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    On screen keyboard...a useful version UPDATES on page 2

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    This update is a big one. The keyboard will start as a small(ish) pair of translucent "always on top" buttons. Clicking them will call up the keyboard or quit the app. Again to get the keyboard to disappear double drag the text out of the text box.

    Test out and tell me what you guys think.

    http://66.205.154.83/dashrun/carOSK.app.zip





    (Mods if you think this should be united with the other thread, I have no problems with that...but I'd like the ability to change the title of the thread).
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    so... once i type something in there, how can i use it?

    it would be slick if there were a button to dump it into whatever text box was the focus

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    It looks cool, but how do you use it? After typing something in, how do you get it to the text box you want to send it to?
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    After you type something in it you have two options...

    1) drag the already highlighted text to the box you want it to be in...the keyboard remains visible.

    2) drag the already highlighted text to the right a bit...drop it...then drag the still highlighted text out of the keyboard window...this makes the keyboard disappear and pops the "always on top" buttons back.

    I agree that dumping the text into the text box in focus would be awesome. However, I don't think this is possible with applescript. It would take some serious obj-c that would cover all the varieties of text box one could possibly encounter. I could be wrong on this and if I am I'd love to hear how so we can make this a possibility.
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    nice work...any chance for a Windows version? Virtual keyboard looks good, just not translucent
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    i can't drag selected text... even if i could, it wouldn't be xGestures compatible... there needs to be a better way to do this... what about a copy/paste button? you touch it, it copies the text, shrinks the box, then pastes 5 seconds later

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    Translucency is sort of faked in windows XP. In vista there will be a real compositor and transparency will be something accessible at a high level. For now the only way i've been able to do transparency has been "expensive". Basically you have to take a screen shot of what is behind the window and update it periodically. This has probably been written into an API of some sort somewhere, but I can't think of one off hand. I have been able to recreate this effect in java using the robot class to take screenshots of sections of a screen.

    FYI in applescript the way to make a window transparent is this:

    set alpha value of window "your window name here" to 0.8

    You should probably do this in an on will finish launching statement or on open.
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    wasn't aware of that issue w/ windows...i have several apps on my work desktops that use transparency- just don't know how they do it.
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    hotch, not to get this thread off on a tangent but could you fill us in on your setup. I'd like to help out. And thanks for putting the bee in my bonnet to make this keyboard.
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    Yeah when I drag the text it REFUSES to go into the text box.....I just drag it and it disappears. When you say "double drag" what does that mean? Something about doing it to the right or something? Can you post a screenshot of it? Thanks.

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