Since the keyboard in iOS is something that we interact with multiple times every day, it seems like a very good place for improvement in terms of functionality. A new jailbreak tweak called SwipeExpander is now available in Cydia by iOS developer Jerry En that adds configurable swipe shortcuts to your iOS keyboard.
SwipeExpander can be configured in the way you want to use it. You can configure inserting specific text, performing actions, or showing a menu full of options by swiping up or down on any of your iOS keyboard keys. The appearance of the keyboard looks much like AltKeyboard 2, but on the functionality side of things, they're completely different tweaks with different feature sets.
SwipeExpander adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can begin customizing its various options to your liking:
From here, you can configure your keyboards, hide or show letter case, names of keys, and previews, and even adjust the sensitivity of your keys for when you swipe up or down on them. There's also an option here to prevent Control Center from opening when you're swiping up on keys on the keyboard, and various sliders for adjusting things such as the opacity, size, landscape size, position, landscape position, character position, and landscape character position.
From the sensitivity options, you can set a custom sensitivity level for your keyboard keys to help ensure that you don't accidentally perform an action that you didn't mean to perform:
You can pick from:
- Very low
- Very high
From the keyboards options, you can configure the keyboards that you have enabled so that the insertion of text, actions you want to perform, and menus that you want to configure will happen exactly the way you want them to:
There are many pre-set options and you can add or remove from the presets. If you want to add a new one, you will be presented with an interface where you must set a name for the option, configure an action for swiping up on the keyboard key, configure an option for swiping down on the keyboard key, and finally, assign the functions to the key.
You can see all of the function options you can pick from below:
You can make swiping up on a keyboard key or swiping down on a keyboard key do any of the following things:
- Insert text
- Open menu
- Select All
- Delete forward
- Delete word
- Dismiss auto-correct
- Dismiss keyboard
- Toggle caps lock
- Toggle word case
- Move caret to beginning
- Move caret to end
- Move caret up
- Move caret down
- Move caret left
- Move caret right
- Insert last photo
- Open Control Center
- Open App Switcher
From a first glance, it would seem that SwipeExpander is a very usable extension for the keyboard in iOS 7, and if you want to make the keyboard more usable, then SwipeExpander is definitely a great option for you. It's worth mentioning that the tweak is compatible with several other keyboard-enhancing jailbreak tweaks, such as SwipeSelection, SwipeSelection Pro, PredictiveKeyboard, DismissMyKeyboard, and KeyShortcut.
If you would like to give SwipeExpander a try, it's available right now in Cydia's BigBoss repository for $1.50. iOS 7 is required for the installation, but the tweak supports all iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.
Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.1.2
Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1.2
Developer: Jerry En
Editor's Rating: 5/5
You can watch our video review on SwipeExpander below:
Note: The video review of SwipeExpander was made demonstrating a beta version of the tweak. There are a number of new features in the public version that you will find in the rest of the article.