I read a lot of tech blogs and websites, and listen to far too many podcasts, about apps and systems that supposedly enhance our productivity. I worry anything I could write here has already been done before — probably by many. But there’s one handy little app I discovered and use daily that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere yet: Typeeto.
In my case, I’ve paired my Mac and iPad. When I want to type something quickly on iPad, I tap “Command / Shift / K” to transfer the blinking cursor to the new device. It happens almost instantaneously, with very little lag. Once I’m done typing on the iPad, clicking anywhere on the Mac brings the keyboard cursor back to the computer. Easy peasy.
The search for a keyboard app began a few months ago when I realized how silly it was to type on an iPad screen with a physical keyboard sitting a few centimeters away. I found a couple of apps and tried two, but Typeeto was the best by far. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, though; sometimes Bluetooth is finicky when setting it up. Once that’s done it should cause you no trouble, running quietly in the background waiting to be triggered.
The biggest downside to Typeeto is the price: US$19.99. I love the idea of paying software developers, who are too often shortchanged by consumers who will blow money on multiple coffees or drinks at the bar but have a hard time offering up even tiny amounts for apps that might have taken months to develop. But for a single-use, simple app, $19.99 seems a bit steep. I don’t regret purchasing it because I use it every day, but I suspect the price may be prohibitive to some.
If you have a Mac and iOS device on the same desk all day long, this is the perfect app to conveniently switch between them. Give it a shot… you can thank me later.