Keymand is a fresh solution for your iPad. For $20 in iTunes Store, you get an impressive tool that will turn your iPad into a remote digital keyboard. You can use it to work in various programs such as Final Cut Pro, for example. Of course, we all got used to our standard keyboards, but they sometimes are too universal, while Keymand is more up-to-date, specific, and expanded. You can set it specifically for each application on your Mac and use along with the standard keyboard.
The selection of apps that Keymand is compatible with is huge. And it is focused not only on production-oriented programs. Keymand is able to sync with Mac companion application that is free. The synchronization goes through Lightning to USB connection. And even cooler is the fact that your iPad keeps charging all the way you are using Keymand on it through this connection type. At the same time, it is really sad that the application is not able to connect through the iPad Pro Smart Connector.
Keymand is an Ultimate Shortcut Commander
Here is how it works. You need to start both applications and then follow these instructions:
- Click connect button on your Mac
- Tap Accept on your iPad
- You’ll see how the sync indicator changes its color from red to green
- New both devices are synchronized and ready to work side by side.
Also, note that Keymand will automatically reconnect every time after relaunching your iPad or Mac waking from sleep mode.
To find out what application is running with Keymand at the moment just look at app’s left corner. There will be the current app’s icon. Also, on your iPad’s screen, you will see 64 buttons with a one-tap option. All panels update automatically while you switch between applications.
All those buttons work very smoothly and respond correctly to every tap you make. Besides that, the amount of CPU used by Mac is very small. You can leave all those buttons blank to get that more comfortable and eye-pleasing look. Each app on your desktop can use up to 256 possible shortcuts. Those shortcuts are spread between four panels.
From the very start of your meeting with Keymand, the number of blank buttons will be bigger. Don’t get confused. This happens due to a limited list of applications Keymand is programmed to work with by default. The list includes App Store, Finder, Safari, Calculator, Preview, Calendar, Dictionary, Notes, iTunes, Photos, Contacts, Mail, and Font Book.
Of course, you are not limited to those default Mac applications. You can create your own panels and buttons in Keymand. You should use your iPad to do that. To create a new button, you just need to go to Settings. The button is in the upper right corner of Keymand. Every new button can be totally custom including unique name and color. The process is very easy and clear. To save a new color as a sample just tap and hold it. Then you can use it for any other button you like.
Although it is very useful to create and save all the preferences on iPad, those people who want to share shortcuts and other stuff will have some problems. So, it would be a great upgrade for Keymand to be able to create those shortcuts and buttons on Mac too instead of just working on iPad only.
Another great negative point in this application is that it is impossible to export shortcuts. It is an absolutely useless limitation for such a helpful application. It would be a perfect solution if all those users could become a community sharing all their shortcuts and custom options with each other. Also, this would make the newcomers get an easier start with the Keymand in general. But yet it is impossible to share data for specific applications.
At this time Keymand is the new app dedicated to those pro-Mac users who need to create shortcut buttons and keep them in one place. Regular Mac users will love this app while working with all those default Mac Applications without any great need to create their own shortcuts.
For most of the professionals out there working with Mac on a daily basis, Keymand is a perfect match as a keyboard accessory. It is easy to use and to set up. But at the same time, if a number of shortcuts you use are too big, it is better to use the good old keyboard.