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  1. 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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      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Emoji? iOS 9 shortcuts?

        From time I try to find a real keyboard for my iphone and my ipad. I have sampled a few, but dislike the privacy compromise, bugs and it still not being native, as in I only get the custom keyboard during basic text entry ... Can't use it to put in a complex username and password.

        Anyway. Padkeys seems to tick a few more boxes.

        Two things I'm not seeing:

        Microphone key, to use siri
        Emoji key

        Then Apple has also started to add an extra row with some extra buttons for copy paste etc .... What is your stance…

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We have added our own shortcut buttons for undo, redo, and paste. Due to iOS restrictions, paste requires Full Access, and undo/redo are limited, but hopefully this will make it easier for people to do away with the space-consuming system shortcuts bar under iOS 9. (And under iOS 8 you get functionality the system doesn’t offer at all.)

          A number of developers have made requests to Apple to provide access to their own shortcut functionality so we could provide a more complete implementation, but no progress observed as yet.

        • Can I add to the dictionary?

          Can I add to the dictionary within the app?

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            5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            As of version 2.0, the autocorrect functionality will “learn” to suggest new words that you use that aren’t in its dictionary. NOTE: you must use the “Normal” (highest) Autocorrect Level setting to enable this.

            The ability to remove is not added yet. It makes some sense, but let’s see how strong of a need it is in our implementation.

          • iPad pro support please

            Now the keyboard works on iPad pro but it's gigantic, and covers too much of the screen real estate compared to the system keyboard.

            Also on iPad pro as the undo, redo, paste are already supported, so maybe that space can be used for something else?

            Thanks. Thisnis the best keyboard I used on iPad so far. I really love how this matches the Mac keyboard layout instead of inventing something new.

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              3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              We added a shorter layout for the iPad Pro in landscape mode. In addition, you can access the same layout on regular iPads in landscape mode by holding down the keyboard-away button.

            • '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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                2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                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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                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  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.

                • Pad keys is great. The only thing missing is an "Caps Lock" key. Double tapping the shift key is not good enough. Please give us a Caps Lock

                  Pad keys is great. The only thing missing is an "Caps Lock" key. Double tapping the shift key is not good enough. Please give us a Caps Lock Key so I don't have to keep putting it back to Caps after I type -/:;()$&@ etc.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    While a dedicated capslock key would allow typing caps interspersed with punctuation and also simplify the internal implementation, there is unfortunately just not enough real estate to spare for another key.

                    HOWEVER, in the 3.2.1 release we added the ability to swipe-up on symbol keys to access the shifted version (similar to swipe-down on iOS 11 Apple keyboard). Accessing symbols this way won’t “clear” the caps lock.

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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      As mentioned in the comments, these are accessed in the same places as laptop and desktop keyboards by tapping ‘Shift’. If you want to see the labels before you actually press shift, open PadKeys Settings and turn on “Show Shift Hints” on the left side. Thanks!

                    • Dvorak Layout

                      When can we expect Dvorak support

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                      • make shadows optional

                        would make design much cleaner

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                        • Autocorrect issues

                          It's not always showing me the suggestions I want, and sometimes it shows ones I don't want.

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                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We believe it is working reasonably well at this point so that priority has shifted to other issues. If you feel there is some specific way that autocorrect could be improved, please post a new idea.

                          • App freezes when typing in Safari

                            iPad mini 2, iOS 9.2

                            When I type in Safari using this keyboard, the Safari app freezes and I have to force quit to use it again. This occurs every time I try to use padkeys. I don't know whether this is a padkeys problem or an iOS problem.

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                              2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              This was fixed by Apple in iOS 10. For iOS 8 and 9, we implemented a work-around where we include a delay when sending multiple keyboard requests to the system.

                            • Fix crash in Mail on iOS 9

                              We are aware of an issue in which the Mail app will crash in some cases when starting to compose a new message or reply, when PadKeys is the selected keyboard. Unfortunately this is due to a bug in Mail itself. We are trying to work around it, which we believe should be possible since not all third-party keyboards are crashing. When / if we find a solution we'll release a new version to the App Store right away.

                              For now unfortunately the only solution is to select another keyboard before entering Mail, and then switch to PadKeys once the…

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                              • Missing label "%" on the french layout

                                I've been using your keyboard for more than a year now. I'm used to the place of some keys. But there is one frustrating "issue" on the French layout!
                                The "%" is not shown ! See screenshot joined .
                                Adding it would not break your way of following the Apple keyboard😉

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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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                                  • Pull down alternate symbols

                                    Is it possible to have the alternate symbols and numbers are accessed by pulling down on the key like the standard IOS 11 keyboard ?

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                                        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Autocorrect can be turned off or to suggestions-only mode using the slider in Settings. (To access settings, follow the instructions in the container app: hold down the Globe key when PadKeys keyboard is up, then slide your finger to the Gear and release.)

                                      • More press-and-hold features

                                        When you press and hold the “a” key, a menu of alternatives pops up: ã, å, ā, à, á, â, ä, æ. There are a few other letter-keys with this feature.

                                        First: could you put some sort of visual tag on these keys (such as a small notch) to indicate that alternative characters are available?

                                        Second: could you expand the selection of keys that have this feature? For example:
                                        hyphen: non-breaking hyphen, en dash, figure dash, bullet.
                                        quotation mark: left double quote, right double quote, left double guillomet, right double guillomet
                                        apostrophe: left single quote, riht single quote, left single…

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                                          10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          We have added a selection of these for version 2.1. A dot in the upper left when option is pressed indicates that a key holds a menu. The menu that pops up is currently affected by shift, but not by opt.

                                        • Could overall footprint of keyboard be reduced, include a mini mode?

                                          I find that the default iOS keyboard size especially on my iPad Pro 12.9 in landscape mode is way too big taking away half my visible work area. I did not buy this tablet to buy an external keyboard, I just wish I had 70% or more working area when the keyboard is deployed. Could PadKeys somehow address this?

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                                            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Have you tried “Short mode”? Long press the keyboard-away key while in landscape mode.

                                            If that’s still not good enough please be more specific about what would work better.

                                            Thanks!

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