Itís no surprise that text editing on iOS can be extremely cumbersome. Thatís why iOS developer Kyle Howells invented SwipeSelection
, a jailbreak tweak that makes it easier to swipe through words and characters, highlight text, and more. Simply swiping one way or the other over the keyboard moves the cursor, while swiping from the Shift key on either side of the keyboard allows you to select text.
The same developer has just released SwipeSelection Pro
, a new version of the tweak, which has been completely re-written for iOS 7, and includes even more features and customization options in the Settings application.
You'll find the following preferences pane in the Settings application after you install the tweak:
From here, you can easily enable or disable the tweak on demand via a kill-switch, and you'll even be able to enable or disable the option to triple-tap on the Shift key to easily enable or disable SwipeSelection on demand right from the keyboard when it's open, but you'll also find some other interesting options for tailoring the tweak's sensitivity to your typing style.
For example, you can adjust the area of the keyboard that you want the swipes to register in. If you want to prevent gestures from causing keys to be accidentally pressed, you can make it so that gestures can only be performed on the Space Bar. You can even make it so that all gestures can only be performed above the Space Bar. If neither of these options sound good to you, you can make it so that gestures can be performed across the entire keyboard.
You'll also be able to adjust the sensitivity of the SwipeSelection Pro gestures. This gives you better control over when your keyboard will recognize your finger as trying to perform a gesture, or trying to tap on a keyboard key. The Swipe Speed option will let you choose how fast the cursor will move through text as you swipe across the keyboard Ė by default, this option is set to "Normal," but you can also choose between Slowest, Slower, Faster, or Fastest.
The final option you have is the ability to enable three-finger swiping to move to the beginning or to the end of a document, which is handy in word-processing applications like Pages when you might have a lot of text. This feature is recommended only for iPad users, because iPad users have a lot more room to swipe three fingers on the much larger keyboard, but it's entirely possible to use on an iPhone if you choose to enable it.
If you're looking to improve the text-editing experience in iOS, we would definitely recommend SwipeSelection Pro. It's compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit iOS devices. If you want to give it a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.99.