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Questions about how to use the "Chitan Touchboard" are answered in a Q&A format.

The keys are small and difficult to touch, so I want to make them bigger.

Ver 0.10~

By changing the settings, you can scale all boards by a specified magnification.

Press the settings key on each board.

Select Settings.

Select the "Layout" tab and specify the size (magnification) of the board. Click the "Save" button to check the size of the board.

About past versions

Ver 0.01

By changing the settings, you can scale all boards by a specified magnification. However, since there is no setting screen in Ver 0.01, you need to open the configuration file directly for editing.

If the touchboard is running, exit it. Open the folder containing TiitanTouchBoard.exe and open the Profile_{MachineName}_{UserName}.setting file in a text editor. {MachineName} and {UserName} are set with the machine name and user name of the execution, respectively. Also, this configuration file is created after starting the touchboard for the first time, so if there is no file, start TiitanTouchBoard.exe and exit.

When you open the file, find the part called ""BoardScale":1. The "1" part is the magnification, so change it to the size you want to enlarge and save. After saving, start the touchboard and check.

Since the contents of the file are in JSON format, you can use tools to break lines for easy viewing, but please note that some tools and web services may not be able to read correctly due to mismatched line feed codes.

When I press a key, a character different from the one displayed is entered.

Causes caused by OS settings

This may be because the Windows keyboard language setting is set to English or another language.

A registry change is required to fix this. Please refer to the following page for the setting procedure.

Known issue with Google Japanese input (Ver 1.00~)

As for the content, the problem is that the content displayed on the keyboard when entering hiragana (romaji stroke hiragana) is hiragana instead of alphabetic. This issue does not occur all the time, but can occur when you switch IMEs used. Restart the touchboard and it will return to its original state.

The cause is that the state of the conversion mode returned by Google Japanese input does not return the original number. This is because the judgment is judged as something else on the touchboard side.

This issue may not be fixed as of 2023/06. (Reference page below)

Regarding the response to this phenomenon, we do not currently have any plans to respond for the following reasons.

  • Because it is caused by a problem on the input side of Google Japanese. It does not occur with MS-IME, ATOK, etc.
  • It is only a display problem on the keyboard and does not actually affect input behavior.

Regarding the display characters of the keys, depending on the definition of the board, the display is switched depending on the state such as "kana input full-width hiragana" and "romaji input full-width hiragana". Therefore, if you define that the display character does not switch depending on the state of the IME, you can use it without any problems. (e.g. always displayed regardless of IME state)

If you are using Google Japanese input and are concerned about the above phenomenon, "Normal layout" and "Thumb layout" for notation replacement have been uploaded below for a try, so please download and replace them.

Is there a keyboard with English layout?

Currently, the keyboard layout distributed is Japanese only. However, this depends on the board settings, so if you set the key arrangement and characters so that it is an English array in the board container definition file, you will be able to use it as a keyboard with an English layout.

Note, however, that the code sent to your application when you press a key depends on your OS settings.

Do you plan to incorporate it into a standard Windows software keyboard?

We want to be able to run on as many operating systems as possible, so we have no plans to incorporate it into a system-dependent software keyboard. Also, I don't think it can be used as a substitute for a mouse pad, so even if it is implemented, some functions will be limited.

How do I enable me to press an unsupported virtual key?

It covers all the standard virtual keys, but does not define virtual keys that are currently undefined. If a new virtual key is added in the future, it cannot be pressed with the standard definition key on the touchboard.

If you want to send a virtual key for the specified code, set "KeyType: VirtualKeyCode" and "Options: "{VirtualKeyCode: XXXXX}" (where XXXXX is the virtual key code (int)) in the key information (KeyInfo) of the board container definition file.

Can I change the key characters for kana input when entering kana?

Ver 1.00~

From Ver 1.00, the display of keys can be switched according to the IME status. If you switch the IME on a board with a normal layout, you will see that the key text changes.

There are some IME switching displays in the board creation tool sample, so please refer to it.

About past versions

Ver 0.30~

In the currently published version 0.30, there is no ability to dynamically change the text of a key depending on the state of the IME. Since it conforms to a standard keyboard, kana input is possible, but if you want to display the keys in kana, you need to create or modify a board with a kana display separately.

The board package distributed as a sample also includes a board with a kana display as shown in the figure, so please try using it.

To change to kana input from the keyboard, press the "Kanji" key to enter Japanese input mode, and then change to kana input with the "Alt" + "Kana" keys.

Do you support languages other than Japanese?

The application of the touchboard itself supports about 40 languages such as English and Chinese in addition to Japanese. However, since only Japanese boards are distributed, if you want to use them in other languages, you need to create your own board definition file.

The status of the IME at the remote desktop destination is not reflected on the board

Since the IME state of the remote desktop destination environment cannot be retrieved, sending an IME switch to the remote desktop destination does not change the color of the board.

If you really want to reflect the state of the IME, you need to use a touchboard at the remote desktop destination.

Alt+Tab and Win+X do not work in Windows 8

Starting with Windows 8, as part of security measures, applications that are not authorized by Microsoft can no longer display system-related UI. This includes Alt+Tab window selection and Win+X system menu display.

In order to support this, there is a high threshold for responding such as "administrator privilege required", "application certificate installation required", "Microsoft permission required", etc., so this application does not support processing such as Alt + Tab keys.

By the way, these behaviors are from Windows 8 onwards, so we have confirmed that they work correctly for Windows 7 and earlier.

Can the touchboard connect to the Internet?

If you have the following operations and settings, connect to the Internet.

  • When checking if the latest version of the touchboard exists

The above behavior occurs when the user explicitly interacts with it or sets it. The setting is disabled by default. The application does not connect to the Internet without the user's knowledge.

Does the touchboard change settings other than applications (for example, OS)?

The following functions are used to change settings and states other than applications.

  • Registering in the Assembly Cache

The above behavior occurs only when the user explicitly interacts with it. The application does not run transparently to the user.