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[Android 1.6+] External Keyboard Helper Pro

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By kallt_kaffe, Senior Member on 11th March 2012, 09:40 PM
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Get it from Google Play: External Keyboard Helper Pro

Make your Android device play nice with your non-US external keyboard.

A non visible soft keyboard (Input Method) intended to be used with hardware Bluetooth and USB keyboards. It automaticly detects Bluetooth keyboards (and in some cases also USB keyboards) and brings up the Input Method dialog. It also supports a lot of different keylayouts for non-US external keyboards.

This app does NOT require a rooted device.

Features
  • International keyboard layouts.
  • Remaps the Escape key to BACK (optional)
  • Allows you to control which characters should be threated as combining characters.
  • A "null" Soft Keyboard to use with hardware keyboards (Bluetooth & USB).
  • Automaticly brings up Input Method selection dialog when Bluetooth keyboard connects or disconnects.
  • Automatic detection can also work with USB keyboards on some platforms (experimental)
  • App that brings up Input Method selection (for easy access)

Currently supported keyboard layouts
  • Austrian
  • Belgian
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • English (GB)
  • English (US-International)
  • Estonian
  • Faroese
  • Finnish
  • French (Canada)
  • French (France)
  • French (Switzerland)
  • German
  • German (Switzerland)
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian (Numeric)
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Spain/Int)
  • Swedish
  • Turkish (Q)
  • Vietnamese

All layouts are based on standard USB Keyboard layouts. Bluetooth keyboards sometimes do not follow the standard completely but you can customize the layout yourself if it doesn't match perfectly.


Characters that can be threated as combining characters
  • acute
  • breve
  • caron
  • cedilla
  • circumflex
  • diaeresis/umlaut/dialytika
  • dialytika tonos
  • dot above/dot below
  • double acute
  • grave
  • ogonek
  • ring
  • tilde
  • tonos

What it does NOT
  • It won't fix your Bluetooth or USB connected keyboard if it wasn't working in the first place.
  • It does not automaticly switch Input Method. It only shows the dialog and you will have to choose Input Method manually. This is an intentional limitation built into Android by Google. No app is allowed to change Input Method without user interaction (unless the app is a system app).

Planned features
  • Support for more keyboard layouts.
  • DONE!Support for manually remapping keys.
  • DONE!If requested I may also make it work on Android versions lower than 2.3.
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19th March 2012, 07:54 AM |#2  
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Since yesterday it works with Android 1.6+ and custom remapping feature has been added along with some more predefined layouts and some more combining characters.

A demo version will be created soon.
10th April 2012, 09:23 PM |#3  
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Czech layout
Hi! Your app is perfect. I think it is really great idea. But I have one little problem.. there isn't czech layout. Is there any possibility You could add it in next version?

If you tell me what do you need, I can help you prepare it for you app.
11th April 2012, 12:09 PM |#4  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vpavlin

Hi! Your app is perfect. I think it is really great idea. But I have one little problem.. there isn't czech layout. Is there any possibility You could add it in next version?

If you tell me what do you need, I can help you prepare it for you app.

Sure, the reason why I haven't added it allready is that I'm not sure which one of the 3 different Czech layouts that are the most commonly used.

Czech: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/m...rds/kbdcz.html
Czech QWERTY: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/m...ds/kbdcz1.html
Czech Programmer: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/m...ds/kbdcz2.html

Which of these three is the most common one?
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11th April 2012, 11:31 PM |#5  
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Before anyone post something here, there is a FAQ page that you can access.

http://www.apedroid.com/android-appl...ard-helper/faq

If the FAQs dont resolve the problem, then you can considered post it here.

Thank you for the app!
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12th April 2012, 09:58 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by kallt_kaffe

Sure, the reason why I haven't added it allready is that I'm not sure which one of the 3 different Czech layouts that are the most commonly used.

Czech:
.
.
.

Which of these three is the most common one?

I would recommend this first one

From common czech kb it differs just in key with the forward slash ("/"). Common czech keyboard has there -,_ (SHIFT), * (ALTGR)

Thank you very much!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vpavlin

I would recommend this first one

From common czech kb it differs just in key with the forward slash ("/"). Common czech keyboard has there -,_ (SHIFT), * (ALTGR)

Thank you very much!

Like this one?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ke...yout_Czech.svg
12th April 2012, 11:07 PM |#8  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vpavlin

I would recommend this first one

From common czech kb it differs just in key with the forward slash ("/"). Common czech keyboard has there -,_ (SHIFT), * (ALTGR)

Thank you very much!

The "dot above" dead key (altgr+8) is supposed to generate E I and Z with dot-above according to this layout: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/m...rds/kbdcz.html

Are "dot-above-E" (ėĖ) and "dot-above-I" (İ) really used in the Czech language? It would save me some work if I can skip those two combinations.
(not to be confused with èÈ éÉ and ìÌ íÍ)
14th April 2012, 08:29 AM |#9  
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Originally Posted by kallt_kaffe

The "dot above" dead key (altgr+8) is supposed to generate E I and Z with dot-above according to this layout: ...

Are "dot-above-E" (ėĖ) and "dot-above-I" (İ) really used in the Czech language? It would save me some work if I can skip those two combinations.
(not to be confused with èÈ éÉ and ìÌ íÍ)

Hi,

no, we don't use the dot symbol. I have even never noticed it on the keyboard

Anyway, the czech layout is the same as on Wikipedie (link from your previous post). I found this layout before, bude XDA didn't let mi post the link to it

Thanks

Vaclav
14th April 2012, 10:02 AM |#10  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by vpavlin

Hi,

no, we don't use the dot symbol. I have even never noticed it on the keyboard

Anyway, the czech layout is the same as on Wikipedie (link from your previous post). I found this layout before, bude XDA didn't let mi post the link to it

Thanks

Vaclav

Ok, great. It will be included in the next version.
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hebrew language
hey,

i purchased your program and it looks like a great program but im unable to use it because it doesn't have the hebrew layout, is there a way to add it?

thanks.
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