KuaiBoard 1

I’m having a lot of fun testing out different keyboards for iOS 8. Each one has a different feature that makes it special. Now all I have to do is figure out which one I’m most likely to make my go-to keyboard.

KuaiBoard is another third-party app that you can add to the list of default keyboards for iOS 8. This one is actually not a keyboard at all, but a template fill-in that you can use for quickly sending text that you repeat often with just one tap.

I write emails to a lot of people for my record label. In the body of the message, I pretty much write the same thing over and over again. I even have an email template document on my desktop so I can copy and paste the paragraphs into a message.

This app makes it possible for me to use the same email template on my iPhone or iPad without having to open any documents or copy and paste any text.

KuaiBoard 3

As I mentioned above, this app is not a keyboard. When you are ready to add text to a message, email, or document, instead of the keyboard, you will see the “snippets” or premade text clips that you will have created ahead of time.

Here is how it works. Open the app, follow the steps to set the app as one of your default keyboards in iOS 8 (allow full access), and then open the app again to begin creating your snippets.

On the right side of the screen, you will see a list of demo “TextBoards,” with examples of what you can write. Tap the plus (+) symbol to create your own snippet. In this mode, select a different keyboard than KuaiBoard (Apple’s, for example), and type out the template that you will use. The clip can be as few as two or three words, or as long as multiple paragraphs.

So, you can create clips for sending text messages, like “Where you at, dog?” or full email templates like requesting a replacement beer for the one you found a mouse in.

KuaiBoard 2

Then, when you need the snippet, switch to KuaiBoard and tap the card you wish to use for one-tap typing.

The app also includes a form-fill feature that will make it easy for you to fill out information on websites faster, like name, address, email, etc. You can either fill the “MeBoard” manually, or allow access to your contacts list to use the information you already have stored in your iOS device.

It also includes a location feature so you can send a link to your current location on either Apple Maps or Google Maps (your choice) with a single tap.

The app does not allow you to include links or have special fonts or different colors. I tried copy-and-pasting a paragraph that included a link into a TextBoard and the link did not copy over.

This is a niche feature app. It is definitely not for everyone. It is really more of a companion app to whatever other default keyboard you use. If you can imagine times when you wish you could tap a button to send a sentence, paragraph, or whole letter, this is the app for you. I know I’ll use it on a weekly basis.

KuaiBoard is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $1.99. Download it in the App Store today.

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  • ThoseCurves

    Lory, I hope you are doing a review on “Swype” soon. waiting impatiently here.. 😐

  • Fanboy 

    Apple needs to change the way you switch between keyboards. Having more than 2 proves to be frustrating 😐 you basically have to hold down the globe key and wait for your list of keyboards to pop up, and then select, and then repeat, and repeat….and repeat…

    • Decio Arruda

      Think of how it was for people who, like me, speak 4 languages… Specially when one of those, French, isn’t typed in the common QUERTY layout…

      • Jonathan

        Good for you for speaking 4. I speak 1.15 languages. 😛

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        and what would the .15 be.

      • Jonathan

        A little bit of Spanish.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        showoff just like dolph ziggler.

      • Decio Arruda

        I’m not trying to show off lol. I speak Portuguese, English, French and German. I can understand spanish but not well enough for me to say I speak it.
        Once you learn your second language it gets easier.
        Plus, except for German, I’m always using the languages

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        must be getting them women wet in their panties 🙂

    • ThoseCurves

      Right on, they certainly needs to change the Ui for that. i have installed swype, swiftkey and Minuum and its a pain to move between them especially for emoticons

      • Fanboy 

        YES, exactly. Trying to switch to emojis and back to the Swype keyboard has been a pain, because I also have the regular English keyboard and the new GIF keyboard turned on. Oh my just talking about it is giving me anxiety haha.

      • ThoseCurves

        i just tried that GIF keyboard. it sends a picture rather then a fully animated GIF. does yours work ?

      • Fanboy 

        You must send via iMessage. When you send it, exit the message thread and go back and you’ll see it animating 🙂

      • ThoseCurves

        but the receiving end don’t see a GIF either they see a picture instead

      • Fanboy 

        They’re using iMessage? I sent it to somebody with an iPhone 5 and it worked on their end.

      • ThoseCurves

        ok got it, it only works in imessages, not in whatsapp

      • sriram varadarajulu

        Why do you have set or and swiftkey? I believe swype has every feature swiftkey has

      • ThoseCurves

        Trying them out Pal, to see which one i will end up using on a day to day basis, i bought swype as i tried it on my friends phone and liked it but i personally think swiftkey is much better in prediction and swiping then swype keyboard. but then Minuum in auto correct and predictions blows all of them out of the water.

    • Steve R.

      I have the English, Spanish, German, Emoji, and Swiftkey keyboard and it’s definitely inconvenient to change those around =/

    • RarestName

      Tip: you can just instantly swipe up from the globe icon.

      Con: doesn’t work from third party keyboards.

    • Dan

      I agree, should be like android where you can select the default keyboard. Quite annoying since I have 3 keyboards to scroll through at the moment. Although I didn’t know you could keep your finger on the globe to see all of them, thanks lol.

  • I can’t believe no one comment on my “Strange Brew” reference. Are you guys even reading this stuff?