I would like to have access to the entire qwerty keyboard at the same time as using the mouse on number boxes. After touching a number box, the number keys are occupied by the number box, and I (and the users of the app I'm making) have to remember to click outside the number box, which in itself can be frustrating. Unfortunately, not only do we have to click outside the number box, we have to click on "nothing". There is no "nothing" on the surface of my app (only background pics and other stuff), so once I've touched a number box, the number keys are occupied *forever*. This is not frustrating, it's something worse...
Is there any way around this problem? I'd really rather not have keyboard access to number boxes at all. And to the Max developers: I see no reason why number boxes should keep keyboard focus whatsoever if you click anywhere outside them. Do you?
I've tried using blank pictctrl's over the number boxes - which works fine for integers, but float number boxes seem impossible to emulate that way.
Thanks in advance for any suggested solutions.