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  1. 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.

      • 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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          4 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!

        • Need to add mic for dictation

          Need to add the microphone for dictation.

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            • Please add an ON/OFF-option for Keystroke Popups

              I like your Keyboard very much. It's close to perfect, even for me as a windows-pc user.
              But please, I would appreciate more options such as
              - on/off for keystroke popups (sorry, I hate them)

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              • Smaller text on keys on ipad

                When using PadKeys on an iPad, it would be great, if there was a couple of options in 'preferences' to set the smaller size to text for the keys. Also, it would be great, if in addition to 'Long-press' access to 'shifted' symbols, the access was available by hold-swipe down, similar to the system iOS keyboard. This would make for a faster workflow. Thanks.

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                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  We already offer swipe UP for access to shifted variant on the symbol keys. Are you saying you would like this on letters as well, or that you’d prefer down to up?

                  As far as keycap font, we’ll offer a “small-label” theme if enough users are interested, just like the current “bold” theme provides a way to have bold keycaps.

                • Please add Greek and Russian languages

                  Even without autocorrection

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                  • Create a taller keyboard (landscape & portrait) for iPad

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

                    I've attached mockups for both landscape and portrait.

                    Note: "Tall" mode in landscape actually looks like a full-sized keyboard, and only takes up a few extra pixels.

                    P.S. If you combine this with my comments in the suggestion entitled "Arrow Keys: ALL of them! ▲▼◄ ► ↑ ↓ ← →", you would get the Ultimate iPad keyboard!
                    e.g. look at the image: "5_iPad_landscape_tall_w_updown_keys.png"

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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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                        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.

                      • 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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                        • 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 “freeze layout” switch which if unset (the default) leaves behavior as now. If it IS set, that layout stays unchanged, and only the language changes when selecting by the regular mechanism (either quick-switch or from list in settings).

                          • 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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                            • 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,…

                              • 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!

                                • add emoji short cut

                                  add emoji short cut please

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                                  • spacebar needs more height.

                                    i keep mishitting v or b... even when i try not to.

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                                    • iPhone: Move backspace to low position

                                      On the iPhone, move the backspace key to the first or second row like it is on the system keyboard.

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                                        Hi, putting this idea on the forum so we can find out how many people prefer the backspace in one place or the other.

                                        Currently it is in the top row. GOOD because it’s like other (non-phone) keyboards and allows the punctuation keys to be in their normal places. BAD because it makes backspace harder to hit and the keyboard is harder to get used to from other phone keyboards.

                                        We could move it to the bottom row. GOOD because it’s like phone keyboards that people are used to, and allows the backspace to be easily hit. BAD because it’s different from standard keyboards and would move the punctuation keys to a strange, hard-to-hit place.

                                        If opinions are split we might consider making it an option, but options make the keyboard more complicated to configure (and many users never open Settings) and to maintain.

                                      • Relocate the bracket and braces keys to some other location and make the backspace key wider

                                        The backspace key is not wde enough as has not been wide enough for quite some time, now.
                                        I am always accidentally hitting the closet bracket key all the time.
                                        Move the bracket/braces keys to some other location and make the backspace key wider

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                                          In the latest release (4.2.2) we increased sensitivity at the edge of the keyboard, so it should be possible to tap more confidently away from the brackets and have the presses register. Hopefully this will reduce the chances of accidentally hitting the brackets.

                                        • hold-and-drag-down to access shifted character

                                          GBoard (I think) recently released a feature where a key that produces a different character when shifted lets you access that alternate character by dragging down on the key. Now, this tends to conflict with your keyboard’s gesture-based typing (where you trace out words); but I think something reasonably close could be implemented by requiring the typist to hold the key as long as they have to in order to raise a popup menu; _then_, in order to access the shifted characer, they swipe down from there.

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