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  • Swype Ported To iOS By Jailbreak Developer


    Swype, upon release, has been a popular alternative to the simple tap to type. With its patented sliding and recognition technology, your simple swipe of a finger through the letters of the word you're spelling out will spell out the word you desire. According to the Swype website, this software has been deployed to over 26 million phones in 50+ countries. The entire list comprises of Android and Windows OS phones; the iOS community was left out. Swype has promised beta testing for iOS however restrictions by Apple have made it difficult. Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) decided that the community couldn't wait any longer and decided to port Swype to iOS.



    It's currently in its early beta stages but seems to work well. Andrew has confirmed that there are some limitations however he is working to fix them:

    • The Swype beta does not work in AppStore applications or Cydia (only in stock iOS currently - he is looking to fix it today)
    • No blue line to indicate where you are swiping


    I can not confirm what devices/firmwares are supported (I'm currently on iOS 5 Beta 2 and it works fine) so test at your own risk. You can have access to Swype beta in the following ways:

    (1.) Add this repository: wynd.x10.mx (includes http:// in front)

    (2.) Download from mediafire: Swype Beta (v0.1.0)

    Follow Andrew Liu (@WyndWarrior) on Twitter to keep up to date on the progress with the Swype Beta for iOS.

    UPDATE: After speaking briefly with Brian Resnik - Community Relations Specialist from Swype, here are clarifications made by him on behalf of Swype in regards to this recently released beta application:

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Resnik;
    The first thing we want to make clear is that this version released via Cydia is not in any way an official Swype product, or related to SwypeInc. in any way. It appears this developer wrote some of his own code to emulate a Swype-like experience and is using our brand. We donít know if this is a Ďhackedí version of Swype or not. Iím thinking not. We are still investigating, but either way, this is not an official release or port of Swype to iOS. Additionally, since we weren't involved with the development of this application, we can not vouch for the integrity of the software. From a consumer's perspective, we recommend researching the developer on your own to ensure the trustworthiness of this application from a security standpoint.

    Our legal counsel is advising us on the best course of action regarding this 'hacked' release. We'll continue to follow the situation and do whatever our management team determines is appropriate to protect our intellectual property. We're not looking to prove a point or anything like that. Frankly, as our CEO mentioned in an interview with GeekWire on the topic, the clear interest demonstrated by this release from iOS users in having Swype is exciting. But we do still need to protect our brand and, if it turns out that some of our code are being used, our patents.

    Also, people are already saying "this proves that you can get Swype on iOS, even if it's through Cydia, right?" Well, not really. Yes, you can get "tracing" to work via some serious hacking (and even then it only works on jailbroken phones, and in stock iOS applications), but there are other really important elements to Swype. For example, word replacement and editing. With Swype, we know that the prediction engine won't get it right 100% of the time. Most of the time, absolutely, but there will always be a mistake once in a while. The nice thing about Swype is that when that happens you can quickly pull up a list of alternative suggestions - in the new v3.0, they're automatically shown whenever you swipe a word or tap on a previously entered word. When you pick an alternative suggestion, Swype replaces the previously typed word with the new one. Without keyboard APIs, we have no way of interacting with the text field in those kinds of ways. Sure, you can get basic character entry to work, but to get the full Swype experience, we absolutely require certain features to be implemented by Apple themselves.
    Source(s): Andrew Liu, Swype
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Swype Ported To iOS By Jailbreak Developer started by Joshua Tucker View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. Markypizz's Avatar
      Markypizz -
      I know it's only in beta but this just may be the worst tweak I've ever installed on my iPad. I'm going to try to swype the preamble. We all know it, right? Here we go, no back spacing whatsoever.
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      I can't even continue. This is so bad it is unbelievable. I shall be uninstalling it now. My android wouldn't have a problem with this. I know it's only in beta, but MAN they have a lot of work to do if they are serious about this.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      As you've said, it's in beta and we all know that. WyndWarrior has created a lot of things that are innovative and these are things nobody else has thought of or has taken the time to do.

      Dreamboard is a prime example. It wasn't 100% working I'm every aspect in the beginning, now it's nearly flawless. Wynd is probably going to fix it till it is near perfect as he always does with many of his work. So I'd suggest perhaps pointing out the flaws yes, but not saying it's the worst thing ever that its unbelievable etc. For years people have wanted Swype style text entry and for years no developer ever attempted to do it. Now somebody has, that's already progress.

      Edit: I rephrase the above statement. Nobody has attempted to integrate it into the iOS, the app that had it doesn't count bc it only worked within the app. Just clarifying before anybody decides to attack me on that
    1. RM305's Avatar
      RM305 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      As you've said, it's in beta and we all know that. WyndWarrior has created a lot of things that are innovative and these are things nobody else has thought of or has taken the time to do.

      Dreamboard is a prime example. It wasn't 100% working I'm every aspect in the beginning, now it's nearly flawless. Wynd is probably going to fix it till it is near perfect as he always does with many of his work. So I'd suggest perhaps pointing out the flaws yes, but not saying it's the worst thing ever that its unbelievable etc. For years people have wanted Swype style text entry and for years no developer ever attempted to do it. Now somebody has, that's already progress.

      Edit: I rephrase the above statement. Nobody has attempted to integrate it into the iOS, the app that had it doesn't count bc it only worked within the app. Just clarifying before anybody decides to attack me on that
      I agree with your post. Even though everybody is entitled to their opinion, is messed up to totally criticize his hardwork and effort to bringing to us something that would be nice to have in the first place. I for one was having a little trouble using it but deactivated 5-row keyboard and it appears to be working better, hopefully it can be resolved as I like 5-row keyboard too. So far it hasn't gone on safemode. Also it appears it has another update at version 0.2.1 without it requiring install of rootify. Does that mean rootify is no longer necessary to be able to use swype with AppStore apps as it is what it was meant for?

      ******EDIT******

      ok well I retried iswipe again with 5-Row Keyboard and it is working perfectly.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Like it kinda slow but still beta...anyone having problems with typing
    1. iGamers's Avatar
      iGamers -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      As you've said, it's in beta and we all know that. WyndWarrior has created a lot of things that are innovative and these are things nobody else has thought of or has taken the time to do.

      Dreamboard is a prime example. It wasn't 100% working I'm every aspect in the beginning, now it's nearly flawless. Wynd is probably going to fix it till it is near perfect as he always does with many of his work. So I'd suggest perhaps pointing out the flaws yes, but not saying it's the worst thing ever that its unbelievable etc. For years people have wanted Swype style text entry and for years no developer ever attempted to do it. Now somebody has, that's already progress.

      Edit: I rephrase the above statement. Nobody has attempted to integrate it into the iOS, the app that had it doesn't count bc it only worked within the app. Just clarifying before anybody decides to attack me on that
      i agree 100% commend him on his hard work, even if it isnt something that youve been wanting, a lot of people do want it, and it isnt easy developing these things, ive been a huge fan of wynd for the past few years and he has contributed a lot to the community, themes, dreamboard, this, dont criticize his work because its a beta and may not be perfect yet, beta releases are to find bugs and get feedback on what he needs to work out, it would take so long to work out all the bugs on his own, yet if he has a couple hundred people testing it out with him, the bugs come up a lot faster and he figures out what he needs to work on a lot faster, good job wynd, its very stable, doesnt cause crashes and has works in quite a bit of apps, it even works with facebook
    1. JoeyBoren's Avatar
      JoeyBoren -
      Can anyone post a link to the updated deb file (iswipe 3.0) i have been relying on these debs because i have to manually install because my cydia has some dumb connection error. Thanks to anyone in advanced that will post it!!!!!
    1. guimenez's Avatar
      guimenez -
      Version 0.3 its fantastic, now we can choose other words

      Just waiting for the language support

      many thanks wynd
    1. Ste_Moore01's Avatar
      Ste_Moore01 -
      I've found that once this is installed, everytime I lock my iPhone it crashes and goes into Safe Mode.
      It even does it when I leave it to autolock and when I set an activator gesture to lock it.
      It works very well when I don't lock it though.

      I've also found that I have the blue line showing on mine. I don't know why.
    1. Syk artist's Avatar
      Syk artist -
      The only suggestion I have is to make a library that we could make our own short cuts. That would be great. Still love it though. 4.5/5
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      LMAO at wynds tweet...
      Version .3's changelog is the 3rd paragraph quoted from the article...
      just remove all the no's and not's LMAO


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    1. iGamers's Avatar
      iGamers -
      also now when im just tap typing and not swyping, it will change my words that are correct to words that it thinks im swyping, idk how to explain it
    1. jonahrei's Avatar
      jonahrei -
      Anyone using it on the ipad2? Every time is use it and put a space after the word, it removes the space and puts both words together. Anyone else having that problem?
    1. RM305's Avatar
      RM305 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jonahrei View Post
      Anyone using it on the ipad2? Every time is use it and put a space after the word, it removes the space and puts both words together. Anyone else having that problem?
      It has automatic spacing so there is no need to tap on space button when you swype another word.
    1. xeon_xn's Avatar
      xeon_xn -
      Does anyone know what happened to this? No more updates? Did he stop working on it?
    1. pchen88's Avatar
      pchen88 -
      Need Help !!!
      It is a most interesting tweak esp for 1 finger typing. I just love it
      But cannot install ver 0.3.0 - error msg frm cydia
      i subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
      ii sub-process/usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
      Any help most apprecd.
      Thanks
      Edit
      installing onto iphone4 4.33 JB Redsn0w
    1. uczmeg's Avatar
      uczmeg -
      Quote Originally Posted by xeon_xn View Post
      Does anyone know what happened to this? No more updates? Did he stop working on it?
      Found this thread hunting to see if it still existed as the repositry info I found didn't work.

      It seems a new version was released two days ago...

      iSwipe Beta 4:

      Repository: cydia.myrepospace.com/wyndwarrior

      Changes:

      - Add to dictionary
      - Faster lookups
      - More accurate
      - Smart correct (corrections will be remembered by iSwipe)
      - new way of bypassing the sandbox
      - Almost ready for multi-lingual dictionaries
      Probably best to follow Andrew on twitter to keep up...

      Twitter
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      0.3.0 still on mine in Cydia doesn't say anything about an update
    1. Jugdys's Avatar
      Jugdys -
      How do you type bullets? I hold down the hyphen. I see the bullet. If I move away from the hyphen the option disappears.