Freewrite products come in two different keyboard varieties to accommodate users from all around the world.
Both layouts are based on modified versions defined by two of the world's standards organizations, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). You will find the two layouts are quite similar however there are some small but important differences.
Generally speaking, the ANSI layout is used predominantly in the United States and the ISO layout is used in the rest of the world. Look at the layouts below and match one to the keyboard you are currently using.
NOTE: This article is discussing mechanical differences, not how each key is defined in software. To see all available keyboard mappings and languages supported, the full list of supported layouts is here: Freewrite Keyboard Layouts. You will see that most of the alternative layouts are for the ISO keyboard because languages other than English typically require an [Alt Gr] key. Once you receive your Freewrite, you will be able to add these alternative mappings to your device through Postbox. If you only write in English, you can use either ANSI or ISO, however, if you usually write on an ANSI keyboard and you choose ISO for your Freewrite, the shorter left [shift] key and upside-down L [return] key will take some getting used to.
Confused? Don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure you get the right keyboard for your needs.
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It’s an old tool packed in a new machine. It’s both intriguing and fun but also disappears somehow and leaves you alone with your thoughts and writing. Looking at a blank space. So interesting how we let ourselves be distracted all the time. It’s an awesome piece of gear. I’ve been writing much more, just enjoying the ride. Only bad thing is the lag, but the awkward feeling goes away overtime and even helps concentrating on the writing instead of focusing on the screen. Kudos Astrohaus! Put a light on your Traveler and I’m on it, to have both.
I never imagined having a typewriter would make such a difference. I'm only a button press away from continuing my drafts, and projects I wasn't sure I would ever finish, are coming along at a steady pace. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and this tool is keeping my eyes forward.
I love the Freewrite. I've written on it nearly every day since its arrival and I get so much typing done every session. The one thing keeping this from 5 stars is that you can't operate totally offline with it. I would loooove the option to be able to plug the Freewrite into my computer and delete files from it directly instead of through Postbox. I worry about what happens if Postbox ever goes down or I lose access to the internet for a while (especially in the long term). This is a big downside for me personally.
Have never been so productive than with my Freewrite. Was the best purchase I have made in years. Thanks Astrohaus!
I have had the Freewrite since March but have only used it once. I was hoping to be able to do actual editing on it, but that doesn’t seem possible. Am I missing something?