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  1. AutoText - Word Substitution / Macros (brb = 'be right back')

    Create your own typing shortcuts/macros. It's a popular feature that BlackBerry smartphones have always had that allows you to substitute a combination of letters (or words) for something else (typically longer). For example, why always type out your full email address when you can just type something like 'mygmail' and when you press the space button it'll replace 'mygmail' with 'mygmailname@gmail.com'. I use these all the time for things like my phone numbers, email addresses, addresses, and even just shorthand (i.e. ttyl + space button = talk to you later). It allows you to type faster with less…

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      535 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Add an option to remove the text box that comes up in landscape mode, So we can see what we are typing into

      Currently if you put the keyboard into landscape, you get a large white text box above the keyboard. This means you can't see the fields you are typing into, select new fields, or see any formatting without switching back to portrait mode.
      Go Keyboard lets you do it, it's a common feature for iOS devices, I already have key height at small, makes no difference to the text box.

      8,532 votes
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        118 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hi everyone,

        Thanks for your feedback on this issue. Right now the “full screen” text box appears when you switch to landscape on a phone. “Phone” here means that SwiftKey detects that your device identifies itself as being of “normal” size.

        The problem here is that “normal” size ranges from HTC Wildfire up to Galaxy Note. On larger-screened phones, there is plenty of room to see the text box and the surrounding app. On smaller-screened phones, if the full screen text box does not appear, the environment of the app can take up so much space that it is very difficult to see the box that you want to actually type into.

        “Not being able to see the rest of the app” is annoying for users with large phones, but “not being able to see what they are typing” would be even more annoying for users with small phones., which…

      • Option to disable auto-space after punctuation and/or prediction

        Add an option to disable automatic space after completing a word in flow. Instead add space after I have either chosen a suggestion is state typing a new word This way I could choose the proper suggestion much faster or need be correct my previous typing.

        11,562 votes
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          1031 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi everyone,

          This issue is something we’ve thought about on many occasions, as it would definitely simplify some of the typing use cases.

          One of the primary problems is that people often build words by selecting the root or prefix and then adding a suffix. For instance, if I want the word “predicting” I might select “predict”, then add the “ing”. In this case, if you add space before a prediction, there’s no way of knowing if the user intended to start the next word or add to the selected word.

          In the absence of a space after a prediction, a user whose cursor was next to the end of a word would not know if the predictions/corrections that they saw related to the word they are currently “in”, or to the next word.

          There may be a way to solve this problem via probabilistic modelling, but it’s definitely non-trivial.…

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            33 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 1,411 votes
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              under review  ·  133 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • customizable smileys / emoticons

              Smileys should be customizable.

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                266 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 5,271 votes
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                  under review  ·  130 comments  ·  3. Themes  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • The currency symbol(s) in the numeric block should correspond to the choosen language

                  In settings, I preset German as my input language but to reach the sign for my local currency unit, the I have to switch to the "other symbols" layout

                  22 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Nynorsk (Norwegian)

                    Please add a dictionary for nynorsk, or add support for nynorsk in the current Norwegian dictionary.

                    65 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  2. New languages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Chinese handwriting

                      Chinese handwriting with recognition. It's extremely helpful for looking up signs in a dictionary. GoKeyboard has it for example but it does get close to the smoothness of SwiftKey. Tired of switching keyboards all the time. I'd appreciate it!

                      963 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  2. New languages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Don't learn numbers

                        Swiftkey currently learns every number entered, and then proceeds to suggest these numbers all the time. It is cumbersome and inefficient - better to simply not learn numbers at all.

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                          26 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Swiss French

                          There is no options to use the swiss french dictionnary (qwertz)...

                          86 votes
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                            11 comments  ·  2. New languages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Ability to adjust the popup key duration

                            The popup character press display flashes to quickly to be useful. It shouldn't disappear immediately after releasing your finger from the button. What do you think?

                            105 votes
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                              9 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Swiss German

                              It need's a special keyboard layout. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_Swiss.svg

                              You could reuse and rename the german language pack (just change all ß with 'ss')
                              There is no need of a special language pack with swissgerman words, the device will learn them quickly.
                              Thank you.

                              165 votes
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                                14 comments  ·  2. New languages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Don't use other people's slang for my predictions

                                Swiftkey is wonderful, but lately I have been getting really bad predictions for words. Apparently words are learned from other users or some other colloquial source. Unfortunately almost everybody writes Finnish incorrectly. Sometimes up to every third word is misspelled, even if I make every effort to track the word correctly, and this makes Swiftkey unusable. In addition, slang, swear words and other rubbish is suggested. Could you give an option to use only dictionary words and words entered by me? Thank you for taking this into consideration!

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                                  0 comments  ·  4. Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Many thanks for your feedback. We recently updated the Finnish language model to include more conversational terms. Could you please provide examples of the undesired words that you mention in your comment? Your feedback can help us improve the model and find the right level of formality for the language. Thanks.

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