Back in November of last year, I blogged about edovia’s NumPad 2.0 app for iPhone, which included a dedicated Sibelius Keypad layout. This morning I received another email from developer Luc Vandal to let me know that NumPad 3.0 has just been released on the App Store, and the support for Sibelius has been further improved in this version with the addition of the other five Keypad layouts. So you can now access all of Sibelius’s note input features directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch.
It works really well in practice: you can swipe your finger from side to side to change Keypad layouts, and the on-screen Keypad in Sibelius keeps up. You can even run NumPad with your iPhone or iPod Touch plugged into your Mac or PC via USB, and if you find the USB cable gets in the way, you can rotate the iPhone through 180 degrees so that the USB cable comes out of the top of the device rather than the bottom.
If you have a laptop, or perhaps one of those new-fangled wireless Mac keyboards without a numeric keypad, NumPad 3.0 could represent a substantial improvement in your productivity, and at $2.99 in the US App Store (£1.19 in the UK App Store) it won’t break the bank.