On-Screen Keyboard Alternative?

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  1. ChrisPanzer

    ChrisPanzer Active Member

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    Are there any on-screen keyboard 3rd party apps out there that are any good? I know about the full sized MS OSK, as well as the default ones (default, split, partial full sized, and writing pad)

    I still tend to make a lot of mistakes whilst typing in the field in tablet-only mode.

    Thanks!
     
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    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    There's the HVK (Hot Virtual Keyboard), and BeKey programs. I tried them both for fun with Windows 8.1. They're OK.

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    Giving the HV Keyboard a try and it looks good.
     
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    ThanksDoug, will give it a shot man.

    For some reason the full-full super deluxe sized (lol there's two of them apparently) keyboard acts really quirky with my program called Xactimate (insurance prop damage estimating program). In certain instances it doesn't register when I press a key, only working when the key is pressed a second time. Dont really wanna learn that curve there!!
     
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    It sounds like Xactimate has been patching together some keyboard interfaces for some time, so that it would function on emerging tablet hardware out in the field, until the proper APIs become available (such as Windows 8.1). In other words, keyboard input is being relayed 2nd hand to the application. I would think that will be fixed soon.

    Hope software like these keyboards helps you in the interim.

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    Wow, just nabbed HotArseKeyboard and WOW is there a boatload of options!!! Thanks Doug.

    I think I am going to start a thread "Post Your Most Useful Daily Utility Apps" Methinks that's gonna yield some serious stuff!
     
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    Doug, hey man, how do I make this keyboard show up/go away with a swipe?
     
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    Did you notice the extra keyboard icon in the Notification area? A single touch brings that up.
     
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    Yep, I see it, it's right down there! (oops, sorry that didn't sound too good! lol) but I really like the ol' swipe! (makes me look cool in front of clients when Im swiping all over the screen!)

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    I see a 'Gestures' option in the settings, but there aren't that many toggles... ho-hum..
     
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    I will figure out a way to gesture-launch the HVK.
     
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    If I knew the shortcut key that actually brings up the HotKeyboard I could assign a TouchMe Gesture to it...
     
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    I believe HVK lets you assign a hotkey - a Advanced settings.
     

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