Dvorak Keyboards for mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by steelfist, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. steelfist macrumors 6502a

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    since my typing sucks, it won't be very hard to relearn typing. i'm wondering if there are any that are completly capatible with macs, including the command button and the option button.
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    The letter keys on the current Apple keyboards are pretty easy to pop off and move around, and the shifted characters correspond pretty well with the US keycaps.

    So, what you could do is enable the Dvorak layout in the International preferences, bring up the Key caps panel as a guide, pick up a US layout keyboard, get out a little screwdriver or paddle and get to prying (gently).
     
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Sounds like too much work for me....plus I would be sure to mix the keys up. :eek: :D
     
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Oh come on, 26 letters plus a few stragglers, you'd be done in a few minutes! If you want too much work, try to learn the Dvorak layout without rearranging the keycaps. :D
     
  5. amphibious macrumors member

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    Popping off the keys and moving them around is a terrible idea... I'm not sure about Apple keyboards (I prefer my old Keytronic Designer), but most keyboards' keys have different angles depending on what row they are on.

    I would **highly** recommend the typematrix. You can get them with Qwerty labeling, Dvorak labeling, and both... they also have a convenient button to switch between the two (without having to change anything in software), also the matrix layout is vastly superior to the staggered design. Inexpensive, and the people that run the company are extremely friendly.

    http://www.typematrix.com
     
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    So then how would you know that it's a terrible idea?
    Okay, then you simply haven't seen one and are making it up as you go along. On the current Apple keyboards under discussion, the switch bases are angled, and the keycaps do not differ by row.
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    No thanks. :p :D :)
     
  8. timb macrumors regular

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    I did it with my Apple Pro Keyboard and iBook a few years back. Worked fine, no issues at all. (Aside from the fact that you lose your Num-Pad lettering on the iBook.) Took me all of about 10 minutes on each keyboard to do. Just pop all the keys off, have a Dvorak diagram printed out or on screen and go to town.

    -timb

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  9. baudchan macrumors newbie

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    changing f to h and j to u for dvorak on ibook G4

    I have an Ibook and found that I can't swap f and h, along with u and j. This is because the latch that holds them on is mirrored. How did you do it?

     

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