Originally Posted by Mac Voyer
The bigger problem is the size of the keyboard. The onscreen keyboard is a full Apple keyboard with num pad. I displayed it on my 24" display and put my fingers on it as if to type. Very comfortable fit on a 24" display. Not even thinkable on a 10".
The onscreen keyboard is now resizable. I don't think the old one was. The old one seemed, as many note, to be more for finding the character you wanted in different fonts. It had only two sizes (a long time ago) and allowed you to switch fonts.
The latest version seems to be more geared toward helping input as it doesn't seem to help with finding characters in different fonts.
So it does seem to be leaning more toward input functions, and is resizable -- so it would/could work on any size screen -- albeit awkwardly.
But, it does seem to have been thrown together because in two minutes of messing with it, I found two reproducible bugs, one mild and one amazingly un-Mac like.
First, if you enable the keyboard and use the radio button close it, as soon as you type something, it pops back up -- even though the menu suggests the keyboard is not visible as it offers "Show Keyboard Viewer". Select "Show Keyboard Viewer" and the keyboard stays on screen, but the menu changes to "Hide Keyboard Viewer". Select "Hide Keyboard Viewer" and it closes it and it stays closed. A minor bug, but something that could really frustrate someone if the silly keyboard kept popping up.
The real interesting bug is... open the keyboard, resize it to over half screen (not sure how big it has to be), then drag part of it off the bottom of the screen and pull it back up. On my little Black MacBook, this logs all users out automatically -- regardless of apps/processes running -- straight to the log in screen. THAT is a serious bug, and something I've not seen the likes of since OS 7.
Anyway, like a lot of people, I'm hoping for a large format iPod or a tablet type device. This keyboard would "work", but isn't as clean as I'd imagine Apple would deploy -- but there have been plenty of other things I didn't "get" when they were introduced -- only to see them refined later.