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  1. French azerty keyboard: ? Instead of =

    When the keyboard is set in french azerty, the key = should be ? Instead

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      Although it is tempting to try to optimize the layouts, our current approach is to follow the Apple laptop keyboard layouts exactly. This way your fingers will “remember” where to go without having to think if you’re on an iPad or a regular computer.

    • spanish keyboard should have no ç

      that is a portuguese character
      please substitute with ;
      kind regards

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        We have the ‘ç’ because we are following the Mac notebook/desktop keyboard layout for Spain. Did we make a mistake here? Or did Spanish recently stop using the ‘ç’ but the keyboard hardware just hasn’t caught up yet?

        In any case, the ‘;’ is already available on one of the other keys when ‘shift’ is pressed. Are there any other possibilities to use, or any standards we can follow here?

      • 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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            Well, not so good news on this. We built a prototype, but it was clear that it needed some refinement to meet the standard set by the iPad version. We launched a Kickstarter campaign to see if there really was substantial interest out there, and to obtain funds to support the development, as well as gather a community of beta users to guide us.

            Unfortunately the results of that campaign indicated that either the idea is not a good one, or that we are not capable of presenting and marketing it to the right audience to generate sufficient interest. With regrets, we’ll have to shut down this effort for now. We will continue to focus on making PadKeys the best keyboard available on the iPad.

            Thank you for your interest.

          • Use shift + arrow keys to select (for copy / paste actions)

            Use shift + arrow keys to select (for copy / paste actions)

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              I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but although we would love to do this, Apple/iOS does not provide third-party keyboards any way to tell the app what text to select.

              As we always say with this sort of issue, please let Apple know directly that you’d like to see this functionality. We’ve already submitted an enhancement request, but the more people they hear from the more likely they’ll consider it something worth doing. Thanks!

            • Underline misspelled words

              Show up red spell checking waves below wrong word

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                Unfortunately, Apple’s programming interface does not allow us to do this. Third party keyboards have very limited ways they can interact with the rest of the system.

              • 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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                  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…

                • 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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                    For now we recommend using the system keyboard to access this functionality, because:

                    - Actual cursor keys (with holding opt to move quickly by words) provide better control for local moves than video-game-like swipe-to-move features, while

                    - iOS provides no way to reliably implement vertical or larger scale movement, and

                    - implementing this would interfere with our existing word-swiping functionality (which the system keyboard doesn’t need to worry about).

                    If there are any changes on Apple’s side we will revisit this idea though.

                  • 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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                      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.

                    • 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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                        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.

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                          PadKeys’ own row can be turned off in its Settings. Unfortunately, neither PadKeys nor any other third-party keyboard is able to access or show Apple’s internal autocorrect/suggestions facilities. The bar itself is shown (unless you’ve turned it off), but you’ll get only the undo/redo buttons and whatever the app you are using adds.

                        • Transparency option

                          Transparency setting would be useful since the screen wont move up when typing like the apple keyboard.

                          Also a shrink space bar for a Delete button option?

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                            This is due to an iOS bug with screen adjustment for third-party keyboards taller than default. Unfortunately keyboards are not allowed to use transparency so we cannot work around this as suggested. We DO offer a “short mode” though which will make PadKeys shorter than the system keyboard and avoid the problem. Just long-press the keyboard-away key while in landscape to switch to short mode.

                          • 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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                              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.

                            • Dvorak Layout

                              When can we expect Dvorak support

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                                We haven’t heard many requests for this, so for now we are staying focused on delivering the most complete and ergonomic versions of standard layouts that we can.

                              • 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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                                  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.

                                • Make PadKeys fully work with Chrome Remote Desktop

                                  Hi,
                                  Special keys such as arrows and tab do not work in Chrome Remote Desktop, it's a pity since those are pretty much very important when remote controlling a computer from the iPad.

                                  Thanks

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                                    Hello,

                                    This is something that would need to be done by the app developer. Please ask them to get in touch with us if they need more information how to fix it.

                                    Thanks!

                                  • 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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                                      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.

                                    • 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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                                        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

                                      • Command Key for Copy / Paste / Select All

                                        Command Key for Copy / Paste / Select All ~ similar to external keyboards (if possible)

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                                          We had planned this functionality orginally. Unfortunately, iOS does not allow third-party keyboards to access the selection. So the only function we could implement would be Paste, and that only when full access is enabled. This isn’t worth the space for the extra key. (Paste is available on our shortcut bar.)

                                        • 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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                                            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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