MessagEase is an alternative, non-QWERTY keyboard for your iPhone and iPad.
Created based on years of scientific research in user interface, MessagEase is designed and optimized for use on a touchscreen device.
MessagEase is a patented, innovative design different from the antiquated QWERTY keyboard. If you believe that every keyboard must be QWERTY-like, then MessagEase is not what you are looking for.
But if you are open to new ideas and up for experiencing a completely new way of writing you will be pleasantly surprised at how well, how precisely, and how fast you can enter text with MessagEase. Our current champion’s speed is 87 WPM— that's 87 Words Per Minute! Most people don't type nearly that fast with ten fingers!
MessagEase essentially has 9 large keys with an optimized letter assignment to maximize your speed, increase your accuracy, and ease your writing. Since MessagEase is very different, you must spend a few minutes to get used to it. We have included several learning games to help you learn the new, innovative pattern of MessagEase—and you’ll save hours by texting and writing faster.
With MessagEase you enter letters and characters with either a tap, or a drag (slide): taps for the most common characters and directional drag for the rest. Please watch the video, or see the section Essential MessagEase, to learn more.
MessagEase's design is based on sound user-interface principles such as the Fitts' Law; it uses letter frequency and di-gram data to optimally place the characters on a keyboard with fewer, larger keys. That’s why the letter positions are non-QWERTY!
If you are interested to learn more about the scientific details behind the design of MessagEase, please see this paper: http://www.exideas.com/ME/ICMI2003Paper.pdf
We have lots of videos to help you become familiar with MessagEase quickly.
There are many more on our YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/messagease
Please also note that you can change the keyboard size by dragging up or down on the Globe Button. You can also reshape and recolor the keyboard in various ways. See Settings for details.
MessagEase for iPhone & iPad has specific keyboards designed for the following languages: (These keyboards can also be used to enter text for many other languages)
- Japanese Hiragana
- Japanese Katakana
If you like MessagEase, please tell others about it, and please make sure to rate and comment about it on App Store.
Please email us if you encounter any issue.
Ratings and Reviews
There are pros and cons
I like how this keyboard can be shrunk and still perfectly usable. Once you adjust to it, you can type just as fast as with a normal keyboard, but you don't have to actually be looking at the keyboard unless you've shrunk it so much that it's tiny. It's also nice to have access to punctuation like quotation marks on the same keyboard as the letters. And it's super useful to retroactively capitolize the first letter of a word.
On the other hand, I find that I make more mistakes with this keyboard, which is compounded by the fact it doesn't have autocorrect. The most prevelant one is not roving my thumb down far enough and typing an "e" instead of a space. It's also fairly common for it to read a swipe-to-and-back for a circle and give the wrong capitol letter. And it's more awkward to write at an angle because how your finger moves is just as important as where it lands, and that's more difficult when it's not head on.
I do like the customisability. It really helps you choose a color scheme that works for you.
I like that I can make a "…" by combining two periods, but I don't understand why I can't make an em-dash busy combining two dashes.
Overall, I'd say my biggest issue is the increase in typos, but I do like this keyboard and it's also fun to seem arcane using it.
It is almost nostalgic...
I remember trying this out on my Palm m105 back in the day (and printing out the template to tape over the Graffiti area, which was super tiny on that device!), and was pleasantly surprised to find it on iOS. On my phone, I still prefer the iOS 13 swipe keyboard, but on the iPad it is much nicer and less glitch prone. Once you get used to it, it is pretty fast and requires much less finger movement than the stock board on tablets.
A few thigs to improve: as mentioned earlier, better cursor controls. Also, with a case on it is hard to get the special characters on the screen edge to register. Lastly, it would be nice to change the color of the dead area when the keyboard is resized.
For small screens, this keyboard is fantastic. While autocorrect and word prediction are fairly accurate most of the time, they fall short whenever you are spelling an uncommon word/website name/etc. I was tired of pressing backspace all the time and decided to look for a keyboard that works 100% of the time. The learning curve is about a month for fluency (I am ~55wpm on a phone for both qwerty and messageease), but the payoff is great, especially since we type on our phones so often. Highly recommended. I no longer dread typing on my phone; now it feels as fluid as typing on a regular keyboard! Thank you exideas!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.