There are just 9 large keys for writing in Tiptype. Each key can type serveral characters. How? Slide your finger from the center of the key in direction of the desired letter. Keys are too big to miss!
No need of spacebar in TipType. Tap on any of the 9 character keys to get a space. Tip: press the key where you ended the previous word —less travel for your finger means faster typing. You’ll soon forger you once used a spacebar.
Taking some time to find the letter you want? It may happen for a short while. For smoother adaptation, Tiptype uses the QWERTY letter distribution, just as your traditional keyboard. You’ll soon get used.
Apart from the 9 keys for writing, TipType has 3 function-keys on the far right column. Just as the letter keys, you can slide or tap.
The label on the sides indicate the functions when sliding, and on the center when pressing. From top to bottom:
• Del key : deletes a character when pressing. Sliding moves the cursor in the corresponding direction, useful in many contexts.
• The Alternate Keyboads key toggles between different keyboards, as follows:
#1 (left slide): Symbol/numbers keyboard. Generates the keyboard with symbols that aren’t in the Main Keyboard and numbers. The keyboard remains in place until the Main Keyboard is recalled by sliding downard.
Aa (upward slide): Shift Keyboard. Generates a keyboard with capital letters that goes back automatically to the Main Keyboard (small letters) when a letter is typed.
aa (downward slide): Main Keyboard. Used to go back to the small letter keyboard or Main Keyboard when in other keyboard.
AA (pressing): CAPS Keyboard. Generates a CAPS keyboard that remains in CAPS until Main Keyboard is chosen again.
áã (right slide): International Keyboard. For international characters. When possible, accentuated characters are placed where the analogous non-accented character is placed in the Main Keyboard (eg: Spanish accentuated character é occupies the same place in the International Keyboard as letter e in the Main Keyboard). Right after an accentuated character is typed, the keyboard returns to Main Keyboard. These method is much faster than the traditional alternative (also available) of keeping a key pressed for a couple of seconds and choosing the international character.
• The Enter key has only two positions. By pressing you get an Enter; by sliding downward you go to Preferences, including the option of “Sensitivity to Slides”.
Different devices have different sensitivity to sliding movements. TipType can perefectly accomodate these diverse behaviors with the option Sensitivity to Slides, which can be reached by sliding downwards the Enter key. If you perceive that when trying to generate a character by a short slide the device types a spce, you shoud rise the Sensitivity to Slides. If, on the contrary, when trying to produce a space the device generates a character, you shoud lower Sensitivity to Slides.
You can type in TipType with either one or both hands. For one hand typing, you can either (1) hold your device in one hand and type with the index of the other hand or (2) type with the thumb of the hand your holding your device with. The quickest way to type is (3) holding your device with both hands and typing with both thumbs. TipTypes larger keys make thumb-typing easier, and once you master the technique you’ll be able to type at world record speeds (here you can see a non-expert typer beating the world record with TipType:
Watch these videos to learn the basics of the TipType keyboard.