Hi Alan, Jeffrey, Sieghard & Others,

Thank you very much for your replies!  This does indeed sound like a good 
app to have.  I can't stand typing on my phone, so I don't unless I have my 
bluetooth keyboard, but that looks like that'll change!  Thanks again.
Take care.  Mike.  Go Dodgers!
Sennt from my iBarstool.
Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the 
end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Alan Lemly
To: viphone@googlegroups.com
Sent: Sunday, April 08, 2018 4:49 PM
Subject: Re: Fleksy VO Coming Back as FlickType


Mike,


No, the FlickType keyboard has no shift keys which makes it easier to type 
with since you only have to be concerned with the location of the letter 
keys. If you are manually typing a word such as a proper name which you wish 
to capitalize, you type the first letter which will be lower case and then 
do a single finger swipe up which will capitalize it. FlickType 
automatically capitalizes the first word in a new sentence so you don't have 
to worry about that.


Alan Lemly


Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 8, 2018, at 6:28 PM, Mike B. <mb69ma...@charter.net> wrote:


  Hi Alan,

  After doing some readingabout this app I have 1 question.  Does this 
keyboard have a shift key for capitalizing letters?  I didn't catch anything 
about this.  Thanks much.
  Take care.  Mike.  Go Dodgers!
  Sennt from my iBarstool.
  Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the 
end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Alan Lemly
  To: VIPhone Email List ; 'Support for iDevices.'
  Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 10:51 AM
  Subject: Fleksy VO Coming Back as FlickType


  Hello,



  I'm posting this to both viphone and iDevices.



  Those of you who ever experienced the original Fleksy app later renamed 
Fleksy VO will be excited to learn that the app is coming back renamed 
FlickType. Those who don't know what I'm talking about should sign up as 
beta testers of FlickType and give it a go and submit your feedback. You can 
visit its website at www.flicktype.com where there is a link to submit an 
email to sign up as a beta tester.



  The original Fleksy which was released about 2012 came out when Apple did 
not allow third party keyboards. It was a separate app that presented a 
keyboard at about a third of the bottom of your iPhone screen in portrait 
mode. The keys were oversized in a high contrast presentation for those with 
any vision and there was no spacebar. Any content produced with Fleksy had 
to be copied and pasted into whatever app you wanted to send the text in 
such as your Mail or Messages app. FlickType continues in the same vein 
since it uses the original Fleksy source code which went into the public 
domain after Pinterest acquired the Fleksy Keyboard and the original Fleksy 
VO was no longer supported.



  What is great about FlickType is its predictive engine. You simply start 
typing where you think the keys you want are located and do a single finger 
swipe right when you're done. FlickType will announce the word it thinks you 
wanted and more times than not will get it right. If it's not right, simply 
do a single finger swipe down to cycle through its other choices. These 
choices are all presented audibly and when you hear the correct one, you 
just start typing the next word. You don't need to insert any spaces since 
FlickType does that automatically. When you type the last word in the 
sentence and FlickType has announced it, simply single finger swipe once 
again and FlickType will place a period at the sentence end. You simply 
start typing the next word and FlickType will automatically capitalize it. 
Only letter keys are presented on the main FlickType keyboard which makes it 
very easy to rapidly type your text with only a single finger. To access 
other keys such as numbers or symbols, you do a 2 finger swipe right or left 
to cycle through these. To capitalize a letter such as a proper name, single 
finger swipe down after you've entered the letter and it will be 
capitalized. Any words or names you enter manually can be added to your 
custom dictionary by doing a single finger swipe up after FlickType 
announces the word. Developing a complete dictionary is highly recommended 
since that is what feeds FlickType's predictive engine. When your typing is 
done, do a 2 finger swipe up to access the FlickType menu where your text is 
reviewed for you and you can access the menu choices to copy it for pasting 
in the app where you want it to go. It is very easy to learn and I strongly 
recommend those unfamiliar with it to try it since sometimes there is just 
no substitute for typing even though dictation is very handy.



  The FlickType developer who is the original Fleksy developer as I 
understand it has said they hope to have a FlickType iOS keyboard at some 
point. Personally, I'm not too fussed about whether they ever do this since 
my experience with Fleksy was that it became much less usable and efficient 
in my opinion once it became an iOS keyboard. I find that even with the 
FlickType separate app and having to copy and paste its output as was the 
case with Fleksy VO that I can still output text much more quickly than with 
either the standard iOS keyboard or with the Fleksy keyboard.



  Here is a link to the AppleVis site announcing Fleksy becoming the latest 
inductee into the AppleVis App Hall of Fame for those wanting to review a 
little history:



  
https://www.applevis.com/blog/ios-apps-advocacy-applevis/fleksy-becomes-latest-inductee-applevis-ios-app-hall-fame



  I wish David Woodbridge's excellent podcast on the original Fleksy app was 
still available on AppleVis but apparently it no longer is due to its age.



  For those interested in signing up as beta testers of FlickType, go to the 
website previously mentioned. You'll have to install TestFlight on your 
device which is required to beta test iOS apps but I think you'll find the 
effort well worth it. You'll be given access to the FlickType app where you 
can start learning and using it.



  Alan Lemly


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