The option of iOS 8 predictive keyboard and 3rd Party Keyboard apps provides additional support to writers with larger keys, more customization and word prediction integrated into the standard iOS 8 keyboard. This brings another level of support to struggling writers using iDevices with iOS8 and changes access to many other apps.
What are the options in Keeble keyboard app?
- Options of colored, gray or customized theme
- Alternative access options (select on release, hold duration, repeat delay and rate)
- Text to speech for letter, word, sentence
- Word prediction (choose number of predicted words, learn words, word completion, next word, multiple words predicted
- Primary font
- ABC, QWERTY upper and lower case keyboards
Here is an image of the options available within the app:
The installed Keeble app settings provides instructions on activating it and the custom settings options. Make sure you read the instructions for activating the app in your iOS Settings – it requires you to turn on Allow Full Access in the iPad Settings>General>Keyboard>Keyboards>Keeble for the text to speech to work! I needed a bit of help from the kind folks at AssistiveWare to turn the Allow Full Access on to get the text to speech to work. Had I read the directions, I would have had that feature working right away!
I trialed Keeble with several apps such as Pages and story telling apps Pictello and My Story. Keeble assistive keyboard worked smoothly in both apps, providing word prediction and text to speech with the words, letters and sentences. What a great value and support the Keeble keyboard is for emergent writers or for individuals with motor challenges, providing tools with other writing apps.
So, now what’s the difference between Keedogo, Keedogo Plus and Keeble keyboard apps ?
Simply, Keedogo provides a simplified keyboard for emergent writers, Keedogo Plus adds word prediction to those simplified keyboards. For a review and comparison of the Keedogo apps visit the post Keedogo Keyboard for iOS 8. Keeble keyboard app, provides all the options of Keedogo and Keedogo Plus as well as customizing the settings of word prediction, color of the layout, dwell functions, repeat key options, speak keys and more. For primary writers or individuals with motor control challenges, Keeble provides many accessibility keyboard supports when using other writing apps.
And what’s the cost? Currently 9.99 is the introductory price of Keeble Keyboard app, regularly 14.99. It is a value, realizing it can be integrated in most of your favorite writing or drawing apps!
Thank you to AssistiveWare for supplying me with a code to review the app.
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