Hey folks, my name is Steve Mattox and I am a Program Manager for the Swype team here at Nuance in downtown Seattle. Swype is all about improving the way you enter text, whether you need to enter a URL, send a text message or do a search in the web browser, using the Swype keyboard will help speed things up and make you feel confident that what you entered is what you are going to get. Pretty cool!
There’s so much more about the Swype experience I want to share with you. So today will be the first in a series of Swype Insights posts to give new and experienced Swypers a look at the cool features and functionalities of the latest Swype keyboard now available free through the Swype beta program.
First topic – Gestures.
Gestures in Swype are very useful and help you do tasks very quickly. Many of our gestures originate from the Swype key. Sure, there are gestures which do not use the Swype key, like the punctuation or capitalization gestures, but many others do. Using the Swype key, you can quickly go to either the Numbers or Edit layers. To go to the Numbers layer, glide your finger (or swype) from the Swype key to the key with the number 5 on it. The numbers layer should appear. To get to the Edit layer, just swype from the Swype key to the symbols key. My all-time favorite gestures are select-all, cut, copy and paste. I use these all the time because they are quick and very useful. If I need to delete a bunch of text that I just entered, all I need to do is swype from the Swype key to the “a” key and then hit delete. The Swype key to the “a” key highlights all the words, just like a Select-all does in a normal word editing application. Similarly, swyping from the Swype key to the “x” or “c” will cut or copy text that has been highlighted. Using the Swype key to the “v” key will paste the text that has been copied. Using these in combination will allow you to manipulate text just like you were using any PC base word editor.
Stay tuned for the next post in the Swype Insights series in the coming weeks. Until then…happy Swyping!
Principal Program Manager, Swype R&D
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