Turn your iPad into a control surface for Adobe, Autodesk or Avid's tools

The following article is excerpted from Digital Arts.

Bella Corporation on Monday showed an iPad companion app to its KillerKeys software at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The KillerKeys iPad App provides quick acess to shortcut commands across creative tools (including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Media Composer, Maya, 3DS Max), plus a trackpad with gesture controls, application launcher, volume and zoom controls as well as a multimedia widget with a jog wheel.

The iPad app connects wirelessly to your desktop computer, providing complete control of the computer from the iPad. It uses Bella’s KillerKeys software, which needs to be installed on the host computer. It supports more than 100 applications and over 15,000 shortcuts.

Some of the more than 100 applications supported are:

  • The entire Adobe Master Collection keyboard shortcuts, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat;
  • Avid keyboard shortcuts for Media Composer and ProTools;
  • Autodesk keyboard shortcuts for Maya, 3D Studio Max (3DS Max) as well as AutoCAD;
  • Microsoft Office shortcuts including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Intuit keyboard shortcuts for Quickbooks, Quicken, Lacerte and Pro Series tax software;
  • Cloud-based applications including keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Office 365, Gmail, Twitter, and Zoho Office.

The KillerKeys iPad App is expected to be available in May 2012 via the iTunes App Store for $10.

KillerKeys is sold as four different editions: Home & Student, Business, Print & Design and Video & FX, ranging in price from $10 to $50. There is an all-inclusive Master Collection that saves about 30 percent compared to purchasing each separately, and sells for $90. A Mac edition of KillerKeys is slated for the first half of 2012.

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