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Oh Swype, Where Have You Been All My Life? - Blind, not dumb.

Mar. 21st, 2015 10:40 am Oh Swype, Where Have You Been All My Life?

Originally published at Blind, Not Dumb. You can comment here or there.

For years my Android using friends have been revving about Swype.

When tablets and smartphones first appeared on the scene, many of us were so awash in the glow of our shiny new toys that we overlooked a glaring weak point – text input.

In a stunning display of uncreative design, the keyboards for these devices were simply ‘virtualized’ versions of their mechanical counterparts.

The result seems like a regular keyboard, but bereft of the comparative elegance and efficiency of touch typing we are left in an incredibly unsatisfying state of perpetual hunt and peck. To add insult to injury, this ethereal target we’re eternally stabbing at changes underneath us to suit the whim of the author of whichever app we’re using.

With Swype, one simply glides one’s finger from letter to letter spelling our words. Swype handles tedious details like putting spaces between words or after periods.

I could keep babbling, but suffice it to say it has been a life changer for me. Paired with Blogsy, my iPad blogging ttyl of choice, you may be hearing from me more often!





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Date:March 21st, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
I love Swype. The autocorrect can be annoying, but whenever I switch to using my laptop's touchscreen keyboard and it doesn't Swype, I remember how lucky I am.
Date:March 23rd, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
i'm glad it's it's finally on iOS...

but i heard a random review that said it was invasive?

Date:March 24th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
[Hrrm. Replies to LJ comments in email used to work, and seemingly no longer do. Bummer :) ]

I'm not sure what that (invasive) means. It's a custom keyboard. IOS 8 provides support for them (finally! :) so you can switch in and out of Swype to your heart's content.

As a matter of fact I have to switch away from it when I'm using Skype because of a bug that makes the Send button vanish (I need to report that as a bug to them)
Date:March 24th, 2015 11:28 pm (UTC)
well, a software keyboard, is a software...

recall reading that it had some kind of phone home metrics ability and there was fear that it could lead to key loggers and such weirdness. some of the kerfluffle was such that i set aside my intent to use right away, and waited. then i forgot :D

downloaded it actually, when it came out "free?", in case apple did a pullaroo... haven't actually installed it yet.

might be conflating with another "fancy" keyboard that i also DL'ed, that had a ton of gimmicks (lightshows, effects)...

send button - would there be a "send gesture", so you don't need send?

Date:March 25th, 2015 02:36 am (UTC)
Sadly Skype is nowhere near that smart :) It's a craptastic app on every platform, and IOS is no exception.

Apparently this problem happens with every non native keyboard - users here:

say it also occurs with Swiftkey.
Date:March 24th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
swiftkey it was i think