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Discussion in 'Productivity Apps Forum' started by scott2121210, May 6, 2013.

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    Does anyone know of or have any recommendations for an alternative Keyboard to the stock keyboard on the new iPad? I have looked in the app store but not so successful in finding a keyboard which has both numbers and letters incorporated on the same keys...so if i long-press a particular key then i will get the number instead of the letter.
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    There are many, many keyboards in the AppStore. All I can suggest is to do a search.

    What I post for is to remind you that if you press and hold the number key (look like this: ".?123"), the keyboard will switch to display the numbers. Then, while still holding, if you slide your finger to the displayed number, you can select it. After a bit of practice, this method is often quicker than tapping the number key and selecting a number - especially if you only have one or two numbers to type.

    Might that work? Especially since you can't replace the default keyboard on the iPad. :)

    However, if it won't help, hopefully, someone else will come along and tell you of a keyboard they know of...

    Marilyn
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    I bought the Apple BT keyboard months ago and, to be honest, I hardly use it on the iPad. I found that the convenience of having the full keyboard was far outweighed by the inconvenience of juggling two pieces of equipment.

    As Marilyn says, with practice, the stock keyboard works well. Perhaps ios7 will include a 5-row keyboard.
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    Hi Scott.... - welcome to the forum! :) By the 'stock keyboard on the iPad', do you mean the on-screen KB or the physical one offered by Apple - just not sure?

    Also, you might want to tell us your particular needs (not sure why I'd want one w/ the letter-number option described?) - BUT, I've had the Apple BT KB for two years, and like Kevin, I don't use it often, however, when needed, it is indispensable: 1) On the road, the iPad is our web browser & email handler, for the latter in answering messages quickly, the BT KB is a must for us ; and 2) At home, when we have a LOT of data to enter, e.g. in our recipe program (Paprika), the KB is always used. NOW, in both situations, the iPad is propped on a stand on a table w/ the KB in front - I've occasionally 'juggled' the two on my lap, but a frustrating experience. Just my 2 cents for your consideration.
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    I would probably use the BT keyboard a lot more if I didn't also carry a laptop. For $70, I think it's worth having. I am presently using it for AppleTV, but I don't see it lasting long there either, because once the initial setup is done, the supplied remote, or the Remote app, work just as well. Eventually, I think it will end up being used exclusively for a Mac mini.

    It's worth considering that if you use a BT keyboard you lose some convenience when it comes to accented letters. The iPad is so easy in this regard; long press the key, wait for the available accents to pop up and slide to the one you require. I'd keep this capability and work around the missing numeral row.

    Sent from my stock iPad 2
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    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my question. I wasn't looking for anything external like a bluetooth keyboard, more a replacement for the built-in touch keyboard. I now know that this can't be replaced...in actual fact I'm quite getting used to it. I just did not like having to switch between alpha and numeric keys and would have liked for number keys to be available alongside lettered keys.
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    I have to add this (after all, jail breaking moderator IS one of my duties :)) - but if you jail break your device, you can get a tweak called iKeywi that will allow you to have a fourth row on your keyboard. The default build for the fourth row is numbers (though the additional row is fully customizable).

    So, there's that to think about.

    Marilyn
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    That's interesting...now what is "jail break"?

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
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    Hi again Scott - as I suspected from my original post - wasn't sure about whether you were referring to the 'on-screen' KB or an external one?

    As to 'jailbreaking' your device - check the forum "iPad Hacking', if interested; I'm not jailbroken, so cannot offer any advice - Dave :)
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    Take a look at this thread here to answer this question: http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-hacking/2838-jailbreak-explained-new-updated-2011-a.html

    Then, this thread will help you see all the neat "stuff" you can do with a jail broken device: http://www.ipadforums.net/showthread.php?t=25824

    Now, if you are on iOS 6.1.3, this whole discussion is useless as that iOS is not jail breakable. But, if you are on iOS 5.1.1 or any version of iOS 6 EXCEPT 6.1.3 - have a read. IMO, it's amazing what some tweaks will let you do with your iPad... :)

    Marilyn
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    :-( I am on iOS 6.1.3 but thank you anyway.

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