#1 By: Michael Garcia, April 23rd, 2014 02:53
Hey Does anybody else use their iPad bluetooth keyboard/case to control their Mac instead of their iPad?
I find it works great, especially on my cluttered desktop. So now I just keep a mouse on my desktop, and when I come over to work on my desktop, I just pop open my iPad, load up actions, and theres my main rig ready to go! I also use other apps to control my instruments in Reason via MIDI, so with four fingers, I'm able to just swipe back and forth to whatever I need, but I find myself using Actions as my "Main Home Screen."
#2 By: Michael Garcia, April 23rd, 2014 03:01
#3 By: Michael Garcia, April 23rd, 2014 03:01
and oh yeah! then when i leave the house, the bluetooth keyboard returns to working for my iPad since it can't locate my computer
#4 By: Pedro Lobo, April 23rd, 2014 10:23
That's a truly awesome and inspiring use case Michael. I'm curious to know though, how proficient are you typing on that reduced keyboard.
I can imagine a few use cases for that, especially for writers and coders. I'm sure many already have text expander and similar, but a nice workflow for those that don't have something similar would be to do as you've done and have a set with all the snippets they need. Adding a snippet would simply be a matter of moving the hand slightly up and tapping
#5 By: Cristiano, April 28th, 2014 12:05
Wow this is a great idea indeed! I think I definitely need one of those covers now.
I just have a question... aren't you missing the modifier keys on that keyboard? (command, control, etc..)
If so, how you manage to fill the gaps?
Thanks a lot for sharing your trick with us Michael.
p.s. I'm changing the title a bit to make it more recognizable in the long way.
#7 By: Michael Garcia, May 9th, 2014 07:57
Hey so glad you dug the idea. To answer your question, I know it looks really small in the photo, but the keyboard layout is almost identical to Apples standard wireless bluetooth keyboard. I have Fn/Ctrl/Opt/Cmd/etc. The only annoying key I miss getting to easier is Tab, which is Shift+Q on this keyboard. It's by Logitech. A little pricey, but its by far the best case I've ever had, I looove it. It also has an incredible sensor that detects when the iPad is in position to type with the keyboard and when its not, and it switches between both modes really really fast (as opposed to when manually switching it on and off and waiting for it to pair). And even though its technically always on, the battery lasts i think 3 months per charge or something ridiculous like that. I highly recommend it hope this helps!
#8 By: Michael Garcia, May 9th, 2014 08:01
#9 By: Michael Garcia, May 9th, 2014 08:22
#10 By: Michael Garcia, May 9th, 2014 08:51
I did also forget to mention that in my case maybe its a little more practical to save space this way because my desk is often cluttered with hardware devices that aren't in the original photo. My bad, I just wanted to make it look neat and tidy in the shot.
#11 By: Steve Porritt, May 12th, 2014 00:44
I use a similar setup with a Logicool K811 bluetooth keyboard. It has three buttons assignable to three different bluetooth devices, in my case the iMac, iPad, and AppleTV3. Tap a button, and start typing away on the assigned device. Keyboard goes with the iPad when I hit the road and need to do heavy inputting.
It cuts down on the clutter, and also means I don't have to readjust to a different keyboard style. Very practical and productive.
#12 By: Michael Garcia, June 1st, 2014 22:43
Thats awwwesome! I like the button that lets you switch, that looks very useful. Mine doesnt do that thanks for the headsup though, thats a cool keyboard.