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  1. Double–click spacebar for period

    Very nice keyboard. I miss 2x–tapping of space bar for period, as on Apple keyboard.

    Thanks

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      This is an option in PadKeys Settings, though off by default. Check our YouTube channel, linked from this site and also the PadKeys instructions app, for a video showing how to access Settings.

    • Use with hardware keyboard

      It would be nice to sense if a hardware keyboard was engaged and not display the software keyboard unless explicitly requested from the hardware keyboard. Although trivial to dismiss the software keyboard, it is a distraction when using apps like Ulysses. Even better: make it a configurable option.

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        We have observed this as well, for a long time, and reported the bug to Apple. Conversely, the onscreen keyboard generally does NOT appear when using a system keyboard.

        It would probably help for others to report this bug to Apple as well, since they may become more inclined to do something about it.

      • PadKeys on iOS 9 or earlier

        Add PadKeys version 2.2.7 for older iPad iOS 9.3.5

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          • Swipe for search URL entry

            It is possible to do a Google search by entering words into the browser URL bar. However this is less efficient than it ought to be because features like swiping don't work there. I realize that it would have to be less aggressive by default in that context to avoid interference with URL entry.

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              You can achieve this by turning on “Always Show Suggestions” in Advanced settings. This causes PadKeys to override iOS’s request to NOT show suggestions or do autocorrect for the URL bar. In this case the suggestions bar will be shown and swipe can be done, but autocorrect will still not be.

            • Different key sounds

              Would love to have the black keys (numbers etc) have a different sound, a third sound for shifted keys and one for the spacebar, would make it much easier to hear that the typing is correct

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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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                • Check Text Replacement in swipe mode

                  Text replacement data currently does not seem to be accessed while swiping, but it should be accessed before any other dictionary, and used as the first/default suggestion.

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                    In version 3.1, shortcuts consisting of just lowercase letters are handled. Case-sensitive ones and ones containing symbols are not yet, but these may be less common.

                  • Make keyboard clicks like heardnin the application store video.

                    Keyboard clicks are as useless sounding asnin the ipads built in keyboard.

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                    • Edit utilities

                      I'd like to see some edit utilities on the keyboard such as copy, paste, redo and undo. The edit utils that came with the stock keyboard take up room on the sceen so I'd like to see them built in your keyboard.

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                        All of these except Copy are already present in PadKeys, on the right side of the suggestions bar. Please note, the suggestions bar is only shown when autocorrect is not set to “Off”, and the text field being used requests autocorrect.

                        We are unable to implement Copy due to iOS restrictions.

                      • Easier access to the word you spelt.

                        When autocorrect changes your word and you hit delete to go back to the end of the word it (the original word) should come up as an option. This is the case with the standard iPad keyboard.
                        Having to delete 3 times or hit the x next to the suggested word is frustrating.

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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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                            We have added this as the “Always Show Suggestions” option under the “Advanced” section of the Settings (tap label in upper left of the panel).

                          • '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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                              The issue with caps-lock reverting after double-space was a bug and we’ve fixed it. We aren’t able to prevent turning off caps lock after typing shifted symbols, since tapping shift deactivates caps lock.

                              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.

                            • 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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                                As of version 3.0, this is now available under ‘Advanced’ settings, accessed by tapping the label on the upper left of the Settings panel.

                              • 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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                                  • PadKeys locks Chrome in Apple Support Communities

                                    This may be a problem with Chrome or the editor used by ASC, but it has happened several times to me. The only solution is to restart Chrome, losing all the input. It may be when entry has taken a relatively long time. No special keys were used, only backspace, and no correleation between a key and the lockup.
                                    iPad air, iOS 9.3.2

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                                    • Top line with numbers for azerty keyboard

                                      Top line with numbers instead of special caracters when keyboard is in french azerty

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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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                                        • 2.1.1 update breaks AU/NZ layout

                                          In 2.1.1 update, selecting English, AU/NZ layout does not work; English, UK is shown instead.

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