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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      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).

    • Known Issue: Breakage in iOS 9

      It seems in the most recent iOS 9 betas PadKeys will appear correctly the first time you use it in an app session, but then if it gets put away and then displayed again, the display will be messed up and nonfunctional.

      We are investigating.

      For now, a work-around is to exit the app by pressing the Home button, then come back in again.

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        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Between our own efforts and fixes Apple implemented before the final release, things seem to be working fine under iOS 9. If you still find problems please post a new issue. Thanks!

      • 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.

        • It is difficult to read the keys.

          The font of the keys should be larger and bold. At least give on option.

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          • Make words show in all caps when swiping out words while caps lock is enabled.

            Currently with caps lock enabled, swiping out a word will result in only the first letter being capitalized.

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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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              • Caps Lock

                What about Caps lock?

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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.

                    • Multi language support

                      Hi,

                      I really like the keyboard but one thing I miss from SwiftKey is the ability to have a Swedish layout and the ability to write both in Swedish and English with full aurocorrection in both without having to switch between the layouts.

                      BR
                      /Mikael

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                        We have implemented the switch button approach in release 1.3. In our own testing this worked pretty conveniently, but please let us know how it works for you.

                      • 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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                        • Dvorak word suggestion

                          Hello, the word suggestion is not showing (so spelling correction is not working). Could this be enabled please?

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                          • PadKeys on iOS 9 or earlier

                            Add PadKeys version 2.2.7 for older iPad iOS 9.3.5

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                            • 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.

                              • Error in German localization off English keyboard layout

                                I found a confusing error in German localization off English (!) keyboard layout:
                                The german translation of the "return" key is "Return" (the orig. english word) and not "Zurück" (that word means "backspace") in German.
                                So use "Return" or the return-symbol.

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                                • When using Dark Keyboard layout, make the littie lock picture on the shift keys white instead of Black.

                                  When using the Dark Keyboard layout, make the little lock picture white
                                  on the shift keys instead of Black. The Black on Gray is hard to see.
                                  The Black is ok on the white keyboard layout. Thanks Steve

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                                    • Keyboard shortcuts are case sensitive and ones with symbols are not recognized

                                      Thanks to user reports we have just been made aware of these issues:

                                      1. PadKeys is case-sensitive: If you have a shortcut "xx" -> "something", then typing "Xx" will not trigger the shortcut. You have to type "xx".

                                      2. PadKeys won't recognize shortcuts like "x@y" -> "xray1@yowzer.com" at all.

                                      We are working on these and hope to submit a new version to the App Store in a couple of days. As always, folks interested in getting the fix sooner can open a ticket with us and we'll add you to the list to receive beta versions through TestFlight…

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                                        OK this has been taken care of in 1.3.2. Sorry it took so long to get out, there was an unrelated issue that derailed the review process a bit.

                                        Please open a new issue if something is still not behaving as expected.

                                      • 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.

                                        • Add setting option to disable forward-delete key

                                          On the Settings window, add a toggle control that determines whether the forward-delete key is enabled or disabled. That will allow those of us who use PadKeys primarily in Safari to keep it from freezing everything if we accidentally tap that key (which happens with disturbing regularity in my neck of the woods), while retaining the abiliy to turn it back on in safer environments.

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                                            I agree this is annoying, but Apple really should fix this bug rather than us doing gymnastics around it. Let’s see if iOS 9.3 can manage it.

                                            UPDATE: Due to continuing inaction by Apple, we have implemented a work-around in version 2.2 at a small cost to the functionality. The delete key now operates somewhat more slowly and does not repeat on hold. But Safari hanging is largely prevented.

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