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… how long will it be until Apple takes this idea and implements it in their OS, and call it “innovation” again? If you have a jailbroken iPhone, then you may have seen an app called kbshortcuts appear in Cydia. This app turns your iPhone/iPad keyboard into something really, really useful. The app allows you to perform common text editing operations with a simple swipe of your finger.
- Cut, copy, paste;
- Find and replace;
- Text navigation and selection;
- Dictionary definitions;
- Translate text;
- Undo and redo;
- Text snippets;
- Much more …
To activate a feature, simply swipe your finger from the spacebar up to the relevant key. For example, to copy text, swipe up to “c”. To paste, swipe up to “v”. To undo, swipe up to “z”. Most functions are bound to the key’s you would expect from gui text editors, such as Word or Openoffice.org.
But the feature that is killer, is undo and redo. How many times have you deleted text because of clumsy fingers and cried about it like a baby. No more cry baby – just undo your mistake! This app turns the iOS keyboard into a real tool for text editing.
turns iPad useful
This turns the iPad into a useful tool for creating text. Previously, typing text on the iPad keyboard was a complete pain in the arse. With this tool your iPad becomes a better content creator, and no longer just a content consumption device.
so, what about apple?
So how does this relate to iOS? Well, iOS 5 has keyboard shortcuts too! So why all the excitement about this Cydia app when shortcuts are coming to iOS anyway? Well, Apple’s implementation of keyboard shortcuts is … lame. Basically, you can insert text snippets by typing in abbreviations for them – yep, that’s it.
kbshortcuts is another example of why a locked down platform hurts the consumer and hurts innovation. Long live the jailbreak community! kbshortcuts is the definitive jailbreak KILLER APP.
Having bought an iPad 2 rather cheaply on a recent visit to Singapore, I immediately jailbroke it to install all the useful tweaks that Apple left out of iOS. Also, being a bit of a fan of theming, I had a look to see if my favorite (and in my view the best) iPhone theme – revidx – was available for the iPad. Sadly, it is not. However, not one to be deterred, I thought I’d check out what else was available for the iPad.
The iPad theming scene seems to be far smaller than for the iPhone. This is a mixed blessing – there is less crap, but also fewer real gems. I’m also not a huge fan of the dark metallic themes that seems to be the predominant aesthetic of many iOS theme developers. The other problem with iPad theming at the moment is that a large number of themes are incomplete, both in terms of UI elements, as well as icons for Cydia apps. So after a number of failed attempts at finding the “perfect” theme, I was very pleased to recently stumble across the “asoftly” theme.
Asoftly is a simple and subtle theme, which appeals to me. It has a nice soft texture – looking a bit like recycled paper or fabric – with light grey being the predominant color. However, the use of light grey does not mean this theme is boring. The grey is punctuated with brightly colored buttons. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let some screenshots do the talking. If you’ve got an iPad and want a nice subtle theme, have a look at softly:
However, generic hot-dogs are not officially supported. You’ll need to go to your local apple store and get an iDog to be able to pull this off. Although, you may want to hold off, as there are rumours that they will announce a new iDog at the next WWDC with an inbuilt camera, called the Seeing iDog.