Keymand review: Turn your iPad into a keyboard shortcut powerhouse for your Mac
Keymand ($20 on the iTunes store) is an iPad app that turn the iPad into an application-specific keyboard for Mac applications like Final Cut Pro. Hardware application-specific keyboards exist, but they aren’t particularly well-suited to tasks beyond the ones for the apps they are designed for. Keymand can work with a wide array of apps, not just production apps that most application-specific keyboards focus on.
Keymand syncs with a free Mac companion app through a required Lightning to USB connection, which also keeps your tablet charged while working. Sadly, the app syncing via the iPad Pro Smart Connector isn’t supported.
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Keymand: Shortcut commander
After launching both apps, click Connect on the Mac side, then tap Accept at the iPad prompt. When the sync indicator changes from red to green, Keymand is ready to use, automatically reconnecting whenever the iPad app is relaunched or after waking from Mac sleep.
Keymand displays the current application name and icon in the upper left corner, as well as a grid of 64 one-tap buttons at a time, which update as you switch between applications. Buttons respond instantly when tapped, and the Mac app uses a negligible amount of CPU; you’ll wind up with another icon in the menu bar, however. Buttons can be left blank for a more eye-pleasing layout, and each desktop app can use up to 256 possible shortcuts spread across four panels.
As you start using Keymand with favorite Mac apps, expect to see a lot of blank panels. That’s because the app only includes panels for 13 macOS apps: Finder, App Store, Calculator, Calendar, Contacts, Dictionary, Font Book, iTunes, Mail, Notes, Photos, Preview, and Safari.