each Note and follow the steps.

First, go into Settings on your iPhone, select General, then Keyboard. Select International Keyboards, then scroll down to Chinese and select either Chinese keyboard (Simplified or Traditional). Then, activate Pinyin and you are ready to go.

Next, hit your Home button and open up your Notes app. Tap on the screen to pull up the keyboard. You should now be presented with a small "world" icon just to the left of the "space bar." Tapping the "world" key will switch your keyboard to the Chinese one, then tap a letter and you will see the font has changed. Tap the "world" button again and your keyboard returns to English. Now, anything you type on the particular Note you opened will be in the new font. If you open an existing Note and change the keyboard, the entire text of the Note will change to the new font.

Each time you start a new Note, you will need to tap the "world" key to switch keyboards, tap a letter, then switch back and the font will be changed. To avoid this step each time you need to quickly enter a new Note, you might consider making several Notes in advance, titled with a number or letter.

That's it for this week's Tip.  Thanks again to Brett Terpstra at TUAW.com for finding this little gem. If you have a tip of your own that you would like to share with the rest of us, please leave a Comment or you can email me at: brian.hart@tipb.com.

Disclaimer:  Tip o' the Week makes no guarantee, express or implied, that any tip found herein will be new or particularly useful to the reader (and who came up with the Felt Marker font as the standard in the first place?? Felt tips are so 1975).

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Tip o' the Week: Buh-bye, Felty!

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Works with any Asian character set actually. I discovered this when I got the phone and used Korean characters.
The absolute best solution would be for Steve to provide a way to actually choose the font you want. :) I guess he's busy with that MobileMe thingy though. haha!