USB Programable Keypad -- What are my options?

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  1. kritzler

    kritzler Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Bought me today this one from keysonic:
    http://www.maxpoint.de/en/products/keyboards.php?pid=1_3_1&we_objectID=608
    You can get this one also with bluetooth or/and a touchpad. It is small, but not too small (c: Maybe an alternative to the Brando. Not as small as it but better handling because of the bigger keys.

    Also bought this - the Spacenavigator - a couple of weeks ago:
    http://www.3dconnexion.com/3dmouse/spacenavigator.php
    It works great with Photoshop! Sadly there aren´t many painting apps supported by this. But there is a driver programmed by an user which is worth a look:
    http://www.3dconnexion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=336
    and this app as an alternative:
    http://www.3dconnexion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2401
     
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    I'm in the same situation. I most desperately need the ctrl key for a function in Zbrush that can't be duplicated anywhere in the interface.

    One solution for most people is your iPhone (or Touch I guess) for dirt cheap. There's a bunch of apps from $2-$8 (PC and Mac, some both) that turn your iPhone into a trackpad and keyboard through wifi, some through ad-hoc if not on local wifi. Apple restrictions don't let apps use bluetooth.

    Here's the most customizable one I can think of (doesn't show 2.3 update detail):
    http://appshopper.com/utilities/snatch

    It has a track pad with multi touch gestures, a lot of options. The keyboard main iPhone keyboard with added windows key, ctrl, alt, etc. A second view for F keys, volume, arrows, etc.

    To test, I had Zbrush running. On my iPhone I it the ctrl key, which highlights it, waiting for the next key, so when I hit O, it instantly brought up the open command on my tablet. That can be even more simple too.

    You can have 4 pages with 36 buttons each that you can record a string of commands. So you can create a button, size it, color it, place it, record ctrl-O command or any string, then label it open. I Even tested a button by recording "This is a test" and using that button instantly typed that into a field on my tablet.

    Only downside is holding ctrl, shift, alt, etc isn't live, it has to pair with a command before sent to the tablet. So I can't use it in Zbrush to hold control to switch the brush to masking mode until let go. But commands work. And again, it's even a trackpad. There might be a different app that has the correct behavior.

    This software also lets you set up to a 5 second delay, allowing you to type and see a word before it sends it to the PC.

    Not bad at all for $8, and easy to setup.

    Then their's this huge thing for $40:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823146004
     
  3. Flook

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    Some of those mini keyboards look great but I love my Belkin n52te. You have to check it out if you haven't. I use it for zbrush, maya, painter and photoshop. I have programed custom key configurations for each program and it's able to switch between the configurations on it's own when you open a program. Once you are used to it it's much more comfortable and faster than a keyboard.
    here is the link to the homepage... http://www.n52te.com/
     
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  4. Joeslucher

    Joeslucher Illustrator

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    Has anybody tried X-Keys? Seems pretty ideal if you need the extra keys for 3d programs or art programs.
     
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  5. Frank

    Frank Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    100 USD? Are they crazy?
    Any number pad does the same with the right software for much less money, and it's easier to use because the keys aren't aligned in such an uncomfortable long row.
     
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  6. Joeslucher

    Joeslucher Illustrator

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    Yeah it's definitely pricey. For my needs, I'd prefer the strip since I could attach it to my slate and set my slate on an easel for when I'm digitally painting from life. Much less bothersome than having to keep a pad in my off hand or sit at a table.
     
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    You can also try the Ergodex DX-1. It's not only totally programmable, but the keys themselves can be placed whereever you like, and they can be programmed with different functions for each program you launch. The downside is the price, as well as the fact that it still doesn't work with Vista and Windows 7 (yet).
     
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    Frank Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The Ergodex looks really cool and it's a great idea, however fairly large and, as you already said, expensive.

    Another option is a touchscreen USB display like the Nanovision MIMO 7
     
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