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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

KlearKeys Transparent Keyboard

Today's app of the day is KlearKeys Transparent Keyboard.

Do you often find that when using the default android keyboard (or most other keyboards offered by third party developers), that the keys take up 80% of your screen, leaving only a tiny rectangle to view what is happening on the device. This might be OK for occasional text entry, but when you are using software or a website that requires more frequent or constant text entry, it really does take away from the user experience.

The solution is an excellent Android app called KlearKeys Transparent Keyboard. On top of being highly customisable, its primary selling point is the fact that is can me made transparent so that you can see what is happening 'behind' the keys. The transparency can range from entirely see through, to more 'shaded', the freedom is entirely up to the user.

In addition, KlearKeys features great customisation, including the ability to create split keyboards (half on each side of the screen), full screen keyboards, and even micro keyboards - the size of the keyboard is entirely changeable. Finally, KlearKeys features a great shift key, which takes advantage of multi-touch technology to replicate the shift key on a normal PC. Why this isn't the default setting for all multi-touch devices blows me away!

All in all, this is a great app that I am sure many readers will find useful. Check it out.




In the words of the developer:

KlearKeys Transparent Keyboard - Type with Clarity.
KlearKeys offers a new typing experience by placing you at the centre of your Android universe. Take control of your device by turning your keyboard transparent and watch your favourite applications and websites come alive once again. From completely transparent to completely opaque, you decide exactly how transparent your keyboard is.Fed up with large cumbersome keyboards that take up all the room on your screen? No problem. KlearKeys lets you decide exactly how large the key text is, how large the keyboard is and where the keyboard is placed. It can even fill the entire screen if you wish! Bored with grey keys on a grey background? No problem. KlearKeys lets you pick whatever colour you want for the keyboard background and key text. It also comes with dozens of different key images allowing you to get that look just right. Do you miss the way the shift key works on your hardware keyboard? No problem. KlearKeys takes advantage of multi-touch screens by providing a true shift key that shifts keys when pressed and un-shifts them when released.Ideal for tablets and large screen devices but works with any device running Android 3.1 and above. With numerous keyboard layouts (including split) configurable separately for portrait and landscape modes you have a highly customisable keyboard that allows you to create that unique look from seemingly endless possibilities.
Enabling KlearKeys on your device
After you have installed the app, you need to configure your device to use it. The exact procedure will vary depending on the version of Android you are using, but the general method is as follows.1. Navigate to "Settings > Language and Input > Configure Input Methods". You should see KlearKeys in a list of possible input methods.
2. Tick the check box next to KlearKeys to enable it, and click OK on the standard warning message.
3. Go back to the "Language and Input" menu and select "Current Input Method". You should see KlearKeys in the list. Alternatively open an application that requires text input such as mail or messaging and long press the text area. In the popup menu that appears select "Input method".
4. Select KlearKeys from the list to set it as your default input method.
Now when you need to enter text, KlearKeys should be displayed for you to type.

Price: $3.31

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