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TouchPad Updated - Adds Siri Support, More Media Players And New Shortcuts

TouchPad Updated - Adds Siri Support, More Media Players And New Shortcuts

November 30, 2011
TouchPad is a popular iOS application that can turn your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a remote control for your computer, which it can connect to via Wi-Fi. Now, thanks to an update that was made available for the application yesterday, it's actually possible to dictate text using Siri to your PC or Mac via the $4.99 application. If you're not familiar with TouchPad, once configured and connected the app can be used as a touch screen trackpad for your computer, or as a miniature keyboard or remote control. The application connects over Wi-Fi, and if you're using a Mac, no additional software is required (Windows users are advised to download the free TightVNC software). Now, the application's most recent update adds support for Siri, while making a variety of other changes. As outlined in the app's release notes, changes made in the latest version (4.0) of TouchPad include:
  • Modifiers toolbar now always visible
  • More media players
  • Use the Siri key on your device keyboard to send text to your computer
  • Many new shortcuts (see 3 and 4 finger gestures in documentation)
  • Improved support for international keyboards
  • Improved help documentation
  • Improved screen zooming gesture
  • Many bug fixes
  • Many performance improvements
Previously, it was only possible to type out text on an iOS device's virtual keyboard and have it appear on a PC or Mac. However, iPhone 4S users can now touch the dictate key, speak to their handset and have TouchPad send the text over to their computer. It's a great feature, and something fans of Siri will undoubtedly appreciate. For a better idea of how dictation via TouchPad works, check out the below video (via iDownloadBlog). As mentioned, the universal TouchPad app is available to purchase and download in the App Store for $4.99, though in order to dictate to your computer, you'll obviously need an iPhone 4S handset. Take a look at the video and app, and be sure to post your thoughts in the comments.

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