Hands On With QuickBoard, a Quick Text Insertion Keyboard Coming to iOS 8

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    When iOS 8 is released to the public in the fall, iOS users will be able to take advantage of several new operating system features, including system wide third-party keyboards, which will bring fresh functionality to the default iOS keyboard.

    Third-party keyboards are available on Android devices and have been long-desired on iOS, so several popular keyboard developers announced plans to bring their software to iOS shortly after third-party keyboard integration was announced at WWDC. After iOS 8 launches, we'll be seeing new keyboards from well-known developers like Fleksy, Swype, SwiftKey, and TouchPal.

    iOS 8's third-party keyboard support will also allow new entrants into the customized keyboard arena, with developers bringing us apps that offer all kinds of different functions to improve the way we use our keyboards. One such developer, Kevin Wolkober, has created a quick text insertion keyboard that offers a unique function we haven't seen with previously previewed keyboards.

    While keyboards like Swype and Fleksy focus on improving the typing experience through gestures and predictive text, Wolkober's QuickBoard is designed to give users a quicker way to enter the snippets of text that they type repeatedly into their iOS devices, including addresses, credit card information, email signatures, and more.

    QuickBoard is actually split by function into three separate keyboard elements, including TextBoard, MeBoard, and LocationBoard. Each of these three keyboard functions lets users to tap to insert often-repeated text elements in any app to save time and effort.

    TextBoard allows users to store snippets of text, accommodating any text from a one line signature to a lengthy paragraph. MeBoard stores all of a user's contact info, such as name, email, and home address, and is handy when filling out forms. LocationBoard will automatically determine a user's current location, allowing them to paste in a Google Maps URL or coordinates, or an approximate address, which is useful when a location needs to be shared outside of Messages.

    Like any other customized keyboard, QuickBoard operates through an app that's installed on the iOS device and set up in iOS 8's Settings, as described in our hands-on TouchPal installation guide. The personal information and pre-written snippets of text available in the QuickBoard keyboard are created using the installed QuickBoard app.

    Inserting text into the QuickBoard app​
    Chunks of text can be entered into TextBoard section of the app, for example, while the MeBoard pulls in information like name, address, and phone number. Though MeBoard is currently limited to information pulled from the Contacts app, custom information will be added before the app's official launch. Location data isn't inserted in the app itself, since it is pulled from the phone's current location whenever it's used.

    The text elements saved in the QuickBoard app can be used in any other app, including Mail, Safari, Messages, Notes, iWork, and more. Inserting saved text into one of these apps is as simple as tapping on the globe icon on the keyboard to activate QuickBoard and then tapping on the relevant block of text.

    Personal information, such as name and address, can be inserted by tapping on the person icon, and the arrow will determine a user's approximate location, allowing it to be quickly inserted into a text message, email, or other app. Location information is especially useful, as it cuts out several steps that would normally be necessary when sharing a location an email or other app.

    QuickBoard demonstrated in the Notes app​
    QuickBoard includes access to a space bar, return key, and delete key for formatting purposes, but the rest of the typing is left to another keyboard app or iOS 8's default predictive text function. QuickBoard works seamlessly with any other keyboards installed, and switching between them is as simple as tapping on the globe icon.

    Though simpler than most of the other keyboards we've seen before, QuickBoard hints at some of the innovative ways developers will take advantage of third-party keyboard integration in iOS 8. At the current time, QuickBoard is still in the beta testing phases, but Wolkober tells MacRumors that the app will be ready for download shortly after iOS 8 officially launches in the fall, with pricing yet to be determined.

    Article Link: Hands On With QuickBoard, a Quick Text Insertion Keyboard Coming to iOS 8
  2. macrumors 68020


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
    I can definitely see myself using this. Great idea!
  3. macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
    This is actually a really good idea. If and When I get the iPhone again, this will definitely be a must-have for me.
  4. cambookpro, Aug 26, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2014

    macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    It may be useful for some people, but I never really type enough of the same blocks of text for this to ever be used.

    In any case, every message necessitates a slightly different tone which can't be achieved using this keyboard. If I was sending lots of the same message, I'd just use copy and paste as it's unlikely that'd you'd ever need to send it again after.

    And weren't Autofill and iCloud Keychain invented so you didn't have to resort to manually typing in your address and billing information??
  5. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2014
    Doesn't autofill and iCloud Keychain do most of this stuff for us already?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2013
    Of all the third party keyboards, this one interests me the most. All the rest just seem like variations on a theme. This is a pretty fresh idea.
  7. macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Aye, some of these things have already been addressed in a much more efficient way.

    Not too thrilled with this particular offering, but it's nice that these will be offered.

    I'm just looking for Swype and I'll be set.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2007
    This is what I kind of thought.... But i really can't see myself even using swype. I tried their demo app and it sucked pretty bad IMO. Maybe it'll be better on a full blown keyboard. Apples suggestion keyboard looks the best.
  9. macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    How do you access that info as a user in a 3rd party app, not Safari?
  10. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    I just use Keyboard Shortcuts to do this. I type 2 letters for my email address, for instance.
  11. macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Swype is better for everyday texting. I don't see myself using this keyboard very much.
  12. macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    I love swype typing. It's fast.

    As long as the autocorrect is as good as Apple's, I'm good with it. Never been a fan of the suggestive stuff. I have to move my finger and eyes to the middle of the screen which stops the flow of typing.
  13. macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2013
    Hoping the TextExpander people do something like this…

    TextExpander on iOS been trying to do something like this for a long time, but they were always limited by what iOS would allow them to do. Apps had to individually decide to support TextExpander and write some TextExpander-specific code.

    I hope that the custom keyboard API is flexible that they can finally make something close to the mac version (which works across everything).
  14. macrumors 603


    I just want a feature on all keyboards including Apple to switch to email/web format keyboard on demand.
  15. macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2012
    Do you guys need a app for this? Why not use iOS build in keyboard shortcuts for this? Make your own shortcuts :)
  16. macrumors 68000

    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Because you have to remember them all.
  17. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2014
    Mission Viejo CA
    i did the same….
  18. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    Been waiting 4 to 5 years for a row of numbers along the top.

    Are you listening Apple ?
  19. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Wow! Now that's the way to implement a mobile keyboard! I would definitely use this.

    That's not what got my attention. It was the (presumed) ability to jump to any app and copy whole fields into any document just by tapping on them (rather than using the finicky copy-and-paste routines in iOS).
  20. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Agreed. They really seem to have put some thought into the issue and how they could fix it. Very Apple of them in some ways
  21. macrumors 6502a

    super tomtendo

    Aug 29, 2009
    Cool idea, but skeptical about 3rd party keyboards.
  22. macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
  23. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    Apple won't have to listen, just 3rd party developers will. :)
  24. macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2013
    When I type it's mostly for texting so I don't see me using this feature on my iPhone at least. I don't need a feature to auto-fill blocks of text like for letters, I need a faster way to text type.

    Maybe on my iPad that I have the Pages app on I might use this at some point, but I don't think very often. It's a nice feature, but I don't see myself using it much,
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2012

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