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  1. 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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                          1 comment  ·  Admin →

                          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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                                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.

                              • 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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                                • Error in German localization off English keyboard layout

                                  I found a confusing error in German localization off English (!) keyboard layout:
                                  The german translation of the "return" key is "Return" (the orig. english word) and not "Zurück" (that word means "backspace") in German.
                                  So use "Return" or the return-symbol.

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                                  • Caps Lock

                                    What about Caps lock?

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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.)

                                      • 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.

                                        • Keyboard shortcuts are case sensitive and ones with symbols are not recognized

                                          Thanks to user reports we have just been made aware of these issues:

                                          1. PadKeys is case-sensitive: If you have a shortcut "xx" -> "something", then typing "Xx" will not trigger the shortcut. You have to type "xx".

                                          2. PadKeys won't recognize shortcuts like "x@y" -> "xray1@yowzer.com" at all.

                                          We are working on these and hope to submit a new version to the App Store in a couple of days. As always, folks interested in getting the fix sooner can open a ticket with us and we'll add you to the list to receive beta versions through TestFlight…

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                                            OK this has been taken care of in 1.3.2. Sorry it took so long to get out, there was an unrelated issue that derailed the review process a bit.

                                            Please open a new issue if something is still not behaving as expected.

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