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I'm working on a solution for a couple things:

  • Only using my left hand for
    • Views
    • Hotkeys
    • Tool modes
  • Mapping the 4 lower views
  • Remapping UIOP[ ] because the mouse is attached to my right hand like Ash's chainsaw, so I never use them
  • Restoring (and possibly remapping) the Snapping Modes hotkeys
    • Which are also cool because double-tapping them brings up the settings for each mode

Note: at this point, VW is the must-have; other apps are a nice-to-have / "let's see where this goes... "

 

I'm looking for input (pardon the pun) based on others' experience with these doodads, including other hotkeys that are underutilized that I'm overlooking. I'm not interested in shortcuts.

 

Here's a discussion about using these for CAD:

 

 

 

Here's an example of a Macro Pad that would use the default keys:

 

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Here's what I'm thinking for mapping the Macro Pad (1 too many rows for a Streamdeck XL):

 

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Here's what I'm thinking for mapping a Streamdeck XL:

 

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Here's what I'm thinking for a Streamdeck but I would lose the hotkeys (less concerned about the arrows):

 

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I use the numeric keypad on my Apple extended keyboard to handle the view options.  I find it very convenient.

 

I've heard good things about the Streamdeck XL, but am holding off for now because I don't have the free time to work through the set up.  I'm sure it would save me time in the long run, but deadlines...  There's a Streamdeck thread here: 

 

I've also considered repurposing an old iPhone or iPad for StreamDeck Mobile or Touch Portal but the same time constraint applies.  I'm curious if anyone has tried those options.

 

 

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When I was using an imac and the keyboard without the numeric keypad. I was most happy with having purchased an inexpensive keypad that I placed to the left of the keyboard. It had the arrow keys, home, end and a forward delete. No longer was I bumping into an oversized keyboard with my mouse, nor having to release the mouse to press the navigation and view keys when my left arm got tired of reaching over to the right side numeric keys. And I now had an enter key on both sides of the keyboard even though there are some functional differences between return and enter.

I have been thinking and looking for reasonable priced option for scripted keys for some time. I recall when I first started drafting in the early 90's on Autocad that in addition to keyboard entry many workstations had a graphic tablet with a puck for input and those tablets had flexible and programmable menus. Plastic overlays to identify different functional areas. Menus that could change depending upon the current context or a modifier key was being pressed.

Somehow a lot of that functionality was lost or ignored when magnetic tablets went to the grave and these new touch screens simply have not caught up to the past. Or at least not within a typical workstation budget.

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1 hour ago, LarryO said:

When I was using an imac and the keyboard without the numeric keypad. I was most happy with having purchased an inexpensive keypad that I placed to the left of the keyboard. It had the arrow keys, home, end and a forward delete. No longer was I bumping into an oversized keyboard with my mouse, nor having to release the mouse to press the navigation and view keys when my left arm got tired of reaching over to the right side numeric keys. And I now had an enter key on both sides of the keyboard even though there are some functional differences between return and enter.

I have been thinking and looking for reasonable priced option for scripted keys for some time. I recall when I first started drafting in the early 90's on Autocad that in addition to keyboard entry many workstations had a graphic tablet with a puck for input and those tablets had flexible and programmable menus. Plastic overlays to identify different functional areas. Menus that could change depending upon the current context or a modifier key was being pressed.

Somehow a lot of that functionality was lost or ignored when magnetic tablets went to the grave and these new touch screens simply have not caught up to the past. Or at least not within a typical workstation budget.

 

I've been using this setup forever:

 

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Experimented with this expanded numpad for awhile but it's a cheaper crappier version of the one in the pic (might pull it out of the drawer and give it another shot):

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This is what got me thinking about a macro pad... 

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I mapped out the dedicated hotkeys in an effort to find some gaps. There are definitely some weaker ones that I'll never use that could be replaced (although I know that won't work for everyone else):

 

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The blue rectangles are the default resting finger positions. The ";" is only for Windows. I just discovered the "fn" key is a hotkey for the Mac Character Viewer aka Emoji's etc.

 

I tried restoring Snapping modes (yellow keys above) but fell short because of R and F (and that Working Plane 3D mode that wasn't a hotkey option before):

 

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This is the device I was using. They probably don't make them anymore.

It was a big improvement in my workflow. I'm primarily lefthanded but use a mouse effectively with my right hand.

The ergonomics of an extended keyboard with navigation keys on the right almost requiring you to let go of the mouse to operate them is counter-productive.

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3 hours ago, LarryO said:

This is the device I was using. They probably don't make them anymore.

It was a big improvement in my workflow. I'm primarily lefthanded but use a mouse effectively with my right hand.

The ergonomics of an extended keyboard with navigation keys on the right almost requiring you to let go of the mouse to operate them is counter-productive.

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Can't tell you how many times I've tried to become a left-handed mouse user, so I can use a typical (right-handed) full size extended keyboard.

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12 or so years ago I used a Razer Nostromo gamepad for this (now it's the Razer Tartarus, nicer but same button layout).  I'm left handed, but use a mouse with my right hand, so it worked really well for getting away from using the keyboard.  I recall it having 7 or 8 different layouts per application, so I had it set up that I could roll through them with the scroll wheel and had a different layout for different functions (one for views, one for data entry / basic tools, one for 3D modeling, one for Spotlight, etc).

 

I used it extensively for two years or so until I got a new laptop.  The profiles are now tied to the cloud, but they weren't back then, and I didn't feel like rebuilding the profile.  So I put it in a drawer, where it lives to this day.

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On 6/22/2022 at 8:21 PM, Jesse Cogswell said:

12 or so years ago I used a Razer Nostromo gamepad for this (now it's the Razer Tartarus, nicer but same button layout).  I'm left handed, but use a mouse with my right hand, so it worked really well for getting away from using the keyboard.  I recall it having 7 or 8 different layouts per application, so I had it set up that I could roll through them with the scroll wheel and had a different layout for different functions (one for views, one for data entry / basic tools, one for 3D modeling, one for Spotlight, etc).

 

I used it extensively for two years or so until I got a new laptop.  The profiles are now tied to the cloud, but they weren't back then, and I didn't feel like rebuilding the profile.  So I put it in a drawer, where it lives to this day.

 

I was looking at the same things... 

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