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  1. 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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      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

    • Show spelling errors only, no auto-correct or suggestions

      I'm using KeyPad since quite a while and like it a lot. The only thing I don't like is the way it handles corrections. I don't like auto-correct, and I don't like this Suggestion-beam, taking up space on top of my keyboard. I would like to just have the standard red wavy line under spelling errors Without this suggestion beam) - please! Thanks, Bernd

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        Unfortunately Apple / iOS provides us no access to the actual text area you are typing into so we cannot draw red underlines or anything else. If you’d just like to turn off the PadKeys Suggestions bar regardless, go into PadKeys settings and switch autocorrect to corrections-only or off.

      • 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…

        • Please make a free trial version

          I just tend to be really harsh on apps (just too many bad ones out there) and I would like to try this app before spending the $4.99 and end up with something that I use for 30 seconds, leaving bad feedback and then deleting. Having a free version would really help.

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            We fully sympathize with this.

            Unfortunately Apple does not provide a good solution for this now. We would need to make either a dumbed-down free version or an in-app-purchase driven version. In either case, we’ve still got the problem that whatever doesn’t come for free must still be tried out only after payment.

            In addition, distaste for the whole free download (and your personal information is the product) plus in-app-purchase philosophy aside, dividing features and/or apps like this would consume our resources that we’d rather put towards improving the keyboard.

            Please send feedback to Apple requesting that they add a time-limited trial feature.

          • Make PadKeys fully work with Chrome Remote Desktop

            Hi,
            Special keys such as arrows and tab do not work in Chrome Remote Desktop, it's a pity since those are pretty much very important when remote controlling a computer from the iPad.

            Thanks

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hello,

              This is something that would need to be done by the app developer. Please ask them to get in touch with us if they need more information how to fix it.

              Thanks!

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                PadKeys’ own row can be turned off in its Settings. Unfortunately, neither PadKeys nor any other third-party keyboard is able to access or show Apple’s internal autocorrect/suggestions facilities. The bar itself is shown (unless you’ve turned it off), but you’ll get only the undo/redo buttons and whatever the app you are using adds.

              • Underline misspelled words

                Show up red spell checking waves below wrong word

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                  Unfortunately, Apple’s programming interface does not allow us to do this. Third party keyboards have very limited ways they can interact with the rest of the system.

                • Transparency option

                  Transparency setting would be useful since the screen wont move up when typing like the apple keyboard.

                  Also a shrink space bar for a Delete button option?

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                    This is due to an iOS bug with screen adjustment for third-party keyboards taller than default. Unfortunately keyboards are not allowed to use transparency so we cannot work around this as suggested. We DO offer a “short mode” though which will make PadKeys shorter than the system keyboard and avoid the problem. Just long-press the keyboard-away key while in landscape to switch to short mode.

                  • Use shift + arrow keys to select (for copy / paste actions)

                    Use shift + arrow keys to select (for copy / paste actions)

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                      I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but although we would love to do this, Apple/iOS does not provide third-party keyboards any way to tell the app what text to select.

                      As we always say with this sort of issue, please let Apple know directly that you’d like to see this functionality. We’ve already submitted an enhancement request, but the more people they hear from the more likely they’ll consider it something worth doing. Thanks!

                    • Full stop on French keyboard

                      I've just bought the app and as I often use a French keyboard, the inclusion of the commonly accented characters as discrete keys is a great facility. However, it seems that to enter a full stop you need to use Shift. Double tapping doesn't seem to work. As full stops are used regularly this seems a bit odd.

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                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        As we’ve said elsewhere, it is not our intention to innovate the keyboard layout. We take the PadKeys layouts straight from Apple’s Macbook keyboards, which you can see on this page (including French):

                        https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201794

                        I can’t really speak to WHY the period requires a shift in the French layout, but we assume people are used to it.

                        However, please let us know if the Apple page is wrong / outdated, or if there is some other reason we should not be using the published Macbook layout in this case.

                      • spanish keyboard should have no ç

                        that is a portuguese character
                        please substitute with ;
                        kind regards

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                          We have the ‘ç’ because we are following the Mac notebook/desktop keyboard layout for Spain. Did we make a mistake here? Or did Spanish recently stop using the ‘ç’ but the keyboard hardware just hasn’t caught up yet?

                          In any case, the ‘;’ is already available on one of the other keys when ‘shift’ is pressed. Are there any other possibilities to use, or any standards we can follow here?

                        • French azerty keyboard: ? Instead of =

                          When the keyboard is set in french azerty, the key = should be ? Instead

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                            Although it is tempting to try to optimize the layouts, our current approach is to follow the Apple laptop keyboard layouts exactly. This way your fingers will “remember” where to go without having to think if you’re on an iPad or a regular computer.

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