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On-Screen Keyboard Portable 1.0 Pre-Release 3 (Testers Needed)

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https://portableapps.com/news/2007-07-12_-_on-screen_keyboard_portable_1.0

I've just posted another quick app called On-Screen Keyboard Portable. The goal is to allow an on-screen keyboard to be launched from the PortableApps.com Menu to allow folks who need it easier access to it.

On Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista, it launches the on-screen keyboard that's built into Windows. It's more than a simple shortcut, though, as it will keep your preferences for the on-screen keyboard portable. So, if you like it to be always on top, set to type a key when you hover over it with the mouse for 2.0 seconds, the portable version will remember those settings for you and use them on every PC you encounter.

On Windows 95, 98, Me, a simple built-in on-screen keyboard will run. It's much lighter on features and not as accessible as the built-in keyboard on Windows 2000+, but at least it's something.

On a related note, and before anyone asks... an on-screen keyboard is no defense against keyloggers. All on-screen keyboards send signals to the operating system that are the same as typing on the actual keyboard. OSKs are made to assist with accessibility and allow alternative input methods (like pen-based computing).

Give it a try and post back your thoughts.

Download On-Screen Keyboard Portable 1.0 Pre-Release 3
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UPDATE, PRE-RELEASE 2 (JULY 9): Added in a fix for the Vista security issue. Should now work on all Windows OSes. It's also packaged in a PortableApps.com Installer now.

UPDATE, PRE-RELEASE 3 (JULY 9): Add catch for MS Switch registry key.

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Nice

Nice little launcher.
BTW, are you going to be ditching FindProcDLL and using the system call method?
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System call?

What system call?

And on the email reminders, please stop.

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	;=== Check if already running
	System::Call 'kernel32::CreateMutexA(i 0, i 0, t "${NAME}") i .r1 ?e'

Yeh, I posted that before I read your other post Wink
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That's different

That's for creating mutual exclusions for the launcher. And I use that already in several of them. But you *also* need to check for any running instances of the base app (osk.exe in this case) to ensure the portable version doesn't step on the local one. So the mutex doesn't help you at all there.

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Doh!

Didn't see the FindProcDLL call 10 lines down Smile
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Same here

works great.
Love it.

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Pretty slick. Any chance of

Pretty slick. Any chance of supporting other languages, or a similar thing to pull up the character map? I work in Cyrillic occasionally, and that would be handy.

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OS Language

It uses the language of the OS on Win2K+. Not sure if there is a similar OSK for foreign language Windows or not.

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Hmh...

... any advantages compared to this one?

http://www.myplanetsoft.com/free/mokhelp.php

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Entirely Different

That product serves an entirely different purpose.

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Thanks

again John

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And

what about an official release of this one?

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John,

Dunno if this is just the version I have, but settings is misspelt as setttings.
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Which is it?

Two issues: (one minor)
-My On-ScreenKeyboardPortable.exe launches the Windows OSK rather than the one in the "App" folder. Is that correct?
-The readme in the source identifies it as the PuTTY launcher...

EDIT

ok, i see in XP it opens the native version. Can you run the other versio portably should you choose? also, the PortableApps.com/OSKPortable homepage isn't up (at least have it forward to this thread)

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It's in beta.

Why have change all the website addresses if eventually he's gonna have to change them back, and he'll forget.

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  1. Yep. The one in the App folder is just for Win 95 which doesn't have a built-in one
  2. That's why it's a beta Wink

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Can this be used to prevent

Can this be used to prevent keylogging, or would the input from it be fed to the logger like the keyboard?

Vintage!

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Read his post...

On a related note, and before anyone asks... an on-screen keyboard is no defense against keyloggers. All on-screen keyboards send signals to the operating system that are the same as typing on the actual keyboard. OSKs are made to assist with accessibility and allow alternative input methods (like pen-based computing).

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I did not see that.

I did not see that.

Vintage!

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Meh.

No problem. Happens all the time.

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Oops

In the included keyboard app, when you click on "WWW", types in "http;//www." instead of "http://www.". Oops D:

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Ha

And the copyright year in the about dialog reads "1900".

I should probably note that I ran it without the launcher on XP just to see what it looked like.

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vista

it doesn't work on my vista pc!:(
what's wrong whit it?

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Vista

Any number of apps have problems in Vista because it is new. It is next to impossible to produce a new OS version without breaking something! Also, remember this is a TEST RELEASE; you are now officially a tester!

To help figure out what may need to be changed/improved, can you please post the symptoms you have encountered?

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vista

It says that "nsA461.tmp" doesn't work?

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Hmmm

Seems it doesn't. Even a simle launch command of the following fails:

ExecWait "$WINDIR\system32\osk.exe"

I'd guess this is due to Vista's 'security' which is preventing the launcher from running a file in the system32 directory. But even if I move osk.exe to the same directory as the launcher, it still fails. But I can launch it directly from within Explorer. Hmm... now I'm perplexed.

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Haha.

That is an interesting situation.
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One thing

Make sure you have 2 sets of quotation marks, in case there are spaces in the file name.
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Nope

That's not it either. And there weren't any spaces. It appears to be a Vista security thing preventing 'installers' from launching 'windows components'. I can launch, say MS Paint within the system32 directory and it'll work fine. Just not osk.exe.

Man, Vista is just annoying. I'm tempted to release this anyway and just say it doesn't work on Vista because Vista sucks. Smile

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Heh.

I was just saying to make sure, because I spent at least 3 weeks trying to work out various errors to do with that Wink

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If I were you I would store

If I were you I would store a batch file somewhere in the app dir that would run osk.exe.

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Thinking about it

I'm thinking about it. But some PCs are locked down to prevent all .bat files from running. So, I may do that only for annoying Vista.

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hav u tried luanching

hav u tried launching the launcher with "Run this program as an administrator"? it works for me. right click>properties>compatability>Run this program as an administrator

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3 things:

  1. The launcher should already try to run as administrator, as it's built in to the launcher (correct me if I'm wrong John)
  2. What's with the "c[x"?
  3. You need to remove both those links from your signature. You are only allowed to link to personal sites

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lolz personal sites?

lolz alrites i'll remove them. and the c[x thing at the front? it makes it easier to find my posts. it's soo hard to find my post in those really long topics. like the PAM Mod one. ==' i'll just take it off..
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/kevii

In Firefox, that would be /kevii and you'll find your first post and then crtl-G for the later ones.

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thanx

thanx alot
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That's freaky. What would mine be?
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whops forgot to remove those

whops forgot to remove those links from my sig

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Works good

on Win XP Prof.
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I know that the OSK uses the

I know that the OSK uses the current keyboard defined by windows [meaning, that by changing the windows native language/keyboard, the OSK will change its settings as well.

However, I also use a russian keyboard at home, but cannot do so at work, as I do not have the right necessary to add the russian keyboard. Is there any solution to this? like a custom loaded definition file for the OSK with alternate letters?

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Nope

OSK itself does not support this, so there is no way to do it with a launcher or anything.

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damn. Ah well, I'll look for

damn. Ah well, I'll look for an alternate solution. Thanks for the OSK though, work great!

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Pre-Release 2

I added a fix for the Vista security issue. And it's now using a PortableApps.com Installer. Please give it a try.

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It leaves

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\MS Switch
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Good catch

Update to Pre-Release 3 to fix this.

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Not to nag.

But as you're getting all of these apps out of beta so efficiently I think one of the text editors would be handy to get out. SciTE's been in beta for a while and it seems okay, perhaps just and update in the program and with an installer and it would be great. Of course, it Notepad++ seem's fine, just as well. But a text editor would be very handy in the App section, specially the two you picked, excellent picks.

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To nag,

I think some splash screens would be handy Biggrin

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Why does it have

2 "other instance" warnings?
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