Fighting bad design in Apple products one thing at a time.
The blog went down with a Posterous boat and all the recent posts are lost. I am looking into switching to a self-hosted solutions meanwhile. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Invert autocorrection behaviour in iOS
Dear #Apple, please invert the iOS autocorrection behaviour. Tap for suggested version, else: ignore.
Dealing with Mac OS floating windows from keyboard.
Many of you saw this floating window popping up in Cocoa applications which deal with text like say TextEdit. You just press Cmd-T and it’s there obstructing your view along with it’s Cmd-Opt-T Characters Brother. What is the catch? It’s bit hard to close them from keyboard.
Ctrl-F3 which cycles you through open document windows is ignoring them. Cmd-W closes main document instead. So what do you do is mouse the only option? Actually not.
Fonts floating window:
For Cmd-T, Fonts floating window things are easy. Just press Cmd-T again and it will dissapear. But not all floating windows are equal.
Floating windows from applications:
If an application opened a floating window for you here’s how to dispatch it. You go to your app and press Ctrl-F6, this will focus you on the popup window. To close it, press CMD-. (dot). This method work for Fonts floating window also.
Characters floating window:
For Cmd-Opt-T, Characters floating window it’s bit more complex. It won’t go away by a second Cmd-Opt-T press. You have to press Ctrl-F8 first to get to the Menu area near the clock, then move to keyboard and select Hide Character Viewer:
As you can see this way you can control Keyboard Viewer too without touching the mouse.
And if you’re wondering where you could see those Ctrl-Fx shortcuts, check Keyboard Preference Pane, it’s all there.
Dear Apple, while these tips might come in handy and thank you for actually letting us to control things, we could really benefit from some improved windows-handling scheme. Thank you.
Finally, I love this keyboard’s longevity. It’s nearly 20 years old and working flawlessly. Once a year I take it apart and give it a good cleaning, and that’s the only maintenance it’s ever required. When reassembled it looks great and is ready for duty. In fact, the keyboard on my MacBook Pro has lost keys while the Extended Keyboard works as it did the day I unboxed it. Also, the Griffin iMate I use for ADB to USB connectivity years ago still works, and Mac OS X (so far at least) is happy to let me use it.
Gotta say that I’m happy with new Alu Apple Keyboards also, the wireless one was the best money spent. Wonderful example of mechanical quality.
Dear Apple, don’t loose it.
Swype on Samsung Galaxy S
Now that’s a keyboard. Dear Apple while you’re inventing something like this, please take into consideration other suggestions like Tap to confirm auto-correction, or Magic and revolutionary BlindType.
ps. It’s also interesting considering Text Messaging Record Using SWYPE. Too bad it’s not on the iPhone.
ps. Which was immediately broken using iPhone’s keyboard:
iPad carrying case with keyboard
I was just thinking today that everybody is carrying iPads around in some sort of folding case anyway. So it would be logical to add a keyboard to the case. And voila, one hour later I see this materialized.
Actually typing right now on a wireless keyboard attached to iPad I feel like I could use something like this. Especially if they will improve keyboard support in iOS.
Google Acquires Impressive Touchscreen Keyboard Startup BlindType
BlindType doesn’t force you to type using a virtual keyboard at the bottom of your screen, which is the norm on most smartphones. Instead, you just start typing wherever it’s convenient— BlindType analyzes the position of your finger taps relative to each other to determine which characters you’re typing (check out the video below to watch it in action).
Dear Apple, why Google, not you? You think your iOS keyboards are perfect already and we don’t want anything else? That iPad keyboard is not too wide to thumb-type? That it’s convenient enough? Or that your auto-correction in iOS is flawless enough? And we don’t need anything else right? What about Swype keyboard?
And guess what, I even tipped you already! How is that for revolutionary?
Here is another video of what Android users might expect soon:
Disappearing keyboard layout switch.
Dear Apple, please add this to the list of things to fix in iOS4.2
Disappointed by the lack of keyboard backlight in new Macbook Air?
Not to worry, solve this with style.
via Yanko Design