Before personal computers were invented, even before they made their appearance in science-fiction literature, the Qwerty keyboard layout was designed for use on typewriters. While the design considerations were solid, Qwerty wasn’t created for efficiency. We don’t use typewriters anymore (well, most of us don’t). And yet most of you will still be using Qwerty, the most popular keyboard layout in the world. It’s time for change; for a keyboard layout that’s fit for modern keyboards and modern computing. It’s time for the Workman Layout.
It may not outright beat Swype or SwiftKey, but TouchPal X puts up a valiant fight and adds an eye-catching feature you won’t find on other keyboards.
Though I advocate and try to use the built-in iOS dictation feature for the iPhone and iPad, there are occasions when good old touch typing must suffice. If, like me, you are not a fast or very efficient typist the built-in iOS keyboard can be a little daunting for many users. If you find yourself fumbling with the built-in keyboard, download a few of these free apps and practice typing risk-free.
You should already be taking advantage of the built-in keyboard shortcuts and voice to text features if you’re regularly typing on an iPhone or iPad. But if you happen to use your iOS device, particularly the iPad, for extended pieces of writing you might want to consider the iOS version of TextExpander ($4.99). We’ve already covered the Mac and iOS versions of TextExpander in the past but now Smile Software has updated the iOS versions of TextExpander to include more of the advanced features found in its Mac counterpart.