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Quick And Accurate Typing with Fleksy

The system keyboard in iOS works for a lot of folks, but if you have trouble typing quickly or accurately on your iPhone or iPad, Fleksy might be the right choice for you.

Surprisingly great autocorrect

Fleksy is an alternative keyboard available on iOS and Android devices. It allows you to type quickly and with only an approximation of accuracy. It works like this:

Go with your instinct and tap where you think the letters are. Based on your taps, Fleksy guesses what word you meant to type – even if you missed every single letter.

Fear not, though, because the autocorrecting power that Fleksy possesses isn’t the sort that ends up as the butt of a joke on the Internet. It’s a different kind of autocorrect – one you won’t feel like cursing. Fleksy is so accurate that you can type a whole sentence without looking. The first time I used Fleksy, it felt like magic. See for your self:

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Speed and accessibility

Besides it’s autocorrect feature, Fleksy can speed up your typing with its gesture-based interface. A swipe to the right adds a space. Another adds a period. A left swipe deletes the last word. And for the few times that Fleksy makes the wrong guess, you can correct it by swiping up and down through the possible matches.

Fleksy helps blind users by providing voice feedback—reading one word at a time, or reading back the current document. In fact, you don’t even need to see the keyboard to use Fleksy. Swipe down with two fingers and Fleksy will hide the spacebar row. Swipe down again and the whole keyboard disappears. Amazingly, you can still type correctly by tapping where the letters would normally be. Fleksy just figures out what you mean to type.

Availability

One of the best features of Fleksy is its price. It’s available free on the App Store. Currently, because of the way iOS sandboxes third-party apps, you can’t replace the system keyboard everywhere. You’ll need to type your content within the Fleksy app and then copy and paste the content into the other app you want to use.

That said, iOS 8 is coming soon and will support system-wide, third-party keyboards. That means you will be able to use Fleksy directly in your favorite apps, wherever you would normally use the system keyboard. Fleksy has announced that it will be one of the first iOS 8 third-party keyboards. You can sign up to be a beta tester.

That said, if you want the Fleksy experience in other apps today, there’s good news — the creators of Fleksy provide an SDK that lets developers integrate Fleksy into their own apps. Quite a few third-party apps have added support for Fleksy. For example, this article was drafted in nvNotes using Fleksy. You can see a list of apps that support Fleksy from within the free Fleksy app.

If you wish autocorrect understood you better, give Fleksy a try. It might be just what you’re looking for.

– Blake Watson

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