Keyguard for the BRIDGE Communication app on the iPad.
App Settings and Options
This keyguard supports different designs based on user settings and preferences. Each of these affects the positioning of items on the screen, and thus the design of the keyguard itself. Your Lasered Pics keyguard will be truly custom-designed to match every one of the choices you make for the end user.
Version - Choose from three versions. The 3 x 3 Grid is the standard grid view that comes up when the app is first run. The Grid with Message Window includes openings at the top of the screen for the message window and its 3 icons. The Typing View is for typing with the standard iOS keyboard.
Settings Button - Choose whether the end user should have access to the Settings button (open) or not (closed).
Moxtra Button - Choose whether the end user should have access to the Moxtra button (open) or not (closed).
Text Area for Typing View - Only needed for the Typing View version. If the default Open is chosen, users will be able to tap in the text area for copy and paste, etc. If Closed, the text area will be covered. Note: Don't choose Closed if the keyguard is to be made with an opaque material!
Material - The default material is 1/8" impact-modified PMMA resin. This is denser than common acrylics like Plexiglass and Perspex, and will sustain much higher impacts without breaking, though it is still able to be broken by bending. Colored acrylics are standard PMMA. In general, the colored acrylics are best for apps that provide space between the cells, and should be avoided on apps that don't provide any space between the cells. 3/16" and 1/4" acrylics are standard PMMA. They are much more rigid than the 1/8" due to their extra thickness, and they provide more depth to help the user avoid accidental touches. Acrylic styrene is more flexible than other acrylics, and is much less likely to crack when bent. It comes with a 2-year guarantee against breakage. Polycarbonate is the strongest material, being virtually unbreakable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee against breakage. Allow one extra week for polycarbonate. Learn about materials in more detail in our Keyguard Materials blog.
Acrylic styrene or polycarbonate is highly recommended on GoTalk Now layouts of less than 9 cells due to the length and thinness of the bars separating the cells.
* Important Notes About Cases and Mounting - You Must Read This Before Ordering
Keyguards do not attach permanently to the iPad or the case, but are mounted with non-destructive attachments. See our blog All About Cases, Part Two for detailed information about specific cases and their suitability for keyguards. It is important that your keyguard is ordered to fit the case you have, or plan to use. If the exact case you use is not listed, choose "Other", and in the Comments field at the end of checkout give us the height and width of the case's screen opening.
** The attachment methods are described briefly below with a list of some of the supported cases. See our All About Cases, Part One blog for a complete description of each attachment type. See All About Cases, Part Two for detailed information about specific cases and their suitability for keyguards. If you choose an attachment method that is not supported for your case, your order will be delayed while we contact you for a substitution.
Suction Cups - Four small suction cups raise the keyguard 3/16" above the screen and hold it securely. Check the blog to determine if suction cups will work with your case.
Attached Straps - Keyguard lies 1/8 - 1/4" above screen to minimize accidental touches. Good for heavy droolers. Check the blog to determine if straps will work with your case.
Flush-Mounted Straps - Keyguard lies flat on or barely above the screen. Check the blog to determine if straps will work with your case.
Snap-In Bottom Flange - Slips under edge of case to secure without any external hardware. See it described here. May require partial disassembly of case to install the first time. This is a semi-permanent mount and cannot be easily swapped in an out on rigid cases. Check the blog to determine if the snap-in attachment will work with your case. Note: The snap-in attachment will interfere with the seal on cases that claim to be waterproof. Your iPad will be damaged if you wash it or submerge it.
Top Flange - An additional top flange is attached to the keyguard for mounting with Velcro™. This is the best method to use if you want to add and remove the keyguard easily and/or often. Check the blog to determine if the top flange will work with your case.
*** Top Flange with Magnets - This special version of the top flange attachment contains magnets in the corners to securely hold the keyguard in place and make it simple to remove. Ideal for users who need to switch keyguards often. The only supported cases as of this writing are the AMDI iAdapter, the GoNow Rugged, and the Griffin Survivor All-Terrain. Check the blog to see if other cases are now supported for the magnetic attachment. Do not order this attachment if you have any other case.
How to Determine Which iPad You Have
On the back of your iPad there's a very tiny model number that looks something like "A1538". Do a Web search for that, like "iPad A1538". If the iPad is in a case, or the lettering is too small to read, go to the Settings app General settings and find the Model number, which is really a part number that looks something like "ML0N2LL/A". Do a Web search for that. Once you know which iPad you have, select it from the "Device" pulldown menu above.