How can we make PadKeys better?

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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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please, for what it is worth, I use Padkeys on a 9.7 inch iPad Pro and feel it is too tall. I would be happy to see a shorter keyboard, or even one that omits the numbers on the top row. I wonder if there might be room for a little number's keypad on the right if you shrink the keyboard.

    Great app, use it constantly, only issue is freezing while inputting text on Safari. Might be the forward delete issue, I will be more careful in the future.

    Looking forward to what you decide in future updates!

  • AdminPadKeys (Support, PadKeys) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    PadKeys will show up as the same relative size whether it runs in a Pro-optimized app or a blown-up regular one. In either case it will be taller, with larger keys, than the system one. If these are felt to be too big, there are a couple of different ways we could make it smaller:

    - Decrease only the height, by making the keys rectangular instead of square.

    - Decrease both dimensions, shrinking the height and leaving extra space on the sides to be used for for very wide shift and enter keys, like the system keyboard.

    - Same option, but use the extra space to put in new types of function keys or toolbar functions, like on various iPhone landscape layouts.

    Any thoughts or preferences are welcome.

  • Bao Lei commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Thanks for the note on shortcut config. As for iPad pro experience, here is a screenshot comparing default keyboard and Padkeys right now:
    As you can see it is much taller. And it seems to be linearly scaled up from the original iPad version.

    I haven't developed any 3rd party keyboard apps before, but I've been building regular iOS apps with iOS9 and iPad support. I learned that to get native support for iPad pro, you'll need to (1) support all orientations for iPad; (2) use an interface builder (nib) based launch screen instead of an image based launch screen. Not sure if keyboard apps have more requirements. Let me know if you needed more help. I'm happy to do some experiments for you if you need, but i guess with simulator you might be able to figure out.

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