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AskKey Pro - User's Guide

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

 

 

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1. Installing and uninstalling AskKey Pro

Please read the README file that comes with the application.  Or click here to download one.

 

2. Introduction

What is AskKey Pro?  AskKey Pro gives the user quick access to ASCII characters, HTML notations, Unicode symbols and Mac key codes all at the same time.  You can probably look up the ASCII value or the HTML notation for a particular keyboard character on the web.  Or use AskKey Pro to look them up more quickly.

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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On top of ASCII values and HTML notations, you also have access to hundreds of Unicode symbols.  If you choose to, you can display the selected Unicode symbol on a graphic image, changing the size, rotating it, coloring it, and finally export the composite image to the destination folder of your choice.

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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3. Preferences

When you first launch any new application, it's always a good idea for you to open Preferences.  Okay, why not?  In order to open Preferences, click on Preferences on the Toolbar menu.  (See Screenshot 3-1.)  You can also choose Preferences under AskKey Pro.

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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The first tab is Settings.  And you don't have many settings to work on.  (See Screenshot 3-2.)  Run update notification is available only if you have purchased a software license for the online version.  After you enable it, every time you launch AskKey Pro, the application will access our web server to find out if there are any software updates available.  This feature is not available if you have purchased a software license at Mac App Store.  Enable Require restart if you want the application to automatically restart itself when you close Preferences window.  By so doing, you can make sure your application is updated with the latest changes you've made in Preferences.  Furthermore, you may want to enable Show original key.  If you enable it, AskKey Pro will show the ASCII value or HTML notations along with the key you've pressed.  In this way, you can tell which ASCII value or HTML notation for which key.  Unlike 'Show original key,' you probably don't want to enable Clear edit field.  If you do, every time you click on a Toolbar button, the output field of the main window will be cleared.

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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By default, the text size of the output field on the main window is set 12.  If you want to change it, enable Change default font size.  And an edit field will appear right below.  (See Screenshot 3-3.)

Moreover, if you want to open the Symbols window upon startup, enable Show Symbols.  We will discuss what Symbols does soon.

If you develop software, you probably don't use plain ASCII values (33, 39, 42, 55...) just as they are.  You probably wrap them like Chr(35), Chr(255), right?  If that's the case, enter a phrase under ASCII Wrapper with which you want AskKey Pro to automatically wrap ASCII values.  (See Screenshot 3-4.)

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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Switching to the Print tab, information you find here is concerned with Sym2.  We'll explain more in detail soon.  By default, AskKey Pro will point to Desktop when you attempt to export a Unicode symbol as an image.  If you want to change the default export folder, click on the Select button.  The default color refers to the color of the unicode symbol.  If you want to change it, click on the color button next to it, and the Color Picker window will appear.  (See Screenshot 3-5.)

 

4. Using AskKey Pro

4-1 ASC

Going back to the main window, click on the button that is labeled ASC (See Screenshot 4-1.), and you can find out ASCII values corresponding to characters you provide.  If you click on ASC, an input window will appear, prompting you to provide input characters.  Enter one or more characters, and AskKey Pro will find out the ASCII values corresponding your characters. 

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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If you want to find out the ASCII values for not just one but a number of characters, you can just type them all up at a time, instead of typing one character, pressing Go, clicking on ASC once again, typing another character and on and one.  (See Screenshot 4-2.)  If you enable Show original value, AskKey Pro will indicate the original character to the corresponding ASCII value it finds.  (See Screenshot 4-3.)  Otherwise, you wouldn't probably be able to tell which ASCII value is for which character, right?

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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Notice that there is a small edit box at the very bottom of the main window.  (See Screenshot 4-4.)  And it stays uneditable because it's just an indicator.  The number shown in this edit box indicates the font size of the selection of text.  There is a drop down menu next to it, and you can change the font size easily.  (See Screenshot 4-5.)  You can also extend your Mouse pointer over to the Style menu to choose Show Fonts or press Command + T or choose a text size from Font Size.  (See Screenshot 4-6.)

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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4-2 Chr

Chr is a feature that is pretty much the opposite of what ASC does.  Clicking on Chr, you will see a similar input window.  (See Screenshot 4-7.)  What you enter here is not characters but a string of numbers, each of which is separated by the comma.  (See Screenshot 4-8.)  Of course, you can just enter one ASCII value at a time and close the window after pressing Go (or press the Return key).  The comma is used as a separator here so that you can enter a consecutive number of ASCII values.

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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As shown in Screenshot 4-9, Chr doesn't require the ASCII wrapper.

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Just as before, you can change the text size, using the size pull-down menu at the bottom of the window.  And we didn't mention it earlier, but you can also change the font color by choosing Style > Sow Colors.  As you probably expect, the Color Picker window will appear, requesting you to pick a color.  (See Screenshost 4-10, 4-11.)

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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4-3 HTML

HTML is similar to ASC except that HTML will find out the HTML notations, as opposed to ASCII values, that correspond to the characters you provide.  Just as in ASC, you can enter a consecutive number of characters at a time.  (See Screenshots 4-12, 4-13.)

 

 

Mac software AskKey Pro

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Mac software AskKey Pro

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So what's the HTML version equivalent to Chr?  There's none.  But we have something else, which we introduce next.

 

 

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