After a very public beta, Kpaw has released version 1.0 of FlickType, their free alternative keyboard app for iOS devices.
FlickType is the successor to the former Fleksy keyboard and allows for a user to type using a familiar QWERTTY layout without knowing exactly where each key is. The free app lets you type messages and then copy them to other applications. A paid system keyboard version which will allow you to use FlickType anywhere is in the works.
You can learn more about FlickType from their website and by listening to our interview with cofounder Kosta Eleftheriou on Blind Bargains Qast 141.
Here's more info from the App Store description:
Does it feel familiar? It’s because it is! Using the standard QWERTY layout and 3 simple flick gestures, FlickType is the fastest available typing method for blind and low-vision users, ever. You don’t need to learn a new way to type. Just tap where it feels natural and FlickType’s powerful algorithms will get it right, almost every time!
No more spacebar or other control keys to hunt for. Simply flick right for space. To delete, flick left. Not the right word? Flick down for alternative suggestions.
An extremely fluid typing experience, and with enough additional functions to satisfy the book writer in you, FlickType will turn the chore of typing into something you may actually enjoy!
Happy typing! SmileSource: iTunes App Store
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.