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  • 'Octopus Keyboard' Makes Typing Even Better On iOS


    Typing on a small mobile screen like that of the iPhone can be very cumbersome, so why not decrease the workload and let the software help you with the typing? A new jailbreak tweak called Octopus Keyboard by iOS developer Mario Hros will allow the keyboard to guess at the words you are most likely trying to spell so you don’t have to manually type those words all the way out. With the way the keyboard works, you might feel like you’re typing like an Octopus – hence the name.

    The Octopus Keyboard uses the power of a dictionary to start auto-spelling words based on what you are typing into the text field. Any suggestions that the tweak can come up with are displayed above the letter that would be the next in the sequence of spelling a word. For example, if you type "nex" the word "next" would appear over the letter T as shown above. To have Octopus Keyboard automatically spell out a word suggestion instead of you having to type a word manually, you can swipe up on the key with the word suggestion above it – this is what might make you feel like you are typing the way an Octopus would.

    Even though the word "next" is a small example and most people wouldn't mind tapping on the letter T instead of having Octopus Keyboard spell out the word next for you when you have "nex" already in the text field, the tweak works wonders with longer words that could save you anywhere between two and ten keystrokes per word. After some long use, Octopus Keyboard would save you a lot of time in typing. It also works in just about every application where you can enter text – both in Apple's stock applications and in third party applications.

    Octopus Keyboard comes with a preferences pane that you will find in the Settings application where you can adjust the options of the tweak to make your own use of the tweak as personalized as you would like it to be:



    The tweak comes with a kill switch that allows you to enable and disable the Octopus Keyboard on demand. You can also:
    • manage your dictionaries (U.S. English by default)
    • adjust how the text above the keyboard letters will appear
    • choose how far you need to swipe up on the keyboard before a recommended word is typed out for you
    • change the threshold of the recommended words
    • adjust options for how the keyboard will learn the words you use

    As a great tweak with a ton of options, Octopus Keyboard does a great job of making typing a lot less cumbersome from iOS and the recommendations are extremely accurate from our testing with the tweak. It supports most major languages except for Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Anyone that is a slower typer would want to give this tweak a try because it can increase your typing speed if you are constantly text-messaging people or writing on social networking sites.

    Name: Octopus Keyboard
    Price: $4.99
    Version: 1.0.4-11
    Requirements: iOS 5
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Mario Hros
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5

    Sources: Mario Hros
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Octopus Keyboard' Makes Typing Even Better On iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      wow .... $4.99 to guess at what i'm typing.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by hank197857 View Post
      wow .... $4.99 to guess at what i'm typing.
      I will stand up for the tweak saying it's going to guess exactly what you are typing >97% of the time. It will also speed up your typing by allowing you to auto-insert the recommended words.
    1. iRevival's Avatar
      iRevival -
      Yeah that's a steep price tag. I'll pass. It is a really cool tweak though.
    1. Asianiza's Avatar
      Asianiza -
      does anyone has the same problem when using it on landscape with the message app. It works totally fine on whatsapp but in the message app it only show half of the suggested words on the top row.
    1. redcapediver's Avatar
      redcapediver -
      when you buy it you can use the license on 2 devices.
    1. NovaTornado's Avatar
      NovaTornado -
      It gives you infinite licenses, but only 2 per month... Price tag isn't so steep if you think of it that way, but how many of us would need this for beyond one or two devices max?
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by NovaTornado View Post
      It gives you infinite licenses, but only 2 per month... Price tag isn't so steep if you think of it that way, but how many of us would need this for beyond one or two devices max?
      Lol you must not have Been to an apple fanboys house like mine.. 4 iPhones 2 iPod touches 2 iPhones that are iPods now 2 iPads haha
    1. rhodysurf's Avatar
      rhodysurf -
      This isnt a steep price for this if your familiar with coding tweaks.. Especially predictive typing protocols
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      How do you guys like it? It looks really cool, but I am a little hesitant.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      How do you guys like it? It looks really cool, but I am a little hesitant.
      I think it's great.
    1. rhodysurf's Avatar
      rhodysurf -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      How do you guys like it? It looks really cool, but I am a little hesitant.
      I love it personally, but it takes some patience to get used to
    1. jps1012's Avatar
      jps1012 -
      Thanks for the responses. How is the swiping up to use the predicted word? For example through activator I have swiping up to do something and it doesn't always work well.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jps1012 View Post
      Thanks for the responses. How is the swiping up to use the predicted word? For example through activator I have swiping up to do something and it doesn't always work well.
      The tweak comes with adjustments for the sliding, so you will be able to make it as sensitive as you want.
    1. iPhaeto's Avatar
      iPhaeto -
      Quote Originally Posted by itslivo View Post
      Yeah that's a steep price tag. I'll pass. It is a really cool tweak though.
      Yea, $5 seems greedy to me...
    1. kimberly_'s Avatar
      kimberly_ -
      Does anyone know if using a 5-row keyboard messes up this tweak? I'm guessing it would, but I would hate to give up iKeywi.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhaeto View Post
      Yea, $5 seems greedy to me...
      Erm, why? Don't you pay more than $5 for a dinner at a restaurant? It takes a lot longer to code a tweak like this than to cook a meal.
    1. LearningMan's Avatar
      LearningMan -
      Quote Originally Posted by hank197857 View Post
      wow .... $4.99 to guess at what i'm typing.
      Anybody know if there's a "swipe" available like I've seen on Androids?

      Anybody lnow if there's anything available like the "swipe" typer that I've seen on Android?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by LearningMan View Post
      Anybody know if there's a "swipe" available like I've seen on Androids?

      Anybody lnow if there's anything available like the "swipe" typer that I've seen on Android?
      There used to be one called Swype. I'm not sure what became of it.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Isn't this what the new BB OS has?? I thought it looked really cool.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Isn't this what the new BB OS has?? I thought it looked really cool.
      Yeah, pretty much. This brings it to iOS. It is indeed pretty cool.