Guide to selecting the right version of FlexiWriteTM
First determine your operating system.
If you do not already know which operating system you are
using it is probably Windows. Most desktops and laptops run
windows, and most people who use other operating systems have made a
consious choice to do so.
You can identify a Windows system by the taskbar that extends
right across the bottom of the monitor and has a Windows logo at the
left hand end. You can identify a Mac system by the menu bar at
the top of the monitor with an Apple logo at the left hand end.
If you are using a Mac, that's all you need to know; just go
ahead and download the Mac version. If you are using Windows or
Linux you next need to determine whether you have
If you own or are responsible for maintaining the computer,
will probably be an administrator/superuser. In this case you
will want one of the system-wide install downloads. If you are
using a computer owned by another person or organisation, you will
generally not be an administrator/superuser. In this case you
will need one of the non-installed portables.
You might also consider a non-installed portable if you use
public computers, or a large number of computers at your
organisation. The non-installed portables can be kept on a memory
pen and used on any compatible machine. Bare in mind that some
features will not work when moving between computers; such as setting a
Determine if your system is 64 or 32 bit (Windows & Linux
In Windows 10 go to 'Settings', 'System', 'About' (scroll down
on the left hand side), look for 'System type' under 'PC' on the
In Linux type uname -m into the command line. Output
will be x86_64 (64 bit) or i686 (32 bit).
For other systems please search the web for e.g. 'Windows 8.1
64 32 bit how to tell'.
If you are unsure of whether your system is 64 or 32 bit,
please note that the 32 bit version of FlexiWrite will run on 64 as
well as 32 bit systems, albeit with suboptimal performance on the
former. For this reason we would also recommend downloading a 32
bit version if you will be using a portable on a large number of
computers, unless you are sure all the machines you will use are 64 bit.
If you are still unsure which version to use, we suggest
trying the Windows 32 bit non-installed portable first. This will
work on many systems, albeit with suboptimal performance on some.
Why is there only one Mac download?
All Mac systems have been 64 bit since long before FlexiWrite
Due to the nature of the installation process, the same download can be
used as a system-wide install or a non-installed portable.