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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.
Over the last few weeks there has been a bunch of great new iOS keyboards, like Crimson and Emojimo, but every now and then there’s another fresh idea that catches my eye.
Themeboard for iOS is a new keyboard that is entirely themeable; designers can make their themes available for in-app purchase and immediate use using the app, without requiring the user to download and install a whole new keyboard.
The idea is a simple one, but means that you get a whole lot more options than just the default one that comes with the keyboard. At launch, there’s a bunch of beautiful keyboard designs available like “New York” and “Hours.”
New York and Hours themes for Themeboard
Taphive, the company behind Themeboard, also partnered with the European Space Agency to provide a number of free themes, as well as Noidentity and a number of other organizations.
Getting themes is as easy as opening the Themeboard app and hitting the theme store which offers a ton of options at launch. There are some great, unique designs already available and the team promises more will be added over time as designers get onboard.
What sold me on Themeboard — this team probably figured it out before they pitched me their app — is the app’s full support of popular kaomojis, like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, ಠ_ಠ and ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ alongside the iOS emoji presented neatly in the bar above the keyboard when you hit the emoji button. Finally, someone built the perfect keyboard for me!
The keyboard itself, no matter the design, supports all iOS default keyboard options like auto correction and quick delete, with some enhancements like the emoji/kaomoji bar and slide-shift to capitalize.
The best news is that Themeboard is available for free for iPhone and iPad on the App Store today, with some in app purchases for select keyboards. Taphive told me that the “majority” of themes will be free.
➤ Themeboard [App Store]
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