- Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: 2010-10-22
- Current Version: 2.02
- Size: 3.70 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Exideas
- Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
- Copyright © 2010 Exideas
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MessagEase is the fastest keyboard for your iPhone! With it you can achieve speeds of 60+ words per minute, even when you use only one finger!Although this free keyboard is used as an app, you can use it to compose pages and pages of text and use…..
Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.
good; could use improvements
I like this app, and have used it for a while (I used it to type this review). The cursor positioning has improved, and the option to replace misspelled words is a nice addition.
I don't like the fact that it is now more difficult to quickly erase pages (instead of just swiping down on the number pad). I also don't like the fact that I now need to hold/drag my finger over the menu instead of simply tapping it and then selecting an item. These are relatively minor points, but along with the rest, it makes me somewhat less likely to use the app, given that it affects the speed and efficiency with which I can do so. Being able to see the titles of the menu options next to the icons again would be nice (a minor gripe).
The new method of moving between pages is particularly irritating, as the entire page may accidentally get selected/moved when I'm positioning my finger over the text or scrolling up/down.
I'd love it if there were an option to easily export notes to services like Evernote, Dropbox, etc.. Also, it would be nice if the icon, etc., were updated for the new display.
Because Messagease can't replace the Apple keyboard (Apple's restriction), this app isn't quite as easy to use, but can be good if you need to type a paragraph or more of text. That makes it worth the trouble to leave whatever app you are in, go to Messagease, type your message, and then go back to your app to paste it in (text is automatically copied to the clipboard when you leave Messagease).
There is a steep learning curve. The included game will run you through drills and help you memorize the locations of letters so that instead of hunting a letter you can make the movement automatically. It will take a significant amount of practice to become proficient. After playing around with it for about a week, I am up to about 17 words per minute for regular text (after another week I am up to about 22 wpm with a record of 26 wpm). Long ago, on the Palm, using Graffiti and a stylus, I was able to get about 24 wpm (that had a learning curve too). Using the Apple keyboard in portrait mode and one finger I get about 15 wpm and it is up to 17 wpm for the landscape keyboard and typing with both thumbs (I am not a texter). But with Messagease I am more accurate and it only takes one finger. And I may get faster with more practice (if so I'll revise this review). All of these methods are still frustrating since I can type about 60 wpm.
I had to contact tech support to figure out some extended characters: to get characters along the left edge of keypad you have to drag from the button to the left, but that's the edge of the screen, so you can't do that! Instead if you start on the right side of the button and drag left (not off the screen), it will pick up the character as if you ran off the edge of the button. To their credit, I got an answer back from tech support in less than an hour which is pretty fantastic for a free program.
It is good to have all of the letters and punctuation (even a Tab character!) on the main screen, with only numbers on a second screen. It seems like it could automatically capitalize I in sentences, but it does at least capitalize after a period and space. Seems like there could be some shortcuts for common words where you can do a swipe across multiple keys, for instance, going from T to O to N to get YOU, instead of swipe-tap-swipe. Or maybe you could leave out vowels to increase speed and it would fill them in for you. This app has been around for a while, so I guess they've got it figured it out or maybe are restricted by other people's patents.
Great, but let me undo
A linguist write:
I like MessagEase a lot. I've tried various text input methods and this is the one I've ended up using as my main writing method on my iPod Touch. The idea of including a built-in game/typing tutor is brilliant; it's probably one of the main things that led to me choosing MessagEase over TikiNotes, which is another ingenious text input app. Other advantages over TikiNotes include better editing of things you've already typed and easier access to special characters, which I use a lot. TikiNotes, on the other hand, has the advantages of text prediction that learns as you type, and the ability to save things as notes.
There are a few things I would like to see added or fixed in MessagEase. Most of all, I would like an 'undo' button - several times now I've accidentally pasted a large block of text into something I was typing, and had to painstakingly select it so I could delete it. As a heavy user of special characters and other scripts, I wish more scripts were available (with easy switching between them) and more special characters. Today, for instance, I wanted to add an acute accent ´ to the letter c, but it will only go on vowels. Also, lowercase Greek rho can't be typed with the code given in the Help section. R + O makes Ρ (uppercase rho) just fine, but r + o makes encircled r ( ® ) instead of lowercase rho.
Still, I think this is a very good app.
Edited to add: another thing that would make this app better for me as someone who uses a lot of special characters and switches back and forth between different scripts would be a way to switch within the app to using the built-in keyboards; then I could type English with the MessagEase keyboard, but switch to the built-in keyboards when I need to write a few words in Greek, or special characters that aren't included.
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