Sorry I have not talked about my iPod much recently, there just has not been anything decent to talk about except new jailbreaks for new firmwares which I will talk about soon. But I am staying with 1.1.1 so the new jailbreaks do not interest me, but what does interest me is what I am about the show you now. So here we go, Touchpad Pro. I have been waiting for something like this since I bought my iPod, something to use the multi-touch capabilities with your computer. And this is better than I could have wished for.
So the basic thing about this is that it makes your iPod/iPhone into a mouse and keyboard for your computer. It is very simple to set up and my iPod is now going to be added to my computer setup for a tiny keyboard and mouse for late at night. So firat I will tell you how to set it up, then I will run you through the features.
- Open installer and make sure you have the “community sources” source installed.
- Go to “Utilities” and install “Touchpad Pro”
- Then on your computer go to http://www.tightvnc.com/download.html on your computer and click on “tightvnc-1.3.9-setup.exe” and install it.
- Now go to the start menu and go to “TightVNC” and “launch TightVNC Server”
- When it opens choose your passwords bellow 8 characters then close the window.
- Now go back to your iPod/iPhone and open “Touch Pad”
- Click the + button in the top right corner.
- Give your session a name.
- Enter your password
- Then go back to your computer and find the V icon in your taskbar. Hover over the V and make a note of the number it shows.
- Enter the number you just noted down in the address field on your iPod/iPhone and save your session.
- Now just tap the name of your session and you are good to go.
This will only work if the TightVNC sever is running on your computer, so you will need to launch the server every time you boot up your system. The screen you will see on your device now will be black with some buttons on the bottom, the black serves as a trackpad like you will find on a laptop. Now I will go through the gestures to make the most of this application.
How to use
The black part of your screen is the trackpad, move your finger across the screen and you will see the curser move on your computer. One thing I would like to see with this is the ability to have it set up similar to a graphics tablet, where the screen on your device is a scale model of the screen on your computer. I would prefer it set up as a graphics tablet, but it is more like a mouse, but it is still 100% usable. A quick single finger tap will left click, and a quick two finger tap will right click. Two fingered vertical swipe scrolls and pinching zooms in some programmes.
Tap the keyboard icon in the bottom left corner of the screen to bring up the keyboard, this is just the device’s system keyboard, but with the shift, ctrl, alt and fn buttons along the bottom you can execute keyboard shortcuts normally. This keyboard feature is great for me because you may already know that I love small keyboards to just quickly pick up and use, I spent ages finding a perfect small keyboard and thankfully found one. But of course now I have this on my iPod much smaller than any keyboard you will find anywhere.
Another great feature of this app is that it has a remote for your computer with the arrow, enter, esc, back, tab and space buttons. These buttons give you control over media programmes on your computer which use these keys as shortcuts. Most media players use space as play/pause and arrow keys to navigate, so that is all you really need, but then you can find the other keyboard shortcuts for the software and execute them through the keyboard. If I did not have a media centre remote then I probably would not get one if I found this first, because the iPod works and a real remote is only a little bit better.