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  1. 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.

    • 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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      • Need to add mic for dictation

        Need to add the microphone for dictation.

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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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            0 comments  ·  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.

          • 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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              • add emoji short cut

                add emoji short cut please

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                • Add the ability to remove words added to the dictionary

                  I just downloaded this yesterday, and I already have 'walkwd' as a permanent word in my dictionary. It would be great to be able to remove that word instead of having it show up each time I need to walk somewhere. Please add the ability to remove words from the autocorrect dictionary.

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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    As you imply accidental “words” are going to show up in the dictionary as PadKeys learns words that are typed. However as long as you don’t actually use these words going forward they will migrate further and further right on the suggestions bar until they disappear. If it really seems like this process is too slow, let us know, but it’s our aim for the user NOT to need to take direct action themselves.

                  • 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!

                    • 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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                            • Word suggestions: arrange around center rather than from left

                              Put predictive words working out left and right from the center rather than all the way to the left. One's eyes will naturally look to the center more readily when typing.

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                              • 3 issues

                                Love the idea of this, but PadKeys needs definite improvements. The number row is so short I'm constantly hitting letters below. Also, the spell check row is too short on height as well. So I look up and my sentence is jibberish. It would also help to have the most common suggestions in the center working outwards instead of to the left where it's harder to see and further away from where your eye naturally goes. Lastly, the delete button is funky. It needs to be a square not some "tetras shape" where I'm constantly getting a bracket symbol mixed…

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                                  Thanks for the feedback.

                                  Please, when submitting a layout request, mention whether you are primarily using iPhone or iPad, and portrait or landscape mode. These are all different layouts! Thanks.

                                  As far as delete key on the iPad US English layout, if you are hitting the brackets, just use the “square” portion above there and ignore the lower limb :-) Seriously, we used the inverted L to make the largest and most edge-occupying key we could given other layout constraints. Making it smaller wouldn’t make it easier.

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                                  • Simultaneous languages like Gboard

                                    I need at least 3 languages simultaneously. Can't use your app until this function is implemented!

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                                    • 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!

                                      • Add one-handed mode

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

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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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