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  1. Command Key for Copy / Paste / Select All

    Command Key for Copy / Paste / Select All ~ similar to external keyboards (if possible)

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      We had planned this functionality orginally. Unfortunately, iOS does not allow third-party keyboards to access the selection. So the only function we could implement would be Paste, and that only when full access is enabled. This isn’t worth the space for the extra key. (Paste is available on our shortcut bar.)

    • Alternate compressed key layout

      Using Pages in landscape view, there is only a small workspace left. Suggestions to solve this: an alternate bit more compressed key layout with the same measurement as iPad Apple original keys. An unsolved problem is the autocorrect function. I think only Apple is allowed to integrate it into the function bar...

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        Hello,

        Unfortunately providing the extra row of keys prevents us from offering as short of a layout as the system keyboard, without compromising ergonomics.

        What we DO recommend is to turn off Apple’s shortcut bar by selecting the system keyboard, then holding down your finger on the Globe key, and then sliding to and releasing over the “Shortcuts” switch. This will leave you with only slightly less room then the default system keyboard, since our own shortcut bar is shorter than Apple’s.

        Unfortunately Apple does not provide us access to use the system bar ourselves, so we have added Paste and Undo/Redo buttons to our own bar and recommend turning the system bar off as just described. You will lose the extra “toolbar” functionality Apple offers in some of its own apps, however until Apple offers third-party access to the bar, this is a limited loss. And once they provide…

      • Auto scroll

        When you select an area to type into the screen should automatically scroll up so the keyboard doesn't block the view of what you are typing. This is the only benefit of the original apple keyboard.

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          Hello,

          Unfortunately (and I’m starting to feel like I’m a broken record here), this is due to a problem in iOS’s handling of third-party keyboards. We’ve personally reported this bug to them months ago, and I assume others have as well. We hope they will fix it soon but are not holding our breaths at this point.

          I apologize for the inconvenience, I know it is annoying, but hopefully not enough to put you off using PadKeys altogether.

          thanks,
          Adrian

        • Two finger "scrolling"

          Great app! I noticed with the new iOS 9 update, the cursor could be controlled by two fingers, making it easier than pressing arrow keys or holding the cursor. Is it possible to include this in the next update of padkeys?

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            For now we recommend using the system keyboard to access this functionality, because:

            - iOS provides no way to reliably implement vertical or larger scale movement, and

            - iOS provides us with no way to adjust the text selection, and

            - Actual cursor keys (holding opt to move quickly by words) provide better control for moving anyway than video-game-like swipe-to-move features.

            If there are any changes on Apple’s side we will revisit this idea though.

          • Add Esc and Control

            If the keyboard API allows it, add an Esc and Control key. Primarily this would be for Prompt SSH client. I understand if the third party keyboard API is missing hooks for it.

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              Hi,

              Yes, both Control and Command keys were in the original design, but the APIs provide no support for them, unfortunately. We have requested Apple add it, and it might help if you do so as well, since the more people they hear from the better. We do hope that as Apple is now starting to see the iPad as more than a video and game machine that they will start to add more facilities like this for app developers.

              -Adrian
              PadKeys Support

            • please add voice dictation

              I use the voice dictation option a lot on my iPad keyboard. I like your keyboard better in all other ways but still have to switch back to iPad because of this.

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              • Arrow Keys: ALL of them! ▲▼◄ ► ↑ ↓ ← →

                I really wonder: why doesn’t anyone of the keyboard app producers implement a full set of arrow keys? I can’t believe I’m the only person in the world who misses this.

                Please PadKeys, be the first app to implement arrow keys!

                They even could be all four side by side. There’s space enough in the bottom row to do it.

                Thanks a lot in the name of all users!

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                  As mentioned in the comments, we are unable to provide this functionality at the moment due to iOS limitations. We encourage interested parties to send feedback to Apple on this matter.

                • 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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                    1 comment  ·  Admin →

                    Some people complain it’s too large, some too small. We went for the ‘L’ in the US layout as a compromise. It IS too small on European layouts, but the extra keys needed on these mean there is no room to expand it.

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