I have been searching for a small utility that would make it easier to create artwork on a Tablet PC with no keyboard accessible (so either a pure tablet, or a convertible in tablet position). This could be useful to someone using a drawing tablet while pulled away from their keyboard, too.
The program would simply be a set of small pallete of floating buttons that toggle the state of the control, alt, and shift keys -- and maybe optionally add a few more, like Enter and Tab. It should be pretty small, have no title bar, and be movable.
I have seen several similar requests on the various Tablet PC sites. What I have found are whole keyboards that can pop-up - which is overkill and interferes with your workflow and creativity. The attached image is of one virtual keyboard that I found that was "skinnable." I was able to remove all but the upper four keys and define them as you see them in the picture. Unfortunately, the program is buggy as all get out, and the developer is nowhere to be found. The little keyboard icon is always on screen, and the larger keyboard keys are toggled on by clicking the always-on-top icon. I would prefer the on-top icon just be the toggle keys themselves.
I tried writing one, but my programming skills are about zilch in this area. I couldn't figure out how to write a program that doesn't steal focus, and also had problems setting the keyboard state (versus stuffing keystrokes in the message queue of the window - if that made sense).
Anyhow -- if some Ambient coder wants to make a hugely valuable contribution to the good of all society (beyond ArtRage, of course), this would be an excellent start! (Oh, and to be greedier about it -- make it stand-alone, not part of ArtRage, so we can use it in 'those other' art programs, too.) Of course, having these just in ArtRage would be fine, too!