Type2Phon is Mac app which transforms your computer into a wireless Bluetooth keyboard. It cost just $4.99. Isn’t it a reasonable price for such a useful and tremendous app?
If you’re not exactly following why anyone would care about that, let me explain why this utility fills a huge hole in the iOS experience, particularly for developers.
Almost all of the devices support an external Bluetooth keyboards for text entry. You navigate to Settings, enable Bluetooth, select a device and pair to it. You can then type using a physical keyboard rather than the onscreen touch one. This greatly speeds up text entry.
Now the question arise what Type2phone does? Simply by imitating a BT keyboard, it let you execute the same announcement and pairing tasks, but just from your OS X desktop. It means that if you want to test your software on your device you can pair and go in just a few seconds, without having to drag out a hardware keyboard.
This application memorizes the pairing details for you and you can select each device from pop-up menu. This is what should we say it is a insanely useful device. From this you can instantly type into text fields, into text views, or into any object that implements a UITextInput protocol. Type2Phone means you can do your text entry from your usual keyboard, alongside your normal development tasks. It evaporates a messy exasperating detail of development.
I’d prefer if the app offered a way to switch off its scrolling text preview. I type fast enough that the scrolling letters make me a bit dizzy, but aside from that, this app did its job exactly as promised.
You can grab Type2Go from the Mac App Store.
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