Fleksy- GIF, Web & Yelp Search

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Description of App

Fleksy is the most fun, customizable way to type, and officially the fastest keyboard in the world. Fleksy is the only keyboard that allows you to find and send GIFs, and customize your keyboard with powerful Extensions and colorful themes. Use Fleksy Extensions like: GIFs, Hotkeys, Number Row, Cursor Control, One-Handed Typing, Imoji Stickers, Rainbow Key Pops and more • "This is much better than your standard input methods and predictive text engines." - TechCrunch POWERFUL EXTENSIONS FOR CUSTOM FUNCTIONALITY Use Fleksy Extensions to customize your keyboard with incredibly powerful features. Have more fun with the ONLY Keyboard with GIF support and great autocorrect. Control your cursor from the spacebar with Cursor Control. Make Fleksy easier to reach on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with One-Handed Typing. Or, customize Fleksy with an easy-access Number Row or keys of your choice. Fleksy gives you 3 slots FREE, so you can mix, match, and try all 7! THE FASTEST, MOST ACCURATE KEYBOARD Fleksy keyboard uses next-generation autocorrect so accurate you can type without even looking, and type with record-setting speed using intuitive gestures! Type faster and save more time for the things you love. BEAUTIFUL DESIGN. 35+ COLORFUL THEMES. 3 CUSTOMIZABLE SIZES. Show your style on Fleksy’s beautiful keyboard with over 35 free and purchasable colorful themes. Check out fan favorites like the Chameleon Theme that matches the color of the app you are in, the Frozen and Hunger Games themes, and our snazzy animated themes. TYPING THAT’S ACTUALLY FUN! Express yourself with GIFs, over 800 Emoji, 35+ themes, and Rainbow Key Pops. Then, earn fun Badges and rewards for using Fleksy! Who said typing had to be boring? MORE NATURAL GESTURES With just a swipe of your finger, easily add punctuation, space, delete words, and much more. Easy. Intuitive. Fast. WHY ARE WE BETTER THAN OTHER KEYBOARDS? • The only keyboard with custom Extensions. No keyboard is more customizable. • The only keyboard that holds a world record for typing speed. No keyboard is faster. • The best keyboard to find and send GIFs while typing. No keyboard is more fun. • The most beautiful design, custom themes, and sizes. No keyboard is more beautiful. ************************************************ MULTILINGUAL TYPING Seamlessly switch between languages while typing. Fleksy supports over 40 languages including: • English (US) • Albanian • Arabic • Bulgarian • Catalan (Spain) • Croatian • Czech • Danish • Dutch • English (AUS) • English (CA) • English (UK) • Estonian • Finnish • French (CA) • French (FR) • German • Greek • Hebrew • Hungarian • Italian • Latvian • Lithuanian • Macedonian • Malay • Norwegian • Polish • Portuguese (BR) • Portuguese (PT) • Romanian • Russian • Serbian • Slovak • Slovenian • Spanish (Latin America) • Spanish (ES) • Spanish (US) • Swedish • Tagalog • Turkish • Ukrainian Vote for your language at http://languages.fleksy.com Languages with the most votes will be released faster! LAYOUT SUPPORT QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ, even DVORAK or Colemak PRIVACY Fleksy does not collect any personal data without your explicit permission. We take privacy very seriously. Happy Typing! Note - Some premium features require in-app purchase. Technical Support - Go to http://feedback.fleksy.com for technical support. Press - If you are a member of the press, write to us at press@fleksy.com.

Version

6.0

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

No

iOS Version

8.4

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

Fully accessible.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Developer's Twitter Username

@fleksy

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Submitted by Santiago on Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hello,
I still can't access word suggestions. Sometimes, I'm able to access them, but after a while, it just focuses on an unlabeled button. As for the betas, I haven't received an email yet. They'll probably send an email to everyone at the same time.

Submitted by Serina Gilbert on Saturday, October 25, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

I received the email to beta test last night. Hopefully everyone will also receive an email.

Submitted by alex wallis on Saturday, October 25, 2014

I got my email, but I am finding the install process far from straight forward,
firstly I was rather annoyed to find I was forced to use the ios mail app to accept the invitation I dislike the ios mail app and I prefer to use safari for checking my mail.
After having accepted the invite though I am unable to work out how to install the beta, I go into the test flight app, and all I can see is a description of the app, and no easy way to install it, I keep finding an unlabelled button but nothing seems to happen when I tap it, and I am not sure if this is down to the ios focus bug, I have tried scrolling the screen but this hasn't made any difference
has anyone figured out how to install the beta? I am not finding this new test flight a smooth or enjoyable experience so far.
and am actually beginning to regret updating to ios8.1, as I keep getting the virtual keyboard popping open randomly in places where it isn't needed, the only reason I bothered upgrading was for fleksy, now beginning to wonder if it was worth it, though I realise issues with testflight and ios are not fleksy's fault.

Submitted by Dane on Saturday, October 25, 2014

The unidentified buttons are related to the space bar used by sighted users. You can hide them by flicking down with two fingers when the VoiceOver cursor is on the keyboard. There will be no verbal feedback, but the buttons should become hidden.

Submitted by alex wallis on Saturday, October 25, 2014

Well I just tried unsubscribing and now it says the invitation is invalid when I try to accept again, over all not very impressed with apples new testflight service, can we go back to the old method of installing apps through safari? that seems so much easier from a VoiceOver point of view.

Submitted by Serina Gilbert on Saturday, October 25, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

When I clicked the link from the email it opened test flight and there was a button to install the beta Fleksy. It then asked me if I wanted to install the beta version instead of the app store version and then the install went right through.

Submitted by Santiago on Saturday, October 25, 2014

In reply to by Serina Gilbert

Hello,
I still haven't received an email from Fleksy, although I think Apple made the TestFlight process straight forward. If you are already using the Fleksy app, you will probably have issues. I keep getting focused on an unlabeled button as well, and this button doesn't seem to do anything. It doesn't matter what application I am trying to use, focus always changes to this button when using Fleksy. I would suggest uninstalling the current release of Fleksy before installing the beta.

Submitted by alex wallis on Saturday, October 25, 2014

the unlabelled button I was seeing is in testflight, not fleksy.
I think I will need a new invite from them, as I tried unsubscribing in testflight and now it says the invitation is invalid when I try to use the link in the email.

Submitted by Ashley S on Monday, October 27, 2014

I got my beta invitation today, and didn't have any trouble with the TestFlight install.

Submitted by alex wallis on Monday, October 27, 2014

Hi all, well just a bit of a heads up for you if you can't install the beta like me and are seeing the screen with the unavailable text and the unlabelled buttons.
I sent fleksy a screen shot and they said it indicated that the beta was expired and that it shouldn't be, its annoying that VoiceOver didn't read me this information and that I had to send a screen shot to find out the problem. Anyway after a lot of messing around I had an idea I wondered if the 24 hour time setting would make a difference, because I have my phone set on 12 hour time normally, and I remembered that the RNIB navigator app also has an issue with this setting which causes it not to display subscription information properly.
So I tried enabling the 24 hour option in date and time and installation was allowed, disabling the 24 hour option again produced the expired problem.
I just thought I would put this here in case others experience this problem, guess its a bug for Apple to fix.
You don't have to have the option to automatically set the date and time enabled the problem seems to purely be down to the 24 hour setting.

Submitted by alex wallis on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

lol, I like my 12 hour time, its a strange bug not quite sure how to report it to the testflight developers.
Oh and fleksy seems to run fine if you reset to 12 hour time, its just testflight that complains if you try and run it, but a reset to 24 hour time soon deals with that.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I too got my beta email. Only problem I have is how are we supposed to send them feedback? Are we supposed to do it through Fleksy or TestFlight? Suggestions? Thanks.

Submitted by AppleVis on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Would those involved in beta testing for Fleksy please remember that this is a private program and that you should not be posting information about the beta to public forums such as AppleVis.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

That was not my intention. I just needed to ask a question about how to send feedback. Sorry for the inappropriateness.

Submitted by Serina Gilbert on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

For those of you who are beta testing it is reAlly important that you provide this specific feedback to the Fleksy team. They can't fix what they don't know is broken.

Submitted by peter on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

To send the Fleksy developers feedback on the app or the beta mail them at:

support@Fleksy.com

They can only know about the problems and fix them based on input from users!

--Pete

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Saw Alex's response, but thanks for reiterating. And this is as close as I will come to discussing any beta information. Sorry.

VoiceOver was not speaking the word suggestions as they changed and I flicked down to select a new suggestion.

the Fleksy support team indicated that in order to hear the word suggestion change I should go into the Fleksy Settings menu and turn "Voice Feedback" to "on".

Unfortunately, with VoiceOver running, double tapping this button does not seem to change its state from "Off". I can't seem to turn "Voice Feedback" to "On". Thus, VoiceOver is still not speaking the change in the word suggestions as I flick down.

The Fleksy support folks say that they are able to change the state of this button. I'm wondering if anyone else is having this problem trying to toggle the state of the "Voice Feedback" button in the Settings from "Off" to "On".

I am using an iphone 4S if that makes a difference.

--Pete

Submitted by synthesizer101 on Sunday, November 2, 2014

In order to enable voice feedback:
1. Go to the IOS settings app > general > keyboards > keyboards > fleksy
2. Switch the "allow full access" switch to on and accept the warning box.
3. Go back to fleksy and open settings.
4. Now the voice feedback switch will work.

Submitted by peter on Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thanks for the suggestion to "Enable full Access" to the Fleksy app in order to get the "Use Voice Feeback" switch to toggle on/off. This worked. Now I am able to toggle the "Use Voice Feedback" from "off" to "on" and with this set to "on" I do hear the new selections as I flick down to select a new word.

I am a bit disappointed that one has to allow Fleksy to grab all of our keystroeks in order to have this work for the blind. If I disable "Enable Full Access" by Fleksy to what I type in, then the "Use Voice Feedback" button cannot be toggled from "Off" to "On", and as a result, the VoiceOver user will not be able to hear the newly selected word as they pop up.

Hopefully this can be fixed in a later release.

But at least now I can hear these new words and use the app reasonably well. I don't mind allowing full access while the bugs are being worked out, but wouldn't want to allow this long term since I don't like sharing sensitive information that I might type in with third parties.

Anyway, a step in the right direction!

--Pete

Submitted by Shersey on Sunday, November 2, 2014

I, too, am having issues with word suggestions not reading well with VoiceOver. I have enabled the minimal layout, and have voice feedback (or whatever it's called) turned on. I just keep hearing the word space when flicking down to read word suggestions.

I'm running the latest version of Fleksy on iOS 8.1, and my device is an iPhone 4S.

Thanks,
Shersey

Submitted by synthesizer101 on Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fleksy doesn't actually get your input when you type under full access. It's a warning from apple, since I could develop a keyboard that did steal your input. Instead, the setting allows keyboards to access other system things, like the text to speech libraries and the internet. For example, to download new languages, you would have to allow Fleksy to use the internet, which falls under full access. Fleksy doesn't collect what you type, and so it is quite safe. When you trust the company, like with fleksy, there is no problem with full access. Only worry about it if you don't know or trust the developers.

I'm afraid I don't understand why anyone would object to Fleksy having access to all keystrokes. Oh yeah, I forget ... high-tech equipment is out to steal our souls!

Submitted by peter on Sunday, November 2, 2014

If you are still having problems with hearing the new word suggestions when flicking down after entering a word, then you should try switching to the minimal keyboard by swiping down with two fingers. This hides the spacebar.

Note: You must also have "Allow full Access" to Fleksy set in the iPhone Settings / General / Keyboards / Fleksy dialog, and you must toggle the "Use Voice Feedback" to "On" in the Fleksy Settings.

Hopefully these hints will appear in the Fleksy documentation for VoiceOver users when the developers get around to it.

Hope that helps.

--Pete

Submitted by peter on Sunday, November 2, 2014

In general I don't mind sharing things with apps or browsers - after all,they are often trying to make our browsing and/or purchasing decisions easier and more customized to my taste.

I do object to sharing some information that I type however. I may be sharing passwords, credit card info, and/or other sensitive info via e-mail with other people. This could include patents and proprietary information at work, marketing plans, etc.

Submitted by alex wallis on Sunday, November 2, 2014

I imagine the warning is from Apple not fleksy.
Regarding word suggestions though, do others find they only get two or three suggestions now instead of the old ten suggestions?

Submitted by Kelly on Thursday, November 6, 2014

What's New in Version 4.0.4

*Note: Please update to the latest version of iOS 8.1 to fix key known issues with custom keyboards and improve your Fleksy experience.

INTRODUCING:

- Brand new layout! Backspace and shift keys have been moved above the spacebar row.
- Support for more layouts including Dvorak, QWERTZ, AZERTY, Colemak.
- Typing shortcuts from iOS! Add shortcuts in System Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts.

FIXED:

- Option to delete English (US).
- Eliminated the double punctuation bug.
- Labelled keyboard buttons for VoiceOver mode.
- Additional bug fixes and stability improvements.

Submitted by Serina Gilbert on Thursday, November 6, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

So the release notes state that the buttons are labeled... Other than the bottom row with the spacebar, has anyone had any luck with noticing labels?

Submitted by Neo on Thursday, November 6, 2014

I would like the ability to be able to hear the individual characters if I hold my finger on the screen. I also noticed that there are still some issues with Voicever and 3rd party keyboards on IOs8.1 as when using the Fleksy keyboard, I found it quite tricky to use the Voiceover rota.

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Thursday, November 6, 2014

I can't find Version 4.0.4 in the App store.

Submitted by Burning Beard on Thursday, November 6, 2014

To fix any rotor issues, just touch anywhere away from the keyboard itself. Once the keyboard's been touched once, it's considered active and gestures route to it.

This update is a partial improvement. It's at least functional now. Suggestions work.

Noticed a bug though. Seems like Fleksy inserts apostrophes in odd ways. If I type "don't" for instance, VO only reports the t. If I backspace the word, it's reported normally. Keep this in mind as you enter text. If you only hear a single letter when typing a word with an apostrophe, it's probably right. Don't know if this is a widespread bug or if it's just me.

Obviously manually entering words still doesn't work. You can alleviate this somewhat by going into the fleksy app and manually adding stuff to your dictionary. Annoying, but at least it's possible to use it now. Here's hoping the rest of these bugs get sorted out soon.

Submitted by Santiago on Friday, November 7, 2014

At least we're seeing progress with the accessibility improvements. Hopefully we see more improvements, and hopefully the third-party keyboard bugs on Apple's side are fixed.

Submitted by Serina Gilbert on Friday, November 7, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Blog Team

Has Anyone had any luck switching from the normal keyboard to the minimal keyboard with the two finger swipe? I am able to bring up the bottom row of keys with the gesture, but I haven't been able to go back to the minimal keyboard with the gesture either up or down... Any tips or suggestions?

Submitted by peter on Friday, November 7, 2014

In general I haven't had a hard time doing this. the two finger up/down action to unhide/hade the spacebar and extra buttons doesn't seem to be 100% reliable, but it mostly works.

Try swiping a bit lower on the screen. Make sure when you swipe that you are on the keyboard area of the screen and not the text edit field.

--Pete

Submitted by Kelly on Saturday, November 8, 2014

What's new in 4.0.5?

- Fix for language download errors.

Submitted by Samantha Wyatt on Sunday, November 9, 2014

I think things have gotten better with fleksy and voiceover in this update. Most noticeably, the buttons for switching keyboards and spacebar and enter are now labeled! When swiping to the right after typing a word such as that's or don't, it actually says the whole word now instead of just 's or 't. Swiping up and down for word suggestions has gotten even better. There are still minor things that aren't necessarily bugs, but I would like to see them changed. Because I use the minimal setting while typing, those buttons at the bottom of the keyboard are hidden. when I have to switch keyboards for any reason, I need to come out of minimal mode to get to that button. The two-finger swipe down doesn't work for me. I haven't gotten it to work successfully even one time. I was very careful to swipe down over only the keyboard part of the screen, but still no luck. I even tried a two-finger swipe up in case I got it wrong, but that didn't do the trick either. In order to get out of minimal mode, I have to go back into the fleksy app and find it under appearances. They either need to fix this gesture, or maybe come up with a quick gesture for switching keyboards while you're in other apps. If anyone else has a suggestion, let me know. Other than this minor issue, I love fleksy, and appreciate what the developers are doing. Things are looking much better than they were just after the launch for iOS 8, and I can't wait to see the improvements they make in the next update!

Submitted by raaj on Sunday, November 9, 2014

I tried with updated fleksy, but since I'm unable to switchover to the normal keyboard for some places, I've deleted it from the keyboard list. I dono how to switchover either. And again, it is frustrating since the fleksy is not telling me the letter I press. In some cases, like for some abbreviations for example, we can't depend upon the dictionary or predictions though.

Submitted by Khalfan Bin Dhaher on Sunday, November 9, 2014

I am still unable to look for more word suggestions. Has anyone figured out how to do that?

Submitted by peter on Sunday, November 9, 2014

In order to hear the new word suggestions as you flick up and down, you must do the following:

1. In the iPhone Settings / General / Keyboard / Fleksy dialog you must allow "full Access"

2. In the Fleksy Settings menu you must turn on "Use Voice Feedback"

Unfortunately, it does not seem possible to turn on the "Use Voice Feedback" button when VoiceOver is running if you don't allow full access.

--Pete

Submitted by sockhopsinger on Sunday, November 9, 2014

I have tried as suggested and still do not get word suggestions. Perhaps turning voice feedback off and back on will work.

I can tollerate all other issues, but the fact that VoiceOver does not speak when entering indivudal letters is a huge stopper for me.
I canot rely on the dictionary alone, especially for work-related stuff. Until this is fixed, Fleksy is a no-go for me! :)

Submitted by peter on Sunday, November 9, 2014

Agreed - If one has to keep switching keyboards back and forth in order to enter individual letters, that can be a real nuisance. In a response from their support team, they indicated that this is a feature they plan to bring back at some point.

Speaking of using the Fleksy app for work, if one is using VoiceOver, then one needs to enable "Full Access" to keystrokes by the Fleksy app in order to toggle the "Use Voice Feedback" button in the Fleksy Settings to "on". This is the only way to be able to hear the changes in making a word selection. Although the support team indicated that they don't share or personalize this data, I think there is too much proprietary and/or sensitive data in some environments for a user to confidently enable "full Access". I hope they change this. Maybe it is workth a note from other users about this.

--Pete

Submitted by Daniel on Friday, November 28, 2014

Hi all, I was just wondering if anyone who has the time could maybe do a podcast on how the current state of the system-wide-keyboard works with Voiceover and IOS 8.1.1

That's of course, if it is worth doing.

I for one, would like to know such things from how to get it setup and running to typing text messages sending them, typing in Safari edit boxes etc. I'm still on IOS 7.1.2 and if someone out there would be willing to show how the current state of accessibility and usability goes with the keyboard and Voiceover,
through a demo, this then may sway me to update to 8.1.1

What do you all think?

Many thanks

Daniel

Submitted by Jonathan Candler on Friday, November 28, 2014

If need be, I could try and do a podcast some time today. I do not believe I have anything going on so I can try to help in that regard. Will let yall know when it's up

Submitted by Soupy on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In addition to another new name, below is what's new in version 5.0.

Although there is mention of VoiceOver, my early impressions are that this is moving even further away from being an app that will be of interest or use to blind users.

Release Notes:
*Note: Please update to the latest version of iOS 8 to fix key known issues with custom keyboards and improve your Fleksy experience.

INTRODUCING

- Many more themes, including branded themes!
- Keyboard Extensions! Drag and drop extension cards to add or remove the features you enjoy! 5 Extensions at launch including:
- GIF Keyboard
- Numbers Row
- One-handed Mode
- Cursor Control
- Rainbow Pops
- New emoji scroll mode for finding emoji faster and easier
- Long-press period for quick punctuation/symbols (.,?!@#)
- New long-press key animations
- Single-character input now easier in VoiceOver mode
- Access to Arabic secondary characters by tapping shift key

IMPROVED

- Autocorrect will now change what you mean to type less
- Stability and performance improvements

FIXED

- Autocorrect turned on (sometimes) in email textfields
- Accented characters are hidden for some languages

If you've been enjoying Fleksy Keyboard, please take a minute to leave a nice review. It really goes a long way!

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In reply to by Soupy

Agreed. I've still got fleksy VO on my iPhone and that was a dream to use apart from the obvious fact it's not an integrated keyboard. I have to admit, I do feel a little disgruntled that the blind community assisted so much in feedback for the development of the app and now there doesn't seem to be much dialogue from the developers. If I were a cynical man I might think that the blind and low sight community were used as a test bed for the broader market... Luckily I'm not but I would like to see more effort going into fleksy responding to the blind communities questions and suggestions. Without us fleksy wouldn't be as well developed as it is today, I'm sure they would have got there, but it would have taken longer.

Sorry to be a moaner, but I was so excited about iOS 8 and fleksy playing nice and now, I rarely use it beyond checking it after an update.

Submitted by Serena on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

yes, i'm very disappointed in fleksy these days. it works, sort of, when it feels like it, but for the most part, it's a useless app that sits here and gets updated, checked, then ignored again. come on guys at fleksy team, don't leave us behind.

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