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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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    • 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  ·  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.

      • 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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          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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            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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              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.

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                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!

              • 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  ·  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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                      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.

                    • Can I add to the dictionary?

                      Can I add to the dictionary within the app?

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                        1 comment  ·  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.

                      • 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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                          1 comment  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                              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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                                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.

                              • 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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                                  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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                                    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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                                      1 comment  ·  Admin →

                                      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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                                      • 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.

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