Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Installing Magic Keyboard on a new device

If you have a shiny new Android device for Christmas, and you'd like to copy your Magic Keyboard user data from your old device, here's how to do it.


  • Install MK2 pro on your new device
  • Switch back to the standard keyboard on your new device
  • Restart your new device (to make sure MK2 is not running)
  • Then, you should be able to copy the contents of
    /<external storage>/Android/data/com.picomat.magickeyboard2/files
    into the equivalent directory on your new device.
    The location of <external storage> may vary.  It could be /mnt/sdcard, or in main storage if there is no SDcard.

    The files of interest here are autotext.txt (your auto text shortcuts) and usr*.dic (your learnt word files)
  • Your user dictionary is held using Android's own user words mechanism.
    If you're keen to move this over, you could try this or something similar:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.usr.dict.mgr&hl=en
  • Switch back to MK2 and test
  • You'll then need to re-configure typing settings, themes and so on


Monday, 2 December 2013

Magic Keyboard on Android KitKat

Thinking about upgrading to Android 4.4?  Here are a couple of new features that might convince you to make the move!


Colour emoji

KitKat has full colour emoji support for the first time, so no more monochrome!


Faster runtime

This one is for the developers and enthusiasts only!  Android 4.4 includes an experimental release of Android's new runtime, ART.  It will eventually replace Davlik (presumably, it will be the default in version 5).

This is advertised as a work in progress and so comes with a health warning: "Dalvik must remain the default runtime or you risk breaking your Android implementations and third-party applications". This means "only use it at your own risk!".  We have already noticed some apps that are not compatible.  For that reason, we'll leave the instructions to make the switch as an exercise for the reader...

Our tests show a 25% performance improvement when running on ART, if you try it please let us know if you notice a difference!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Friday, 1 November 2013

Auto-correct changes

Look out for a new and improved auto-correction engine in version 2.2 of Magic Keyboard 2 - rolling out to the Play Store over the weekend !
You'll also find a new 'aggression' setting in Settings > Typing which you can use to control the strength/tolerance of the auto-correction.