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Johann Dowa

iOS Library For Easily Creating Fully Customizable Keyboards For Use As iOS 8 Keyboard Extensions

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Earlier this year I mentioned a guide on using the new custom keyboard extension feature in iOS 8, and also an open source library providing a keyboard with a similar look and feel to the native iOS keyboard created to help provide a starting point for those creating custom keyboards.

Here’s a library called Slidden from Daniel Brim that provides a keyboard extension designed for customizability with options for easy adjustment of the look of the keyboard.

Slidden allows you to easily set up keys, and colors, and allows for keys with images.  You can specify different custom keyboard states.  This allows you to easily make completely custom keyboard layouts.

If you have problems getting the keyboard to display be sure to follow these instructions from the readme:

At the current moment, the best installation method is to add Slidden as a git submodule and add 

Slidden.framework

to your list of Target Dependencies. Don’t forget to add

Slidden.framework

to your keyboard’s list of target dependencies as well!

This image from the readme shows a keyboard created using Slidden:

Slidden

You can find Slidden on Github here.

A nice library for creating custom keyboard extensions.


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