Tablet Fitaly 5 Sliding
Type Even Faster with Sliding
The main purpose of Fitaly is fast
and easy typing on a Tablet PC. Most characters can be entered with one
or two taps.
When you want to be fast, two taps may sound like slowing you down.
upper case letters are frequent, as in addresses, repeated shifting can
be cumbersome. Similarly, when letters and digits are
intermixed, toggling the Letter panel abc and the
123 may be inconvenient.
This is why, to be even faster, Fitaly
sliding: Sliding happens when you tap on
a key and move the pen sufficiently far before releasing it. The slide
can go far beyond the key on which you initiate the slide.
The following paragraphs describe
slides on Fitaly.
All slides can be customized, and Fitaly 5 lets you define many more
slides. When you slide a letter, a preview window is displayed with all
choices defined for that letter in the direction of the slide as shown
in the picture below. Moreover, the Fitaly
enables you to define slides that do more than just text. For example,
you can launch an application or a photo with just a slide.
two distances that you can configure in the sliding options
that will have an impact on your sliding.
The sliding distance
is the minimum distance that
to slide to get your first slide choice. If you slide less than the
sliding distance, it
will be assumed that your intent was just to tap.
The slide step
is the additional distance you
need to slide to get the next slide choice.
The sliding distance and the slide step together enable you to use
multiple slide choices for a given key in a given direction.
These choices are displayed in a preview window that pops up
Fitaly as soon as your pen has reached the defined sliding distance.
selection in the preview window is the slide you
will get if you lift the pen up at that point. To advance to the
next choice, all you need to do is slide a bit more, the slide step
being the distance increment that brings you to the next choice.
The preview window displays
the available choices you can get for the key from which you slide in a
The selected choice (launch acrobat) is the one you get if you
lift the pen at that point.
The choices you can get are completely customizable. With the Fitaly Editor
can define the slide choices for any key in
any direction: words, symbols, phrases, addresses, emails, URLs, and
The preview window shows the slide entries as you defined them and they
will be inserted as such. Moreover, what you see in the preview window
can also be a display form that is a description of slide entries that
expand longer text strings like a whole paragraph or execute a macro as
launching an application like Acrobat. A display form is especially
slides producing long strings in order to make sure that the preview
window does not take the whole width of the screen. A short or more
descriptive display is also easier to recognize.
Sliding for Capitals
If you use the Slides for Customization option, you should dedicate one
for capital letters only.
Capital letters can be very frequent, and it is quicker to access them
with a slide in a
direction to which you have not assigned multiple choices. It allows
you to slide far enough (> sliding distance) without taking
chances to select
anything else by mistake.
Furthermore when the capital letter is the only slide choice
defined for a letter in a given direction, you will get the slide
preview on the key itself as shown in the picture below.
If you use Sliding for Caps only, sliding a letter in any direction
will produce the corresponding capital letter.
Sliding for Digits or
Unless you opt for the half
option for the Punctuation-Digit panel you have to
choose whether a tap should produce digits or
If you choose the tap for punctuations (Punctuation direct), you can
produce the digits shown in the lower triangle by sliding those keys in
Vice versa, if you choose the
tap for digits (Digits direct) you
can produce the punctuations shown in the upper triangle by
those keys in any direction.
Sliding for Accents
Fitaly uses sliding to accelerate the
entry of accented letters: sliding a letter to produce an accented
variation is significantly faster than doing a tap on an accent key,
followed by another tap on a letter.
Accent slides are defined by default
for the five directions shown in the image below. The directions for
the grave accent (North-West) and the acute accent (North-East) are
quite intuitive, as the direction of the slide corresponds to the slant
of the accent:
For the other directions, this is more
of a convention. In any case, what you get for the grave, umlaut,
acute, and circumflex directions are the same letters that you obtain
by a tap on the accent block. For example, this means that a slide up
from s gives ß.
With the Fitaly Editor you can of course rearrange your slides
dedicated for accents.
If you don't use accents at all you may also delete the corresponding
Sliding for Delete
Even though Fitaly does not have a Delete key per se, it is very easy
delete text. A slide on the Backspace key in any
direction is all it takes. You can also slide to the right on either of
the space keys.
Sliding for Alt
The Alt key is also a key you can easily produce
by sliding the Escape key in the North direction. This is the default
slide definition which you can, of course, change in the Fitaly Editor
if you prefer to slide on another key.
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