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How can we make PadKeys better?

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  1. Add next word prediction

    I like the Autocorrect feature, but I would love to see an option for next word prediction so that when you complete one word (with Autocorrect or otherwise), the suggestion bar would autopopulate with possible next words before the first letter is even typed. I find this useful in the stock keyboard and many other 3rd-party keyboards.

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    • Split Keyboard

      I love using the split keyboard capability of the iOS keyboard; however, I love your layout much better. Please consider a split keyboard feature.

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      • spacebar hold/move cursor

        Great keyboard...probably the first Ive seen that's actually worth losing the dictation button... I've seen in a couple of other keyboards that you can hold the spacebar down and move your finger left or right to move the cursor. Think that would be a great option for precision moving.

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        • Would it be possible to separate the selection of a language and the selection of a keyboard layout?

          On my PC, I type in 3 languages, German, English and Dutch. But I only use my German hardware keyboard for all languages. Switching keyboard layouts is confusing and slows typing speed. If I could leave my PadKeys layout, while changing the language and preselect the layout in settings, it would be very helpful.

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            1 comment  ·  Admin →

            What you are saying makes sense, and would not be hard to implement. However the trick is to keep the configuration simple for the user. It starts to feel clunky when you are having to select layout and language separately.

            One idea might be to have an “override layout” selector which if unset (the default) leaves behavior as now. If it IS set, that layout always takes precedence, and only the language changes when selecting by the regular mechanism.

            How does this sound? It would be preferrable not to even add this one additional selector, but I cannot think of any simpler way.

          • brackets

            Can we have ( ) style brackets on the msin keyboard rather than [ ]?

            I think ? Might be more useful than / too

            Thanks

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              Hi,

              We’re interested to hear more feedback on this, but… One of the main motivations behind PadKeys is to avoid the need for learning special layouts. The thought is that the advantages of having those keys available without Shift is actually outweighed by the hesitations caused by having a different layout from the one present in hardware keyboards everywhere.

              Even something that may seem an obvious win like a “.com” key, which saves 3 keystrokes when typing in a URL, is of unclear benefit when you have to stop and hunt around for it, it takes up space that could be used for making larger letter keys, and it doesn’t help when typing in .de, .net, .org, or the site name itself.

              Of course, none of these arguments hold for users more used to phones than regular computers. But PadKeys is not trying to be a keyboard for everyone,…

            • A top row switch key

              I noticed that we have two backspaces which is kind of unnecessary in my opinion. What if that backspace key on the bottom left was replaced by a key that you can use to switch between the numeric top row and the shortcut bar for all your copying and pasting needs? I personally find it a pretty nifty idea and I wonder what you think about it.

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                1 comment  ·  Admin →

                Hi,

                Well, some people DO like having the forward delete, but it’s not for everyone so we have thought about making that a customizable key. But for now we’ve been holding off in the name of keeping things simple.

                As far as the shortcut bar, we are unfortunately not able to access or turn on/off Apple’s own shortcut bar. However in the next PadKeys version we will be including undo, redo, and paste buttons in our own suggestions bar. We hope this will make it more feasible for iOS 9 users to turn the Apple shortcut bar off completely to gain the extra space. (And of course iOS 8 users will benefit from the functionality which isn’t available at all otherwise.)

                Other peoples’ thoughts are welcome.

              • Replace word that cursor is in, rather than split the word

                Firstly thanks for creating the first grown up keyboard for an iPad.

                Right now if you position the cursor in the middle of a mispelt word the keyboard proposes words based on the first part of the word and when you select one it splits the original word into two, replacing the first part of the word with the new one. It would be better if it considered the whole word and replaced the whole word with the new one, like most other 3rd party keyboards do. This could either be a standard feature or an option of you think…

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                  Thank you for the suggestion. It makes sense and we will schedule it for a future release.

                  (I hadn’t realized third-party keyboards did things this way, probably because it’s difficult to end up in the middle of a word without cursor keys.)

                  UPDATE: We haven’t implemented this yet mainly because we haven’t found any other keyboards / autocorrect implementations that work this way, and we’re worried it will clash with most users’ expectations. If anyone has any examples to point out to us, that might help. Thanks!

                • Lock the globe

                  Often hit the globe by mistake and fumble to get back to PadKeys, can you lock it so a long press is needed to change?

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                    We can consider this, however:

                    - It slows down the use case where you often switch to an emoji keyboard, or to Apple’s (to get dictation button).
                    - It operates differently from the Globe on the Apple keyboard, so many users may have a hard time finding it, and/or Apple itself might reject the app.

                    I wonder if there would be any alternatives, maybe moving the Globe, or delaying the tap effect just enough on that key to avoid the accidental triggering during typing?

                  • Function key support

                    Add Function keys

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                    • German Keyboard without äöü-keys

                      Apple ships four German Layouts with the iPad. The one I prefer is QWERTZ, which has no keys for ä, ö and ü. This layout is similar to the iPhone and makes it easier to switch between the devices.

                      I miss this layout in padkeys.

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                      • Pad keys is great. The only thing missing is an "Caps Lock" key. Double tapping the shift key is not good enough. Please give us a Caps Lock

                        Pad keys is great. The only thing missing is an "Caps Lock" key. Double tapping the shift key is not good enough. Please give us a Caps Lock Key so I don't have to keep putting it back to Caps after I type -/:;()$&@ etc.

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                          While a dedicated capslock key would allow typing caps interspersed with punctuation and also simplify the internal implementation, there is unfortunately just not enough real estate to spare for another key.

                          HOWEVER, in the next release we’ll be supporting swipe-up on symbol keys to access the shifted version (similar to swipe-down on iOS 11 Apple keyboard). Accessing symbols this way won’t “clear” the caps lock.

                        • Pull down alternate symbols

                          Is it possible to have the alternate symbols and numbers are accessed by pulling down on the key like the standard IOS 11 keyboard ?

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                          • Blue word should be easier to dismiss

                            The blue x left of the blue word is almost impossible to hit on the iPad mini, please find a better way, preferably also with the option to take away suggestions, right now i almost give up on autocorrect

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                              • Armenian Language

                                Add language and possibly change the keyboard font to a font you can install, so it matches your language and your language font.

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                                • 1 vote
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                                  • Swiss German Keyboard

                                    add swiss german keyboard layout

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                                      Hello. We do not have anyone Swiss on our team and I would like to understand the reason for wanting the Swiss/German layout. As far as I can tell, the main difference is putting in French é,à,è in place of Ö,Ä,Ü, removing ß, and adding ç. Is this true? And is your main reason for wanting this layout to be able to type French characters (at the cost of losing capitalized umlaut-letters)? Thanks, and sorry for being slow getting back to this!

                                    • Save button

                                      A Save button would be useful. I know you can save via Cancel, but its a bit complicated

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                                      • Would love to have dual languages

                                        I always need both Danish and English - often mixed in the same letter, so hope that can be made, just like in swiftkey, with a choice of which keyboard yet with two dictionaries active

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                                        • Add greek

                                          This is a super keyboard. I've tried several looking for one that is both responsive and intelligently designed --- including tab key, number now and cursor keys.

                                          It would be very nice to have Greek as a language option.

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