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    Bring back forest!

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    I am really missing HOLO theme.

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    Bring back holo and cobalt. I know you're really excited about having over a hundred themes but none are a patch on either for clarity or usability. Seems a bit of a retrograde step valuing form over function. Especially as most of them are total rubbish.

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    I've been using SwiftKey for a long time, but now I'm pissed.

    On Android, there is no functionality to remove only the recently removed emojis. I found a post online that said to clear the data on the device and sign back in.

    So I did. And then I found that the theme I'd been using since I got SwiftKey was gone. It was the Neon theme -- I checked on another device, and found it listed there.

    So to get rid of something I didn't want, SwiftKey's lack of functionality caused me to lose something I did want.

    I am pissed.

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    I am really missing the Holo as well... Please update it ASAP :)

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    For those of us that are fed up with the current situation, uninstall SwiftKey and install an older version and then update.. Voila, themes are back.. you will need to enable installing apks from unknown sources. Do a quick search search if you are unsure how.

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    Alpert

    I understand it's inconvenient to some of you, but as a part of our on-going project, removing some old themes coded with old programs is a necessary step.

    Edit: I can't talk more about it, as it's a part of ongoing development.  But please be careful with the links to other websites or to download APK from 3rd party site. We won't be responsible if malfunction occurred on your device after you clicked unverified links or downloaded the APK from unknown source. And for security reasons, 3rd party website link will be removed. 

    And post showing disrespect to any forum member or SwiftKey team would be removed. 

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    With respect, if you have to recode the app and the themes from scratch for security or other reasons I suggest that starting with the longest standing and most popular themes would cause the least friction amongst users. The vast majority of themes on offer are completely unusable for regular use. To say that themes you are dropping are 6 y/o and by implication too old to support is a bit strange.. Especially galling for users that have paid for the app as previously stated. If you need to remove a theme engine, surely you can re-skin existing themes so that users don't lose functionality?

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    Do not post links to downloadable versions of the app, no matter where they are hosted. This is not allowed.

    I have made an edit to a recent comment to delete this link. 

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    Bring back nickel theme please.

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    so you guys mess up, people get upset and instead of solving it you give us platitudes and remove posts.... well... good thing you guys have it under control.

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    +1 for bring back nickel. Agreed Nick, perfect response in every way. If you don't want people installing apks from 3rd party sources, don't break what is an essential part of using an android device. Especially as you say these themes are the longest standing they will be missed the most.

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    It's a part of ongoing development, not messed up. Eventually you'll see why we did it, but right now you're upset, I get that.
    As for removed posts, they didn't follow our forum rules, containing links to other download websites, inappropriate content, or personal attack.

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    Bring back Pumpkin!

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    I agree, bring back nickel and the rest of the missing themes. 

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    Please add Nickel. I am a long time user of swiftkey. I used nickel. Nickel light is present yet nickel Is deleted why?? This is a insane please add it back asap.

    Regards

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    Please bring the themes back, I shouldn't have to install an old version from outside of the play store to get them back. Longtime SwiftKey supporter here, questioning this decision

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    Bring back nickel theme please.

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    Nickel please !

    Sorry guys in SwiftKey but I find your excuses just false. After reinstalling my phone, I spent a VERY long time looking for the original Nickel theme. 80% of the tens of themes displayed in a flow without any search function are not usable unless you are a 10 years old. And those useful themes, you decide to delete just out of the blue.

    How do you explain that I find the Nickel layout in all different colors of a rainbow, but not the original one? This is not just a because it is not compatible with your code changes. Do not tell me that it takes more than 10 mins to recolor one of the pink nickel themes.

    As I see it you should be able to bring Nickel quite easily. As for other missed themes, you should do it simply out of respect to our user base.

    Good luck and do not make your users angry...

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    Well, all requests were in vain. I have decided to get on unofficial version of Swiftkey.

    Good luck swiftkey team.

    Regards

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    Listen to your customers! Hologram ain't broke. Why remove it? I see a lot of pretty useless or ugly themes there, why remove something a lot of people like?

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    I am going to have to chime in here too. I just got my new phone and have been scouring the place looking for 'Neon'. I work as a video editor / animator in a very dark office, and I really love the darkness of this theme. It's just comfortable and just sort of disappears. I have used it for many years. I am finding a few that have some similar, but Neon is crisp, and clean.

    I know you feel we should just get over it, but it feels similar to someone coming into my living room splashing some odd colored paint on the wall and saying, hey, you'll get used to it. Just stand by while we discuss whether or not to rebuild your old living room look. You might have started with your original looks before you started getting all 'creative'. I get it, as a graphics guy myself, you want to play. But not at the expense of people... long time users, who have settled into your product. As it is, it's always unsettling to move to a new phone, and while it feels silly to say, having a keyboard that looks and feels familiar is a huge thing. I know that there are some folks who change their looks as often as they change their clothes. But others, like me, get some things set up and count on them staying that way. Thanks for your time. 

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    Guys if you want the old skins back after a fresh install, do what Alastair suggested a few posts up... Install a previous version of the app and then update it, the skins will come back this is how I resolved it.

    This is an obvious move from SwiftKey to get people to buy some themes, my suggestion to SwiftKey support would be to put together a theme pack with holo/pumpkin/etc all the cool ones that you deleted.. Update them make them look awesome and we will pay for them, deal?

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    Thank you for your interesting theory, @Barney. But all the themes went free since January, we obviously don't get any benefits from this removal.

    And as I said in previous posts, it's a necessary step of an ongoing project. When the project ends and be public, you will understand why we did it. For now, please forgive the inconvenience. 

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    @Alpert it's not the inconvenience it's the lack of forethought.

    I'm in school for game programming so I understand that some things can become deprecated and need to be removed. WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND is the fact that you AT swiftkey knew this was going to happen, you knew the themes were going to be removed and people would be upset.

    so what did you do? you pulled the trigger, honestly... think about that. WHY would you WANT to upset long time customers.

    the proper course of action would have been too take the time to fix the themes first, covert the old themes into the new theme engine and get those fixes completed.

    THEN you make big announcement about the themes being redone and the fact that there will be an updated app that will remove the old themes however DO NOT WORRY because we have a solution, all of the old themes you know and love are already available for download.

    I mean seriously guys, it's NOT THAT HARD. look I don't know what kind of pull M$ has for you yet, however this is a play right from their playbook. It's short sighted and poor business. I literally gave the solution to prevent this garbage in two paragraphs. WHY can't a company that makes millions (Billions if Microsoft is completely in charge) get it right?

    that's why I'm upset, I'm upset because as a business owner and entrepreneur customers are important, no THEY ARE NOT always right, but they are still important and stuff like this is bad for business.

    as a coder the excuses just don't hold water. there are WAY to many solutions for a problem like this that any coder worth his paycheck could have solved. I'm willing to bet the solution came from somewhere in the graphics or art departments.

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    I've already explained why the removal is needed. 

     

    edit: for wording

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    Seriously? How much space are those themes need on your servers? Bring back all of them put counter of downloads of each and you will see that removing them was a mistake. Now I have to root my new device to restore theme from Titanium backup.

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    Hey there.

     

    Is the Berry theme gone? I dont seem to see it from the list.

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    Is this a joke? Seriously? Bring back the old theme..

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    This is asinine.

    You decide you want to revamp your app, so you remove old themes.

    But wait, you only remove those people actually use.

    You decide to leave in "Carnival" and the likes, that looks like you're on a permanent acid trip. Tell me this, do you have a SINGLE user that seriously uses that theme, and isn't 5 years old?

    But don't worry guys, you'll see why this is a good thing "eventually". No word on timeline -- could be a couple of years down the road, but it's going to be awesome! Trust us.

    What about this:

    You re-skin whatever popular themes people are actually using BEFORE you pull them? That way, you'd completely avoid all of this. It seems almost too easy, doesn't it?

    And easy isn't fun.

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