Using iPad as a keyboard

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ConnorTurnbull, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. ConnorTurnbull macrumors 6502

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    Doing a lot of PhotoShop work at the moment, i've need to utilize a larger display. I've therefore had to put my laptop to the side an connect a larger display to use primarily.

    Now (noting i'm on PC), I have a mouse but not a standard USB keyboard. Is there a way I can utilize the iPad's soft keyboard to type on my PC? I remember using an iPhone app once to do this, but never seen it done on iPad.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. colmaclean macrumors 68000

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    Any remote desktop app should be able to do this. I recommend "VNC Viewer".
     
  4. ConnorTurnbull thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Never thought of VNC, thanks!
     
  5. abta1 macrumors 6502

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    You can still use the logitech app on the iPad.
     
  6. steezy1337 macrumors 6502

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    this is really weird ive just decided about 20 minutes ago that id try doing this. so far id say that its alright but not having physical keys makes it a little harder than using my physical keyboard. maybe once im a more competent ipad typer it could be worthwhile instead of getting a bluetooth keyboard.
     
  7. Thadon macrumors member

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    There is also a app for the iPad called trackpad or something like that, can't remember lol. It acts just like the apple track pad but also allows use of iPad keyboard.
     
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    I've been wanting something similar. I want to use my iPad as a bluetooth keyboard, and so far all I've found is the ability to use it as a keyboard over WiFi.
     
  10. steezy1337 macrumors 6502

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    i think you'd need something from the jailbreak community to do this as i'm pretty sure the bluetooth is only for connecting a bluetooth keyboard to the ipad.
     
  11. Kensai macrumors member

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    Any developments? I would really like to use an iPad (or iPhone) as a shortcut secondary keyboard while I work in creative software, like Photoshop.
     
  12. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    You can probably find an app to do this through bluetooth i would think.
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    I would think a real keyboard would work better then an iPad with its virtual keyboard - I'm not seeing any advantages to this. :confused:
     
  14. Altis macrumors 68000

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    Me neither... the reason an iPad keyboard works on a touch screen is that you're looking directly at that screen as you type. To use it for shortcut keys and such out of sight would be difficult at best.

    Could try putting some rhinestones on the screen for texture ;)
     
  15. alphaod macrumors Core

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    No tactile feedback doesn't sound like a good keyboard a lot of typing IMO.
     

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