Discussion:
A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Alan Lemly
2016-01-17 05:13:32 UTC
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Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


* This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

* According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


* Most of the in-app charges are found here.

* You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

* Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

* A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

* I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


* A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

* Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

* I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

* Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


* Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

* After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

* A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

* Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

* Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

* Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


* Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


* Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


* I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


* This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


* Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

* Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

* Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

* Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

* Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

* Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

* Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

* Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


* Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


* Send us a message

* Feedback forum

* Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

* How to type using Fleksy

* Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

* Allowing full access

* How to control Fleksy with gestures

* Fleksy extensions

* Settings

* Languages

* Submitting bug reports

* How to set up typing shortcuts

* Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


* Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

* Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


* Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

* An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

* Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


* Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


* Rate on the Apps Store

* Subscribe to Fleksy news

* Read the privacy policy

* Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Monica Jones
2016-01-17 05:22:17 UTC
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Hi Alan,

First, thank you much for this tutorial. I’ve heard of this but don’t know much about it. I’m assuming this is a real board instead of being a softwar keyboard. Would I get it from the Apple Store or Amazon? If I’m wrong, and it is indeed a software one, then it’s probably in the app store. When Flexi first came out, I liked it, but then it begin to have so many features that I found it cumbersome and frustrating. I may give it another whirl.


From: Alan Lemly
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2016 11:13 PM
To: ***@googlegroups.com ; 'Support for iDevices.'
Subject: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial

Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be downloaded here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly



Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.

Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.

The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.

· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.

· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.

Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.

· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.

· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.

· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.

Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.

· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.

· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.

· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.

GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
a.. Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
a.. Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
a.. I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
a.. This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.

· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.

· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.

Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
a.. Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard. Choices are presented in the following two rows:
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.

Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:
· Send us a message

· Feedback forum

· Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

· How to type using Fleksy

· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

· Allowing full access

· How to control Fleksy with gestures

· Fleksy extensions

· Settings

· Languages

· Submitting bug reports

· How to set up typing shortcuts

· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester

Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.

Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.

· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.

Badges
a.. Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
About Fleksy. Provides options to:
· Rate on the Apps Store

· Subscribe to Fleksy news

· Read the privacy policy

· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+

Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Monica,



The Fleksy Keyboard is a software keyboard you can download from the Apps
Store. Make sure you spell it correctly when searching in the Apps Store: F
l e k s y.



Alan



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Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hi Alan,



First, thank you much for this tutorial. I've heard of this but don't know
much about it. I'm assuming this is a real board instead of being a softwar
keyboard. Would I get it from the Apple Store or Amazon? If I'm wrong, and
it is indeed a software one, then it's probably in the app store. When Flexi
first came out, I liked it, but then it begin to have so many features that
I found it cumbersome and frustrating. I may give it another whirl.





From: Alan Lemly <mailto:***@gmail.com>

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2016 11:13 PM

To: ***@googlegroups.com ; 'Support for iDevices.'
<mailto:***@gatewayfortheblind.com>

Subject: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


. This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

. According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


. Most of the in-app charges are found here.

. You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

. Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

. A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

. I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


. A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

. Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

. I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

. Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


. Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

. After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

. A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

. Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

. Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

. Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


. Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


. Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


. I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


. This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


. Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

. Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

. Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

. Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

. Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

. Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

. Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

. Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


. Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


. Send us a message

. Feedback forum

. Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

. How to type using Fleksy

. Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

. Allowing full access

. How to control Fleksy with gestures

. Fleksy extensions

. Settings

. Languages

. Submitting bug reports

. How to set up typing shortcuts

. Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


. Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

. Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


. Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

. An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

. Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


. Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


. Rate on the Apps Store

. Subscribe to Fleksy news

. Read the privacy policy

. Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Monica Jones
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Thank you, I did make note of the spelling. I used my spell checker, and, of course, it wasn’t there. After that, I looked back at your earlier message to note the spelling, something I should have done in the first place. Thank you for answering me about its being an app. I’ll look it up.


From: Alan Lemly
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 12:37 AM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial

Monica,



The Fleksy Keyboard is a software keyboard you can download from the Apps Store. Make sure you spell it correctly when searching in the Apps Store: F l e k s y.



Alan



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Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hi Alan,



First, thank you much for this tutorial. I’ve heard of this but don’t know much about it. I’m assuming this is a real board instead of being a softwar keyboard. Would I get it from the Apple Store or Amazon? If I’m wrong, and it is indeed a software one, then it’s probably in the app store. When Flexi first came out, I liked it, but then it begin to have so many features that I found it cumbersome and frustrating. I may give it another whirl.





From: Alan Lemly

Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2016 11:13 PM

To: ***@googlegroups.com ; 'Support for iDevices.'

Subject: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be downloaded here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly



Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.

Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.

The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.

· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.

· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.

Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.

· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.

· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.

· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.

Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.

· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.

· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.

· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.

GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.

More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.

Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.

Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.

Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.

· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.

· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.

Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).

Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard. Choices are presented in the following two rows:
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.

Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:
· Send us a message

· Feedback forum

· Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

· How to type using Fleksy

· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

· Allowing full access

· How to control Fleksy with gestures

· Fleksy extensions

· Settings

· Languages

· Submitting bug reports

· How to set up typing shortcuts

· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester

Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.

Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.

· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.

Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.

About Fleksy. Provides options to:
· Rate on the Apps Store

· Subscribe to Fleksy news

· Read the privacy policy

· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+

Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Hi,
This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some things that i’ve discovered:
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.

2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0 <https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0>
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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I have changed the magic button to global bog it doesn't show up on the keyboard. There is a need for me to switch to the native Chinese keyboard. Any advise?

On 17 Jan 2016, at 5:10 PM, Krister Ekstrom <***@kristersplace.com> wrote:

Hi,
This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some things that i’ve discovered:
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.

2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Sieghard Weitzel
2016-01-17 21:46:41 UTC
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Hi Alan,



Thanks, I encouraged Krister to make a Podcast, but I’ll definitely take a look at your tutorial.





From: ***@googlegroups.com [mailto:***@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Alan Lemly
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Subject: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be downloaded here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


* This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

* According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


* Most of the in-app charges are found here.

* You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

* Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

* A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.

* I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


* A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.

* Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.

* I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.

* Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


* Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

* After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.

* A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

* Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.

* Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.

* Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


* Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


* Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.


Tutorial


* I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.


Settings


* This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


* Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

* Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

* Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.

* Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.

* Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

* Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

* Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

* Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.


Languages


* Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard. Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


* Send us a message

* Feedback forum

* Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

* How to type using Fleksy

* Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

* Allowing full access

* How to control Fleksy with gestures

* Fleksy extensions

* Settings

* Languages

* Submitting bug reports

* How to set up typing shortcuts

* Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


* Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

* Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


* Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.

* An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

* Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


* Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


* Rate on the Apps Store

* Subscribe to Fleksy news

* Read the privacy policy

* Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Krister Ekstrom
2016-01-18 08:13:54 UTC
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Hi and thanks for the kind words. I don’t unfortunately have neither the equipment nor the app version that most others have because i’m in the beta team and so am testing out features that are to come, besides i’m no good at making podcasts.
Thanks
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Post by Monica Jones
Hi Alan,
Thanks, I encouraged Krister to make a Podcast, but I’ll definitely take a look at your tutorial.
Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2016 9:14 PM
Subject: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0 <https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0>
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Alan Lemly
2016-01-18 05:09:22 UTC
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Krister,



Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially
appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how
to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line
that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are
installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only
room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you
swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these
first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they
are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If
you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small
box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and
provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first
icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is
installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no
extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.



I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the
extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not
rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd
like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.



I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s
in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation.
The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a
suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I
guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and
then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard
but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.



Thanks again for your comments.



Alan



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From: ***@googlegroups.com [mailto:***@googlegroups.com] On Behalf
Of Krister Ekstrom
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hi,

This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some
things that i've discovered:

1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the
screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the
text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the
right extension, swipe to the button that says "remove" and press it. This
removes your extension.

Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.



2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there's a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be
removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this
dialog by looking for an "ok" button which you double tap.

3, on the "more" screen there's a button called "languages" as was mentioned
in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose
additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as
my languages.

At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you're currently using is highlighted. Below is a list
of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the
language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent
of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the
language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at
the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can
choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the
language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the
full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick
swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to
switch languages.

Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there's a learning curve
involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don't give up if
it doesn't work for you the first time.

/Krister



17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:




<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html
?dl=0>
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


* This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

* According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


* Most of the in-app charges are found here.

* You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

* Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

* A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

* I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


* A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

* Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

* I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

* Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


* Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

* After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

* A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

* Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

* Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

* Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


* Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


* Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


* I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


* This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


* Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

* Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

* Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

* Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

* Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

* Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

* Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

* Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


* Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


* Send us a message

* Feedback forum

* Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

* How to type using Fleksy

* Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

* Allowing full access

* How to control Fleksy with gestures

* Fleksy extensions

* Settings

* Languages

* Submitting bug reports

* How to set up typing shortcuts

* Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


* Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

* Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


* Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

* An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

* Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


* Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


* Rate on the Apps Store

* Subscribe to Fleksy news

* Read the privacy policy

* Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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What exactly are these extensions in Fleksy?



From: ***@googlegroups.com [mailto:***@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Alan Lemly
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Krister,



Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.



I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.



I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.



Thanks again for your comments.



Alan



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Hi,

This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some things that i’ve discovered:

1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.

Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.



2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.

3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.

At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.

Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.

/Krister



17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com <mailto:***@gmail.com> >:



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be downloaded here:



<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0> https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


* This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

* According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


* Most of the in-app charges are found here.

* You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

* Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

* A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.

* I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


* A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.

* Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.

* I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.

* Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


* Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

* After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.

* A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

* Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.

* Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.

* Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


* Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


* Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.


Tutorial


* I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.


Settings


* This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


* Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

* Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

* Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.

* Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.

* Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

* Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

* Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

* Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.


Languages


* Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard. Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


* Send us a message

* Feedback forum

* Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

* How to type using Fleksy

* Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

* Allowing full access

* How to control Fleksy with gestures

* Fleksy extensions

* Settings

* Languages

* Submitting bug reports

* How to set up typing shortcuts

* Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


* Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

* Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


* Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.

* An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

* Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


* Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


* Rate on the Apps Store

* Subscribe to Fleksy news

* Read the privacy policy

* Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Krister Ekstrom
2016-01-18 08:29:32 UTC
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Extensions are small pieces of code that can extend the functionality of the fleksy keyboard. Think of them as plugins or addons to the keyboard. The most useful extensions for Voiceover users are Cursor control, which when installed moves the cursor when you drag your finger over the space bar, One handed, which pulls the keyboard to either the left or right side of the phone and shrinks it a little thereby making it easy to type with one hand and Hot keys, which works quite like a text expander or the shortcut keys on the stock keyboard. You tell the app what icon to use, (they’re accessible to voiceover) and then type the output that is what the hot key should do, i.e an email adress, a common phrase that you type often, that kind of thing and when done, you have this icon above the keyboard and can press it whenever you want to use it. There’s also the number row that Allan mentioned that adds a number row above the keyboard.
Hope this was helpful.
/Krister
Post by Sieghard Weitzel
What exactly are these extensions in Fleksy?
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 9:09 PM
Subject: RE: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0 <https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0>
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Harry Bell
2016-01-18 08:53:03 UTC
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I have the numbers extension installed above my full sized Fleksy keyboard. When I want to use the extension to type numbers, I have first to locate the number with my finger: VoiceOver reads out the number. Then I have to double tap on the extension row in order for the number to appear in my text. If I double tap elsewhere on the keyboard, focus just shifts to the letters. Harry
Post by Krister Ekstrom
Extensions are small pieces of code that can extend the functionality of the fleksy keyboard. Think of them as plugins or addons to the keyboard. The most useful extensions for Voiceover users are Cursor control, which when installed moves the cursor when you drag your finger over the space bar, One handed, which pulls the keyboard to either the left or right side of the phone and shrinks it a little thereby making it easy to type with one hand and Hot keys, which works quite like a text expander or the shortcut keys on the stock keyboard. You tell the app what icon to use, (they’re accessible to voiceover) and then type the output that is what the hot key should do, i.e an email adress, a common phrase that you type often, that kind of thing and when done, you have this icon above the keyboard and can press it whenever you want to use it. There’s also the number row that Allan mentioned that adds a number row above the keyboard.
Hope this was helpful.
/Krister
Post by Sieghard Weitzel
What exactly are these extensions in Fleksy?
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 9:09 PM
Subject: RE: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Gosh, it seems that since it’s a keyboard, it should already have a numbers row, but what do I know, grins.


From: Krister Ekstrom
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 2:29 AM
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Extensions are small pieces of code that can extend the functionality of the fleksy keyboard. Think of them as plugins or addons to the keyboard. The most useful extensions for Voiceover users are Cursor control, which when installed moves the cursor when you drag your finger over the space bar, One handed, which pulls the keyboard to either the left or right side of the phone and shrinks it a little thereby making it easy to type with one hand and Hot keys, which works quite like a text expander or the shortcut keys on the stock keyboard. You tell the app what icon to use, (they’re accessible to voiceover) and then type the output that is what the hot key should do, i.e an email adress, a common phrase that you type often, that kind of thing and when done, you have this icon above the keyboard and can press it whenever you want to use it. There’s also the number row that Allan mentioned that adds a number row above the keyboard.
Hope this was helpful.
/Krister

18 jan. 2016 kl. 07:11 skrev Sieghard Weitzel <***@live.ca>:

What exactly are these extensions in Fleksy?

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Krister,

Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.

I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.

I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.

Thanks again for your comments.

Alan

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Hi,
This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some things that i’ve discovered:
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.

2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister

17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:

Hello Listers,

Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be downloaded here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0

I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.

I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.

Alan Lemly

Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard. Choices are presented in the following two rows:
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
About Fleksy. Provides options to:
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.

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2016-01-18 20:37:15 UTC
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The default virtual keyboard on the iPhone also doesn't have a numbers row.
Gosh, it seems that since it’s a keyboard, it should already have a
numbers row, but what do I know, grins.
*Sent:* Monday, January 18, 2016 2:29 AM
*Subject:* Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Extensions are small pieces of code that can extend the functionality of
the fleksy keyboard. Think of them as plugins or addons to the keyboard.
The most useful extensions for Voiceover users are Cursor control, which
when installed moves the cursor when you drag your finger over the space
bar, One handed, which pulls the keyboard to either the left or right
side of the phone and shrinks it a little thereby making it easy to type
with one hand and Hot keys, which works quite like a text expander or
the shortcut keys on the stock keyboard. You tell the app what icon to
use, (they’re accessible to voiceover) and then type the output that is
what the hot key should do, i.e an email adress, a common phrase that
you type often, that kind of thing and when done, you have this icon
above the keyboard and can press it whenever you want to use it. There’s
also the number row that Allan mentioned that adds a number row above
the keyboard.
Hope this was helpful.
/Krister
Post by Sieghard Weitzel
What exactly are these extensions in Fleksy?
Behalf Of*Alan Lemly
*Sent:*Sunday, January 17, 2016 9:09 PM
*Subject:*RE: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I
especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I
understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems
that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions
button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be
limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on
this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and
nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if
none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented
in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you
double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another
small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the
extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I
noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs
whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be
dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens
when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the
extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages.
I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be
forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before
reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an
apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter
possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm
wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an
apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch
the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the
letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome
a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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*Sent:*Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
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Hi,
This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top
of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then
look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If
you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says
”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to
be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You
remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was
mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that
lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have
Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is
a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the
name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing
how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the
download is complete, the language disappears from the list of
downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the
languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to
use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes
highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized
keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe
left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar
to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning
curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t
give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting
a tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party
keyboard from the developers of the original Fleksy app later named
Fleksy VO that many of us have used. I am providing such a tutorial
with this post and am cross posting this message to both the viphone
and iDevices lists. The tutorial is in a marked up html file with
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but
since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html,
the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file
and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a
Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the
file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on
headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial
because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now
the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of
input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others
as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
·This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0
on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
·According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on
third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the
content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it
could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original
Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving
toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing
third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps
Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple
allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1.Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2.On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so
that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more
link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that
will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install
button which you should execute.
3.You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy.
Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to
this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4.Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5.Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.
6.You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.
7.You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with
an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8.Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and
you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and
to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these
buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its
settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are
Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
·Most of the in-app charges are found here.
·You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade
pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
·Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping
through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover
feedback.
·A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
·I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
·A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll
get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji,
Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart
pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
·Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.
·I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.
·Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable
features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the
numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike
the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this
extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the
far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
·Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once
it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
·After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double
tap the screen to start the install process.
·A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the
screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension
being installed.
·Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot
keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take
you to a setup button and then the add button.
·Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the
title of the extension is only presented visually.
·Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should
you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by
VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the
extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
·Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with
any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
·Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and
feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a
friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
·I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works.
There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative
that might prove very helpful.
Settings
·This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the
various settings will be listed and described.
·Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
·Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an
iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
·Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe
to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard.
This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard.
Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle.
Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button
options.
·Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color
for the emojis which offer color choices.
·Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned
on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options
when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I
pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented
characters.
·Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that
I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
·Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
·Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown
with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other
two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital
letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering
punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever
you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a
single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or
Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe
right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key
when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left
this at the default setting of system font. Note that this
doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when
turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the
Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in
lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if
autocorrect is on.
Languages
·Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the
one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language
where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to
QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak,
and Dvorak (Fleksy).
Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy
1.Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on
the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard.
Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar
as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the
minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2.Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.
·Send us a message
·Feedback forum
·How to type using Fleksy
·Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
·Allowing full access
·How to control Fleksy with gestures
·Fleksy extensions
·Settings
·Languages
·Submitting bug reports
·How to set up typing shortcuts
·Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
·Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
·Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and
any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I
would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
·Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.
·An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
·Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is
an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
·Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm
unclear why or how you use these.
·Rate on the Apps Store
·Subscribe to Fleksy news
·Read the privacy policy
·Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about
Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other
apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you
want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1.Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the
correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right
once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is
correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input
the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an
incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear
other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be
what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy
dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you
use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2.You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by
VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once
on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a
single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your
Fleksy dictionary.
3.Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the
lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size
selected in settings.
4.To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the
spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5.To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your
finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release
when switch keyboard is announced.
6.If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple
press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often
fixes the problem.
7.Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help
topics also under the More button. Review these until your
comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy
keyboard.
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No, but it has the more numbers feature. You don't have to add an extension
to use it.


-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Chaltain
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 2:37 PM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial

The default virtual keyboard on the iPhone also doesn't have a numbers row.
Gosh, it seems that since it’s a keyboard, it should already have a
numbers row, but what do I know, grins.
*Sent:* Monday, January 18, 2016 2:29 AM
*Subject:* Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Extensions are small pieces of code that can extend the functionality of
the fleksy keyboard. Think of them as plugins or addons to the keyboard.
The most useful extensions for Voiceover users are Cursor control, which
when installed moves the cursor when you drag your finger over the space
bar, One handed, which pulls the keyboard to either the left or right
side of the phone and shrinks it a little thereby making it easy to type
with one hand and Hot keys, which works quite like a text expander or
the shortcut keys on the stock keyboard. You tell the app what icon to
use, (they’re accessible to voiceover) and then type the output that is
what the hot key should do, i.e an email adress, a common phrase that
you type often, that kind of thing and when done, you have this icon
above the keyboard and can press it whenever you want to use it. There’s
also the number row that Allan mentioned that adds a number row above
the keyboard.
Hope this was helpful.
/Krister
Post by Sieghard Weitzel
What exactly are these extensions in Fleksy?
Behalf Of*Alan Lemly
*Sent:*Sunday, January 17, 2016 9:09 PM
*Subject:*RE: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I
especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I
understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems
that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions
button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be
limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on
this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and
nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if
none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented
in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you
double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another
small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the
extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I
noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs
whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be
dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens
when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the
extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages.
I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be
forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before
reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an
apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter
possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm
wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an
apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch
the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the
letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome
a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
-----Original Message-----
*Sent:*Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
*Subject:*Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hi,
This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top
of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then
look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If
you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says
”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to
be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You
remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was
mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that
lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have
Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is
a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the
name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing
how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the
download is complete, the language disappears from the list of
downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the
languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to
use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes
highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized
keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe
left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar
to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning
curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t
give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting
a tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party
keyboard from the developers of the original Fleksy app later named
Fleksy VO that many of us have used. I am providing such a tutorial
with this post and am cross posting this message to both the viphone
and iDevices lists. The tutorial is in a marked up html file with
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but
since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html,
the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file
and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a
Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the
file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on
headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial
because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now
the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of
input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others
as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
·This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0
on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
·According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on
third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the
content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it
could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original
Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving
toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing
third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps
Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple
allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1.Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2.On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so
that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more
link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that
will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install
button which you should execute.
3.You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy.
Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to
this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4.Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5.Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.
6.You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.
7.You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with
an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8.Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and
you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and
to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these
buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its
settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are
Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
·Most of the in-app charges are found here.
·You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade
pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
·Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping
through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover
feedback.
·A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
·I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
·A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll
get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji,
Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart
pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
·Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.
·I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.
·Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable
features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the
numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike
the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this
extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the
far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
·Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once
it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
·After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double
tap the screen to start the install process.
·A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the
screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension
being installed.
·Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot
keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take
you to a setup button and then the add button.
·Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the
title of the extension is only presented visually.
·Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should
you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by
VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the
extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
·Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with
any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
·Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and
feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a
friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
·I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works.
There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative
that might prove very helpful.
Settings
·This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the
various settings will be listed and described.
·Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
·Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an
iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
·Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe
to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard.
This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard.
Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle.
Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button
options.
·Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color
for the emojis which offer color choices.
·Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned
on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options
when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I
pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented
characters.
·Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that
I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
·Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
·Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown
with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other
two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital
letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering
punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever
you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a
single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or
Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe
right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key
when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left
this at the default setting of system font. Note that this
doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when
turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the
Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in
lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if
autocorrect is on.
Languages
·Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the
one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language
where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to
QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak,
and Dvorak (Fleksy).
Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy
1.Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on
the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard.
Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar
as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the
minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2.Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.
·Send us a message
·Feedback forum
·How to type using Fleksy
·Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
·Allowing full access
·How to control Fleksy with gestures
·Fleksy extensions
·Settings
·Languages
·Submitting bug reports
·How to set up typing shortcuts
·Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
·Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
·Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and
any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I
would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
·Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.
·An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
·Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is
an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
·Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm
unclear why or how you use these.
·Rate on the Apps Store
·Subscribe to Fleksy news
·Read the privacy policy
·Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about
Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other
apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you
want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1.Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the
correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right
once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is
correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input
the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an
incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear
other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be
what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy
dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you
use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2.You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by
VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once
on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a
single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your
Fleksy dictionary.
3.Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the
lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size
selected in settings.
4.To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the
spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5.To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your
finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release
when switch keyboard is announced.
6.If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple
press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often
fixes the problem.
7.Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help
topics also under the More button. Review these until your
comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy
keyboard.
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Christina C.
2016-01-20 18:49:19 UTC
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Monica, this number row extension is not necessary because the Fleksy keyboard also has a button to switch to numbers/symbols just like the native keyboard. This number row extension is seen as an enhancement or perk and it’s free. It’s so you can have access to numbers without having to switch to the number and symbols layout every time you need to type a number. It’s a way to customize your typing experience with Fleksy
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Monica Jones
2016-01-20 18:52:00 UTC
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Oh, I see. I misunderstood. Yesterday I searched for fleksy keyboard and was
given the fleksy that I had already downloaded previously and had discarded.


-----Original Message-----
From: Christina C.
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:49 PM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial

Monica, this number row extension is not necessary because the Fleksy
keyboard also has a button to switch to numbers/symbols just like the native
keyboard. This number row extension is seen as an enhancement or perk and it’s
free. It’s so you can have access to numbers without having to switch to the
number and symbols layout every time you need to type a number. It’s a way
to customize your typing experience with Fleksy
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Krister Ekstrom
2016-01-18 08:07:48 UTC
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Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that in Swedish we don’t have those apostrophies at least not so much. However, if i want to type a word like it’s i simply type its and the auto correction kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that’s not what you mean, could you please elaborate a little?
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0 <https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0>
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Krister Ekstrom
2016-01-18 08:11:45 UTC
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Another thing that just popped into my mind and that might help is that if you use the full keyboard with spacebar and the likes, there’s a ”period” button to the right of the spacebar. Tapping and holding this button brings up a menu with other punctuation marks such as comma, at sign and others. Maybe the apostrophe is in there.
HTH
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0 <https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0>
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Excellent. I'm hoping we can use our collective knowledge to make this a
tool to help others master the Fleksy Keyboard.



Alan



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Subject: RE: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hi Alan,



Thanks, I encouraged Krister to make a Podcast, but I'll definitely take a
look at your tutorial.





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Subject: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:



https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


. This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

. According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


. Most of the in-app charges are found here.

. You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

. Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

. A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

. I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


. A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

. Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

. I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

. Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


. Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

. After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

. A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

. Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

. Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

. Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


. Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


. Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


. I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


. This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


. Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

. Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

. Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

. Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

. Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

. Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

. Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

. Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


. Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


. Send us a message

. Feedback forum

. Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

. How to type using Fleksy

. Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

. Allowing full access

. How to control Fleksy with gestures

. Fleksy extensions

. Settings

. Languages

. Submitting bug reports

. How to set up typing shortcuts

. Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


. Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

. Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


. Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

. An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

. Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


. Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


. Rate on the Apps Store

. Subscribe to Fleksy news

. Read the privacy policy

. Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Alan Lemly
2016-01-18 17:43:26 UTC
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Hi Krister,



Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this
message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize
that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim
they are any better than the others.



You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction
for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part
of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical
rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if
I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough,
the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that
inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care
must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.



But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more
than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is
in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s
must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession
conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do
this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the
apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no
punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the
period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things
I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was
that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings
through the single finger swipe down gesture.



I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the
hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit
easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that
extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it
should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is
to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is
selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I
found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should
do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to
trial and error it out.



Thanks for any suggestions you might have.



Alan



-----Original Message-----
From: ***@googlegroups.com [mailto:***@googlegroups.com] On Behalf
Of Krister Ekstrom
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 2:08 AM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that
in Swedish we don't have those apostrophies at least not so much. However,
if i want to type a word like it's i simply type its and the auto correction
kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that's not what you mean, could
you please elaborate a little?

/Krister



18 jan. 2016 kl. 06:09 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Krister,



Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially
appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how
to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line
that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are
installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only
room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you
swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these
first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they
are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If
you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small
box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and
provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first
icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is
installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no
extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.



I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the
extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not
rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd
like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.



I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s
in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation.
The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a
suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I
guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and
then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard
but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.



Thanks again for your comments.



Alan



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Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hi,

This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some
things that i've discovered:

1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the
screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the
text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the
right extension, swipe to the button that says "remove" and press it. This
removes your extension.

Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.



2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there's a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be
removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this
dialog by looking for an "ok" button which you double tap.

3, on the "more" screen there's a button called "languages" as was mentioned
in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose
additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as
my languages.

At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you're currently using is highlighted. Below is a list
of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the
language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent
of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the
language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at
the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can
choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the
language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the
full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick
swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to
switch languages.

Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there's a learning curve
involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don't give up if
it doesn't work for you the first time.

/Krister



17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:




<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html
?dl=0>
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


* This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

* According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


* Most of the in-app charges are found here.

* You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

* Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

* A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

* I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


* A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

* Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

* I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

* Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


* Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

* After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

* A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

* Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

* Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

* Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


* Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


* Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


* I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


* This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


* Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

* Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

* Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

* Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

* Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

* Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

* Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

* Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


* Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


* Send us a message

* Feedback forum

* Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

* How to type using Fleksy

* Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

* Allowing full access

* How to control Fleksy with gestures

* Fleksy extensions

* Settings

* Languages

* Submitting bug reports

* How to set up typing shortcuts

* Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


* Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

* Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


* Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

* An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

* Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


* Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


* Rate on the Apps Store

* Subscribe to Fleksy news

* Read the privacy policy

* Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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2016-01-18 17:57:54 UTC
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It's a shame Fleksy doesn't prioritise VoiceOver on its keyboard but it's a surprise that Fleksy got each apostrophe in this message right first time...
Post by Alan Lemly
Hi Krister,
Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim they are any better than the others.
You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough, the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.
But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings through the single finger swipe down gesture.
I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to trial and error it out.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Alan
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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 2:08 AM
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that in Swedish we don’t have those apostrophies at least not so much. However, if i want to type a word like it’s i simply type its and the auto correction kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that’s not what you mean, could you please elaborate a little?
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Krister Ekstrom
2016-01-18 18:22:17 UTC
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Hmm,
Ok, i don’t know how to help you with the apostrophes problem, i’m afraid. The hot keys setup work roughly like this: You first tell the extension what icon to use when choosing the text to type. There is a list with more or less obscure icons from which to choose. I think that once you choose your icon it becomes highlighted, but i’m not 110 percent sure. At the top of the setup dialog is ”input” here you type the text that is to be produced once you press the icon or in our case, double click it. It’s here that you type your phrase, like ”’s”.
I don’t know if it helped but i hope so anyways.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hi Krister,
Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim they are any better than the others.
You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough, the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.
But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings through the single finger swipe down gesture.
I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to trial and error it out.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Alan
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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 2:08 AM
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that in Swedish we don’t have those apostrophies at least not so much. However, if i want to type a word like it’s i simply type its and the auto correction kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that’s not what you mean, could you please elaborate a little?
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0 <https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0>
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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When I write with Fleksy keyboard and write its, then swipe right, usually it's, with the apostrophe, is presented as the first or second choice, and VO says the word like it S.


Thanks,
Ari,
Post by Alan Lemly
Hi Krister,
Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim they are any better than the others.
You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough, the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.
But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings through the single finger swipe down gesture.
I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to trial and error it out.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
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Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that in Swedish we don’t have those apostrophies at least not so much. However, if i want to type a word like it’s i simply type its and the auto correction kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that’s not what you mean, could you please elaborate a little?
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Alan Lemly
2016-01-18 20:57:18 UTC
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Harry,



Yes, the Fleksy keyboard does an excellent job getting i t apostrophe s for
the it's contraction when one simply types i t s. If you want the its
possessive, you're probably going to have to do some editing to remove the
inserted apostrophe but I haven't practiced this enough to be sure about
this.



Alan Lemly



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From: ***@googlegroups.com [mailto:***@googlegroups.com] On Behalf
Of Harry Bell
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 11:58 AM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: Fleksy and Possessive Apostrophes was RE: A Fleksy Keyboard
Tutorial



It's a shame Fleksy doesn't prioritise VoiceOver on its keyboard but it's a
surprise that Fleksy got each apostrophe in this message right first time...



On 18 Jan 2016, at 17:43, Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Krister,



Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this
message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize
that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim
they are any better than the others.



You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction
for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part
of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical
rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if
I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough,
the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that
inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care
must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.



But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more
than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is
in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s
must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession
conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do
this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the
apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no
punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the
period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things
I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was
that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings
through the single finger swipe down gesture.



I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the
hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit
easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that
extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it
should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is
to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is
selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I
found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should
do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to
trial and error it out.



Thanks for any suggestions you might have.



Alan



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Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that
in Swedish we don't have those apostrophies at least not so much. However,
if i want to type a word like it's i simply type its and the auto correction
kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that's not what you mean, could
you please elaborate a little?

/Krister



18 jan. 2016 kl. 06:09 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Krister,



Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially
appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how
to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line
that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are
installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only
room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you
swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these
first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they
are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If
you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small
box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and
provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first
icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is
installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no
extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.



I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the
extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not
rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd
like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.



I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s
in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation.
The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a
suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I
guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and
then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard
but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.



Thanks again for your comments.



Alan



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Hi,

This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some
things that i've discovered:

1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the
screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the
text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the
right extension, swipe to the button that says "remove" and press it. This
removes your extension.

Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.



2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there's a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be
removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this
dialog by looking for an "ok" button which you double tap.

3, on the "more" screen there's a button called "languages" as was mentioned
in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose
additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as
my languages.

At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you're currently using is highlighted. Below is a list
of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the
language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent
of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the
language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at
the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can
choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the
language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the
full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick
swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to
switch languages.

Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there's a learning curve
involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don't give up if
it doesn't work for you the first time.

/Krister



17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:




<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html
?dl=0>
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


. This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

. According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


. Most of the in-app charges are found here.

. You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

. Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

. A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

. I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


. A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

. Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

. I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

. Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


. Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

. After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

. A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

. Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

. Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

. Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


. Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


. Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


. I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


. This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


. Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

. Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

. Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

. Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

. Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

. Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

. Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

. Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


. Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


. Send us a message

. Feedback forum

. Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

. How to type using Fleksy

. Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

. Allowing full access

. How to control Fleksy with gestures

. Fleksy extensions

. Settings

. Languages

. Submitting bug reports

. How to set up typing shortcuts

. Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


. Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

. Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


. Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

. An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

. Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


. Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


. Rate on the Apps Store

. Subscribe to Fleksy news

. Read the privacy policy

. Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Harry,



Hang on and ignore my last post. I had missed the its possessive in front of
the word keyboard. So you typed that sentence using the Fleksy keyboard and
it got both the possessive its and the i t apostrophe s contraction correct?
I might need to ask about your Fleksy keyboard settings as I was not
successful when testing an its sentence on my iPhone with the Fleksy
keyboard.



Alan



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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 11:58 AM
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Subject: Re: Fleksy and Possessive Apostrophes was RE: A Fleksy Keyboard
Tutorial



It's a shame Fleksy doesn't prioritise VoiceOver on its keyboard but it's a
surprise that Fleksy got each apostrophe in this message right first time...



On 18 Jan 2016, at 17:43, Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Krister,



Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this
message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize
that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim
they are any better than the others.



You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction
for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part
of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical
rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if
I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough,
the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that
inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care
must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.



But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more
than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is
in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s
must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession
conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do
this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the
apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no
punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the
period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things
I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was
that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings
through the single finger swipe down gesture.



I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the
hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit
easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that
extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it
should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is
to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is
selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I
found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should
do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to
trial and error it out.



Thanks for any suggestions you might have.



Alan



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Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that
in Swedish we don't have those apostrophies at least not so much. However,
if i want to type a word like it's i simply type its and the auto correction
kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that's not what you mean, could
you please elaborate a little?

/Krister



18 jan. 2016 kl. 06:09 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Krister,



Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially
appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how
to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line
that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are
installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only
room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you
swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these
first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they
are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If
you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small
box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and
provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first
icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is
installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no
extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.



I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the
extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not
rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd
like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.



I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s
in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation.
The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a
suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I
guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and
then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard
but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.



Thanks again for your comments.



Alan



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Hi,

This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some
things that i've discovered:

1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the
screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the
text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the
right extension, swipe to the button that says "remove" and press it. This
removes your extension.

Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.



2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there's a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be
removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this
dialog by looking for an "ok" button which you double tap.

3, on the "more" screen there's a button called "languages" as was mentioned
in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose
additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as
my languages.

At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you're currently using is highlighted. Below is a list
of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the
language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent
of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the
language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at
the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can
choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the
language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the
full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick
swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to
switch languages.

Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there's a learning curve
involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don't give up if
it doesn't work for you the first time.

/Krister



17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:




<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html
?dl=0>
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


. This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

. According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


. Most of the in-app charges are found here.

. You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

. Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

. A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

. I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


. A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

. Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

. I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

. Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


. Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

. After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

. A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

. Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

. Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

. Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


. Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


. Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


. I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


. This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


. Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

. Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

. Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

. Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

. Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

. Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

. Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

. Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


. Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


. Send us a message

. Feedback forum

. Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

. How to type using Fleksy

. Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

. Allowing full access

. How to control Fleksy with gestures

. Fleksy extensions

. Settings

. Languages

. Submitting bug reports

. How to set up typing shortcuts

. Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


. Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

. Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


. Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

. An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

. Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


. Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


. Rate on the Apps Store

. Subscribe to Fleksy news

. Read the privacy policy

. Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Harry Bell
2016-01-18 21:32:12 UTC
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Yes, that message was a first time success for Fleksy writing it's and its but more experimenting shows that if Fleksy types the wrong version of its, a one finger flick down gives you the alternative version! Harry
Post by Alan Lemly
Harry,
Hang on and ignore my last post. I had missed the its possessive in front of the word keyboard. So you typed that sentence using the Fleksy keyboard and it got both the possessive its and the i t apostrophe s contraction correct? I might need to ask about your Fleksy keyboard settings as I was not successful when testing an its sentence on my iPhone with the Fleksy keyboard.
Alan
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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 11:58 AM
Subject: Re: Fleksy and Possessive Apostrophes was RE: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
It's a shame Fleksy doesn't prioritise VoiceOver on its keyboard but it's a surprise that Fleksy got each apostrophe in this message right first time...
Post by Alan Lemly
Hi Krister,
Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim they are any better than the others.
You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough, the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.
But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings through the single finger swipe down gesture.
I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to trial and error it out.
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Alan
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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 2:08 AM
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that in Swedish we don’t have those apostrophies at least not so much. However, if i want to type a word like it’s i simply type its and the auto correction kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that’s not what you mean, could you please elaborate a little?
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Krister,
Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.
I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.
I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.
Thanks again for your comments.
Alan
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Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Christina C.
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It followed by a apostrophe S is a contraction of the words “it is” or “it has" so that is probably why it is in the Fleksy dictionary. But it does not solve the problem of needing to add apostrophe S at the end of other nouns.

Christina
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Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial
Hi,
1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the right extension, swipe to the button that says ”remove” and press it. This removes your extension.
Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.
2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there’s a dialog explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this dialog by looking for an ”ok” button which you double tap.
3, on the ”more” screen there’s a button called ”languages” as was mentioned in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as my languages.
At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have installed and the one you’re currently using is highlighted. Below is a list of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to switch languages.
Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there’s a learning curve involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don’t give up if it doesn’t work for you the first time.
/Krister
Post by Alan Lemly
Hello Listers,
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0 <https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?dl=0>
I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the tutorial.
I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.
Alan Lemly
Introduction
· This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version 7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.
· According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in September of 2014.
Setting Up the First Time
1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.
2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should execute.
3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.
4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.
5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap on it.
6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes Fleksy which you should double tap.
7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an on/off button which you should make sure is on.
8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional information about installing Fleksy and its settings.
The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes, Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.
Themes
· Most of the in-app charges are found here.
· You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack, Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.
· Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.
· A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to me.
· I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.
Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.
· A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and Fleksy tips.
· Below the available extensions is a button to request more extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature request.
· I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not use them.
· Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension at the far right.
Manipulating the Extension selection screen
· Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.
· After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install, double tap the screen to start the install process.
· A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen, you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.
· Swiping right from this description should take you to the add button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup button and then the add button.
· Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of the extension is only presented visually.
· Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is important should you choose not to install the extension.
GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.
· Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of these since they appear to be totally visual.
More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.
· Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback, Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore purchases.
Tutorial
· I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove very helpful.
Settings
· This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various settings will be listed and described.
· Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.
· Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.
· Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1) Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to change the ordering of the Magic button options.
· Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone color for the emojis which offer color choices.
· Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type in American English, I don't need the accented characters.
· Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.
· Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.
· Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of keys which have black backgrounds.
Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned on.
Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.
AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when turned on.
Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another single finger swipe right will input a period.
Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.
Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.
Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other apps.
Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.
Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.
Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is on.
Languages
· Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).
1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.
2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I use large to provide a bigger input area.
· Send us a message
· Feedback forum
· How to type using Fleksy
· Using Fleksy as your default keyboard
· Allowing full access
· How to control Fleksy with gestures
· Fleksy extensions
· Settings
· Languages
· Submitting bug reports
· How to set up typing shortcuts
· Join the beta for iOS and become a tester
Personalize
· Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
· Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would be cautious about executing this.
Dictionary
· Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy dictionary while using the app.
· An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.
· Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.
Badges
· Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear why or how you use these.
· Rate on the Apps Store
· Subscribe to Fleksy news
· Read the privacy policy
· Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+
Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.
Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased options.
Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard
1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.
2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.
3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in settings.
4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard, double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.
5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard, press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch keyboard is announced.
6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the problem.
7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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Alan Lemly
2016-01-18 21:10:00 UTC
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Krister,



Thanks. That makes perfect sense. I think what was confusing me about the
hotkeys extension setup is identifying the icon picked to represent the text
it will be inputting when selected. I suppose this is no surprise as icons
are primarily visual elements and VoiceOver must be struggling with a
meaningful narrative of each of them. Or more than likely, Alan is
struggling with that narrative.



Alan



-----Original Message-----
From: ***@googlegroups.com [mailto:***@googlegroups.com] On Behalf
Of Krister Ekstrom
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 12:22 PM
To: ***@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: Fleksy and Possessive Apostrophes was RE: A Fleksy Keyboard
Tutorial



Hmm,

Ok, i don't know how to help you with the apostrophes problem, i'm afraid.
The hot keys setup work roughly like this: You first tell the extension what
icon to use when choosing the text to type. There is a list with more or
less obscure icons from which to choose. I think that once you choose your
icon it becomes highlighted, but i'm not 110 percent sure. At the top of the
setup dialog is "input" here you type the text that is to be produced once
you press the icon or in our case, double click it. It's here that you type
your phrase, like "'s".

I don't know if it helped but i hope so anyways.

/Krister



18 jan. 2016 kl. 18:43 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Hi Krister,



Please forgive any American English grammar tutoring that creeps into this
message. Unfortunately, it is necessary to express my point but I do realize
that most other languages do things differently and none of them can claim
they are any better than the others.



You are exactly right in your example about it's or the English contraction
for it is. I agree that Fleksy will get this one right. The confusing part
of this contraction is that in our inconsistent application of grammatical
rules, its as a possessive does not use an apostrophe before the s. So, if
I'm talking about a tree and want to comment that its bark is really rough,
the its preceding the bark should contain no apostrophe. I understand that
inconsistencies like these can't be programmed effectively and user care
must be taken to ensure their input is accurate.



But back to my original question. I find that I tend to use possessives more
than a fair amount in my typing. Whether typing something like John's car is
in the driveway or my dog's hair is tangled, an apostrophe followed by an s
must come after the proper name John or the dog to express the possession
conveyed by the sentence. The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't have an easy way to do
this that I've figured out nor does it automatically correct to add the
apostrophe if one simply types the word with the s at the end with no
punctuation. Your suggestion to try the punctuation offerings under the
period is a good one but alas the apostrophe isn't there. One of the things
I really liked about the original Fleksy app later renamed Fleksy VO was
that it did include an apostrophe s as one of its punctuation offerings
through the single finger swipe down gesture.



I hope I haven't confused the issue further. I suspect that maybe the
hotkeys extension will provide a way to make inputting an apostrophe s a bit
easier but I'm sort of wrestling with understanding how to set up that
extension as it doesn't seem intuitive to me. If it works like I think it
should, the user should designate some hotkey shortcut to represent what is
to be input and then provide what is to be typed when that hotkey is
selected. However, when I went into setup under the hotkey extension, I
found that what VoiceOver was reading to me wasn't clear as to what I should
do to configure it. I know I'm just going to have to play with it a bit to
trial and error it out.



Thanks for any suggestions you might have.



Alan



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Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 2:08 AM
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Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Ahem, Not sure what you mean there with apostrophies, the reason being that
in Swedish we don't have those apostrophies at least not so much. However,
if i want to type a word like it's i simply type its and the auto correction
kicks in and adds an apostrophy for me. If that's not what you mean, could
you please elaborate a little?

/Krister



18 jan. 2016 kl. 06:09 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Krister,



Thanks for your kind words and your additional instruction. I especially
appreciate your comments about the extensions because now I understand how
to remove the ones that have been installed. It seems that the first line
that appears when you execute the Extensions button shows those that are
installed which I'm thinking may be limited to four because there is only
room for four extension icons on this top row. Only clicks are heard as you
swipe through these and nothing happens if you double tap on any of these
first row icons if none are installed. However, if any are installed, they
are presented in this top row but without any VoiceOver identification. If
you double tap on an installed extension icon in this top row, another small
box in the center of the screen will open identifying the extension and
provide an identified remove button to remove it. I noticed that the first
icon in this top row always seems to say GIFs whether that extension is
installed or not. It seems as if it might be dimmed on mine as I have no
extensions installed and nothing happens when I double tap on it.



I will update the tutorial to reflect this additional info about the
extensions as well as your other comments on emojis and languages. I'll not
rush this since I'm hoping other suggestions might be forthcoming and I'd
like to get as many edits in as possible before reposting the tutorial.



I do have one question for you. The original Fleksy included an apostrophe s
in the punctuation choices to make it easy to enter possessive punctuation.
The Fleksy Keyboard doesn't do this and I'm wondering if you have a
suggestion on how to make entering an apostrophe followed by an s easier. I
guess I can always simply fetch the apostrophe from the numbers keyboard and
then jump back to the letters as I have to do with the standard iOS keyboard
but I'd welcome a shortcut since I use this fairly often.



Thanks again for your comments.



Alan



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Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2016 3:11 AM
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Subject: Re: A Fleksy Keyboard Tutorial



Hi,

This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some
things that i've discovered:

1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the
screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the
text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the
right extension, swipe to the button that says "remove" and press it. This
removes your extension.

Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.



2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there's a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be
removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this
dialog by looking for an "ok" button which you double tap.

3, on the "more" screen there's a button called "languages" as was mentioned
in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose
additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as
my languages.

At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you're currently using is highlighted. Below is a list
of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the
language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent
of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the
language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at
the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can
choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the
language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the
full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick
swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to
switch languages.

Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there's a learning curve
involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don't give up if
it doesn't work for you the first time.

/Krister



17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:




<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html
?dl=0>
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


* This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

* According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


* Most of the in-app charges are found here.

* You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

* Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

* A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

* I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


* A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

* Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

* I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

* Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


* Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

* After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

* A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

* Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

* Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

* Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


* Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


* Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


* I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


* This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


* Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

* Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

* Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

* Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

* Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

* Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

* Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

* Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


* Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


* Send us a message

* Feedback forum

* Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

* How to type using Fleksy

* Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

* Allowing full access

* How to control Fleksy with gestures

* Fleksy extensions

* Settings

* Languages

* Submitting bug reports

* How to set up typing shortcuts

* Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


* Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

* Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


* Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

* An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

* Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


* Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


* Rate on the Apps Store

* Subscribe to Fleksy news

* Read the privacy policy

* Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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2016-01-21 02:58:27 UTC
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I used a workaround suggested by Krister and loaded the hotkeys extension. I
then went into its setup where you're presented with about 8 pages of
hotkeys already defined. The lion's share of these were of no interest to me
so I deleted all the entries on page 1 and added three of my own: (1)
apostrophe s with what I believe is a checkmark icon (2) my email address
with the mail icon and (3) the underscore character with what appears to be
an old style smiley emoticon with the colon and the right parentheses. Note
that when touching these items on the hotkeys extension, VoiceOver announces
your typed output. It doesn't say apostrophe s as did the original Fleksy
but instead says something that sounds like ezz. It reads my email address
for the second item and says underscore for the third.



And wouldn't you know that since I set this up, I don't believe I've entered
one single possessive word where I needed this. At least it works but keep
in mind that when entering items from the hotkey extension that you first
place focus on the item and then double tap. You then must place focus back
on the keyboard proper before typing again.



Alan Lemly



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Tutorial



It followed by a apostrophe S is a contraction of the words "it is" or "it
has" so that is probably why it is in the Fleksy dictionary. But it does not
solve the problem of needing to add apostrophe S at the end of other nouns.




Christina



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Hi,

This is a very good tutorial indeed. Please allow me to try to add some
things that i've discovered:

1 to uninstall an extension you have to click on the area at the top of the
screen where there are just clicks to be heard from VO, then look at the
text that appears below that describes the extension. If you have chosen the
right extension, swipe to the button that says "remove" and press it. This
removes your extension.

Unfortunately right now this is rather a hit or miss scenario but it works.



2 when opening the emoji keyboard for the first time, there's a dialog
explaining that you can change colors of the emoji. This dialog has to be
removed before you can do things with your emoji keyboard. You remove this
dialog by looking for an "ok" button which you double tap.

3, on the "more" screen there's a button called "languages" as was mentioned
in the tutorial. This button or link pops up a dialog that lets you choose
additional languages to download. I for example have Swedish and English as
my languages.

At the top of the dialog is a list of the language(s) you already have
installed and the one you're currently using is highlighted. Below is a list
of additional languages you can download. Double click on the name of the
language you want and a progress meter will appear showing how many percent
of the language has been downloaded. When the download is complete, the
language disappears from the list of downloadable languages and appears at
the top of the dialog among the languages that are downloaded. Here you can
choose whether you want to use that language by double clicking it, the
language then becomes highlighted and is ready for use. Tip: if you have the
full sized keyboard, the one with the spacebar on it, you can do a quick
swipe left on the spacebar and the language will change on the fly. This
change will stick until next time you swipe quickly on the space bar to
switch languages.

Lastly, remember patience, patience, patience, there's a learning curve
involved with this app, so take your time learning it and don't give up if
it doesn't work for you the first time.

/Krister



17 jan. 2016 kl. 06:13 skrev Alan Lemly <***@gmail.com>:



Hello Listers,



Recently, several posts have been made to the viphone list requesting a
tutorial on using the Fleksy Keyboard. This is the third party keyboard from
the developers of the original Fleksy app later named Fleksy VO that many of
us have used. I am providing such a tutorial with this post and am cross
posting this message to both the viphone and iDevices lists. The tutorial is
in a marked up html file with various headings and bullet points and can be
downloaded here:




<https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html
?dl=0>
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ubtto7ggk95vmjc/Fleksy%20Keyboard%20tutorial.html?
dl=0



I will also paste the text of the tutorial following my signature but since
many of you read your email in plain text as opposed to html, the markup and
formatting will be lost. Those downloading the file and wanting to read it
with your iDevices should place it in a Dropbox folder so you can access it
with Dropbox. I've opened the file using my Dropbox app on my iPhone and
placing the rotor on headings allows easy navigation among the parts of the
tutorial.



I would welcome any corrections or suggestions to this tutorial because I
consider it a work in progress. The original Fleksy and now the Fleksy
Keyboard has greatly improved the speed and accuracy of input I create on my
iPhone and I hope this tutorial will help others as they master it.



Alan Lemly




Introduction


* This tutorial was written 1/16/16 for Fleksy Keyboard version
7.5.0 on an iPhone 6 running iOS 8.3. Version 7.5.0 was the latest version
of Fleksy Keyboard as of this writing.

* According to the September, 2013 podcast on AppleVis, the original
Fleksy was introduced in July of 2012. Due to Apple restrictions on third
party keyboards at this time, the app ran separately and the content
produced with it had to be copied and pasted to where it could be used such
as in the messaging or mail apps. This original Fleksy app was later named
Fleksy VO as the developers began moving toward a separate Fleksy keyboard
in anticipation of Apple allowing third party keyboards. Fleksy VO was later
removed from the Apps Store and Fleksy Keyboard is the only Fleksy app now
available. Apple allowed third party keyboards beginning with iOS 8 in
September of 2014.


Setting Up the First Time


1. Launch the Fleksy Keyboard app.

2. On first launch, you'll be presented with an install Fleksy screen
with a note at the bottom reminding you to turn on full access so that
Fleksy can fetch your settings and gifs. There is a learn more link after
this note that will take you to a web page in Safari that will fully explain
full access. Below this message is an Install button which you should
execute.

3. You can get to the settings to allow Fleksy full access through
Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards and selecting Fleksy. Executing the
install button in the previous step will take you to this settings screen
where you can add the Fleksy keyboard.

4. Double tap the add new keyboard button.

5. Under the heading Third Party Keyboards, find Fleksy and double tap
on it.

6. You will be taken back to your list of keyboards which now includes
Fleksy which you should double tap.

7. You will be taken to a screen which states Allow full access with an
on/off button which you should make sure is on.

8. Go to Settings and locate Fleksy in the list of all installed apps
which for the most part are sorted alphabetically. Double tap it and you can
turn buttons on to allow Fleksy to access your contacts and to use cellular
data. I have both of these turned on. Below these buttons is additional
information about installing Fleksy and its settings.


The topline menu buttons when you open the Fleksy keyboard app are Themes,
Extensions, GIFs and stickers, and More.


Themes


* Most of the in-app charges are found here.

* You can select from a variety of visual themes from choices like
Festive winter pack, Community limited edition, SHARDS pack, Arcade pack,
Pastel pack, Frozen pack, etc.

* Most themes have a cost but a couple are free. Note that there
appear to be graphic elements below each of these packs but swiping through
them produces only a click sound with no further voiceover feedback.

* A Classic pack for $.99 was the only one which sounded viable to
me.

* I've chosen to ignore themes since they are visual in nature.


Extensions. The second from the left topline menu button.


* A single finger swipe right repeatedly after executing the
Extensions button, will broadcast many unidentified clicks but you'll get to
buttons which are identified for GIFs stickers and Emoji, Number row, Cursor
control, One handed, Hot keys, Rainbow pops, Heart pops, Color pops, and
Fleksy tips.

* Below the available extensions is a button to request more
extensions which simply takes you to an online form to make a feature
request.

* I suspect all the pops extensions are visual in nature so will not
use them.

* Once you've added any extensions, an additional row will be
presented above the Fleksy keyboard containing the applicable features
provided by the loaded extension. For example, with the numbers extension
installed, you get a list of number keys not unlike the top row of a
standard QUERTY keyboard. At either end of this extension row are buttons to
switch to the previous extension at the far left or switch to next extension
at the far right.


Manipulating the Extension selection screen


* Note that I could not figure out how to uninstall an extension
once it was added so take care that you only install ones that you want.

* After VoiceOver announces the extension you want to install,
double tap the screen to start the install process.

* A popup dialog will open but focus may not be on anything that
VoiceOver reads to you. If you touch manually in the middle of the screen,
you should hit the description of the launched extension being installed.

* Swiping right from this description should take you to the add
button which you would execute to install it. In the case of the Hot keys
extension, swiping right from the description will first take you to a setup
button and then the add button.

* Swiping left once from the description will place you on a title
button which is not labeled so you simply hear a click sound as the title of
the extension is only presented visually.

* Swiping left one more time from the unidentified title will place
you on an X button which you can use to close this extension should you
choose not to add it. This x button is also not spoken by VoiceOver but is
important should you choose not to install the extension.


GIFs and stickers. The third from the left topline menu button.


* Opens a screen of various moving pictures which from what I could
tell seemed a bit like emojis on steroids. I opted not to mess with any of
these since they appear to be totally visual.


More. The fourth from the left and the last topline menu button.


* Execute the More button to get a vertical menu of the following
options: Tutorial, Settings, Languages, Keyboard size, Help and feedback,
Personalize, Dictionary, Badges, About Fleksy, Tell a friend, and Restore
purchases.


Tutorial


* I would recommend executing the Tutorial button and reviewing the
screen several times to get an understanding of how Fleksy works. There are
several tips sprinkled throughout the tutorial narrative that might prove
very helpful.


Settings


* This is the second choice on the screen opening when executing the
More button from the topline Fleksy keyboard app screen. Each of the various
settings will be listed and described.


Advanced Settings. Double tap to access these settings:


* Fast delete. Deletes whole words with a swipe left when turned on.

* Side buttons. Adds extra buttons when in landscape orientation on
an iPhone or portrait orientation on an iPad when turned on.

* Magic button. Change the function of the button displayed as a
globe to the left of the spacebar when executed. Possible settings are: (1)
Emoji keyboard displayed, (2) Comma entered, (3) Switch keyboard. This is
the default and how mine is set., (4) Dismiss keyboard. Causes the keyboard
to no longer display., (5) Autocorrect toggle. Tap and hold on a cell to
change the ordering of the Magic button options.

* Emoji skin tone color. Execute to select the default skin tone
color for the emojis which offer color choices.

* Show all accents. Show all possible accented characters when
turned on. Note that I turned this one off because I got tired of Fleksy
entering the accented versions of characters containing such options when I
lingered a bit too long when typing characters. And since I pretty much type
in American English, I don't need the accented characters.

* Long press for numbers. Long presses in the letters keyboard
temporarily switch to the numbers keyboard when turned on. Note that I have
this turned off since I installed the numbers extension.

* Show language in spacebar. Displays the current language in the
spacebar after the keyboard appears when turned on.

* Display HomeRow. Display the colorful background of the middle row
of keys when turned on. In my case, the middle row is simply shown with a
contrasting gray background to distinguish it from the other two rows of
keys which have black backgrounds.


Auto-Capitalization. Starts new sentences with a capital letter when turned
on.


Auto-Correction. Corrects and completes your words when turned on.


AutoCorrect with punctuation. Corrects words when entering punctuation when
turned on.


Double space for punctuation. A period is inserted whenever you input two
spaces in a row when turned on. Note that a single finger swipe right will
enter the word just typed or Fleksy's best guess of that word. Another
single finger swipe right will input a period.


Keyboard clicks. A click is sounded whenever you tap a key when turned on.


Swipe sounds. A swoosh is sounded whenever you swipe when turned on.


Keyboard font. The font of the Fleksy keyboard. I've left this at the
default setting of system font. Note that this doesn't affect any other
apps.


Voice feedback. Announces the words after you type them when turned on. I
strongly recommend that you keep this turned on.


Case sensitive layout. Shows all uppercase letters on the Fleksy keyboard
when turned off. Shows these letters in lowercase when turned on.


Show suggestions. Hides suggestions when turned off even if autocorrect is
on.


Languages


* Mine is set to my default of English United States. I'm unclear
whether multiple languages can be chosen here since I only use the one. Note
that there is a button just below my selected language where you can pick
the keyboard layout presented. I have this set to QWERTY. Other choices are
QWERTZ, QZERTY, AZERTY, Colemak, Dvorak, and Dvorak (Fleksy).


Keyboard size. Not only the size but the style of the Fleksy keyboard.
Choices are presented in the following two rows:


1. Spacebar or Minimal Keyboard style. Pick spacebar if you want the
spacebar displayed below the letter keys. A 2-finger swipe down on the
spacebar keyboard will switch it to display the minimal keyboard. Pick
Minimal if you only want the letters displayed with no spacebar as was done
with the original Fleksy app. A 2-finger swipe up on the minimal keyboard
will switch it to display the spacebar keyboard.

2. Keyboard size. Pick between Large, Original, and Small. Note that I
use large to provide a bigger input area.


Help and feedback. Includes the following options and help topics:


* Send us a message

* Feedback forum

* Fleksy Keyboard for iOS help topics:

* How to type using Fleksy

* Using Fleksy as your default keyboard

* Allowing full access

* How to control Fleksy with gestures

* Fleksy extensions

* Settings

* Languages

* Submitting bug reports

* How to set up typing shortcuts

* Join the beta for iOS and become a tester


Personalize


* Personalize Fleksy to your writing style with choices to base this
on your style from Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.

* Reset user data. I suspect this resets your personal dictionary
and any other information you've provided to Fleksy while using it. I would
be cautious about executing this.


Dictionary


* Provides a list of all the words you've added to your Fleksy
dictionary while using the app.

* An edit button appears in the upper right corner of this screen
which opens a delete icon to the left of each word when executed.

* Just below the topline menu containing the back and edit buttons
is an edit box where you can enter a new word for the dictionary.


Badges


* Opens a table of badge icons with 6 rows of 3 badges per row. Each
badge is identified by VoiceOver as you swipe through them but I'm unclear
why or how you use these.


About Fleksy. Provides options to:


* Rate on the Apps Store

* Subscribe to Fleksy news

* Read the privacy policy

* Follow Fleksy on Twitter, Facebook, Google+


Tell a friend. Provides the usual screen to tell someone about Fleksy using
a message, email, Twitter, Facebook, or more options.


Restore purchases. I assume this works as it does with other apps if a fresh
install of Fleksy Keyboard is required and you want to restore any purchased
options.


Tips for using the Fleksy Keyboard


1. Fleksy is designed to interpret the word you intended to type based
on the letters you typed whether done accurately or only near the correct
letters. When you've finished typing the word, swipe right once and Fleksy
will announce the word it thinks you wanted. If it is correct, simply start
typing the next word. Fleksy will have input the word it announced followed
by a space. If Fleksy announces an incorrect word, single finger swipe down
in the keyboard area to hear other Fleksy suggestions. Whichever word it
last announces will be what is entered. This is why diligently keeping a
custom Fleksy dictionary can be beneficial so it will have access to the
words you use which aren't in its built-in dictionary.

2. You can manually type a word you know isn't in Fleksy's dictionary
by sliding your finger over each key until it is announced by VoiceOver in
the usual touch typing method. When you swipe right once on completion and
Fleksy announces the proper word, you can do a single finger swipe up in the
keyboard area to add this word to your Fleksy dictionary.

3. Unlike the original Fleksy app, the Fleksy keyboard requires all
gestures to be done on the keyboard itself which occupies about the lower
third or more of the screen depending on the keyboard size selected in
settings.

4. To switch from the standard iOS keyboard to the Fleksy keyboard,
double tap and hold the button immediately to the left of the spacebar and
slide up until Fleksy is announced then release.

5. To switch from the Fleksy keyboard to the standard iOS keyboard,
press and hold the button to the left of the spacebar and slide your finger
up and to the right to hear the available options and release when switch
keyboard is announced.

6. If the Fleksy keyboard is being used and doesn't appear to be
working or is acting flaky, try turning off VoiceOver using a triple press
of the home button and then turning VO on again. This often fixes the
problem.

7. Fleksy has a bit of a learning curve so review the Tutorial under
the More button on the Fleksy Keyboard app topline menu and the help topics
also under the More button. Review these until your comfortable with the
topics and then practice by using the Fleksy keyboard.
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