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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 characters.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have been requesting this feature for a couple of years now.

        Even Google and Android keyboard offer word substitution

        Instead of the typical word substitution that many leyboards offer, I would prefer a macro key.

        I have described it here a long time ago but I will try again.

        I want to be able to hit one key and have a string of text be applied to the text field I am typing into.

        So this macro would be user programmable.

        For example: I hit a key (its a macro key) and I've programmed that key with the following text: 'myemailaddress@AOL.com'.

        Anything that I use frequently or anything I want.

        I now use Thumb Keyboard by Beansoft, it has shortcut substitutions and this macro key feature I so desperately want with Swiftkey.

        It doesn't have to work exactly like Thumb Keyboard.

        In that app, there is one row of programmable key a total of 12 across the top row.

        You hold on a key, and a pop-up comes out that allows you to program the key with the text string of your needs.

        I think Swiftkey, could just have a page of keys show up like hitting the '123' to bring up the numeric and symbols page.

        Swift could just have a third page of keys show up and these key could be programmed by whatever Swiftkey decides to make that interface work. Maybe it could be done via the settings page.

        There are several ways to implement a macro function that could fall in lines to Swiftkey's design criteria.

        This is what I want the most out of Swiftkey's upgrades all these years.

        While waiting for the design team to put this in motion, I have to use Thumb Keyboard. I use this function so much that it forces me to continue not using any other keyboard app.

        I have found a few other keyboard apps out there that provide a macro dunction but they all fall short in the implementation of it.

        I'm still not sure why Swiftkey hasn't even provided the shortcut substitution feature.

        I can only assume, Swiftkey feels that its learning function is so superior that one would never need these kinds of features. Something like Apple taking the stance for years that nobody needs or would want a larger screen. Apple decides on how one should interact with a computer or smartphone. But apparently they have had a changr of heart especially when their stock price was suffering.

        I guess that's also the reason that Apple has finally allow selected alternative keyboard apps. And Swiftkey seems to be a winner of that.

        Ok, I asked, pleaded and begged, at this point I have to wait and see.

        Thank you.

        Rob

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      • MartinMartin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very disappointed this feature hasn't been added. Can't understand why either. looking at other keyboards now.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I strongly support Macro/auto text/world substitution as a priority feature for Swiftkey for a long time. As previously suggested several times in addition I would like to see a feature implemented is date date/time stamp feature that lets simply date, time, date time entered in whatever application. I am sure there a lot of users that may very much appreciate such a possibility. This might be part of the auto text facility.

      • TerryTerry commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Notice google keyboard does this - so going to stop using this one until it's added

      • YashYash commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why can't swift key add this simple feature? Just a small extension to the pre existing awesome keyboard

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Auto text would be the most important feature for me. Yes! Otherwise I will go back using Kii which offers this great functionality.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a critical feature. I like the keyboard but will probably keep looking for something else without this.

      • Khalid AlqasimKhalid Alqasim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I remember back in 2011, I gave my vote to this feature. Which I consider on my top list. months passed and nothing changed, I moved to many keyboards before settling with Kii as it has this feature. And now I'm surprised 3 years and still not even an alpha or beta project to implement this feature which I see from development approach is not that unique or complicated. Specially when you consider the number of votes this feature got and that it actually " make you type faster" which fall on line with Swiftkey goals.

      • Robert MauroRobert Mauro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, move this from "under review" to something you all actually will implement. Love everything BUT the lack of this MAJOR feature, and considering switching keyboards, even though I actually bought and paid for SwiftKey.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just switched to google keyboard because this feature saves me too much time to not use regularly. Too bad.

      • Cynthia M BrownCynthia M Brown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I find it unbelievable that this haven't been implemented. How long is this review process takes? Too long!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Looking through the comments, I am very disappointed to discover this has been going on for 3 years with no update!
        This is the only feature that keeps me running my BlackBerry as well as a Galaxy S3 which is much better in every other respect!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just started looking for this and I expected an awesome keyboard like swiftkey to have this... Can anyone recommend a good keyboard with this ability? My swiftkey trial is up soon.

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