of the GoType! is easy. Install the GoType!
application into your Visor, make sure that the "GoType"
option is ON, then turn off your Visor and insert it into the keyboard.
Turn your Visor on, and you're in business.
Any application that uses text input
can use the GoType! keyboard. Applications that allow use of the
key will let you use the stylus less often. In using a keyboard with
the Visor, the stylus becomes more like a traditional mouse. The
GoType! allows a lot of customization in that you can define what the 6
function buttons at the top do. You effectively get 18 function keys
because you can use the Shift and Alt
keys in combination with a function button to activate everything from
an application or the Backlight to initiating a HotSync (Shift+F3).
If you activate a HotSync this way, a screen pops up that gives you a warning
to switch the keyboard from typing to the comm port then starts the HotSync.
Being able to sync in the keyboard cuts down on carrying around an extra
cable/cradle when you're on the road, and the included cable with the GoType!
Pro is a very generous 6' long.
Another nice thing about the GoType!
keyboard is that it reduces the need for the stylus by allowing you to
use both the Alt and Command
keys to activate a button on the screen. For example, in the Datebook+
application you will see a Go button on the
screen. There is no command stroke to activate it, but you can press
to select that button without needing the stylus.
One thing that I wish the GoType!
had was an on-screen index of all of the shortcuts that it uses.
There are a few mentioned in the User's Guide, but nothing that I can access
on the Visor. By process of elimination, I found that Alt+Left/Right
lets you jump to the beginning or end of a document, but couldn't find
any Home/End keys. There are many Alt-combinations
on the keyboard, but the only way to find them is by going into a Memo
and trying out all of the keys. Another thing I noticed is that when
I press a function button to activate one of the main applications, repeatedly
pressing the button does not cycle through the categories or views like
keyboard does. Both of these issues could be addressed in future
versions of the keyboard driver.
Typing on the GoType! takes a little
getting used to because the keys are not full-size. Users with small
fingers will not have much trouble with the GoType!, but those with larger
fingers may find that it takes some getting used to at first. I consider
my fingers about average size, and in testing was able to use the keyboard
with only a few typos. For long periods of typing, make sure you
give your hands a periodic rest (good advice for any keyboard). Because
of its sub-notebook size, the GoType! can be cumbersome to carry unless
you keep it in a briefcase or backpack. On the other hand, its clam
shell design makes the GoType! a very sturdy keyboard and leads me to believe
that it could survive a short drop or two with no ill effects.
I found no noticeable slowdown when
typing, and I like the fact that the keyboard is angled like traditional
keyboards. I do wish it would have had a dedicated Delete
key instead of needing to use Shift+Del.
The layout of the keyboard is fairly intuitive, but some users will no
doubt wish that there were more duplicate keys on the right side of the
keyboard. Number crunchers will appreciate the Num
Lock key that turns part of the keyboard into a full number pad.
The only real problem I have with the layout of the keyboard is the arrangement
of the arrow keys. They are in a straight line of Left-Right-Up-Down
on the bottom right of the keyboard. Also, make sure that you go
Preferences application and turn
Receive on for the GoType! Pro keyboard to work. Landware
will soon have a newer driver that fixes this issue that all Visor keyboards
One of the most appealing aspects
of the GoType! Pro is how cost-effective it is. The keyboard is only
$69.95 and comes with TakeNote, a DOC editor
that allows you to work with documents larger than the Memopad's
4K limit. TakeNote is 85K and is designed
to work well with the GoType!; it includes the following features:
Also included is WordSleuth,
a Thesaurus that integrates with TakeNote
and includes over 210,000 synonyms. WordSleuth
uses 199K and has the following features:
Word and character count — perfect for
students and journalist who need to have a quick way to keep track of the
length of their documents.
Document compression — minimize the
memory taken up by large documents
Flexible Find and Replace — Quickly
search and (optionally replace) text.
Built-in thesaurus support — Provides
direct integration with WordSleuth.
Import from Memopad
These applications, coupled with the
fact that you don't need a HotSync cable, really add value to the GoType!
Works with any application
Lookup words by their "part-of-speech"
"Group by meaning" so words are in proper