by: Brent Nesbitt • 57
Are you an experienced stenographer, who wishes there were a way to use a familiar steno keyboard to quickly enter text on your phone?
Or, are you a stenography student, who would like to spend time practicing on your phone?
Perhaps you're just interested in trying out a chorded keyboard?
Steno Keyboard is a replacement virtual keyboard for your phone that does just that!
Use dual finger swipe gestures to press the keys for a given stroke, then release to send the stroke.
Use the '*' key to undo the last word.
Or, plug in a hardware keyboard (see below), and really experience some speed!
Steno Keyboard comes with a default dictionary from the Plover project (http://openstenoproject.github.io/plover/), but is fully customizable.
1. Install the app
2. Open Steno Keyboard, and click the button to enable it in settings.
3.Once this is done, whenever a keyboard is showing, pull down the notifications shade, and select "Choose Input Method" to select "Steno Keyboard".
TRY IT OUT: (swipe across the following letters from left to right)
- Install my "Steno Dictionary" app to look up English strokes.
- Click "Quick Start Tutorial" in the settings to learn the basics, and find links to other stenography training sites.
Steno Keyboard supports attaching a hardware USB keyboard to your device using a cheap OTG adapter (premium feature).
Using a hardware keyboard allows you to achieve typing speeds approaching those of a traditional steno machine. Find out more about how to do this at: http://qwertysteno.com/Basics/HowItWorks.php
NOTE: the keyboard must support n-key rollover, (such as a gaming keyboard) so that multiple keys can be pressed at the same time.