Qalam is designed to facilitate writing, saving and sharing messages written by hand (index figure) or Stylus on a smart phone or touch screen laptop screen. The writings can be in cursive or non-cursive styles. Qalam is particularly useful for languages where letters of any given word are joined to one another in a continuous flowing line like in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu.
There is no need to use any specific key board when writing messages using Qalam, this means the hand written messages are language independent i.e. messages can be written in any language in the world and shared using the common message sharing tools like iMessage, WhatsApp etc.
The messages in Qalam are written on a slate with lines in the background to help writing in straight line, up to 10 pages of messages can we written in one message, once written, the messages can be viewed by scrolling by up and down arrow.
The iOS version of Qalam allows for a magnifier option where the writing cursor is enlarged as one is writing.
Written messages can be edited by selecting all or part of message; a selection grid is displayed by holding the figure on the screen, the writer can select all or part of the message and erase the selected part of the message.
The user is given options to select the thickness and color of written messages, the messages can be stored with a title for future retrieval and use.