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  1. Display Upper and Lower Case all Languages

    Could you please display lower case letters and after pressing shift key switch to upper case letters and vice versa?

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      This should already be the case by default. Note, there IS an option in PadKeys Settings to display all caps all the time, which you might have inadvertently enabled.

      If the issue relates to display of a particular character in a particular language, please let us know that info and/or include a screenshot.

      Thanks!

    • Tastatur

      Hallo. Das ist die kleinste Tastatur die ich kenne. Die Buchstaben sind enorm klein. Um ein Alternativ Buchstaben zu bekommen, muss ich unter meine Fingerkuppen schauen. Könnten Sie das korrigieren. Auch ein Apostroph fehlt. Die Wörter im Balken sind zu dunkel.
      Mit freundlichen Grüßen Markus.

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        Hello,

        Thanks for your feedback.

        Which apostrophe do you mean: ’ or ` ?

        As far as words in bar being too dark, could you tell us which Theme you are using, please, and dark or light version?

        The size of the keys is what it is because of the extra ones that bring additional functionality. This is a trade-off of course and it is not going to be perfect for every person and every device. It works pretty well in landscape in any device, as well as in portrait on iPhone 6 standard size and X size. On iPhone 6 plus size, some folks think it’s too big and want a “one-handed” mode…

      • 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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        • Extend key flick to cursor keys

          Apple keyboard uses vertical slide down on key taps e.g. to access symbols. would be great if you could do similar and go one better -- vertical upwards should do CAPS. on cursor keys it could do prev/next word without the annoying need for option key use.

          ...or even one vertical direction for prev word and the other for prev sentence?! vertical cursor movement would be better but I understand Apple don't give access.

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          • Lock the globe

            Often hit the globe by mistake and fumble to get back to PadKeys, can you lock it so a long press is needed to change?

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              We can consider this, however:

              - It slows down the use case where you often switch to an emoji keyboard, or to Apple’s (to get dictation button).
              - It operates differently from the Globe on the Apple keyboard, so many users may have a hard time finding it, and/or Apple itself might reject the app.

              I wonder if there would be any alternatives, maybe moving the Globe, or delaying the tap effect just enough on that key to avoid the accidental triggering during typing?

            • 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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              • Swiss German Keyboard

                add swiss german keyboard layout

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                  We are probably going to do this but have been trying to fully get the newly-introduced phone layouts fully settled and debugged first. Sorry about the delay.

                  For reference, we currently understand the main differences of Swiss German from German keyboard to be:

                  - Put French é,à,è in place of Ö,Ä,Ü
                  - Remove ß (or possibly put a special ‘ss’ key in place of it
                  - Add ç
                  - Largely different shifted number row

                • 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  ·  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.

                  • include (sic) option in predictive text

                    There are times when I don't want to go with any of the options given to me on the predictive text bar: I'm fine with what I've typed in and don't want to replace it with the recommended word (the one colored blue) — or any of the other words on the bar, for that matter — but I also don't want to keep the recommended word from being recommended in the future, the way the “×” option does. This is particularly a problem with “i”: I cannot type “i.e.” without getting “I. e.” or losing the ability to have…

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                      The problem you mention is an annoying one. But I’m not sure about solving it by taking up a slot on the suggestions row for (typed) or “typed” every time there is an auto-suggestion. The constant presence of that item is one of the things I hate about other keyboards. Is there any other way we could address this issue?

                    • 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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                        1 comment  ·  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 “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.

                      • 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,…

                        • 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.

                          • 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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