Slydr FAQ

What is Slydr ?
Slydr is a Windows Phone application that implements a custom keyboard matching the layout similar to the default Windows Phone keyboard(s). It cannot replace standard keyboard becuase microsoft does not allow that. Slydr allows you to input text by Sliding Over the letters of keyboard. It also supports predictive typing like the default keyboard.

System Integration

Upcoming enhancements

Desirable enhancements

FAQ

Video Demo

System Integration:

Microsoft does not allow 3rd party keyboard at this point. The app for that reason uses accessible APIs to expose functionality. I appreciate your desire for greater integration. I will keep updating the app as APIs change.

Upcoming enhancements

  1. Next word prediction – based on last word, show users a list of possible words based on spoken language patterns

Desirable enhancements

  1. Make it systemwide rather than in app only. This is not going to happen any time soon. Microsoft controls this and there is no public api for that.
  2. Favourite Contacts – shows most used contacts for sms and email options (user can choose ones not listed from main contacts list) – I have request an API change for sending SMS, once that is done, this will make sense.

FAQ

  1. Predictive typing option as an alternative to sliding keyboard – will be useful for non supported languages.
  2. Automatic addition of user added non dictionary words (if the word you type in does not exist in dictionary, it will be added so it will be available next time).
  3. Automatic support for Swype like capitalization (if you swipe outside – top of the keyboard, it will automatically capitalise that word)
  4. Support for both Portrait and Landscape mode (full sized landscape keyboards – Version 3.0)
  5. Based on your swipe or based on individual key entry, the algorithm will automatically match words with accents
  6. Quick toggle between languages – Version 3.0
  7. Supported Languages (v3.x):
    • Arabic (العربية) – Mango Version 3.x
    • Bulgarian (Български)
    • Catalan (Català)
    • Chinese Simplified
    • Chinese Traditional
    • Croatian (Hrvatski)
    • Czech (Český)
    • Czech (Český) Alt
    • Danish
    • Dutch (Nederlands)
    • Dutch (Belgium)
    • English
    • Estonian (Eesti)
    • Spanish (Español)
    • Farsi / Perian (فارسی) – Mango Version 3.x
    • Finnish (Soumi)
    • Français (France)
    • Français (Canada)
    • Français (Switzerland)
    • German (Deutsch)
    • Greek (Ελληνικά)
    • Hebrew (עִבְרִית) – Mango Version 3.x
    • Hungarian (Magyar)
    • Icelandic (íslenska)
    • Italian (Italiano)
    • Norwegian (Norsk)
    • Latvian (Latviešu)
    • Lithuanian
    • Polish (Polski)
    • Português (Portugal)
    • Português (Brasil)
    • Romanian (Română)
    • Russian (русский)
    • Slovak (Slovenský)
    • Slovak (slovenský) Alt
    • Slovenian (Slovenski)
    • Swedish (Svenska)
    • Turkish (Türkçe)
    • Ukrainian (українська)
  8. Trial Mode: Fully featured app for 10 uses. After that only email is usable.


37 thoughts on “Slydr FAQ

    • Enrique,

      To get accent matches, you need to swipe as usual and it will show you nearest matches with or without accents.

      If you have particular words in mind, let me know. I can check dictionary manually to see if they are there in first place (only 50k words)

      Gracias,

      Hermit

    • well i have voted on some keyboard related feature requests. I couldn’t find the one you mentioned with 120 votes. Please drop me a link. Its got more to do with allowing 3rd parties to publish native code as at the very bottom is a COM interface.

  1. thanks, I did try it out already, however the keyboard does not seem to include Lithuanian characters… :) Latvian keyboard seems to have more keys, with their original characters, but not ours..

    • Hi Peter,
      The only additional chars i found where (accents)
      ‘ą’, ‘č’, ‘ę’, ‘ė’, ‘į’, ‘š’, ‘ų’, ‘ū’, ‘ž’
      These chars are represented by original chars
      ‘a’, ‘c’, ‘e’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘s’, ‘u’, ‘u’, ‘z’

      Say you wanted to write jūsų
      with Slydr, you trace over j u s u and it should show you jūsų with accents correctly and add it.

      Similarly
      ačiū – a c i u
      štai – s t a i

      and so on so forth. let me know whether this works or not

  2. Using the trial version. Love the translate feature, but get many error msgs when scrolling through the list of options. Good thing I wasn’t looking for Urdu!

    Paste option needs to be more visible in portrait mode. Shame MS doesn’t allow full access to the keyboard – a MIME input method would be awesome for correcting Japanese translation.

  3. I had this on my old android phone
    You could download it from app store
    it had voice dictation swipe smileys insert pics and other things. I am so disappointed win 8 phone doesn’t have that function or a navigation system. I thing I m going to take back this phone while. I can. It’s. A shame because it does have beautiful design. And graphics. Thank you. For trying.

  4. “Automatic addition of user added non dictionary words (if the word you type in does not exist in dictionary, it will be added so it will be available next time).”
    It doesn’t work. Adding words to the Romanian dictionary has no effect.

    • I tried to add the Romanian word “contactând” to the dictionary. It is Romanian for contacting. Since there is no way to type the diacritic â, I typed “contact până”, then I deleted the space, the “p” and the “ă” and added a “d”. Using space, comma or full stop did not add the new word to the dictionary.

  5. I have purchased your app because it’s the only available solution. on Windows Phone 7.5 for entering text in Romanian.
    It works pretty good for short text. However, for longer text your app disappears all of a sudden and the phone returns to the Start screen. There is no way to go back to the already typed text, which is exasperating and infuriating! Also, touching once the shift key locks the caps. It should be the other way around, like on all other keyboards, touch shift once to capitalize one letter, touch twice to lock caps on.
    The third problem is also with caps. If I manually capitalize the first letter in a word, that letter is ignored and the suggestions are words starting with the second letter in lower case.
    The worst problem though is with the longer text being lost every time I type more than a phrase. Can you please fix this very annoying problem?

  6. This is the second time I try to leave this comment. First time I’ve done it on the phone, but after touching Submit, it was not posted.
    I’ve purchased this app because it’s the only available solution on Windows Phone 7.5 to enter text in Romanian. It works pretty good for short text. However, when typing anything longer than one phrase or two, Slydr screen disappears and the phone returns to the Start screen. There is no way to go back to the already typed text which is permanently lost. This is very exasperating and infuriating!
    A second problem is with the Shift key. When touched once it locks the caps on! On any other keyboard, touching shift once capitalizes one letter, touching shift twice locks the caps on. Why is Slydr different than any other phone keyboard I’ve ever used?
    The third problem is with manual capitalization. If I manually capitalize the first letter, the dictionary suggestions ignore that letter and all suggestions offered for that word start with the second lower case letter typed.
    The really bad problem is with the long texts being lost. Can this problem be fixed, PLEASE?!

  7. I was thinking; since Microsoft made sure there is no way to add new keys to the Windows Phone keyboard, is it possible that the diacritics not existing in the English language to appear as the first suggestion when their replacement is type. For example, in Romanian, when a is typed, the first suggestions at the left could be ă and â, when i is typed first suggestion î, when s is typed first suggestion ș and when t is typed first suggestion could be ț. If that one character suggestion is chosen a space for new word shouldn’t be added. I don’t know if this is possible from a programming point of view, or how complicated to implement, but it could be a way around the Microsoft limitation….

  8. I really love this keyboard, it reminds me of how much I loved Swype on Android. Question: the share option to Facebook is cool, but is there any way to add an option to share to Twitter? Or is that already a feature in the full paid version? (I’m using the trial currently)

  9. Just trying out slydr and as a mute person I think it would be amazing if you could incorporate text to speech so what you type can be spoken by your phone and so giving a voice to people like myself, this would also be a great asset to use with the translator for anyone unfamiliar with the correct pronunciation of the translation.

    • This is a great idea while slydr’s days are numbered with support coming in wp8.1, I could create text entry, translation and text to speech app.

      What do you think? Good idea?

  10. I really like the App and hopefully, ONE day MS will let its system keyboard be replaced by this.

    I also LOVE how it links to FB.

    Question: is there a way to link it to other social media sites? Please keep in mind that I am definitely technologically challenged. 😉

    • With windows phone 8.1.. Microsoft is releasing WordFlow addition to its keyboard that allows similar word entry. this can be then used across all applications

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