My first Palm PDA had one drawback — I hated the querty onscreen keyboard. I found Fitaly Onscreen and loved it. Then I upgraded to a colour model, and couldn’t get the FitalyStamp to work. Kept crashing the system.
(“Stamp” refers to a sticker that goes over the graffiti area, as opposed to a keyboard that comes up on the screen.)
Since then, I’ve tried MessageEase and a few others. Again, couldn’t get it to work in stamp mode, but I persevered with the onscreen version. The large one worked well, but didn’t show enough text. The small one had an unacceptable error rate, even after I put in a brand new screen.
Today I tried QuickType 2.1.0 at http://quicktype.sourceforge.net/?Introduction I like it!
It’s Open Source. The last message from the developer was 2003, which would normally be worrisome, but seeing as my Palm m505 was made in 2001, and discontinued a few years ago, I’m not worried. (I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve tried something that “runs on all Palms,” except for the ones made before the programmer was born.
It comes with several layouts. I like the OPTI layout. It’s not Fitaly, but has the same concept: put the common letters in the middle, and common combinations close together. I didn’t bother looking it over, just started typing. I never had to look very hard for the next key — the combinations really are close together.
Very happy with it! I’m sad to see that the OS5 version never got out of beta, and that was 2003.