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  • 'AltKeyboard' Improves Productivity When Typing in iOS


    It’s time to improve typing in iOS. Apple hasn’t made any significant leaps, so the jailbreak community will instead!

    A new jailbreak tweak called AltKeyboard by iOS developer Alan Yip and human interface designer Sentry_NC is now available in Cydia. AltKeyboard, as shown above, makes the iOS keyboard much more usable.

    You will notice that the primary characters on the keys have been shrunken down to make room for secondary characters, which appear at the top of the key. With AltKeyboard, you can type normally, but if you want to access the character at the top of the key, you can just tap on the key and then swipe upwards to access the character at the top of the key.

    This function doesn’t affect your ability to access accented characters – you can still hold down on a key and wait for the accented characters menu to appear and you can type them as you need. AltKeyboard only works when you swipe up immediately after tapping a key, so there’s a very clear and distinguished way to access either the secondary character or your accented characters.

    The tweak saves you some time while typing and improves your productivity by keeping you from having to switch between letter and auxiliary character keyboards excessively. This way, everything you think you are going to need can be easily accessed from the main keyboard view.

    AltKeyboard adds a preferences pane to the Settings application, although you won't find any options to configure there. Instead, you will find a test keyboard text field, as well as information about the creators and a way to contact them for support:



    Currently, AltKeyboard does not yet support the iPad, but support for the iPad will come in the future according to Sentry. AltKeyboard requires iOS 6.0 or later on your iPhone or iPod touch to function. If you would like to give it a shot, it's available right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository for just 99˘.

    Name: AltKeyboard
    Price: 99˘
    Version: 1.0.0
    Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer(s): Alan Yip and Sentry_NC
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'AltKeyboard' Improves Productivity When Typing in iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      I'll pass on this in comparison to octopus keyboard.
    1. nookum's Avatar
      nookum -
      Actually there are 2 options you can configure: you can change 'Flick Up' to 'Slide Up' which is a slower motion; and you can switch from 'Alternate Key' to 'Shifted Key.' Neither of those options are better than the default, IMHO, but its nice to have a couple options.

      I really like this tweak, although it's going to take a while to get out the habit of tapping the '123' button automatically ;-)
    1. Ryaninfg's Avatar
      Ryaninfg -
      Been waiting forever for this! Just have to get used to it now. Only compatible with lighter colored key themes for color keyboard. The letters are always black. Love it either way!
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      A useful tweak
    1. Freund117's Avatar
      Freund117 -
      Is this compatible with iKiwi?
    1. posrjak's Avatar
      posrjak -
      Like it and might be something for apple to take notice on. I am also fan of Octopus keyboard, don't think I am willing to give that up for this.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Needs to be compatible with color keyboard!
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by Freund117 View Post
      Is this compatible with iKiwi?
      I installed it with ikiwi and they played nice... I was impressed that they were compatible...

      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Needs to be compatible with color keyboard!
      It worked fine for me with a 5 row color keyboard...

      On top of it all it worked with swipe selection and in landscape mode...

      Super stoked on this tweak (after I get used to not hitting the 123 button like others said.)
    1. onyxsolutions's Avatar
      onyxsolutions -
      Off: Can anyone say android?
      On: I was wondering when someone will port this to the iPhone, love it on Android. Will see how it does on iOS.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      I much prefer my touchPAL Swype keyboard. doing get me wrong, I love the concept and there developers who made it but Swype is much better in my opinion and would love for someone to make one that doesn't require the download of an app store app and was in English.
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Whatever happened to BlindType?
    1. lizzy954's Avatar
      lizzy954 -
      I love this tweak and had been hoping for a while for one to be created. It makes typing alot faster and very similar to the everyday keyboard I use. The fact that I had to go back and forth was so on my nerves lolll so for me, .99 cents is so worth it,,, used for about an hour and what a difference Thank you Alan and Sentry

      I bet the answer is many developers chose or could not update their tweaks with IOS 6 so they put them to rest hence the reason I purchase must have tweaks for productivity reasons and a few themes/tweaks for customization and that's it. Learned my lesson with IOS 5

      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      Whatever happened to BlindType?
    1. ABOSWORTH's Avatar
      ABOSWORTH -
      Quote Originally Posted by PokemonDesigner View Post
      I much prefer my touchPAL Swype keyboard. doing get me wrong, I love the concept and there developers who made it but Swype is much better in my opinion and would love for someone to make one that doesn't require the download of an app store app and was in English.
      I'm still getting used to this tweak but I think I'm going to really like it. I tried swipe texting and I just hate it so this is a great option for me.
    1. smeltn's Avatar
      smeltn -
      doesn't work on ipad yet does it?
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Still trying to retrain myself to not hit the 123... When I do remember to use this mod I'm always super stoked... Yay! .99 well spent... Another point for our team Cydia... Where would I be without Cydia and the myriad of Dev's and their tweaks and mods... I check the App Store for updates only, maybe once a week... I check Cydia at least 5 or 6 times a day... My number of installed Cydia packages is far greater a number than all the apps from the App Store I have installed...
    1. Haysann's Avatar
      Haysann -
      Nice tweak but when u scroll to the spotlight…it lags