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Twitter iOS App Adds Shortcut Keys for iPad Users With Bluetooth and Smart Keyboards

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If you’re an iPad user who makes use of a Bluetooth or Smart Keyboard with your iPad, you’ll be glad to hear the latest update to the Twitter app for iOS has brought a number of shortcut keys for use in the app.

The new keyboard shortcuts were first revealed in a series of tweets from Twitter app developer Amro Mousa on Tuesday. The developer clued everyone in on the fact that holding down the Command Key on your connected keyboard will bring up a Shortcut Sheet on devices running iOS 9 or later.

The keys, and their functions, are as follows:

  • Command+N – New Tweet
  • Shift+Command+[ – Move Left One Tab
  • Shift+Command+] – Move Right One Tab
  • Command+W – Close a Tweet Dialog
  • Command+R – Reply to a Tweet or Direct Message
  • Command+Enter – Send a Tweet
  • Command+1 through 5 – Cycles through the Home, Notifications, Moments, Messages, and Me screens in the app

MacTrast has tried this with our iPad Pro, running the latest iOS 10 developer beta, with version 6.59 of Twitter, and a third-party Bluetooth keyboard, and it doesn’t work for us. It could be because of the third-party keyboard, but keyboard shortcuts work fine in other apps, and from the Home Screen. If you try this out, let us know if works for you, in the comments section below.

Twitter is available free, in the iOS App Store for free. [Direct Link]

(Via MacRumors)

How-To: Remap Windows keyboards to match the Mac keyboard layout

Over the last few days I’ve been finding myself using a keyboard designed for Windows users on my Mac. The reason behind such a change was that my MacBook Pro’s keyboard was causing wrist pain. The shallow key travel of the MacBook’s keyboard is partly to blame.

I just so happened to have an AmazonBasics wired keyboard available thanks to my recent Hackintosh build, so I decided to use it with my Mac. Immediately, I could sense relief in my wrists, but because this was a keyboard designed for Windows and not for Mac, the switch presented a whole new problem. more…


Filed under: How-To, Mac Tagged: keyboard shortcuts, System Preferences, third-party keyboards, Windows

Tips for Using Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Converts

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So you made the move from the dark side, and bought a Mac. But, you’re finding the keyboard shortcuts you used on your Windows PC don’t work on the Mac. Fear not, new user! You’ll find there is likely a Mac equivalent for every just about every Windows key combo you’re used to.

Tips for Using Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Converts

Where are the Darned Home and End Keys?

OK, it’s true, there isn’t a dedicated Home or End key on the Mac keyboard, but there are a couple of keyboard combos that work just as well.

To jump to the top of the page like the Home key does in Windows, simply hold down the Function Key, (you’ll find it in the lower left hand corner of your Mac keyboard, it’s marked “fn”), and then press the Left Arrow cursor key. BOOM! Your Mac’s cursor will jump to the top of the page.

For an End key replacement, hold down the Function key and press the Right Arrow cursor key. You’ll find yourself at the bottom of the page. (Bonus: If you hold down the Function key and then press the Up or Down Arrow Cursor keys, you’ll go up or down one page at a time.)

The Delete Key Doesn’t Work Like I’m Used To!

You’ve likely discovered that the Delete key on the Mac works more like the Backspace key on your old PC did, deleting whatever is to the left of the cursor. If you hold down our buddy, the Function key, (remember it?) and then tap the Delete key, it’ll take out whichever unlucky character is sitting to the right of the cursor.

You’ll find that on some full-sized keyboards that are available for the Mac there is indeed a Delete key that will delete to the right instead of the left. I use an old-school full-sized Mac keyboard, (the big white plastic one, not the aluminum beauties available today), and it includes a Delete key. So, if you can’t get used to the Function key trick, you might want to look around for a new keyboard.

Switching Between Apps

On Windows PCs, you likely used the ALT + Tab keyboard combo to switch between apps. The process basically works the same on the Mac, you just use one different key. To switch between apps, hold down the Command Key, (it’s just to the left or right of the spacebar), and then hit the Tab key. You’ll cycle to the next app with each press of the Tab key. Just let go of the Command key when you get to the app you want to access.

If you get into a rhythm, and pass up the app you wanted to switch to, you don’t have to cycle through all of the apps again, simply keep holding down on the Command key, but tap the “~” key, (it’s just above the Tab key), this will cycle you in the opposite direction.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Apple supplies a nice webpage that shows just about every keyboard shortcut combo available on the Mac, which we won’t attempt to duplicate here. But, we will share some of the more common ones. For a more comprehensive collection, visit the Apple website.

Command-X: Cut -Remove the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard.
Command-C: Copy the selected item to the Clipboard. This also works for files in the Finder.
Command-V: Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app. This also works for files in the Finder.
Command-Z: Undo the previous command. You can then press Command-Shift-Z to Redo, reversing the undo command. In some apps, you can undo and redo multiple commands.
Command-A: Select All items.
Command-F: Find – Open a Find window, or find items in a document.
Command-H: Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Command-Option-H.
Command-M: Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Command-Option-M.
Command-N: New -Open an new document or window.
Command-O: Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open.
Command-P: Print the current document.
Command-S: Save the current document.
Command-W: Close the front window. To close all windows of the app, press Command-Option-W.
Command-Q: Quit the app.

Hopefully, these keyboard tips will make the transition a little easier for Windows to Mac switchers. If there is a keyboard combo on Windows that you can’t find an equivalent for on the Mac, let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll do our best to find it for you.

djay Pro lands on the iPad with Split View, tons of keyboard shortcuts, 4 track support, much more

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A year ago Algoriddim introduced djay Pro to Mac, the professional version of the company’s highly popular DJ software that ever beginners can love, and today djay Pro is coming to iPad. It’s a whole new app for the tablet with a super clean look, loads of new features, and a highly responsive design. That means features like Split View and Slide Over totally work, letting you mix in djay Pro and actually use a second app alongside it. And while djay Pro is one of the first pro class apps to hit the iPad Pro where it really shines, it’s fully available on newer iPads as well. Check it out:

The all-new djay Pro was built with the iPad Pro in mind with impressive support for iOS 9 multitasking through Split View and Slide Over in both landscape and portrait. Like all side-by-side apps, this works best on the iPad Pro’s 12.9″ display but also works on the 9.7″ iPad Air 2 and 7.9″ iPad mini 4. This lets you put djay Pro next to Safari, Tweetbot, or even Crossy Road for some mixing while weaving through traffic. It’s unclear if GarageBand will support Split View and Slide Over when it updates for iPad Pro, but ideally djay Pro and GarageBand running side-by-side would be killer and Algoriddim is ready.

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Adding to the desktop level features, djay Pro supports more than 70 keyboard shortcuts for hardware keyboards including Smart Keyboard and Bluetooth keyboards. That’s more keyboard shortcuts supported by any single app I’ve seen yet that the shortcut list that pops up when you hold the Command key is paginated across multiple sheets. Compare to these to see for yourself.

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This should be huge especially for DJs moving from the Mac to the iPad. djay Pro also features hardware integration with DJ controllers like Reloop Beatpad, Reloop Beatpad 2, Pioneer DDJ­WeGO, Numark Mixdeck Quad, Numark iDJ Pro, plus more, and multi-channel USB audio interface support.

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Plus djay Pro now supports up to four audio tracks at the same time on the iPad, and up to two 4K video streams at 6o frames per second. You’ll also discover highly impressive video effects that mix right with the music including transitions, titles, and overlays.

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There’s also Spotify integration for subscribers so you can have their massive streaming catalog right within djay Pro, of you can use your own music or a mix of both. And Cue Points, beat grid edits, metadata, and FX purchases sync now between Mac and iOS so you can access these on both platforms.

You can grab djay Pro for iPad at a launch price of $19.99 from the App Store today so both new customers and upgraders pick it up before it goes to its regular $29.99 price, competitively priced against the $50 djay Pro for Mac. Marking the djay Pro for iPad launch, djay for iPhone and Apple Watch is free for a limited time.


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Chrome for iOS adds 3D Touch shortcuts, better hardware keyboard support

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A few weeks ago we noticed that Google has started testing pre-release versions of Chrome through Apple’s TestFlight beta distribution service, and today the version in testing then has been released to everyone through the App Store. The latest version of Chrome for iOS takes advantage of Apple’s new pressure sensitive iPhone 6s displays and offers even more hardware keyboard shortcuts that will benefit iPad users.

Update to the latest version of Chrome for iOS on iPhone 6s or 6s Plus and press firmly on the Home screen icon to reveal quick access to voice search within the app as well as private browsing in incognito mode and opening a new tab for regular browsing. There’s not as much 3D Touch support as Apple’s Safari browser yet, but it’s a solid start.

Voice search also makes an appearance in the new update with a new keyboard shortcut for Bluetooth and Smart Connector hardware keyboards. Google has added additional keyboard shortcuts that make using Chrome on iOS more like using the browser on the desktop with new options for changing tabs, opening tabs, and closing tabs also included. These make working on an iPad with a connected keyboard much easier for users skilled on notebooks and desktops.

Below you can find the full list of Chrome hardware keyboard shortcuts now available on iOS (and a wider list here). You can hold the Command (⌘) key to prompt Chrome to display this shortcuts within the apps as a quick reminder, or bookmark this cheat sheet for future reference.

  • ⌘ T — New Tab
  • ⌘ shift N — New Incognito Tab
  • ⌘ shift T — Reopened Closed Tab
  • ⌘ L — Open Location…
  • ⌘ W — Close Tab
  • ⌘ D — Bookmark This Page…
  • ⌘ F — Find in Page…
  • ⌘ R — Reload
  • ⌘ left arrow — Back
  • ⌘ right arrow — Forward
  • ⌘ Y — History
  • ⌘ shift . — Voice Search

Chrome also works with iOS 9’s new Split View feature for viewing two apps side-by-side on iPads. Safari can’t view two tabs side-by-side yet, so Chrome is a free solution for users needing to reference two web pages.

The latest version of Google Chrome for iOS, version 47.0.2526.70, is available for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.

 


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