Fitaly in the Press

Fitaly Review
by Jim McCarthy
PalmGuru, August 1998

Fitaly is an ergonomic soft-keyboard designed to minimize your hand and wrist movement while entering text into your PalmPilot. Its intuitive layout of grouping the most common keys together will inevitably increase your text-entry speed [...]

What makes Fitaly an efficient process for entering text is the innovative letter, number and symbol placement on the keyboard within a compact area that is created with 6 columns and 5 rows.


Keyboard History
by Brandi Jasmine
TUCOWS Grazing Grounds, August 1998

The first thing I noticed of course was that FITALY takes some getting used to - about the same amount of time I figure I spent picking up Pilot's Graffiti. After using it for a week or so, I am spoiled and won't be going back to a regular keyboard. One of the handy benefits is that you can seamlessly switch back and forth to Graffiti without closing off the keyboard - a handy feature for me, because I find that Graffiti works better in bumpy conditions (like the morning commute), and the keyboard is faster during smooth patches. The second thing I noticed is that after long periods of writing on the Pilot my typing hand wasn't sore.


Fitaly Keyboard - Better than Qwerty
by Andrew J. Breitenbach
Pen Computing Magazine, February 1998

The provided QWERTY on-screen keyboard is not well suited to a pen-wielding user. My arm has to be in motion as well as my wrist and fingers in order to reach all the keys and the constant robot-arm pecking strains my limb terribly after a while... The FITALY keyboard from Textware Solutions is an intriguing attempt to rectify that. [...]

I really enjoyed this design and I find that it works well. I was able to eventually work up to a respectable 40wpm, faster than many people can type and much faster than you could peck out on the QWERTY. If you can get over the learning curve hump, this utility is a real time and labor saver. I'll never use the stock keyboard again. Thank you Textware!

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The Writing on the Wall
by Marek Pawlowski
the Piloteer Magazine, November 23, 1998

Just as revolutionary is TextWare’s Fitaly. Essentially, they have taken the Qwerty keyboard, smashed it with a large hammer, and proceeded to reassemble it in a layout more suited to the PalmPilot. They have done their research too, and I have often found myself amazed at the way in which the stylus point seems to naturally fall upon the chosen letter without conscious volition. Combined with some impressive implementation, such that the keyboard may be zoomed, moved and hidden freely (all written under the Hackmaster specification), Fitaly really is a comprehensive alternative to using Graffiti.


Instant Text and the One-Finger Keyboard.
A very efficient method for entering text with a keyboard or a pen.
by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer
Pen Computing, December 1995

As is to be expected, using FITALY feels weird at first, but makes a lot of sense the more you use it. It is a primary contender to become a standard for keyboard data entry on pen devices.

Pen Computing

Software Key to Easier Entry
by Gordon Lewis
Portable Computing, November 1998

Do you love your Palm-series PDA but hate entering text by hand? If so, Textware Solutions may have the answer you're looking for. Its Fitaly software keyboard rearranges the letters and symbols of the standard Qwerty keyboard into a more efficient pattern that's optimized for letter-by-letter text-entry.


A Better Virtual Keyboard
by David Drucker
Laptop Buyer's Guide, November 1998

An inefficient antique on full-size keyboards, the QWERTY system makes next to no sense at all when translated to postage-stamp size. Fortunately, these deficiencies are addressed byseveral third-party vendors [...] The Fitaly software is designed to minimize pen travel and, by extension, enhance both speed and accuracy ... Each key is near other keys most likely to follow in English text.


Interview of Jean Ichbiah
by Marek Pawlowski
The Piloteer Magazine, Issue VIII, September 1998

Jean Ichbiah's TextWare Solutions believes it has the answer. The Fitaly screen keyboard for the Palm Computing platform is said to enable users to achieve speeds of around fifty words per minute, previously unheard of on PalmPilots. [The designer of the] Ada programming language in the 1970s is no stranger to revolutionary concepts. He explains to Marek Pawlowski.


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