How can we make PadKeys better?

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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not for now  ·  AdminPadKeys (Support, PadKeys) responded  · 

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.


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  • Allen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Could you please add Up & Down Arrow keys? That way we could go up and down lines of text with the press of a key.

    To make room for them could you please remove the 'forward delete' key (but allow us to shift+delete to it instead, i.e. holding 'shift' + 'delete' = forward delete), and relocate the keyboard-away button.

    P.S. If you combine this with the suggestion entitled "Create a taller keyboard (landscape & portrait) for iPad", you would get the Ultimate iPad keyboard!
    e.g. look at the image: "5_iPad_landscape_tall_w_updown_keys.png"

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

    @David Ligon: Prompt is an app, whereas PadKeys is a keyboard extension. Apps have direct access to the text area they want to move around in, and the full set of programming functions it provides. Whereas keyboard extensions are sandboxed and isolated from the actual UI components due to Apple regarding them as a greater security risk (since keyboards can be used across all apps). We're given the ability to insert text and move left and right, as well as send a backspace character. That's it. And we get information on the characters before and after the cursor to some distance out, as strings. Nothing about line breaks.

    Some third-party keyboards try to implement up and down by guessing the number of characters on a typical iPhone screen and moving that many to the left or right to get to the next line. We've opted to avoid this due to the inconsistent results. We've put in an enhancement request to Apple to grant third-party keyboards access to up and down movement functions, but there has been no response. I'd recommend putting in a request yourself, since the more users they hear from wanting this functionality, the better the chances they will listen.

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

    This is exactly it. We started out with a plan to do just this, but Apple does not provide "move up" or "move down" in their API that we can use. Nor does it even let us move the cursor to the previous or next row with the left/right API.

    I would encourage you to pass your request on to Apple, for example at:

    We have already done so ourselves, but the more folks they hear it from, the better the chance they'll implement it.

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