Posts tagged ‘function keys’

Mobile Development: Hooking the keyboard – KeyToggle

KeyToggle

Extend your keyboard to get function keys by pressing numbers.

With keytoggle you can define a ‘sticky’ key that will change the beahviour of the number keys. As long as the sticky key is ‘active’, number keys from 1 to 0 will produce the function keys F1 to F10. If sticky key is active, the left LED will light in green.

To start keytoggle just tap it or let it start by a link in StartUp. If keytoggle is loaded, you can see a small yellow arrow sign in the taskbar.

If you tap this symbol, you are asked, if you want to unload the app. If the registry does not have values defined for keytoggle, it will use default values. If you try to launch keytoggle a second time you will get a message box. Only one instance of keytoggle can run at a time.

Using the registry you can define the behaviour of the sticky key. In example, you can have the sticky key remain active until it is pressed again, let it ‘go off’ or ‘fallback’ after a period of time or let it fallback after a number key has been pressed. If the sticky key is pressed again, it will always fallback.

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Use FuncKey to free up your FunctionKeys on Windows Mobile

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Updated on 10. feb 2010

I finished a toolset to free the function keys on windows mobile devices. That means a tool set that will give you back the function keys. Instead of F3 launching the phone app, you can free the F3 key and use it in your app.

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Toggle keyboard using keyboard hook

This is transfered from my static page:

KeyToggle

Using function keys by pressing numbers. Written for ITC 700 color running windows mobile 2003.

Note: Updated KeyToggle.exe and download cab:
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There was a bug, so the sticky key still produced wm_keydown messages. Fixed version is v2.1.1.0.

With keytoggle you can define a ‘sticky’ key that will change the behaviour of the number keys. As long as the sticky key is ‘active’, number keys from 1 to 0 will produce the function keys F1 to F10. If sticky key is active, the left LED will light in green.

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Started a poll: Is Windows Mobile the right OS choice for an commercial used handheld?

Started a poll: Is Windows Mobile the right OS choice for an commercial used handheld?

Do you think windows mobile is the right choice for a commercial used handheld?

Having windows mobile OS on a barcode scanner data retrieval system has a lots of disadvantages. There may be unwanted popups and it is hard to lock the user in the application. Windows CE is shrinked down, but no one will miss outlook and other PIM of windows mobile on a data retrieval system.

When I am talking about industrial/commercial used handhelds, I am talking about such devices.

Windows Mobile offers a rich set of functions, but from a support and developing view, it is harder to lock down the user in the application they have to use to enter data. There is an strange function key mapping and every time a popup may appear, where the user can get out of the main app back to the OS.

Windows CE is much easier to support and it is easier to lock down the user. It also has a smaller footprint and the application has more memory: no outlook and other mostly unused apps in the background. For browser type applications, the browser is more compatible to desktop browser than the Mobile Internet Explorer.

What do you think?

Some companies for ruggedized handhelds offer both OS types for there devices, some not.

Please vote at right sidebar.