The app features three modes: Tutorial, Simplified Practice, and Traditional Practice. When you first start the application you’re launched right into the tutorial mode, which consists of a series of characters and tips to get you started writing Chinese. You can jump directly to the main menu by pressing the small ‘i’ in the bottom right corner of the screen.
From the main menu you can choose to practice writing either Simplified or Traditional Chinese characters. The app runs very smoothly and when you make an incorrect stroke, the correct stroke is shown temporarily on the screen to guide you.
The only issue seems to be that the app may be too simple, as it’s currently not possible to use your own custom made lists, or mark hard words for more practice later etc. Although for a first version, and for free, this is an excellent way to keep up practice writing Chinese when you aren’t near paper and pen, and Popup Chinese will surely be updating this app in the future.
The app is available on iTunes for free. Android users are out of luck for now, but we’ll be reviewing more Android apps in the future 😉