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  • [Review] SwipeSelection - Make iOS Text-Editing Less Cumbersome!


    If you find text editing from iOS cumbersome, then you’re not alone. It’s even worse on the iPad because of the large screen requiring you to reach out further. A new jailbreak tweak dubbed SwipeSelection by iOS developer Kyle Howells aims for the stars to make text editing more intuitive by introducing swipe gestures to the realm of selecting text and moving the cursor around instead of having to tap or hold down to select text and move the cursor around.

    SwipeSelection is absolutely easy to understand, as there are only three basic gestures to use with the tweak. The first being to activate the Shift key and then swipe across the keyboard to select text, the second being to swipe from one side of the keyboard to the other with one finger to move the cursor around slowly and accurately, and the last being to swipe from one side of the keyboard with two fingers to move the cursor quickly, which is less accurate because of the speed.

    The swipe gestures feel more at home in the iOS environment because they’re so much more fluid. Having to reach out and tap on the text can lead to innacurate placement of the cursor and to top it all off your finger gets in the way of seeing what you’re doing. Because SwipeSelection has you select text from the keyboard area, you can always see what you are doing because your finger is never hovering over the text.

    You will always have the option of choosing which method of moving the cursor or selecting the text you want to use – that of SwipeSelection, or using iOS’ stock method. SwipeSelection works with iOS 4 and newer and runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. iPad owners will probably see this tweak as a must-have because of the fact that editing text on the iPad is a workout. For smaller screens like that on the iPhone or iPod touch, this is more of a luxury tweak.

    Functionally, the tweak works absolutely beautifully. For a free jailbreak tweak, we couldn’t have asked for better functionality. If you want to grab this and give it a try, you can find it on the BigBoss repository today.

    Name: SwipeSelection
    Price: FREE
    Version: 0.9-4
    Requirements: iOS 4+
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Kyle Howells
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    Sources: Kyle Howells
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] SwipeSelection - Make iOS Text-Editing Less Cumbersome! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. JimboHurt's Avatar
      JimboHurt -
      About to try it!! 👍
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      It doesn't work in Safari or Atomic web browser for me, pretty much useless if all it works in is iBooks and Notes. It also stops the shortcut keys from working too i.e. Some keys have extra functions assigned to them if you hold and slide up from that key, so vertical sliding needs to be ignored so as to not break default keyboard functionality. So vertical navigation is going to be a no no, unless its made optional in a settings GUI.

      EDIT: There has been an update for this tweak now that fixes the hidden key slide shortcuts I mentioned above. The tweak still doesn't work system wide though, Safari and Atomic for example still do not have slide selection.
    1. neous's Avatar
      neous -
      I can't get it work with kbshortcut quick text function which is essential for me. one major problem is that once you start to drag, it keeps holding that key and type that key where you stop. kinda annoy when you have to delete that letter again.
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      You do realise that iOS5 has keyboard macros/shortcuts built into it dont you?

      Settings> General> Keyboard> Shortcuts.
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      Wait who had this idea first? This guy or this guy?
    1. Sevael's Avatar
      Sevael -
      Quote Originally Posted by Andydigital View Post
      It also stops the shortcut keys from working too i.e. Some keys have extra functions assigned to them if you hold and slide up from that key, so vertical sliding needs to be ignored so as to not break default keyboard functionality. So vertical navigation is going to be a no no, unless its made optional in a settings GUI.
      Not true. Sliding upward on a key currently does nothing. To use accents you press and hold on a key (without moving) until there is a pop-up, then slide along that pop-up to pick the correct character. This in no way would interfere with a vertical scrolling implementation anymore than it currently interferes with the horizontal sliding; as long as you start scrolling any direction right away, the accent pop-up won't appear.

      And yes, I saw your edit. This was just for clarification.
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      Quote Originally Posted by Andydigital View Post
      It doesn't work in Safari or Atomic web browser for me, pretty much useless if all it works in is iBooks and Notes. It also stops the shortcut keys from working too i.e. Some keys have extra functions assigned to them if you hold and slide up from that key, so vertical sliding needs to be ignored so as to not break default keyboard functionality. So vertical navigation is going to be a no no, unless its made optional in a settings GUI.

      EDIT: There has been an update for this tweak now that fixes the hidden key slide shortcuts I mentioned above. The tweak still doesn't work system wide though, Safari and Atomic for example still do not have slide selection.

      I noticed the not working in safari but it does work in atomic web browser... I use browser changer and set it for atomic and no issues.
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      That's exactly how I have it setup but its no dice for me in either browser, how odd.
    1. happypup6969's Avatar
      happypup6969 -
      Love the concept, and it worked well for me, but I found that when typing a little fast it missed half the characters. Had to uninstall.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Looks cool. I'll have to try it.
    1. Nickothasicko's Avatar
      Nickothasicko -
      This Tweak is ridiculously obvious- just used the tweak to edit this post with sublime aese...er... ease. Tweak of the month!

      My only feedback is that for essay length text vertical positing would be nice- then again a quick tap on the desired line then shift and gesture works just as well.
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      Quote Originally Posted by Andydigital View Post
      That's exactly how I have it setup but its no dice for me in either browser, how odd.
      Weird. Try reinstalling maybe... I have it workin with atomic on my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 both on 5.0.1. Are you using the paid or free version of atomic?
    1. Andydigital's Avatar
      Andydigital -
      5.01, Paid version, iPad 2.

      I'll maybe try reinstalling Atomic later this evening, too busy at the moment catching up reading forum posts for the beta of Project CARS.
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Sweeeeet!
    1. ccoltmanm's Avatar
      ccoltmanm -
      I do not see it either.
    1. Sn4ke's Avatar
      Sn4ke -
      It works in Notes app. Does not work in Pages or OmniOutliner.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Works great. An update was released today fixing some bugs; even better
    1. gotzaiPhone's Avatar
      gotzaiPhone -
      I liked it, but ran into a big problem. Apparently, I must not lift my fingers very high off the screen when typing and it was causing the cursor to move backwards and was screwing up what I was typing. Good concept, but I've been typing this way since the original iPhone and I can't change that now.
    1. i113's Avatar
      i113 -
      Good job with such a useful tweak. I can't believe it's free.
      I'd pay for an upgrade that works in safari.
    1. Flexic's Avatar
      Flexic -
      being a fast texter the tweak seldom sets me a few characters back, all in all still an amazing tweak will wait for an update that fixes the slight issue 4.5/5