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  1. Hide PadKeys topbar with autocorrect on

    I like to use autocorrect to make sure I get spelling correct but I don't always need predictive text and I'm a fan of the built-in topbar.
    Would it be possible to add an option to hide the PadKeys topbar without disabling autocorrect? Also, a switch for swipe input would be good, not that it activates by accident but it'd be nice to have that as an option.

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      We could possibly add this as a fifth autocorrect level setting, “Corrections only”, as opposed to the current “Suggestions only”. It does make the setting more complex though so we’d like to see some more support for having this sort of mode before moving forward. If you’re interested in this, please vote for this idea.

    • 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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      • 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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        • 10 votes
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            Good news: we now have a prototype version up and running on the iPhone! However, we don’t feel that it’s good enough yet to release. PadKeys is among the best and highest quality keyboards available on the iPad, and we want the iPhone version to meet the same standard. So we’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to fund final development and also build our beta user base for feedback on the usability and design.

            https://kickstarter.com/projects/1073999150/padkeys-keyboard-for-iphone

            Please consider backing us. PadKeys costs about the same as a cup of coffee, but delivers many hours of typing pleasure. :-) The additional funds will aid development in several areas for the keyboard, and we’ll provide immediate beta access to the iPhone version to all backers above a certain amount.

            And please share the Kickstarter with anyone you know who might be interested in a better typing experience on their iPhone.

            Thanks!

          • 'CAPS LOCK' Key required.

            Please install an option to change the 'tab' key for a 'CAPS LOCK' key. I have found that even with double tap of shift key after double space the keyboard reverts to lower case after the first letter typed. Very annoying when you want upper case on always. Also this would stop changing from upper to lower case when !@#$%^&*() etc are typed. Or keep the 'tab' key but lock the shift lock key as always on once applied.
            My ipad is used by Qantas airways to sign off maintenance and must be typed in all capital letters. Thousands or…

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              Thanks for letting us know about the issue with caps-lock reverting after double-space. That’s a bug and we’ll fix it in the next release coming out in a week or two. We’ll also take a look at the reversion after typing symbols to see if there’s anything we can do there.

              As far as changing forward-delete for something else, we have been considering making this key customizable for some time, and will likely do so, but probably not in the next release.

            • 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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                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.

              • Swipe options

                I would love to see 1) an option to disable swipe input and 2) an option to swipe/hold certain keys to input its alternate shift character.

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                  We’ll be adding the option to disable swipe in a future release. Sorry it has been taking so long!

                  As far as the iPhone version, we have no plans to release it if our Kickstarter for it does not get funded. It would be a lot of work to perfect it and support it, and we need to be sure there is genuine interest first.

                • 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,…

                  • 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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                    • 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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                        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!

                        • make shadows optional

                          would make design much cleaner

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                          • 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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                              • undo button and redo button in lower left corner

                                would rather have undo and redo in left bottom corner than fwd delete. space for this (2 buttons please, instead of 1, undo/redo by toggling is nogo) can be reclaimed from inconsistent extra spacing in bottom row, and if needed, by shortening the space bar by 2 mm. with no undo/redo you are forced to rely on apples shortcut menu that robs precious display real estate. speaking of which: awesome improvement with flattened keyboard on normal ipad. keep up the listening and good modifications. thanks!

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                                • Swipe and predictive text in all apps.

                                  I reached out to the developers about this issue, but I would appreciate the swipe and predictive text to work in all apps as gboard and swype keyboards allow. I would also like what I've typed to be included in the predictive text box (see gboard) if not in the dictionary and then added to the dictionary for future use if I select it, which i believe does happen. Also an option for lower case or upper case in the predictive text field if accidently did one or the other to a properly spelled word. With this layout and those…

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                                  • caps lock functionality for the options key

                                    Please make it so that if I double-tap the Options key, it switches me over to the options keyboard until the next time that I tap the Options key.

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                                    • 1 vote
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                                      • Backspace key (upper right) needs to be larger

                                        With my fat fingers I keep hitting the bracket key when I want to make a correction. I would forego the brackets to get a larger backspace key.

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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!

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