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  • 150. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    marsheng Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can use as many argument as you like, I WANT cursor keys. If anyone knows of an app that works with all iPad apps, I'm ready to purchase.

     

    PS typed on my PC.

  • 151. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    marsheng wrote:

     

    I WANT cursor keys.

    There are none.

     

    If anyone knows of an app that works with all iPad apps,

    Currently not possible.

  • 152. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    Mickchev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The best solution I've come across is Arrow Keys Mail. It's a very nice text editor and it uses the standard apple keyboard with a row of extra keys on top. Including foward and back arrow keys, plus (gasp) forward delete and backspace too. Also TAB, colon, semi colon, parentheses, #, @ - and /. Very cool. The copy function copies everything to the clipboard. I think it's $0.99 and very well worth it. Apple is too busy jumping the shark to worry about such details.

  • 153. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    Sdthib2922 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually, if the word or phrase is where you want to place the curser, you cannot. So any sarcastic remarks concerning the fact that the ipad is a touchscreen, seem to be made out of ignorance than really understanding the question or device!

    try placing the curser into a part of the URL you may want to change, and you can enter it before or after, but not Within the URL itself. Same goes for searches and trying to insert the curser into a word! I know, I have had this same problem sine I purchased my ipad. Instead, I have to erase the entire phrase or word and restyle it---therefore, the need for arrow keys!

  • 154. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    tonefox Level 6 Level 6 (8,300 points)

    I have no difficulty in prodding a cursor into the middle of a URL or a search term.   ?

  • 155. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    anotherscott Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, it is possible to place the cursor within a word. It is touchy and time consuming though. Cursor keys would often be much, much better.

  • 156. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (24,040 points)

    Touchy and time consuming?  No, not so much.

  • 157. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    anotherscott Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Obviously, not for you. For me... tremendously. I use programs that give me cursor keys, I find it to be enormously better.

  • 158. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (24,040 points)

    Then perhaps you should consider buying a device that actually has a curser (in the programatic sense). IOS doesn't.

  • 159. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    anotherscott Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As I said, I use programs that give me cursor keys. It would be nice if Apple supported it system-wide, but at least I have found reasonable workarounds.

     

    Likewise, the standard keyboard should include a number row. It made sense to leave it off on the tight-for-space iphone screen, but there's no reason to leave it off the iPad. With every password needing combinations of letters and numbers, it's a real nuisance to go back and forth all the time, and there's no reason it has to be that way.

     

    But suggesting that you buy another device isn't viable if the things you want to do are specific to or otherwise best accomplshed on the iPad. So you live with the trade-offs or find ways around them. But hopefully, if Apple senses that these improvements are desired, they can be provided in the future.

  • 160. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    cherylannefromlittleton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    James, if you're happy with it, great. I would definitely be able to type faster on it if there were cursor keys. I do a LOT of typing. There are several apps on the iPad that incorporate their own arrow keys, so I know it can be done and probably isn't difficult. If they weren't beneficial, normal keyboards wouldn't have them. You wouldn't have to see them if you don't want them; it could be an optional pop-up. So please be happy with your keyboard, and let us have our say here.

  • 161. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    cherylannefromlittleton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Maybe not available, but definitely possible.

  • 162. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,885 points)

    cherylannefromlittleton wrote:

     

    Maybe not available, but definitely possible.

    How?

  • 163. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    James Ward4 Level 7 Level 7 (24,040 points)

    An "optional pop-up"? So let me get this straight ... rather than placing your finger on the screen to locate the typing point (basically one action) you want to tap something to produce an "optional pop-up",  tap the arrow key (however many times you need it to get it to the insertion point), then tap somethning to hid the "optional pop-up".

     

    Let's suffice it to say Steve Jobs and the design team got it right the first time. And the existance of a key on a "normal keyboard" as you refer to it in no way makes its appropriate for a touch screen device.

     

    You don't want a mbile device, you want a laptop. The iPad isn't a laptop.

  • 164. Re: Arrow keys anyone???
    Rick J. Brown Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You don't want a mbile device, you want a laptop. The iPad isn't a laptop.

     

    Personally, I want a multi-touch mobile device which also makes as easy as possible for me to enter and edit text.  Don't get me wrong--I think the "tap on the text" feature, and the little magnifying glass, are awesome, and useful, and I like showing them off to my friends.  Those UI elements are ideal and simple for selecting a word, and for placing the cursor in the general area of where you want it.  And I'm sure that users who are more dextrous than I, are well able to finger-jiggle the cursor to exactly the spot they want, every time, in the blink of an eye.

     

    But as for myself:  Once in while I can finger-jiggle the cursor to the right spot within about a second.  Often it takes longer.  And often I think I've got it in the right spot, but then my finger slips just a little as I'm lifting it off the screen, and the cursor moves to the right or left.  Then I have to go back and finger-jiggle some more.  Usually I get it within the second try.  But by that time I've spent 2 to 3 seconds doing something that an arrow key would have accomplished in a small fraction of a second.  For somebody like me who types a lot and who types fast, and who repositions the cursor frequently, that extra second or two of wasted time gets annoying really fast.

     

    Now, if it were the case that the popup keyboard were just too crowded to fit the extra keys, I'd understand, and I'd happily accept the inefficient finger-jiggle as unavoidable.  But as I see it, they could easily shrink and/or eliminate one of the ".?123" keys, and/or shrink the spacebar just a little, to accomodate a left-arrow and a right-arrow key (I'm not even asking for up/down arrows).  Indeed, they could even make arrow keys an option in "general settings," for those that don't like 'em.

     

    Or, if Apple are amazed at my ineptness at finger jiggling, they can make arrow keys an "Accessibility" setting.  I don't care.  All I know is that arrow keys would make it easier for me -- and apparently for a lot of other people on this thread -- to get the most out of my iPad.  I don't think "efficient text entry for everyone" is such an esoteric request for a mobile device.

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