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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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      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).

    • 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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      • make shadows optional

        would make design much cleaner

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        • 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.

          • Easier access to the word you spelt.

            When autocorrect changes your word and you hit delete to go back to the end of the word it (the original word) should come up as an option. This is the case with the standard iPad keyboard.
            Having to delete 3 times or hit the x next to the suggested word is frustrating.

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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.

              • 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.

                • 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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                  • Top line with numbers for azerty keyboard

                    Top line with numbers instead of special caracters when keyboard is in french azerty

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                      • 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.

                        • 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.

                          • Compress the Keyboard in Horizontal-Mode (by choice)

                            I ask for an alternate compressed mode/layout for the keyboard in horizontal mode. That mode should be switched only by choice. I found out by testing many apps, that many of them expect a specific space (height) of the keyboard, especially in horizontal mode. To often apps are using the ios gray shortcut panel for necessary functions as in notes or pages. Most times I need both - the PadKeys panel plus the ios panel. But than at some apps I can even not view, what I am typing because it is shown in the vertical middle of the screen.…

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                              1 comment  ·  Admin →

                              Thank you for the suggestion. We have implemented this in the just-released version 2.1.2. When in landscape mode, you may long-press the keyboard-away key to toggle a shorter layout. This layout will be “remembered” until you switch it back, but in portrait mode it is not active (since they keyboard is already short enough, relatively speaking). Note also that this mode is not active on the large iPad Pro since a shorter layout is used by default there anyway.

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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!

                              • 2.1.1 update breaks AU/NZ layout

                                In 2.1.1 update, selecting English, AU/NZ layout does not work; English, UK is shown instead.

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                                • Non breaking space / non breaking hyphen

                                  Non breaking space
                                  OS X: Option-Space
                                  PadKeys: Alt Space (suggestion)

                                  Non breaking divis "-"
                                  OS X: Cmd-Shift-hyphen
                                  PadKeys:

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                                    As of version 2.1, opt-space now produces a non-breaking space. This is indicated by the non-breaking space symbol shown on the right side of the space bar when opt is active. Non-breaking hyphen is the first option in the key popup menu for the hyphen key.

                                    Please note that not all iOS apps support these characters and may convert them into their regular equivalents. For example, the Mail app does this conversion. On the other hand, Nebulous Notes is an example of an app which preserves the non-breaking attributes.

                                  • 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.

                                    • Make the space bar longer.

                                      On the US English version of the keyboard there appears to be wasted space to the left side of the space bar.

                                      if you could reduce the whitespace between the globe, delete forward and the middle key, the space bar could be longer.

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                                        In 1.4.1 we made the spacebar a bit wider on the left side. We don’t want to crowd the bottom row keys too much since for the most part they have fairly drastic functions :) and the consequences of a finger slip are greater than elsewhere.

                                      • Can I add to the dictionary?

                                        Can I add to the dictionary within the app?

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                                          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.

                                        • 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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