DayHand Input – WF Virtual Key – Touch QWERTY Keyboard Apps
One of the most fantastic feature that iPhone introduced when it was first released was its beautiful Touch assisted built-in virtual QWERTY keyboard. Many of us were skeptical in the beginning but after spending the first day or two with the iPhone, everyone loved it. Easy to adapt automatic zooming, nifty animations and the ability to use it smoothly by just touching the screen is something that the Apple iPhone mastered in.
Since then, Nokia and other big brands like SonyEricsson and Samsung introduced a number of new Touch UI based PDA devices to compete with the iPhone but honestly speaking, none of them powers itself with an iPhone like stylish keyboard to write your emails or simply when writing a SMS. Till today, the only app that effectively extends the virtual QWERTY like keyboards is Nokia Virtual Keyboard (which btw is quite good). Still, the advanced customization that perhaps even the iPhone and Nokia still does not offer can be installed and enabled on your Nokia Touch UI smartphones like the Nokia N97 or 5800 XpressMusic.
Today’s featured app is special and it will empower you to use your feature rich Nokia smartphone or PDA with the most sophisticated and customizable keyboard app to date. Today’s mobile apps are specially designed to make your keyboard and numpad typing experience better, easier and stylish. There are at least 2 Nokia apps that functions as a complete virtual keyboard for smartphones and they are called DayHand Input and WFVirtualKey. Either one of these 2 special symbian apps is a must have app for any 5th edition Nokia symbian smartphones user, period. You must have at least one of them installed on your device to get the best experience out of your smartphone.
DayHand Input (English) is translated and modified for the community by Mr. Milk (thumbs up at ya dude) and it is an extremely customizable virtual keyboard app for any Touch OS supported symbian smartphones of Nokia, SonyEricsson, LG, Motorola and Samsung. Beside assisting you when writing a SMS, E-Mail or MMS, DayHand Input also supports a wide variety of external mobile apps from the OVI Store and other publishers including Opera. Apparently, it also lets you configure a virtual T-Pad on the home screen (not tested by me) with which you can emulate the actual Hardware T-Pad on all the S60 version 3 phones.
It supports customized skins, themes or UI which you can design yourself or simply download from our blog and other trusted websites. It lets you customize the default English language and input buttons easily.
This version of DayHand Input (English version) is actually adopted from its much famous Chinese version of the app which is actually named as the Chinese DayHand Input and is one of the most widely used mobile software for peeps in China. It has been translated in English to quite an extent so that everyone can use it regardless of their language. Still there maybe a few bugs that still remains and it is requested that you report them here in the post or on their official site. Developers of the app are also working double time so that the individual key stroke buttons can also be re-sized and the zooming or panning feature can be easily controlled.
DayHand Input supports several characters that for any single key, meaning it has the option to assign multiple types of both special, alphabetical and numeric characters. For e.g. The characters can be “abc” for the first button in T9 dictionary mode, 1 for numeric mode and a hash in ASCII characters mode. You can also customize any group of alphabets for any displayed key easily by customizing it from the handy menu that pops up when you tap and drag the button you want to customize.
DayHand Input also supports both the Portrait and Landscape display, it can turn itself to align the keyboard layout with your desired and applicable Portrait or Landscape view automatically. You can make DayHand Input your default virtual keyboard and thus replace the built in Nokia Virtual Keyboard or you can also choose to use it as a secondary keyboard.
It includes a total of 7 different which you can select and swap by two individual key strokes.
Download Dayhand Keyboard Input:
WF Virtual Key:
WFVirtualKey is an excellent software which imitates the functionality and navigational T-Pad of any generic Nokia 3rd edition device on your Nokia N97, N97 mini or 5800 XpressMusic smartphone. It can also act as an enhancer app for many new apps that are being introduced to the 5th edition Nokia smartphones including the Opera Mini browser, Garmin Mobile XT (GMXT) and the Ozone Browser. It lets you replace the standard virtual keypad that comes with your Nokia Touch PDA devices.
It also lets you change the default skin of the T-Pad manually and lets you control the position of the T-Pad on your home screen. You can run it in the background and also play all games that otherwise requires you to have a T-Pad for proper navigation, just configure it and you are ready to go. All the 9 different T-Pad keys (non-qwerty phones) are customizable with an one touch menu button. Only if you are an advanced user you can further tweak the actual .config file of the app located at the internal phone memory’s installation folder i.e.:
To change the skin of the application manually you will have to find the folder named \\Skins which is located inside the \\WF_VirtualKey\\ program installation folder and edit or replace the default skin file present there. To be able to add, browse or edit any files or folder installed on your Nokia phone memory, you will need some very good knowledge of Symbian systems and will require experience in phone hacking or unlocking expertise. Do not accidentally delete or edit any files if you don’t know what you are doing, you can’t blame me if you brick your PDA doing this.
What really makes this a special app is its ability to run in the background effortlessly without being a memory hog on the phone system. It also is the first app of its kind and probably is the actual app that inspired DayHand itself. It is essential that you install this mobile application on the internal phone memory and NOT the memory card. Also, after installation it is advised that you reboot your phone before launching the app for the first time.
In WF VirtualKey, there is an excellent option called include/exclude through which you can decide to configure WF Virtual Key for any external apps installed on your touchscreen phone. If you add an application in the “include” list then VirtualKey will be enabled for that specific mobile application.
In the same way, when you explicitly want to disable WF VirtualKey for an application that supports WF Virtual Key, all you have to do is add that application to the list “exclude”. This is a very well implemented feature that seperates WF Virtual Key from all the other touchscreen based mobile apps.
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