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By appelflap, Inactive Recognized Developer on 6th November 2010, 01:04 PM
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Note (nov 30, 2010): By now there are two versions: a lite version, published here (free) and a full version (paid) on the market. The full version will be continuously updated with new features, layouts, styles and more. The lite version will get no more updates.

(feb. 16, 2011) New thread for the full (paid-for) version created here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=948179 . Please post your requests, questions, comments etc in that thread. Thanks


------ initial announcement ----------


New thumb keyboard for easy thumb typing. The idea is simple. I've split the keyboard in two halfs, took them apart and placed them above each other (see screenshots). Result: much wider keys...


Somehow the brains does the remapping remarkably well. Left/right to up/down doesn't seem a problem. The result is that the keys can be defined with a greater width and that for thumb typing the phone can be hold in much more natural way.



Press-and-hold the keyboard icon for switching between layouts, settings and selecting another input method:

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I'm very curious what other users think about this concept... Also I'm very interested in getting feedback on the usability of this concept.



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App blog: http://thumbkeyboard.blogspot.com/

Little FAQ

Q: I don't see the keyboard after installing it
A: The procedure of selecting the keyboard is described in the screen you see right after you have installed the keyboard. It's described in the section "Selecting the Keyboard". You can consult this info at any given time by tapping on the Thumb Keyboard app in your app drawer.
Basically the procedure is as follows: go to the Android keyboard settings menu by selecting "Settings" or "Preferences" in your app drawer and then "Keyboard ...". In this menu check "Thumb Keyboard". Now, when you want to edit something and your normal keyboard pops up, long tap in the edit field and select "Thumb Keyboard" from the "Input Method" menu.

Q: How can I switch to another layout or set up my preferences for the keyboard
A: Also described in the info screen under the header "Setting up the Keyboard". Anyway... long press on the keyboard icon in the left corner at the bottom of the keyboard to access the settings menu and to switch layouts.

Q: I can't download the file that is attached to this post.
If you try to download it from your Android phone keep in mind that not all browsers support downloading apk files directly. You can either try another browser, use a download helper or download it from your pc/mac

Q: Will this keyboard help me to find answers to some urgent existential questions?
A: No. But you can always read a good philosophy book and make notes with this keyboard.

Q: Huh?
A: kidding


Changelog

v1.5.1 * missing accented characters added * solved spacing issues in the accented character popup keyboards * added a numpad popup keyboard (press and hold [email protected]) * Some additions to the help/info screen"

v1.5 * New Style * International (accented) characters * Popup Smiley Keyboard * Option to mark keyboard blocks with different colors * Numbers on the compact keyboard * Checkerboard Vibrate Pattern * option to set vibration strength * etc (Compatible with Android 1.6 and higher)
(Users who already downloaded the 1.5 version are adviced to download the (new) attached version again)

v1.4.1: Small update: * added a extra, redundant "g" to the "asdf" row to address more typing habits. * made the keyboard suitable for all possible screen densities


v1.4: *finally adapted the landscape keyboards for thumbtyping (see screenshot) *added new portrait layouts with a squeezed q for better accessibility of the t (see screenshot) *changed the layout of the symbol/num keyboards

v1.3: Added help info + caught a bug or two

v1.2.1: = 1.2 + little bug fixed (and . added to the first symbol screen)

v1.2: Changed the behavior of the Shift-key: *Double tap on Shift key to turn on/off Caps Lock * auto capitalize after period (can be turned off in preferences)


v1.1:
  • New additional small layout
  • QWERZ keyboard layouts (Big and Small)
  • (1 Gesture added) Swipe back for backspace
  • Sound bug fixed
  • Remember: long press menu icon for options and settings
v 1.0 release



Distribution
I will not allow any distribution of this keyboard without a explicit permission by me.

Full Version
The full version (with text prediction, themes, tablet layouts, resizable height, sound selection, auto quick fix, etc. etc.) is available on the Android Market and on AndroidPIT (paypal)
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6th November 2010, 04:09 PM |#2  
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Like the concept. It is almost like my left and right thumb knew which keyboard to use. Maybe you can try changing one of the space keys for special characters or hard press on letters for special characters. I like the idea although I have to trade it for screen real-estate. Not bad, indeed a lot of work need to be done but I'm definitly keeping my eyes on the this. Thank you.
7th November 2010, 12:49 AM |#3  
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I'm an idoit I just notice the special character key is next the "g".
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7th November 2010, 01:07 PM |#4  
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Like the concept. It is almost like my left and right thumb knew which keyboard to use. Maybe you can try changing one of the space keys for special characters or hard press on letters for special characters. I like the idea although I have to trade it for screen real-estate. Not bad, indeed a lot of work need to be done but I'm definitly keeping my eyes on the this. Thank you.

thanks for your feedback. I've changed the layout a bit (concept remains the same). After some testing and some feedback from others I decided to place the spacebar, backspace key etc on the default location.. The result is much better.
7th November 2010, 10:50 PM |#5  
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this new version looks better!

i will try it very soon but is very unlikely for it to replace swype or swiftkey.

still, as soon as i try it i can give you some more feedback (will be about portuguese writing, i'm afraid)
7th November 2010, 11:04 PM |#6  
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Im testing this keyboard right now.
I just found a few bugs.

1. When starting writing caps lock is on and doesnt go off after the first letter.

2. Every time i use backspace it erases two lettrrs instead of one.

3. It may be me but im missing so much more lettrrs.


i believe most of my writting is done with one hand.


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i gave up writing in my nexus. its too hard for me
i'm sorry and i hope you dont get mad at me but i'm not very confident in this keyboard. at least i tried it. hope you understand. stil... good luck

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7th November 2010, 11:32 PM |#7  
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Originally Posted by nutweevil

Im testing this keyboard right now.
I just found a few bugs.

1. When starting writing caps lock is on and doesnt go off after the first letter.

2. Every time i use backspace it erases two lettrrs instead of one.

3. It may be me but im missing so much more lettrrs.


i believe most of my writting is done with one hand.


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i gave up writing in my nexus. its too hard for me
i'm sorry and i hope you dont get mad at me but i'm not very confident in this keyboard. at least i tried it. hope you understand. stil... good luck

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Don't get me wrong. I write this stuff because I need it myself and I share it because, you know, maybe others can use it too. So how can I be mad... I myself like and use this keyboard very much.

As for the bugs you reported. Yes, I can reproduce them and fix them asap.

BTW what makes this keyboard hard to use for you, the bugs or the layout
7th November 2010, 11:42 PM |#8  
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What does it look like in landscape orientation?
7th November 2010, 11:42 PM |#9  
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Edit fixed backspace bug. Shift key functionality is under review and reconstruction.
7th November 2010, 11:48 PM |#10  
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my biggest problem with the keyboard is that i'm missing too many letters. its like i was trying to say. i dont know why but i believe i dont miss as many with other keyboards, or they correct me, i dont know :\

the keyboard layout seamed like a really good idea but first i noticed i'm not using that much the two hands to write in my everyday writing. neither swiftkey, neither swype need two hands so i guess that may be my second problem. i dont get extra speed for using two hands with either of these two keyboards i'm used to.

Also, i believe you're taking too much of useful space for the keyboard. 2/3 of the screen is too much i think. maybe a solution with less used space? Another thing: at first i did understand the idea: get bigger and better letters. but now you have reduced the size of them again and they are just in a different position than the regular keyboards. why dont you try a little bigger than atm? you can remove the arrows and redistribute the numbers in the left overs. i will try to make a draw of my idea.

the two small bugs i reported are less of it


why dont you try to implement Dvorak keyboard. That keyboard was designed to increase the speed writing and the letters position was carefully selected. Also, it already has many languages configuration already selected so it would be only needed to change this configuration for each language.

more about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Keyboard
7th November 2010, 11:51 PM |#11  
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What does it look like in landscape orientation?

i would have to say... it looks bad in my opinion it needs some reorganization in this landscape orientation
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