This article talks about Jump Desktop for iOS's bluetooth keyboard support.
As of Jump Desktop 5.0 physical keyboard support has vastly improved. In 5.0 the physical keyboard works like a regular computer's keyboard. Shortcuts like Alt+Tab or Alt+Cmd just work, arrow keys work, even the Esc key on the physical keyboard now works! You don't need to use work arounds like prior versions of Jump. All keyboard keys and shortcut combinations work.
Win key: When connecting to a Windows machine the Cmd button on the bluetooth keyboard is mapped to the Win key.
Function keys (F1, F2, etc): Apple Bluetooth keyboards have an additional fn key on the bottom left hand corner of the keyboard. Use the fn button in combination with the top row of the keyboard to send function keys like F1, F2 etc to the remote computer.
In addition to full bluetooth keyboard support, Jump Desktop also adds macros for compact keyboards which may not include some standard keys. The table below lists all the supported macros. Please be sure to enable macro support by opening up Jump and tapping the settings gear on the top left hand corner of the main Jump screen. Then in the Keyboard section make sure the Macros option is turned ON.
As of Jump Desktop 7.1 for iOS, you can now see the entire list of support Macros by pressing and keeping the Cmd key held while you're connected to a computer. It will show you a sheet of all the macros that are available. Here is a screenshot:
Very Helpful. However [Alt]+[Tab] does not seem to be supported [application swapping in windows]
I have an Apple Blue Tooth Keyboard for my iPad. Is "alt" accomplished with shift-option? In any event, using shift-option-Fkey, it doesn't seem to go through.
How do I send an F key to my remote system?
@Randon: Alt+Tab does is currently unsupported, but try using Shift+Ctrl+Left Arrow and Shift+Ctrl+Right Arrow
@Steve: The Alt key is the same as the Option key. Function keys are Shift+Alt+Numeric number of the F key. For example, F1 is Shift+Alt+1 (it's NOT Shift+Alt+F1).
Shift-Alt-2 doesn't seem to work for me either. Any known fixes available?
@Ed, @Larry we're looking into this.
@Peter - you might be connecting over a VNC connection. We have an update planned that'll fix these issues with VNC connections. If you'd like to help beta test the fixes please send mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to join the iOS beta test group.
Does anybody have a tip why Cmd+C, Cmd+V and Cmd+A do not work? The only working shortcut is Cmd+X.
Are all bluetooth keyboards created equally with respect to this functionality or is there particularly important additional functionality one needs to look for when purchasing? I am looking to buy one and I am sure JUMP will be the main App that I will end up using it for - I want to make sure I get the most functional one! Thanks
When you hold down a key on the bluetooth keyboard, does it broadcast that you are holding it, or just spam key presses? Other apps I've used just repeatedly send that im tapping the key a bunch instead of holding it. For example for many games, holding 'w' will move forward.
@Greg The keys are not normally shown with a bluetooth keyboard unless you manually recalled them by pressing the keyboard bottom on the top left. Just keep the keyboard hidden and use the bluetooth keyboard normally - you won't see the top layer.
@Gene: Jump Desktop 5.0 (upcomming release) has full support for all keyboard shortcuts including Alt+Tab and all CTRL shortcuts
@Tom: Tom right now it will send the keystroke repeatedly.
Just an update to everyone subscribing to this thread. Jump Desktop 5.0 has been released and it supports every key on the bluetooth keyboard including modifiers. Everything should work like a normal computer's keyboard. We've also added Macro support for keyboard that don't have certain keys (see the above article)
I'm curious as to what key can be used to send ESC on a keyboard such as the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and the Luvvitt Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. The top-left key on those keyboards returns to the iPad home screen. If there's not a physical ESC key, is it possible to add a macro to perform ESC? That's a very important key for me, particularly in IDEs, and these ultrathin keyboard covers are definitely the most attractive options to me vs. a free-floating BT keyboard that I have to lug along separately.
I've been trying out the android app on my asus transformer (with the attached dock).
The keyboard modifiers work great, in this regard Jump Desktop is definitely the best android vnc app I've found!
The only thing that keeps it from being perfect (for me) is support for multiple modifiers at the same time (such as Ctrl-Shift-P or Alt-Shift-L etc...), are there any plans to support this? That would be really usefull for working in IDEs (and other 'complex' short cut demanding applications).
For what it's worth, I was able to use AutoHotkey to remap keys so that my Logitech Ultrathin keyboard provides a REALLY nice experience when accessing my Windows 8 home and work machines. In particular I swapped Alt/Option and Win/Command so that they are where you'd expect on a Windows-style keyboard; F1-F12 are accessible via Win+1...Win+0, Win+MINUS, and Win+EQUALS; ESC is sent as Win+ENTER; Delete is sent as Shift+Backspace. I'll probably keep tweaking this as I find things I need mapped, but between having a fully-accessible keyboard and Jump Desktop's great support for Windows 8 multi-touch input, I finally feel like I have very usable portable terminal for my Windows workstations!
I have been using Jump on my iPad with the remote apple keyboard for a while now but after the most recent upgrades have been running into problems. Most significantly, the arrow keys do not work at all. It also looks as though Alt+shift+\ has been replaced with shift+backspace - correct?
I am still running iOS 5; might that be causing a problem?
@Werner: Thanks for the feedback. We'll try to add this in the next major update.
@Header: We've tested keyboard support on iOS 5.0 and it still works as far I we can tell. Can you try restarting your device? Also - which keyboard are you using? Also Are you refereing to the 'Delete' key shortcut? If so, it's Shift+Backspace now.
Ah the classic 'reboot the system'! :)
It worked of course!
I just installed Jump Desktop on my Kindle Fire HD. Works great, and I love the experience.
One problem though. Alt-tab switches android tasks rather than the Windows tasks. This article seems to suggest that it should switch the Windows tasks. What am I doing wrong? Can you make this an option in the Jump Desktop settings, to select whether it switches Android or Windows tasks?
Hello. I have a Zagg Cover Keyboard for iPad Air and unfortunattely F1, F2, F3, F4 Macros are not working. F5, F6, F10, F11 macros are working fine. Can you please help?
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