We've always said that the Apple Pencil is the best possible tool to use for modeling with Shapr3D on your iPad. And it is. Its pressure sensitivity, low latency, and precision are just some of the qualities that hands down make the Apple Pencil the right choice.
With that said, we also know that not everyone has an Apple Pencil. So...
We’re launching support for keyboard and mouse/trackpad. Now you have the flexibility and freedom to design in Shapr3D with any input device. Start modeling with what feels most comfortable for you.
Just enable Bluetooth for the Shapr3D app and your iPad in your iPad's Settings app, connect your keyboard with mouse/trackpad to your iPad, and get to work. If you need help pairing Bluetooth devices with your iPad, then this'll help.
Navigate the design space, and create and edit sketches and bodies with your mouse or trackpad. Switch views and undo or redo tweaks with keyboard shortcuts. Type in the exact dimensions of each line, curve, shape, and body in your projects.
It might take a while to get used to modeling and editing with the mouse/trackpad and keyboard, but don’t panic! We’ve got your back. Here’s a cheat sheet with a whole slew of new shortcuts and gestures so you can hit the ground running. If you’re using the app, then long-press the Command key. Plus, we revamped our onboarding and in-app tutorials so you can absorb all the new information and get up to full speed in no time.
And in case you’re curious whether your iPad is compatible with keyboard and mouse/trackpad, we did some research for you:
- All generations of iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and newer, iPad mini (2015 and later), and iPad (2017 and later) are compatible. Just remember, you need both keyboard and mouse or trackpad to design in Shapr3D without an Apple Pencil. For more details on compatibility of your bluetooth trackpad or mouse, head over to Apple’s support article.
If you’re already using an iPad that’s compatible with the Apple Pencil, then you’ve got nothing to worry about. It’s compatible with the keyboard and mouse/trackpad.