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  1. mikec#IM's Avatar
    Can we list the virtual keyboard available for the Touch (that work well with it.)

    Maybe this could be a sticky; I know this comes up.

    Other than the built in keyboards, there are:

    PCM Keyboard:
    http://www.pocketcm.com/keyboard.php

    TouchPal:
    http://www.cootek.com/

    SPB Full Screen Keyboard
    http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/fsk/?en

    Teksoft FingerTouch:
    http://www.teksoftco.com/index.php?section=fingertouch

    TenGo Thumb
    http://www.tengo.net/tengo_thumb.html

    Zoomboard
    http://iwindowsmobile.com/onscreen-keyboard.html

    HTC Touch Diamond Keyboard
    http://www.wmexperts.com/articles/so...available.html
    Last edited by mikec; 05-13-2008 at 10:54 AM. Reason: Updated to add new entries
    11-06-2007 01:06 PM
  2. Dieter Bohn's Avatar
    Good idea.

    SPB Full Screen Keyboard
    http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/fsk/?en
    11-06-2007 01:39 PM
  3. mikec#IM's Avatar
    Good idea.

    SPB Full Screen Keyboard
    http://www.spbsoftwarehouse.com/products/fsk/?en
    Thanks Septimus.
    11-06-2007 01:53 PM
  4. ydounvme21's Avatar
    I'm using the pcm keyboard with iphone 3.3 theme. This is a much better alternative than the touch suretype. you have to disable xt9 in the registry, for which you'll need a registry editor. I use PHM registry editor. The key you have to change is:

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Tegic\eT9\xt9supportmssip

    change the key "XT9SupportMSSip" from value "1" to "0". Then PCM-Keyboard will work fine

    Link to PCM Keyboard

    http://pocketcm.com/keyboard.php

    Iphone theme

    http://pocketcm.com/phorum/read.php?14,4187

    PHM Registry Editor

    http://www.phm.lu/Products/PocketPC/RegEdit/
    11-10-2007 05:54 PM
  5. Dim-Ize's Avatar
    11-26-2007 09:11 AM
  6. Scott R's Avatar
    Hey guys, it's been a while since I've checked in around here (or TreoCentral). I tried the Mogul for a while but wasn't happy with the feel of the hard thumbboard and thought that SPB's virtual thumbboard worked decently (though the small screen and bezel and other SPB shortcomings made it less than ideal). I returned the Mogul with an eye towards the Touch's release and the thought of possibly porting my own thumbboard app (still unreleased for the Palm OS - see here for more info and screenshots: http://tapland.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=5562).

    Anyways, I played very, very briefly with a Touch today and got that upgradin' feelin' again. I'm still not sold on the device due to the fact that WM6 still is *far* from finger-friendly, but that's what 3rd-party apps are for, right? ;)

    As a user, it's good to see that there are other virtual thumbboard apps already available. As a developer, it looks like I won't have the market cornered. But if and when I get a Touch and can somehow find the time to do some developing, I think the last iteration of my app's layout has an advantage over the current competition (IMHO).

    Let's keep this thread going with any other apps that may appear. I'll let you know if I ever have any news of my own to report.
    11-26-2007 07:56 PM
  7. ydounvme21's Avatar
    Scott R,

    I have a question for the developer side!

    How hard would it be to add a window to the top of an existing keyboard that would display what you type? The reason I ask is that the palm threaded sms hack (which many of us windows mobile users love) is difficult on the Touch. The virtual keyboard doesn't shift the screen up and the keyboard covers the input box so we are typing blindly. I've found a couple work arounds, but thought if someone was able to create a window that would sit atop the keyboard and then transfer the data in the window to the actual input box (exactly how the sbp full screen keyboard does)would solve this issue.

    I would just use the sbp keyboard, but it seems to lag and isn't as accurate as say the sprint touch's suretype keyboard and the pcm keyboard.

    Any help would be much appreciated!
    11-26-2007 08:54 PM
  8. Scott R's Avatar
    Well, what you're describing is what the SPB keyboard does and what I'd probably be looking to do. But I can't say yet how difficult it will be. I'm hoping it will be relatively easy. ;)
    11-29-2007 07:37 AM
  9. mikec#IM's Avatar
    I've been playing with several of the keyboards, and here is my current ranking (higher number better):

    1.) TenGo
    2.) TouchPal
    3.) Zoomboard
    4.) PocketCM

    Obviously, this is very subjective. I guess I'll stop when I find one that fits the bill "perfectly"
    11-30-2007 07:18 PM
  10. jackeycy's Avatar
    CooTek just released TouchPal v2: standard for free and pro buy one get one free now (only $5 around). It is very cool, definitely the best one for now. promise you won't go back to TenGo or anything else~

    Copied from http://www.cootek.com:
    Faster Input, Less Effort
    Thumb-friendly big buttons
    Up to 300 chars/min
    Excellent word prediction
    Mistyping correction new!
    Innovative word association
    In-place case switching
    Input punctuations and digits without view switching new!

    Multi-language Support new!
    English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch (and more coming...)
    Comprehensive dictionaries (40,000 English words, 140,000 French words...)
    Dynamic language switching
    Innovative word association
    Accent letter prediction (e.g. press "a" for "")

    Highly Customizable
    Dynamic resizable layout (enlarged/normal/reduced) new!
    "My sentences" with parameters (e.g., "See you in X mins") new!
    "My commands" (e.g., Undo, Select All+Copy, ...) new!
    Customizable emotion symbols (e.g. :-o, ^_^) new!
    Drag'n drop SPACE button

    Optimized Resource new!
    <1M installation size
    Install to Storage Card
    01-04-2008 11:44 PM
  11. lazertack's Avatar
    My current ranking is:
    1. TouchPal (for finger-typing)
    2. PCM Keyboard
    3. Tengo (for stylus-typing)

    I used to prefer PCM more than TouchPal. But CooTek just fixed a few things in its new V2 release so that I find it more useful:

    1. Error Correction - this means I don't need to look at the keyboard when I'm typing. I just touch the approximate position of a key, and it always provide me the good choice. In my testing, both TouchPal and PCM's error correction beats that of iPhone, but TouchPal has a better response time and a bigger dictionary.

    2. Resizable layout - in V1 it used to take up too much space. But now it's resizable. So I always resize it to the minimal then enable error correction.

    Tengo is very good for stylus. I could type very fast with it before I saw the other two keyboards. But well, if I could type fast with my fingers, why bother using a stylus? :)
    01-14-2008 08:50 AM
  12. nsxprime's Avatar
    Some more:

    typango full screen keyboard - http://www.previsionary.com/prod_0010.htm

    taptap keyboard - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=347929

    resco keyboard pro - http://www.resco.net/pocketpc/keyboard/default.asp
    Last edited by nsxprime; 01-16-2008 at 11:08 PM.
    01-15-2008 01:38 PM
  13. jackeycy's Avatar
    I don't think there is any sip currently which can reach the same level TouchPal reached. It is definitely the best for now. But I also agree SIP perference is different from people~ for me, it is best and innovative
    01-18-2008 11:42 AM
  14. Badabing's Avatar
    I have the HTC touch and I keep reading all these nifty tricks on viewing youtube, changing the keyboard, the theme's skin but no instructions!

    How do you actually "install" onto the HTC touch? I downloaded the cab files the layout and skn files ...but then what and where?

    If anyone can help the novice in the PPC world!



    Thanks
    01-22-2008 04:22 PM
  15. fanfanman's Avatar
    Just copy the cab files you downloaded into your desktop folder for your Touch, and it will automatically transfer to your PDA next time you syncronize. You then locate the files in your phone, usually stored under "my documents". Click on the cab diles and it should install itself!
    01-26-2008 02:17 AM
  16. Dieter Bohn's Avatar
    Just copy the cab files you downloaded into your desktop folder for your Touch, and it will automatically transfer to your PDA next time you syncronize. You then locate the files in your phone, usually stored under "my documents". Click on the cab diles and it should install itself!
    ...that's assuming you have a desktop folder set up to automatically sync. ;)

    You can just use activesync to install them too.
    01-27-2008 11:21 AM
  17. DrRoger's Avatar
    I don't believe I've seen any comments about this: Sprint offers a full screen virtual keyboard for the Touch for around $10 one-time charge, a Sprint salesman told me. He showed me the keyboard....occupies most of the screen in a landscape view with one line for the input text...which I imagine scrolls for as much text as possible I guess. I didn't play with it.....
    02-03-2008 12:43 PM
  18. Dieter Bohn's Avatar
    I don't believe I've seen any comments about this: Sprint offers a full screen virtual keyboard for the Touch for around $10 one-time charge, a Sprint salesman told me. He showed me the keyboard....occupies most of the screen in a landscape view with one line for the input text...which I imagine scrolls for as much text as possible I guess. I didn't play with it.....
    Interesting! Did you see the name of it? A link where I might download it?
    02-04-2008 10:38 AM
  19. JNGold's Avatar
    Using TouchPal Pro on my new Touch Cruise. I enjoy using it over PocketCM and Resco. So much more flexible. I really like the ability to resize the TouchPal kb area in the case the SIP panel covers the field you are typing in.
    02-17-2008 01:19 AM
  20. black ice#WP's Avatar
    MAn touchpal is great on this touch!
    02-20-2008 04:18 PM
  21. dentistpaco's Avatar
    If you don't care about t9 or word corrections but like the "password" 40 key keyboard... here is the cabbed hack... it will uninstall without hard reset. I don't know if it will work on other touch keyboards but it will on the stock touch keyboard.

    https://home.comcast.net/~codyppc/CodyPPC_40_key.cab

    this is easier than the registry edit...

    dentistpaco
    03-08-2008 12:56 AM
  22. kaiserfan's Avatar
    I tried to do a hard reset, and I can not see the keyboard.

    HTC Touch hard reset
    03-15-2008 09:01 PM
  23. mikec#IM's Avatar
    I've been testing the HTC Touch Diamond Keyboard.

    Big thumbs up. Much improved over the built-in keyboard.

    1.) Touch Diamond
    2.) Tengo
    3.) TouchPal
    05-13-2008 10:57 AM
  24. blile's Avatar
    where did you get the touch diamond keyboard? I would love to try it. thanks
    05-21-2008 04:39 PM
  25. mikec#IM's Avatar
    Search WMExperts and there is a story about it and a link to the site with the file.
    05-24-2008 10:35 AM
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