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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I agree with the above
I agree with the above comments posted since the release of version 5.0,
I am a member of the beta test program, and I can tell you 5.0 wasn't tested for very long before actual release,
also I have given my feedback several times regarding VoiceOver that the actual fleksy app is very difficult to get around, the menu button can't easily be flicked to that you have to hunt on the screen for it.
The fact that I have no confidence at all when trying to type with fleksy because of the awful sounds included in it for swiping and character entry,
I suggested offering several sound packs to solve this issue.
another issue I raised was the themes scattered all over the screen and the 3 copyright notices as well as all the purchase buttons.
and none of this feedback appears to have been acted on,
other issues I have identified are the extensions screen is very difficult to use, it talks about being able to drag extensions but this isn't VoiceOver accessible, and after every extension name there is a graphic or something that isn't spoken buy VoiceOver.
I also find that I still only get 3 or 4 word suggestions from fleksy at best.
another issue I have raised with regard to VoiceOver is that there are no helpful prompts suggesting VoiceOver users the best method to achieve optimal performance now this would be doable as I think developers can detect when VoiceOver is running in fact I know they can because fleksy have talked about this in the past.
I mean its not obvious about having to enable full access from the ios keyboard settings for example so a little popup message outlining these common things would be helpful.
Another thing I have mentioned a lot is the lack of a prompt saying no more text to delete when we have deleted everything on the screen and a sound indicating this.
There is also no VoiceOver feedback indicating if the gesture to activate and deactivate the minimal mode is successful the minimal mode being the mode where space and other keys are hidden.
I have noticed that other users on the beta test group have given feedback relating to right to left written languages and they have made requests for fixes which also haven't been acted on.
It seems to me fleksy are fixated on graphical changes and not listening to users especially there oldest and most faithful supporters.
Put it this way I install the beta then end up deleting it soon after installation because of the lack of interest in VoiceOver fixes fleksy just isn't a viable productivity tool for me any more and hasn't been for a long time.
I hate saying this because fleksy was great years ago.
I wrote to fleksy outlining my concerns that feedback isn't being listened to and got an email back promising VoiceOver fixes but nothing has materialised.
I also don't mind stating on hear that none of the developers have ever made a post to the facebook beta group and I would think surely the point of this group would be to engage with testers in a dialogue, instead of which its testers talking to each other.
I also think but could be wrong that a lot of the group is sighted and that's fine a balanced mix is good but when the developers don't respond to anything said on the group especially when several users give similar feedback its rather telling.
I said it in my email and will say it hear fleksy needs to sit down, and have a long hard look at feedback and have an accessibility review.
I was so excited when apple introduced third party keyboards, but I think this has done a lot more damage to fleksy than good as I routinely use a Bluetooth keyboard these days. But I think fleksy has been on a downward spiral ever since it introduced the sdk and that sort of thing.
But this isn't confined to fleksy I think third party keyboards really haven't benefited VoiceOver users in general not just fleksy.
The most revolutionary change for me that is keyboard related is apples own braille screen input I don't use it often as it isn't efficient when compared to a Bluetooth keyboard but its better than fleksy lol.
as with fleksy I find it so easy to get it to turn out rubbish, I mean not even real words years back fleksy always gave me proper words they might not have been anything like what I meant to type but it was still a word these days I can easily make it turn out nonsense the prediction engine fleksy uses certainly doesn't seem smarter these days in my opinion.
Has anyone used the app since the update?
Never mind, I saw Alex's comment after I posted.
I don't even bother with Fleksy anymore!
I was one of those early adopters who paid $14.99 for the app. For 2 years I was happy with detail to accessibility.
Now that the majority of users are sighted, bye bye accessibility. I don't even think it's right to market this app as accessible with issues on AppleVis. A new user would be so lost.
The Fleksy experience for me is so bad, I've reverted back to the Apple stock keyboard.
In my honest opinion, Fleksy used the blind community to refine what they wanted from their keyboard. Now that's it's there, so much for the community that advanced them.
Yes I have and I can't see
Yes I have and I can't see any changes, something else I noticed is that when I try to tap the switch keyboards button to go back to ios fleksy types the letter x,
the menu button is tiny on the screen, and can't be flicked to from anywhere, there is also a themes button which I just found I didn't even know it was there.
I am still also only getting 3 or 4 word suggestions, so really I think on a very cursory examination nothing has changed sine the beta was released for testing.
something else I forgot to mention is if you open the menu and open the tutorial it reads with VoiceOver but every single line is read as a level heading buy VoiceOver, I raised this as well in the beta group long before version 5 came out and privately in my email to fleksy.
the extensions control is also tiny to find on the screen at least you have to hunt for it and I certainly haven't found it deliberately in about 15 minutes of playing with the official release, because most of the screen is taken up with these hideous themes and fleksy trying to sell all this graphical junk.
I am strongly considering leaving the beta program as I know its important for our voices to be heard but really if they are taking no notice is it worth me staying in there? what do people think.
I know this is a little bit of a diversion from the concept of this site but has anyone had any experience with fleksy on android? Are there the same issues?
It does seem that a lot of us feel the same about this and feel rather used. Saying all this I do understand that it is business, developing an app is incredibly expensive and to a certain degree a business needs to look at its larger demographic... In this case, the sighted users. Again we become a minority and our voices become stifled.
If fleksy has any sense they will at least open up communication and offer us some transparency in what they are doing, simply ignoring its original champions does not bode well for satisfaction of its current and growing user base.
I don't like to demand assistance in any shape or form, I feel one should earn it or repay it in some way for any individual from any background or disability but I truly think, having shown so much support for the app in its infant stage we are, at the very least, owed some explanations for the apps divergence away from any focus on accessibility if not some actual fixes. If they have to create a separate app, I'd be happy to pay for it, I'm not demanding work for free but what I am asking for is a little loyalty to their oldest customers.
if you read all the
if you read all the mainstream tech sites they are all saying positive things about the update, and as long as that's the case fleksy won't care about us I highly doubt ioaness is going to come up on hear in a few hours to respond because he knows we are speaking the truth.
I guess we didn't know when we were lucky and we had fleksy vo, I guess to some extent we created a rod for our own back when people began complaining about being divided, I wish I had kept earlier versions of fleksy around from before they implemented the sdk.
I bet one thing is for sure if Johnathan mosen asked fleksy to do another interview they probably wouldn't because basically they have broken most of there word OK yes you can type with the app but the fleksy app itself is far from easy and pleasant to use and the keyboard gives considerably fewer suggestions than in the old days.
about fleksy and android I don't know if this is still the case but I know a while back it couldn't be used with talkback on android because talkback didn't have something fleksy needed of course this might have changed I don't know, but I would be willing to bet even if it has issues will probably be the same across the board.
We always have a voice
It is true that if they are getting good reviews on big websites that does kinda negate the need to consider us, but we still have a voice and we have a story here. As a casual observer I'd be interested to know about the progression of an app from relative obscurity to a mainstream spotlight, and how it got there.
I'm not intending on screaming "Revolution" and storming through the streets with our canes raised for battle... But, Fleksy developers, if you are reading this, don't think that we don't have teeth... Grrrr. Leave us poor sweet blindos out in the cold, unable to text swiftly for help... At christmas too... Shame on you.
just for people who might be
just for people who might be interested I am pasting below my email to fleksy regarding my concerns I sent them back in November and there very brief response,
my email is first followed buy there reply its fairly long so people might want to sit down with the popcorn lol,
this was written before the release of 5.0 and contains most of the issues I found though a few I did forget to mention in the email and a few have come up since then that I found.
my original message begins now
subject: concerns regarding fleksy development
On November 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM Alex Wallis <
Dear Bill and fleksy development team,
I am writing regarding concerns that I have had for some time now with
fleksy development and the progress or lack there of with accessibility
for VoiceOver users.
I have submitted feedback privately to this email address and publicly
to the newly established facebook group but nothing appears to have been
done regarding this, in fact so far as I know I haven't scene any
responses on the group from the development team to my or anyone's comments.
My concerns are as follows,
the interface of the fleksy app itself needs a lot of work doing to it
to improve VoiceOver navigation,
the themes list clutters up the screen and in fact it isn't possible to
just flick through all the themes you can navigate a few but then you
have to hunt around for the next row to navigate through in my view it
should be possible to hide this list as it takes up space on the screen,
next, you can't flick through the buttons to allow you to adjust the
size of the keyboard, large, small normal etc, you can focus on one
button but then can't flick from that element to the next element.
The minimal button is very difficult to find and there is no indication
from VoiceOver when this has been activated.
Next it isn't obvious at all that you have to go into settings and
enable full access for fleksy to work properly with VoiceOver, I really
think that if you detect VoiceOver is running some kind of helpful
message should pop up on the screen when the app is launched explaining
this and how to achieve best results with VoiceOver.
I also find the settings inside fleksy difficult to navigate, sometimes
tabs don't respond to being tapped and the settings button can be hard
to find, its also hard to close settings when you have finished making
The next big problem I have with fleksy is the sounds I am not hard of
hearing but for me the current sounds are practically inaudible, I don't
see why as you offer a range of themes to sighted users you couldn't
offer a range of sound packs for blind users, one of which you could
call fleksy classic for example, other packs you could try offering
could be sounds of a computer keyboard, a typeewriter or a Braille machine.
At the moment I have no confidence when I try to type with fleksy due to
not being able to hear the sounds, and also because there is no definite
sound when you have finished deleting text or message saying no more
text to delete like there was in the good old days of fleksy before you
began catering to a wider audience.
My biggest problem with fleksy though is my accuracy is just dreadful,
with fleksy it used to be that I got typing speeds equal to a bluetooth
keyboard baring in mind I am a touch typist now I am lucky if I even get
proper words from fleksy I mean before you began catering mostly for
your sighted users I always got a word when typing with fleksy OK yes it
might not have been anything like what I intended but at least it was a
real word, now it seems two easy to make fleksy produce rubbish.
I have mentioned several times on facebook about my accuracy having
sharply deteriorated and I would hope that this should have been of
great concern but no comment on this either.
In fact my accuracy is so poor I test fleksy betas for a few minutes
then delete them because I can't actually find the quick button on the
screen to let me change back to the ios keyboard.
for me fleksy used to be a really great productivity tool but sadly no
I also find that fleksy now only gives me two or three word suggestions
at best, before it used to give me ten, two or three is simply not good
enough for me to be productive.
Now if someone said to me they wanted to type faster on there iPhone I
would recommend them to go out and spend money on a bluetooth keyboard,
whereas before my first recommendation would have been fleksy.
I have given much of this feedback before several times and have now
experienced a few betas with you and all they seem to mostly do is tweak
one or two VoiceOver fixes with the majority of work concentrating on
improving things for sighted users, I mean one mention of VoiceOver in
the last changelog but buy contrast 6 new themes for sighted users? I
mean how long did 6 themes take to put together?
also I am certainly not the only one who has left some of this
feedback,, others have commented on sounds and wanting to hide themes
but it doesn't feel like any of this is being listened to,
I think really you need to sit down and have a proper accessibility
review as at the moment it does feel like things are hardly progressing
in this area at all.
I would very much like to help improve fleksy that's why I have joined
the beta program, why I have joined the facebook group and why I am
writing this email to you.
But as it currently stands I find fleksy such a difficult product to use
and not good for productivity I am actually questioning if its worth me
staying in the beta program at all especially if it doesn't feel like I
am being listened to.
I really would like to help improve things though and hope fleksy can
get back to where it was before, I mean in applevis your listed as
having accessibility issues, surely that must be important for you.
I look forward to hearing from you,
below this is the reply from fleksy,
I won't say anything but read it and draw your own conclusions people
We appreciate your feedback.
More improvements with Fleksy and VoiceOver are on the way.
Chief Community Manager
a few things
starting with droid, it is doable. however, you must turn off talkback kind of like how it was on IOS on earlier versions of IOS 8. there is a voice feedback that you can turn on in the settings so you aren't completely left out in the cold as it was put earlier in the thread. but its not the best solution. Fleksi blames the reason for the way this is because talkback just doesn't support an accessible solution. While i definitely understand in a few aspects talkback doesn't stand up to say voiceover, but for the most part its very comprable and in other much better. but droid vs. IOS debates aside, in interviews with fleksi has shown their blatant lack of knowledge of talkback and how it works at the basic level with an onscreen keyboard. they may have rectified the situation since then but, i remain skeptical. they did a while ago ask for talkback users in and around California to get in contact with them for some beta testing but, nothing has come out of that in over 6 months. so in conclusion, if you can deal with suspending talkback while using Fleksi, more power to you. i know many droid users who love it.
moving back to IOS, the app is problematic and needs lots of exploring to get it all. furthermore, the way to switch back to the stock IOS keyboard is also a fickle prospect and i still have not found a good solution that works 100% of the time. also anyone noticed that it seems you can't flick around the screen when the Fleksi keyboard is up? i find it usually happens with twitter mostly. can anyone confirm this?
I'll Moan Right Along with You!
I don't mind saying that I believe the blind/VI community has been given the shaft! I'm still using Fleksy VO. also.
Ok let me join the fleksy keyboard haters group now. I was actually, very patiently awaiting for updates on and on and on with a hope that they will be giving us accessible keyboard like fleksy vo. But I failed and I've lost my patiency as well.
Now, I have come to a conclusion as they are not even ready to hear our difficulties with the new updates. I've even tried asking them via twitter but no response. So I'm awaiting for some other will creat an app for us with full accessibility.
I thought only in India, they ignore the accessibility point of view. And now, they have proved that it's also in US.
I'm sorry, but this is
I'm sorry, but this is totally, utterly unacceptable.
When I joined fleksy first beta team back in... uh. was it 2012, I was so happy. My typing speed had increased several times and it all went like a breeze. Soon they went public, and others thought so too. Yes, let me remind you, that we, the blind community were the main and first target group of Fleksy. They got lots of feedback, made many great improvements. Many big media companies recognized them and wrote good articles about how fleksy revolutionised the way blind people can type on smartphones. And at this point, when the word of the app was out there, they litterally turned their backs to us, and started working on the much bigger market, who promised more. I know it sounds like a total drama, but thats what it looks to me right now. The app and the iOs keyboard is inaccessible. Totally. And no, toggling voiceOver on and off isn't a solution. Today I downloaded the app again to test newly added Estonian support, because I do a lot of typing on my phone and fleksy would help me a lot. And finding the app still being completely inaccessible, but visually very nice, colourful and happy, I am very, very annoyed. I am even more angry now when I have read the fleksys one line response to a very long, well written and informative user feedback posted here earlier today. Thats just rude.
Sorry for my outburst, but doing so, is not nice and acceptable when you are an app developer.
My 1 star review got submitted to appstore today, because the app, which once was very great, is now totally useless.
Comments on Latest Fleksy app
I think we should cut the Fleksy folks a little slack here. Making the transition from a dedicated app to a integrated keyboard in iOS 8 was probably a big transition for the developer. Not to mention that iOS 8 itself still contains manya number of bugs or impediments to making this app work more smoothly. For example, apple doesn't allow the "Dictation" feature in third party keyboards, flicking through fields of a mail note doesn't work with third party apps as it does with the default Apple keyboard, etc.
Personally, although I don't rely on Fleksy 100% of the time, I do find it more useable than many others here are indicating. yes, I have gotten into some modes where everything I type seems to be gibberish. then the next version comes out and I can type reasonably well, make word selections, etc. I think part of the issue may be the size of the keyboard relative to what I had used before and I am finding that I have to perhaps be a bit more accurate in terms of being not very far away from the intended letters.
No, this isn't perfect, but yes, it is useable for some tasks. yes, I hope it can be improved, but let's let these folks make a bit of money first so that they'll at least be around in 6 months or a year so that they will have the time and resources to improve the VoiceOver experience.
I think we should be a bit more patient. I also find that, as I said, some practice in learning the keyboard layout helps.
Responding to Peter
Pete: I am in agreement with you on many aspects. I agree that the app is somewhat useable. WhenI am doing plain typing without needing to capitalize certain words, use certain punctuation, or add emoticons, Fleksy is fine. When I need to use word suggestions, however, or minimize the keyboard, or, like I said,custom capitalize words, Fleksy is not fine. However, these things I can forgive. What I cannot forgive is the fact that the Fleksy team has basically gone silent on this forum that helped them get started. They do not post accessibility updates as they once did to this forum. Perhaps they are rather irritated by the negativity that has been around since the release of iOS8 on this topic? Who knows! They may, and I stress may, occasionally throw in the word Voiceover in an app update description, but that is it. I agree with giving them more time to iron out bugs, accessible or otherwise, but when I see them rolling out new feature after new feature with, if you'll pardon the crudity, a half-assed attempt at fixing known problems, thenI think it is less about having an excellent product out there for all consumers rather than what bells and whistles they can throw into an app to make it bring in more money. I'm not against giving them money. I, like many others on this site, paid for Fleksy when it first came out. Do I regret that? Not a bit. Would I pay for Fleksy today? Not a chance. While I am not giving up on Fleksy yet, and while I am not going to go out and start kicking and screaming and complaining about how the blind community is basically being shunted aside, I do feel that this is, sadly, the case. At this point, I can only hope that we will all be pleasantly surprised and that #Fleksy will give us reason to eat our recriminations. Have a good one.
for now, it's direct touch typing
I was an early adopter of Fleksy, and was very excited when it became an option to integrate into iOS 8. However, the amount of time I spend attempting to get it to accurately predict what I mean is often a hindrance to my productivity. At this stage, I actually find setting my typing mode to direct touch typing to be more efficient. That doesn't mean I'll ditch Fleksy entirely, as I do want to give each new update a fair shake. It's just not the best solution for my needs at present.
I would be more charitable toward the Fleksy developers except that when Fleksy VO was released -- and for the blind, this was, in my view, about as good as it could get barring a couple minor bugs -- the developers promised that they would always support this version of the app. To me, a promise is a promise is a promise. As soon as the developers abandoned fleksy VO, they lost all my respect and I consider that they've given the blind (their initial enthusiastic supporters, of which I was one) the shaft. forget the debates about whether or not apps for the blind alone are or are not philosophically wise. The fleksy people made me a promise -- one that has been broken.
Remember, though, that I've *always* thought integration of third-party keyboards into iOS wasn't worth the hassle I predicted it would be.
Oh well. at this point, we're all just flapping our figurative gums.
I am all in favour of giving
I am all in favour of giving them time to work,
However as people have stated above the developers have gone silent on this forum, they haven't responded on twitter either.
What is even worse is though they haven't engaged at all with the facebook group as far as I know, to me surely that's something that that needs to happen.
The fact is that to make the actual fleksy app itself not the keyboard but the app accessible and easy to use they are going to need to do a lot of UI work and they haven't even stated this is being considered or really responded to any of my feedback with any substance apart from a vague one line response. The keyboard of course also needs work as well.
I think its a case of either very poor communication or they have left us behind and moved on to brighter and better things.
I wonder if it might be worth some of us contacting the main tech sites who were initially positive about fleksy and making them aware of how we are being sidelined or at least how they are not responding to beta feedback.
I wonder if they would respond quickly if a few negative stories were published, I am not saying this as a threat or anything just suggesting it as a way forward.
Maybe we could write to the sites explaining how we feel actually put something together in our own words for them to publish if they were interested so that they get the facts right.
Maybe initially we could approach the sites explain there are problems and offer to write them an article if they said they wanted to know more, obviously there is no point going into huge detail in an initial approach unless they say they are interested.
Maybe if several of us feel this is a good idea we could collaborate on an article if we can find a site interested in hearing from us.
What do people think about this idea? and if people think its a good idea any thoughts as to what sites we should approach?
The idea of approaching a
The idea of approaching a mainstream tech site with our concerns is an interesting one. I like it, as long as our feedback doesn't come across in any way that could be perceived as hostile or confrontational. That would do nothing but hurt our case, I feel. I for one would be interested in being involved with such an outreach effort.
What's New In Version 5.0
Most noticably, as the notes state, we now have the ability to enter manual letters with this update to the app and for those who use Voiceover on our iPhone's
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks and appreciation to the Fleksy team whom I'm sure worked very hard to make this happen in this update. For me, this makes it all the more easier to type text messages and I can only say that as the months progress into the new year, that the Fleksy keyboard continues to grow in ability of the prediction engine and the accessibility continues to stride forward, as of when it is needed to do so.
It would be interesting to know what others think.
Here are the release notes below:
*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!
How do you capitalize letters when entering them manually?
Finally Usable but Still Quite Buggy
Alright guys, this discussion about Fleksy no longer caring about us visually impaired users won't take us anywhere. I suggest that we, instead, focus on stating what already works and what still needs improvement. Below I will discuss both the positive and negative aspects in version 5.0. We all know that the Fleksy app itself needs much work regarding VoiceOver navigation, so I will concentrate on the use of Fleksy as a third party keyboard instead. I would appreciate it if one of you beta testers could please share these words with the Fleksy development team, heck, you can even take credit for writing them if you like! Here we go:
Fixes and New Features:
I would say that the most important fix on version 5.0 is the ability to once again enter specific characters with VoiceOver. This is done by holding one's finger on a character for about a second, after which VoiceOver speaks the letter or symbol that is being touched; lifting the finger enters it into the active text field. The lack of this feature is perhaps the main reason why version 4 was unusable as one's main keyboard. I have to say that it still needs much work though, characters are sometimes entered, sometimes not, and there is no audible feedback to let a blind user know what happened. There is also a serious issue when using this with a language that employs alternative characters, such as accented letters. If one holds a finger on a letter with alternative character options, these alternative characters appear almost immediately, completely disrupting specific character VoiceOver input functionality. This results in no character being entered at all, or in an accented or alternative letter being selected rather than the primary one. To fix this, alternative characters need to stay hidden much longer when VoiceOver is active, maybe 3 seconds would be good, similar to how the standard iOS keyboard operates. There also needs to be some kind of audible or spoken alert when the alternative characters appear.
The new feature that I find most interesting is Extensions. I particularly like the option to add a number row above the keyboard. It is also great that the numbers need to be activated as standard buttons rather than accepting direct touch input like the letter keys; otherwise this would result in complete chaos when typing because letters and numbers would constantly intermix. I believe that these extensions have great potential in making Fleksy a better and more complete product for sighted and blind users alike.
Bugs and Issues:
The best word I can think of to describe my current Fleksy experience is inconsistent; it can sometimes be great but can also turn into a total disaster.
Lets start with launching the keyboard. Every time that Fleksy needs to be reloaded into the RAM (after respringing or powering off the device), spoken feedback is disrupted. When voice feedback is working properly, only full words (not characters) are spoken after entering a space by swiping to the right (even if the speaking characters and words option is selected in VoiceOver's software keyboards preferences), deleting a word will result in VoiceOver saying "deleted [deleted word]", and word and punctuation options will be given much more reliably when swiping down. To get spoken feedback to function correctly, I need to go into the Fleksy app itself and modify the keyboard in some way (deselect it and select it again, change the size, etc). After performing some of these changes (sometimes one thing does it, sometimes another), voice feedback miraculously works correctly once again. I think that many people are saying that Fleksy is unusable because they have not been able to activate this proper spoken feedback mode altogether.
As stated before, using the two finger vertical swipe gesture to switch between the spacebar and minimal modes is very, very unreliable, so much that I am tending to stay on spacebar mode all the time. Several key mapping issues arise when toggling these modes as well, for example, the letter X or Z can be entered when one is trying to switch keyboards or activate the number pad. I have not encountered these mapping issues when staying away from toggling the two modes completely.
Before I explained why I was so happy about the number keys on the number row extension behaving like normal buttons, well, the same thing needs to happen with the Delete and Shift keys to the bottom right and left of the keyboard. I've frequently accidentally deleted a character when trying to enter an M, and, as far as I know, it is currently impossible to use the Shift key with VoiceOver enabled. The Delete and Shift keys should not be triggered via direct touch, the user should first have to touch them to select them and then perform a double tap or split tap on the screen, like the number row on the top or the bottom row with the Spacebar and keyboard changing keys.
Yesterday I was trying to send some money via the Paypal app, which is how I met the numeric keypad version of Fleksy. I am talking about the 4 row number keyboard like on a telephone and this one also needs some attention. These number keys accept direct touch input like the standard letter keys, which I believe is a mistake; they should work as normal buttons. One needs to be precise when entering a numeric value, it's not like Fleksy will be able to easily "guess" the value we want to enter! This, however, wasn't the worst part. I spent about 5 minutes trying to enter a number with a decimal point in it, and even though I was able to find the Dot key, I never managed to make it work. Suffice it to say that I had to go to a different app to switch back to the standard iOS keyboard before being able to complete my transaction!
I have noticed strange Fleksy behavior on some third party apps like Youtube. When typing in the search field, autocorrection appears to be disabled and swiping back deletes a single character rather than an entire word.
People often forget that VoiceOver users are comprised of two groups, those who are totally blind and those with partial vision. I belong to the second group, and having some vision means that I can actually make use and benefit from themes. Installing a bright theme helps me quickly identify when the keyboard is on the screen and detect the point where the keyboard and the rest of the app content meet. Shortly after installing version 5.0, I purchased the $0.99 Vibrant theme pack, however, after purchasing I have not found a way to select/activate these themes. The Vibrant Theme pack option simply disappeared from the list of themes I can purchase. This means that I am not only unable to benefit from using a theme, but that I have totally wasted my $0.99! I don't understand why one cannot select a theme while using VoiceOver. It would also be great if an Accessibility Theme pack could be included, with high contrast options such as white letters on a black background, yellow letters on a blue background, black letters on a yellow background, etc.
Suggestions for Improving Multi Language Support:
I am a completely bilingual user; my iOS system language is set to English but (living in Mexico) most of the typing I do on my phone is in Spanish. I am therefore, perhaps the perfect test case for proper multi language support implementation and I have a couple of suggestions to improve this experience.
Lets start with the easiest one, making Fleksy bilingual! Complex as it may sound, this feature is, by far, not new or unheard of; several third party keyboards (Swiftkey being the most well known) already allow you to select and use two languages at once. I realize that this could cause problems regarding Fleksy's complex algorithms used to "guess" what we are trying to type, but here's where there is a chance for innovation. Users should be allowed to select a primary and a secondary language, and Fleksy should first try to suggest words from the primary one. I know that there is supposed to be a fast way to change languages by swiping on the spacebar, however, this cannot be done with VoiceOver enabled and having to constantly switch languages can slow you down considerably. Trust me, bilingual people talking to each other will often type 50% of a sentence in each language!
Now on to a more complex suggestion, but one that also needs to be addressed for Fleksy to be fully effective when typing in a language different than the system one. As I said before, my system language is set to English, this sadly means that, when I am typing in Spanish with Fleksy, typed words and word suggestions are spoken using the English TTS voice, not the Spanish voice! Choosing a language within Fleksy should not only change the keyboard layout and word predictions, the corresponding TTS voice for that language should also be selected and used. I don't know how hard it would be to do this, but I believe it is totally feasible. It might, perhaps, be as simple as somehow telling VoiceOver that the words to be spoken are in a different language, since I have noticed that voice switching sometimes happens automatically when reading text in emails or websites in languages other than English. I have slowly managed to become decent at guessing the Spanish word that the English voice is trying to pronounce, but this still considerably hinders my typing accuracy.
I hope that these lines help those who are on the fence about trying Fleksy gain a better understanding about what works, what doesn't and what can be dealt with, but most of all, I hope they can help this project return to its roots as the marvelous accessibility tool it once was. I believe this is totally possible and, although much slower than we would all like, progress is definitely being made!
Spoken Feedback Activation
In my previous post I talked about how spoken feedback is not properly loaded when selecting the Fleksy keyboard for the first time or after it has been offloaded from the RAM. I would like to explain this further and share what I have found to be the fastest and most reliable way to activate it.
Basically, voice feedback works correctly when Fleksy takes over all what is spoken by the device when typing. Normally, VoiceOver decides what is being said by monitoring the changes that take place in the text field, i. e., characters or words being entered or deleted. The information that Fleksy reports to the user is slightly different; we don't need to listen to the name of each letter we touch because the point of using Fleksy is to allow us to make mistakes and them being corrected automatically. Also, Fleksy needs to report some extra stuff to the user, like specifying when a word has been deleted or offering alternative word suggestions. I've read in several posts above that people are saying Fleksy is only offering them 2 or 3 word suggestions; this is not true. What is actually happening is that VoiceOver is speaking to them, not Fleksy, and this severely interferes with word suggestions and corrections.
Alright, after this clarifications, here's how I've found to be the fastest way to activate spoken feedback correctly. I use Fleksy in Spacebar mode and the large size.
1. Check whether spoken feedback is working or not by opening the Messages app and trying to type a message. If you hear the mane of each letter you touch, then voice feedback is not working like it should. Note: this assumes that you have the Characters and Words option selected inside VoiceOver's Typing Feedback options for software keyboards. Proceed to step 2 if you find spoken feedback is messed up.
2. Open the Fleksy app.
3. Go to the Size tab on the top right of the screen.
4. If the keyboard is not on the screen, double tap the text field on the bottom to bring it up.
5. Double tap the Switch Keyboard key on the bottom left to select the stock iOS keyboard.
6. Switch back to the Fleksy keyboard using the same method.
7. Select the Minimal mode in the Size options near the top of the screen.
8. Try typing a few letters, you should now only hear clicks and the word you typed should only be announced after swiping right.
9. If desired, select Spacebar mode once again.
I encourage you guys to try this out and share your experience.
Re: Spoken Feedback Activation
Robert, sometimes it works and oftentimes doesn't. It's so sporadic that I can't tell why it sometimes decides to function and why it oftentimes fails.
At any event, even if Fleksy always works by following your not-so-brief suggestions, I wouldn't be switching back to Fleksy anytime soon. I was an early adopter, praised Fleksy several times both here and on other sites, and even loyally kept using Fleksy VO. However, if an application gets in the way of my typing rather than facilitate it, if an app requires the taking of several time-consuming and irksome steps to make sure it can probably -- and properly -- be used while typing, and if several updates are released without genuinely attempting to demonstrate that access-oriented bugs are being taken care of, that app will have no place on my iDevice. In short, Fleksy was originally designed to make typing faster -- something it managed to accomplish even with its very first public release; however, it's now eerily and horribly deviated from that awesome, quasi-godsend experience -- at least for VO users. Touch-typing along with the built-in Prediction and dictation are my fail-safe approaches at the moment.
Fleksy and VO performance
Patience - I think we have to be patient with new releases (just as we had to be with the iOS 8.0 update which was very frustrating before the accessibility bugs were mostly worked out).
These developers have been pretty committed to us and VoiceOver accessibility in the past. I'm sure they are very, v very busy now with all of the new features they've been adding.
I'm hopeful that this is just a transition period and that, eventually, most of these access issues can be worked out.
In the meantime, if you want to help users like us as well as help the Fleksy developers make this app more accessible, perhaps people can start writing to the Apple accessibility support team to make them aware of issues in iOS 8 that make our experience with third party keyboards less than it could be.
In particular, I'm thinking of several Apple related issues that I would like to see addressed when using third party keyboards with VoiceOver:
1. Apparently the "dictation" button / feature is not available to developers of third party keyboards. To me, this is an essential feature for visually impaired users since, even if a keyboard is easy to use, sometimes it is just easier and more efficient to use dictation. There is no reason that we should have to switch back to the Apple default keyboard to use this feature and then return to our preferred keyboard when done.
2. When creating a mail note with Fleksy, I notice that I cannot use the swipe left / right gesture to move from field to field of the mail header as I can do when using the Apple keyboard. Again, this is an iOS bug that should be fixed in order to make it possible to use third party keyboards with the same gestures that we can use the Apple default keyboard.
So maybe we can approach this on two fronts - Get Apple to fix some of its issues related to third party keyboards and provide the Fleksy team with feedback that will help them improve the experience when using VoiceOver. I think these solutions won't happen over night, but, as we've seen other issues fixed in iOS and Fleksy, perhaps over time we'll see some improvements.
Dictation a Necessity for Blind/VI Users?
To each his/her own. However, it is my opinion that maintaining that dictation is more essential for blind or visually impaired users than it is for sighted users is wrong and underestimates the capabilities of blind and visually impaired users. You may find dictation convenient and useful; I (who am also blind) find it inaccurate, unuseable except in the quietest of environments and a waste of Cupertino server power. (grin)
But different strokes for different folks!
Re: Fleksy and VO performance
I do agree with you about patience, Peter. I'm also hopeing to see all bugs squashed. In the meantime, however, my typing can't wait for the bugs to be obliterated. That's why I'm now using Touch-typing along with the built-in predictive dictionary as well as dictation. I'd happily return to Fleksy once I feel confident that it's not going to hinder my typing on the 6 Plus with its limitations or additional all-time modifications. Given the theme-oriented nature of new Fleksy releases, it also seems to me that the app requires some sort of facial cleanup in order to be more easily navigable by VoiceOver.
Re: Dictation a Necessity for Blind/VI Users?
Not a necessity, but an extra source of convenience I'd say. Another problem with dictation on iOS -- apart from the ones you mentioned -- is that it requires an Internet connection. On Android it's been possible to download the files required for dictation to work for the last 2 years, obviating the need for an internet connection at the time of dictating. As a consequence, dictation on iOS takes more time -- at least here it does -- whereas it can be faster on Android. Rather off-topic -- I'm sorry, but I thought I'd mention it in passing.
Breaking up is the hardest thing to do...
Yeah, patients is all well and good but it's still a case of one step forward two steps back, zero dialogue and a seeming lack of interest in a minority market. Trouble is they were so good when they popped up maybe we, rightly or wrongly, pinned some hope on them that it would be us that finally were the primary Beneficiaries of some new tech with mainstream applications.
I agree that complaining about it is not really a great way of showing support for the team and encouraging them to listen but unfortunately they set a precedent in the apps early stages of listening to us, refining the product and sending it back out.
Now, my belief is that Fleksy, as a company, has realised that supporting both VO users and mainstream users is not financially feasible. What would you do if the intention of the company is to make money? I know we can talk about customer loyalty until we're blue in the face/fingers?, but they've got to make it work from their end. The lack of response, to me, suggests that they don't really have any assurances of serious on going development of the app with VO users in mind. This is sad, we had it good, but, okay, we're going to have to move on... It was good while it lasted, and I'll remember you fondly Fleksy... I hope we can still be friends... Can I have my gossip girl box set back?
Sad times at the lack of focus
Fleksy was the tipping point for me to finally jump ship from my old Nokia to the iPhone a couple of years back. I noticed and installed the new update the other day. Until I read this post today I forgot I hadn't even tried the newest version. Enough said, a sad fall of a once truely essential app
Has anyone tried the latest version? It mentions making single character entry easier with Voice Over.
What are badges?
Hi all, I was just wondering what are the badges section found in the Fleksy app for and what do they do. Thanks much Daniel.
I personally find it easier to enter characters in the new version. Capitalizing words is an interesting prospect, but for just entering letters it seems to be pretty good.
Fleksy version 5
Yes, this version does seem to be a bit more useable.
Practice definitely helps. The size of the keyboard seems to be a bit smaller than I am used to.
When I first start a new session with the keyboard it seems to garble words - Sometimes suggesting words that are either complete gibberish or do not even contain the same number of letters that I've typed in. Once it gets started on the right track, however, it mostly seems to work okay. Then, occasionally I'll run into a word that seems to be impossible to get right. I don't know why this is.
Perhaps I should use the minimized keyboard more often but:
a. I can't reliably toggle it on and off with a two finger swipe up / down. I seems to have to do this many times before I toggle to the other state.
b. There isn't a sound associated with making the minimal keyboard visible / invisible - thus, it is difficult to know whether I've successfully switched it on / off. In that case I'll have to touch around the keyboard to see if the spacebar is present, but then this just enters extra characters that I have to deal with and erase without ruining anything else I've previously typed.
Also, I like to keep the non-minimal keyboard operational so that I can use the special keys such as Shift, Delete, and more easily switch back to the Apple default keyboard when necessary.
Overall, the Fleksy keyboard is functional for some things but it is a good thing that we still have access to the default Apple keyboard!
BTW, with all of these new themes being added, I wonder if there is a single theme that is recommended for us when using VoiceOver?
I have left the fleksy beta test program
I just thought I would post on this thread to say I have now left the fleksy beta program,
am now in the process of trying to leave the facebook beta group.
I have left for my already stated reasons earlier in this thread, lack of contact from developers and serious responses to my feedback.
Really though I haven't scene any serious changes to the fleksy app or keyboard itself that have improved usability or made it anything like as accurate or quick to use as in the old days. Yes we have extensions but they are of secondary interest to me over the ability to be productive and a fast typist with the app and this went a long time ago.I haven't scene any changes in some time that have improved ease of use for me. and I have concluded that fleksy is probably never going to be a seriously useful tool for me again.
word prediction is still not very accurate and I get hardly any words offered, plus the awful sounds in the app and the lack of helpful messages when all text is deleted are big issues for me. Added to which of course we have the poor layout of the actual fleksy app itself with the themes scattered everywhere, OK yes we don't need the fleksy app itself once everything is configured but it should be easy to navigate an use.
Do we ever learn?
Okay, before people get all up in arms, I would like to point out something that I saw from the inception of the fleksy ap. When the ap first came out, the community at applevis jumped behind the developer, and they built an ap that was truly accessible. I was not one of the ones who bought the ap, but I did get it when it was first free. Then came the turning point in the relationship between applevis, and the fleksy team. The release of fleksy vo. Now, I am a proponent of Universal access and design, particularly in education. Here is whare I am going to get people mad at me, and I'm not going to apologize. The Fleksy team wrote in great detail as to why they made a different ap. They said it was a change that was not permanent, and that eventually the ap would be one ap again. Still, as much as I didn't like it, fleksy was at that time accessible. What did the majority of the blindness community do, and I"m talking about not only people here, but others, what did they do? I'll tell you what they did, said the most horrible things about the developers who did on there part actually have the curdisy to start with us as the testers. To put it another way, the blind community became very hostile, not just professionally dissatisfied. Believe me, there is a difference between the 2. Yes, fleksy has not been accessible lately, and I too have received one line responces to my e-mails. But let this be a lesson to us all. Many people have said on here that the developers of fleksy stabbed us in the back. That may be true, but we stabbed first, not because we did not agree with a change, but because we did it so rudely, and with such hostility. I mean seriously? I've installed fleksy because it's a separate ap? Did any of you not read why that was? While I will agree that the ap is hardly at all useable, I think the blind community should take some blame for how indifferent the developer is treating us. Yes there mainstream, yes there famous, but we as the former base users, spat in the face of a developer who wanted us to make there ap accessible, and that is an absolute shame.
I wish there was a like button.
I couldn't agree more with the last post.
Honestly I've found the blind community like to moan a lot and can be quite forceful and sharp when they, we, write. I am part of this community and would hope I don't come across as sharp apart from now. We need to make a change. NO, it is not possible to have every app accessible. No. it is not possible that every person will listen to us. No. it is not possible that everyone will agree with everyone else. NO it is not true that such and such team hates the blind community simply because they're not doing what we want. Honestly, as harsh as this is, we are so small. When I see an app is accessible I'm happy. We've got so many things we never had 10 years ago. Hell, five years ago we'd not be able to use a touch screen. Unless I'm messing up my dates and if I am I'm sorry. I was one of those to try flexy when it was free, and found it to be alright, it wasn't the best app I've used, nor was it the worst. It was nice. But honestly I don't see why people can't just use the keyboard built into ios, or the braille keyboard. I've tried it in table top mode, on a table and it actually works really really well. We've got quite a few options now so let's move on from flexy and try something new. I hope I didn't come across as it seeming as if I'm saying I'm better than those that moan or have issues. I know I have issues and might moan sometimes. I do see it a lot here and instead of emailing or using social media to get help, people write on here saying things that sometimes I find silly. So instead of writing negative comments, why not try writing to the developer next time you're mad or upset about an app. I know flexy from what I'm reading, aren't listening. SO move on, there's a lot of writing tools out there for us now.
Firstly, I really loath the term 'blind community', we are individual and I speak with my own voice as everyone else does. Secondly, I do agree that some people were not diplomatic when voicing their concerns regarding the app but there were also a lot of other people supportive and suggesting ways of working with the developers. People without sight were perfect test bed for this application, there was a mutual benefit, we got a good typing app, they got a way of testing it for further down the line. Now, it is not mutually beneficial.
Without people with sight issues helping to develop the app it wouldn't be as successful as it is now. Much of the marketing was based on the fact it was developed for and along side blind users, that is true, yet now the app has digressed and, understandably, has gone where the money is.
The app was not a charity or a gift to us, it was something that worked all round and therefore opinions are fine good or bad. I sure don't feel I'm represented by any community.
I apologise being so blunt about this but it is something that needled me.
I can totally see where you're coming from. Maybe blind community isn't right. Reading your post I totally agree. I feel that I speak for myself and not a lode of other people sometimes. but other times like for example, talking about talking ATM's in the UK I feel that I'm helping the blind community, or blind people in the UK if people prefer that term. And no, don't say I'm sorry for something that is your opinion. It's just when opinions get rude or silly, that's when I don't like them.
What's New in Version 5.3
*Note: Please update to the latest version of iOS 8 to fix key known issues with custom keyboards and improve your Fleksy experience.
- New Chameleon Theme! This theme changes colors to match the app your are in! (⊙_⊙)
- St. Patrick's Day Themes! Get festive with the new Shamrock and Rainbow Mist Themes.
- Color Pops Extension--customize the color of your key pops! You can also use the transparency slider to remove the key pops altogether if you want.
- Tips Extension--check this out for hints about Fleksy features and functionality.
- Setting to toggle 'Show Suggestions' on/off.
- Autocorrect on/off toggle is now a Magic Button option. You can also change the order of the Magic Button options in Settings.
- Updated the emoji keyboard based on user feedback.
- Removed the . button from the Twitter keyboard layout to increase spacebar size. Longpress @ button for more punctuation options.
- Fixed a bug where the keyboard keys would be misaligned for some apps not optimized for iPhone 6 or 6+.
- Learned/Forgot [word] is now announced by VoiceOver.
- Many other bug fixes and performance improvements.
Fleksy Keyboard - Fast, Custom Typing
Hello, I'm glad to see the new update is partially accessible. But none of you explained, whether it's accessible without turning off VO? Or do we wana turn off vo still? Experts kindly explain.
There is no need to turn off Voiceover. My suggestion is to download and play with the app. Once you get used to it again, then start using it for more and more daily typing needs. If you haven't used it lately, it will take some getting used to, but it will mostly work. That is my opinion.
I'm having it installed. But I was unable to make it to work. But I'm working fine with fleksy vo still. Fleksy vo is working for me for the most part. I'm unable to copy the messages to the clipboard, unable to add favourites, likewise, there are few bugs with that. But it's ok for messaging and emailing.
I hope someone will do a podcast on this newly updated fleksy.
Even though I use it a good bit, I'm sure there are still plenty of tricks I am unaware of.
Would you recommend the app?
I was considering downloading the app and I have been reading the description and some comments here. I am a little confused. Would you recommend the app? I mean, is it going to increase my productivity, my typing speed, or not? I understand that it takes some getting used to which is why I wanted to ask first.
I'm confused because this is by far the most recommended app on AppleVis so you'd think it was good. The accessibility comment of the description says "For the most part it is mostly accessible but still has some issues for VoiceOver users." which tells you nothing about the prospects for your productivity. And then when you read the comments, it looks like it's actually not really accessible any longer.
So, if I spend some time getting used to it, will I be able to type faster? Is it worth it?
Thanks a lot!
No recommendation here
Personally, I have found it hard to recommend Fleksy to VoiceOver users for quite some time. Although it’s possible to use, it’s nowhere close to how the app was back in its early days.
That’s not a criticism of the developers, who have simply taken the app where the market and money is.
I think the only way you will
I think the only way you will answer this question is to download and try the app for yourself as everyones experience is different. I personally would no longer recommend it, but some people have had positive experiences with it. Myself I would recommend mBraille without hesitation there third party keyboard works very well, and doesn't squash the typing area up really small on the screen. This shows fleksy have deliberately designed the app in such a way to do this, and they could definitely learn a lot from how mBraille have done things. I would also recommend apples own built in braille screen input which is good but a little clunky to use with activating and deactivating it. with fleksy I also got frustrated when developers refused to listen to feedback in the beta program and left it. Fleksy could easily add some sort of mode to let the fleksy keyboard have more typing area if VoiceOver was enabled, also the actual fleksy app is a mess all covered in themes that just clutter the screen up, and the feedback sounds are not very easy to hear. I also got frustrated with the developers when I sent very long detailed emails with feedback and suggestions and got replies that were almost rude as I had sent lengthy messages of several paragraphs and got two sentence replies with none of my feedback being acted on. I know developers can't act on all suggestions they receive but when they don't listen to several people who make the same suggestion that tells you they have switched firmly over to the sighted market. I have actually just withdrawn my app recommendation, and I would encourage those who feel the same as me to do so as why should this app keep our recommendations based on the usability deterioration and lac of engagement from the developers. I had forgotten I had recommended this app, but would encourage anyone who agrees with me to follow my example and withdraw there recommendations, there's a link called I would no longer recommend this app, just click it and that's it. I would of course really like to be able to restore my recommendation in the future and also work with the developers to improve things but for the time being I would no longer recommend this app, no excuse for the way the app currently is, I mean small typing area especially on a large screened device such as the 6 plus, mBraille has definitely done things right.
Hi, contrary to what most people think, and i'll probably be flamed for this, but i've been flamed for saying what i think before so never mind, i think Fleksy works fine for me. There are still rough edges but i think it works. Would i recommend it? I don't know, there's a learning curve involved, and if you don't want to deal with that learning curve, well then it ain't for you.
At this point, I would not
Fleksy is a great program. The concept is awesome, and as stated above, when it first came out, it was amazing to use it. However, since the release of iOS 8, Fleksy has unfortunately focused more on bells and whistles than a solid, rock steady app. It is my personal belief that they focus on adding more and more pretty things to look at rather than just making sure that their product is the best it can be. I'm not knocking them if this is the way that they want to go, but for me at least, I want a reliable keyboard that I know will work for me every time. At this time, unfortunately, I do not think Fleksy fits that bill. Hopefully I will change my attitude in the future, as I most certainly will not give up on it. As was stated above, MBraille gets my vote for the best third-party keyboard at this time if you type in braille. Otherwise, obviously, not so much. Haha.
Thanks for your feedback, you probably saved me a lot of time there! I agree with Alex that people should remove their recommendation if they no longer feel this app is recommendable for use with VoiceOver. This being the most recommended app seems somewhat miss-leading.
I Use It
I use Fleksy on a daily basis as my primary keyboard. I am also a beta tester. There are some bugs and you do have to make sure that your settings are set just right, but I definitely would not say that it is not usable. For those who say that I would ask when was the last time you tried out Fleksy?