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  1. 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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      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      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.

    • Change US (& AU/NZ) Keyboard Layout

      Could you please relocate the "\" key on the English (US) Keyboard Layout (and also AU/NZ Layouts -- which also uses the US Keyboard Layout)?

      The result will look closer to Apple's US Keyboard Layout.

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        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Thank you for the suggestion and detailed mockups. The backslash IS in a non-standard position, but we are hesitant to make a heavily-used key (backspace) smaller in order to standardize the location of a key many users will never touch.

      • 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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          4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          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.

        • Long press for secondary keys

          The black keys i.e. number row and symbols could have a long press entering the alternate symbol instead of needing to press shift

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            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            This would conflict with the popup key menus some of these show. We now have swipe access the shifted versions similarly to the system keyboard in iOS 11.

          • Function key support

            Add Function keys

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Unfortunately iOS doesn’t provide us with any way to implement these. We have requested it from Apple and if anything changes we’ll reopen this issue.

            • Supporting Keyboard Types

              iOS supports several keyboard types (default,email, url, phone)*. Webviews can set the type of the keyboard.

              This support-page sets the type "email" for the field for the emails. The Apple keyboard respects this setting (see first picture). padkey doesn't respect this setting (see second picture).

              *https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/StringsTextFonts/Conceptual/TextAndWebiPhoneOS/KeyboardManagement/KeyboardManagement.html

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                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you for your thoughts. There are two parts to “respecting” the setting shown in the screenshots: switching layout to put ‘@’ prominently on the first screen, and showing email addresses in the completion area. We will think about how we might do this second one.

                As far as the first, the overall philosophy of PadKeys is to not be switching layouts continually to adapt to the situation, with the side effect that the user must adapt as well. :-} Instead, we make all keys accessible in standard places at all times so your fingers can use their memories from regular laptop and desktop keyboards, and you can spend less of your brain space on key layouts. :-)

                Note, we aren’t here to force this down anyone’s throats. If you don’t use regular computer keyboards frequently or find you’d rather have adaptive phone-style keyboards on your iPad, there are other…

              • gain space for 2 more keys

                by making
                back-delete smaller (keeping only upper horizontal part)
                making hide-keyboard key a bit smaller plus utilizing free space (space btw keys should be the same everywhere)

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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Although the extra space on the bottom row looks a bit odd, we feel it’s important to have it to prevent errors with those keys. It can be quite a pain if you accidentally switch keyboards when trying to hit ‘Opt’ or space, for example.

                  As far as the backspace key, it is frequently used and it can be nice to have a bigger target to aim for.

                  That said, we continue to consider changes like this depending on how many people are in favor of them.

                • Button or Settings Option that Hides Number Row

                  For me, padkeys is all about saving screen space. Please add an option for hiding the number row, which is lovely to have when I need it, annoying when I don't. In this mode, pressing shift would activate a similar layout for numbers and punctuation as the ios default keyboard.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We have “short mode” which frees up even more space than this would: https://youtu.be/F_Z1gVPSM4Q

                    While a hidden number row would provide an alternative way to save screen space, this plus the separate number/punctuation layout is so similar to what the system keyboard already provides that it would be better simply to use that.

                  • 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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                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Having these “extra” keys is the whole purpose of PadKeys. And we don’t want to overload with options. We do make the ‘A’ key slightly wider to make it easier to hit.

                      • Select text with SHIFT + Left/Right Cursor

                        This would be a fast and accurate way to select text without having to mess about tapping on the text you want.

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                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          We’d love to do this, but unfortunately Apple provides no way for a third-party keyboard to influence the selection. Not even in iOS 10. We have sent in requests for them to provide this kind of functionality, but it seems not to even be on their radar screen.

                        • Dictation microphone

                          Insert a dictation icon that would revert to the Apple keyboard microphone. It would work similar to what happens with passwords.

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                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            We are closing this, Apple has added this support for iPhone X family devices in iOS 12, and, given their demonstrated attitudes, that is the most we will get.

                          • 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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                              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              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

                            • caps lock functionality for the options key

                              Please make it so that if I double-tap the Options key, it switches me over to the options keyboard until the next time that I tap the Options key.

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                                The internal logic for handling the double-tap keys is complex, particularly when multiple ones are involved. We would need to hear convincing use cases and/or substantial user support, before undertaking this change.

                              • Microphone support

                                I dictate a lot of my email and messages. I would not have purchased this app had I known there was no microphone support. What an oversight! I bet your sells would increase and your reqests for refunds would increase significantly by adding microphone support. Ron Jones

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                                • 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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                                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    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

                                  • 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.

                                    • Hide the keyboard manually

                                      Any iPad onscreen keyboard pops up, whenever ios thinks that it is necessary. But often I only want to mark and copy or paste text. But this force popup reduces my screen. So a nice feature may be, if the hide button has an alternate function, to reduce the keyboard just down to at last one key to get it back manually.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        We implemented “short mode”: in landscape mode you may long-press the keyboard-away key to get a much shorter keyboard, which leaves much more room to see the app itself.

                                      • 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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                                          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          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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                                            0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            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…

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