Who ever said that the iOS keyboard had to lack features? A new jailbreak tweak called Jellyboard by iOS developer Max Katzmann will bring a truckload of new features to the iOS keyboard to make typing easier and more efficient, and best of all, it’s all customizable to your tastes.
Jellyboard adds a number of new gestures to your keyboard that you can use as typing shortcuts so you don’t have to waste your time panning around in the text field with the iOS magnifying glass with your finger to correct or change a body of text.
The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application so you can configure your gestures and what you want them to do:
The first two options you’ll find are the ability to enable or disable the tweak on demand, and the ability to change the sensitivity of the gestures to tiny, small, normal, large, or gigantic (normal is the default.)
Next up, you’ll be able to configure your gestures, and what they’ll do. There are two kinds of gestures that ship with Jellyboard, and those are one-finger gestures and two-finger gestures. The one-finger gestures involve using one finger, while the two-finger gestures involve holding the shift key on the keyboard and then performing the gesture. One-finger gestures are always enabled, but you can enable or disable the two-finger gestures at any time. There are four gesture slots for each section.
For each gesture, you will be able to set any of the following actions:
- Delete previous word
- Delete next word
- Delete previous sentence
- Delete next sentence
- Delete all
- Paste (custom text)
- Select all
- Select previous word
- Select next word
- Select previous sentence
- Select next sentence
- Make uppercase
- Make lowercase
- Enclose selection in chars
- Enclose last word in chars
- Enclose last sentence in chars
- Move cursor one word left
- Move cursor one word right
- Move cursor one sentence left
- Move cursor one sentence right
Since there are only eight gestures altogether, there’s no possible way to take advantage of all of the gestures at once, so you’ll have to pick your favorites.
At the bottom of the main preferences pane, you'll also be able to insert a custom text string, which will be inserted if you ever use the "Paste (custom text)" option in one of your gestures, and you'll also be able to insert a custom enclosing chars string, which will be inserted if you ever use the "Enclose ___ in chars" option in one of your gestures.
The developer has a nice demo video for Jellyboard that you can view below:
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Jellyboard will be great for anyone that spends a lot of their time on their iOS devices typing, such as texting a lot, or writing long bodies of text in text-editing applications or word processors like Apple’s Pages application.
If you want to give Jellyboard a try, it's available right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository for just 99˘. Notably, the tweak works on iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads running iOS 5.0 and later.
Requirements: iOS 5.0+
Developer: Max Katzmann
Editor's Rating: 5/5