Is there any software (in exception of Tablet Pro, which is quite expensive and overfeatured) to create some virtual buttons or shortcuts on the screen to use blender in non-keyboard mode?

Or maybe some lightweight wireless hardware, like a mini-keyboard with a dozen of keys?

I'd like to use my Surface 2017 for sculpting and drawing, but it is almost unusable without some vital shortcuts.

  • $\begingroup$ Hardware shopping questions are off-topic for this site, I believe. As for a virtual keyboard, there surely are options. Have you considered the one built into Windows? $\endgroup$ Dec 24, 2018 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnDvorak Yep, that was what i started with, but it has too many keys and you can't keep it on the screen because it takes a half of it. All i need are 4-5 basic shortcuts located somewhere by the left edge, easily accessible $\endgroup$ Dec 24, 2018 at 16:54
  • $\begingroup$ The viewport in 2.8 offers quite a few icons in the toolbar. Would that suffice for you? $\endgroup$ Dec 24, 2018 at 20:06
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    $\begingroup$ You could buy a mouse with multiple keys and assign those shortcuts to them. $\endgroup$
    – Grimlock
    Dec 25, 2018 at 2:26

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Thanks for your replies, folks. I decided to stay on TabletPro with the only ArtistPad feature activated. It seems to be a good option despite it's quite complicated customization.


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