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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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      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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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        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        There seems to be significant interest in this and we will add it if we can figure out how to do it without compromise. Right now, holding down the space bar and NOT moving gives you repeated spaces, which is often useful. The risk is that adding the cursor move capability causes it to get triggered accidentally, either when doing this or just quickly typing single spaces. We’ve used several keyboards where this can be very annoying. And no, we don’t want to add an option. :-) We’ll explore this further.

        Please help us understand the use case though. Is it that you want to move farther than the cursor keys let you conveniently move?

        Thanks.

      • 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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          4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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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            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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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              3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              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,…

            • Need to add mic for dictation

              Need to add the microphone for dictation.

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              • Create a taller keyboard (in landscape mode) for larger iPhone models

                Thank you so much for all the effort you've put into your keyboard.

                Could you please add a setting where the keyboard (only in landscape mode) becomes taller than it already is in "regular" mode? You could call this new setting "tall" mode.

                Ideally, it would be for the iPhone XS Max, and iPhone Plus models. Note that only the letter keys are 24px taller than in regular mode (on an iPhone XS Max display).

                Note: I'd be willing to pay $200 to get this implemented.

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                • Please make swipe feature more accurate

                  Love the keyboard features, but what makes it hard for me to use is the inaccurate swipe function. I end up trying multiple times and after a while I have to give up and type instead.
                  I would love to use this keyboard for the complete keyboard it has, but the inaccurate swipe feature makes me go back to free keyboards instead.

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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Word swipe in PadKeys is good enough for many users and certainly better than keyboards such as the system default that don’t have it at all. It also needs to be understood it will always seem worse than other keyboards on the same device simply because the keys are smaller.

                    We continue to work on improving word swipe incrementally. The next release will bring significant improvement in certain respects, and we will not stop there.

                    Please vote for this issue if it is important to you, so we can prioritize accordingly.

                  • 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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                      3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      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!

                    • 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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                      • 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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                          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          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?

                        • 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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                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

                          • Swiss German Keyboard

                            add swiss german keyboard layout

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                              We are probably going to do this but have been trying to fully get the newly-introduced phone layouts fully settled and debugged first. Sorry about the delay.

                              For reference, we currently understand the main differences of Swiss German from German keyboard to be:

                              - Put French é,à,è in place of Ö,Ä,Ü
                              - Remove ß (or possibly put a special ‘ss’ key in place of it
                              - Add ç
                              - Largely different shifted number row

                            • Speed it up!

                              The swype function is WAY too slow. Coming from android too ios, it can't seem too keep up during regular speed swiping. Disappointing.

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                                Could you be specific as to WHAT is slow, and maybe give an example word and the language where you see this? Also what type of device do you use?

                                In our testing on the slowest devices the animation follows the finger basically immediately and the suggestions appear instantaneously after the swipe is completed. There does not seem to be anything we would need to speed up. Note that we do NOT attempt to show suggestions DURING the swipe.

                                Thanks!

                              • Make Basic Characters More Accessible

                                Use the OPTION key for access to apostrophes, quotation and exclamation marks, parentheses, regular as well as m and n dashes, dollar signs and a DELETE key, along with CHANGE CASE keys...ALL being the characters most frequently used moment-by-moment for texting messages and emails.

                                There comes a point where too many features... "cooks in the kitchen," so to speak—or characters, in this case—ruin the day-to-day practicality of the "soup" in your app.

                                Sincerely,
                                Peter Donoso

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                                  2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  The suggestion is to replace some of the Greek, mathematical, and other symbols on the Opted layout on iPhone with standard punctuation characters, so, for example, you don’t need Opt and Shift to get the secondary symbols under K and L in the US English layout.

                                  Please vote for this issue if you would like this, thanks!

                                • include (sic) option in predictive text

                                  There are times when I don't want to go with any of the options given to me on the predictive text bar: I'm fine with what I've typed in and don't want to replace it with the recommended word (the one colored blue) — or any of the other words on the bar, for that matter — but I also don't want to keep the recommended word from being recommended in the future, the way the “×” option does. This is particularly a problem with “i”: I cannot type “i.e.” without getting “I. e.” or losing the ability to have…

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                                    4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    The problem you mention is an annoying one. But I’m not sure about solving it by taking up a slot on the suggestions row for (typed) or “typed” every time there is an auto-suggestion. The constant presence of that item is one of the things I hate about other keyboards. Is there any other way we could address this issue?

                                  • add emoji short cut

                                    add emoji short cut please

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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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                                      • Case change and shift options

                                        1) Four CASE CHANGE options would be HUGE!!!
                                        2) Lock for numerical alt characters...as in making quotes and 3 successive exclamations—" !!! "—easy breezy.

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                                        • Add one-handed mode

                                          One-handed mode is very important for iphone plus users. Please add.

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