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Shortcut Keyboard

Feb 13, 2014, 07:38 (This post was last modified: Feb 13, 2014 07:40 by Barbie.)
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Shortcut Keyboard


Shortcut Keyboard
OneClick OneFinger keypress.
Perhaps for Gimp in the future ?

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Feb 13, 2014, 09:00 (This post was last modified: Feb 13, 2014 09:01 by btraven.)
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
Please, I beg you, tell me this is from The Onion or something, that it is not meant seriously, that it's an attempt at ironic humor.

It's bad enough that every app and website has a bunch of ever-so-clever, incomprehensible new icons but a keyboard with nothing but, puh-leeeeze!

Now it's gotten so bad that the icons have to have labels. LABELS! Why not just use the damn labels to begin with?

Most westerners, regardless of the their native language, recognize the Roman alphabet. And it has proven very handy for communicating ideas for at least two millenia. You can take the individual components, LETTERS, and combine them into groups, WORDS, that have MEANINGS. This novel notion pretty much put the kibosh on icons the last time they were popular... in Egypt c. 4000 BC! Don't see a lot of communication using hieroglyphics anymore, huh? Wonder why?

But with icons, every cockamamie idea and crazy notion has to have a clever, new icon. And, to be cool, it has to be utterly inscrutable to all but the very few techsters who create this stuff. If ordinary people--you know, the people that BUY and USE computers as tools not as toys or status markers--have no idea what the hell they mean or stand for, well, so much the better.

Yeah, a keyboard with nothing but icons. That's a great idea.

Don't get me started...
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Feb 13, 2014, 12:32
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
I don't know, I quite like the idea for graphic-specific programs.
It would make things more efficient as with the old keyboard you have to push 2 to 3 keys for one shortcut.

One of the major pitfalls I see is the tutorial / manuals usability, any book, how-to with old keyboard shortcuts would be depreciated. Unless they still let you use an add-on keyboard.

What would make it even cooler is if the shortcuts keyboard could pop up a hologram tooltip when you hover your fingers over a shortcut button. This would minimize use of labels / descriptions and function more like the programs ô_ô
Not to mention would feel more futuristic xD
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Feb 13, 2014, 13:58
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
*facepalm*... cubed
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Feb 14, 2014, 09:18
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
(Feb 13, 2014 13:58)btraven Wrote:  *facepalm*... cubed

(-‸ლ) ...perplexed
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Feb 16, 2014, 06:27
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard

The point is btraven... with this keyboard...

You don't have to move your hand off the mouse (back and forth)... which disrupts work.
Eliminates having to press 2 or 3 keys,
Not having to memorize the 2 or 3 key sequence.
The keyboard has the keys color co-ordinated and sectioned, for easy find.

● Good idea iForStyle007 with the 'popup hologram tooltip' !
At least the Option for those that want it setup that way.
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Feb 16, 2014, 08:12
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
(Feb 14, 2014 09:18)iForStyle007 Wrote:  (-‸ლ)

The defense rests!
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Feb 16, 2014, 08:39
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
(Feb 16, 2014 06:27)Barbie Wrote:  
The point is btraven... with this keyboard...

You don't have to move your hand off the mouse (back and forth)... which disrupts work.
Eliminates having to press 2 or 3 keys,
Not having to memorize the 2 or 3 key sequence.
The keyboard has the keys color co-ordinated and sectioned, for easy find.

● Good idea iForStyle007 with the 'popup hologram tooltip' !
At least the Option for those that want it setup that way.

If you use a graphics tablet, you don't have to take your hand off the stylus, you can access all the tools, menus, etc. of Gimp right from tablet with the stylus. And you don't have to spend twenty minutes trying to figure out what that screwy little picture that looks like a warthog ice-dancing in a tutu is supposed to mean.

After my little rant in the post above, I looked up the instrumentation for the highest tech stuff I could think of: spacecraft and nuke facilities. THEY ALL USE LABELS! Even on the ISS, with people who speak different languages, it is safer and more efficient to have them learn the WORDS of another language than to rely on them understanding cute little pictures, color-coordinated or otherwise.

It's useful to point out the both the Renaissance and the Enlightenment--two eras of explosive knowledge-growth on this planet--took place in a part of the world where, even though many different languages were spoken, they pretty much all used an alphabet, the same alphabet in most cases. Try looking up something in an "Icon dictionary" sometime. HA!

Words rule and icons suck!

And to iFor: Yeah, pop-up holgrams, we'll get them right after we get the flying Jetson-cars we were all supposed to be riding around in by now.
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Feb 17, 2014, 03:44
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
(Feb 16, 2014 08:39)btraven Wrote:  
(Feb 16, 2014 06:27)Barbie Wrote:   ..... 
... And you don't have to spend twenty minutes trying to figure out what that screwy little picture that looks like a warthog ice-dancing in a tutu is supposed to mean.
LoL, good point!
Quote:Words rule and icons suck!
They're (icons) like logos & the commonly known ones are more likely to be on the shortcut keyboard. Not to mention icons have been in the computer industry for programs ever since one of the first apple computer.

Come to think of it, modern keyboards now have this thing where it will show a translucent pop-up when things like "caps lock" or "num lock" is turned on. (older keyboard had the infamous lights)

If this new keyboard had a double press like a shoot-and-point shutter button on a camera: you could lightly press it/halfway for a pop-up on screen of what tool is being picked, then do a full hard press to select / use the tool. This would kinda solve not having to look at the keyboard like of said above.
THAT would be innovation at its finest ^_^
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Btavern Wrote:And to iFor: Yeah, pop-up holgrams, we'll get them right after we get the flying Jetson-cars we were all supposed to be riding around in by now.

One of the reasons I mentioned that is because its very near (more near than flying cars; there are a few produced though...) here is an example implemented differently:
https://www.google.com/search?q=led+keyb...r+keyboard
They laser would show a static ticker under or around the screen so you don't have to look down. But with the transparent notification soft / hard press, a laser display/ holo would be a convenience

(Feb 16, 2014 11:42)ofnuts Wrote:  
To answer your points in sequence;
1) if you use the screen buttons/menus you don't have to either; And here you do something even more disruptive: move your eyes off the screen to find the button on the keyboard (because your hand won't learn/recognize that many positions).
2) we have have five fingers
3) instead we memorize 319 key positions. The key sequences have some logic...
4) easy to find... by looking at it... see 1)

What we need is something that we can use without looking at it. This already exists and is called a game keyboard or game keypad. Less keys but you can use all of them without having to search them visually.
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Feb 18, 2014, 10:15
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RE: Shortcut Keyboard
● Hands never need to leave the mouse.
● Eyes never need to leave the screen.

Maybe looks a bit clunky... but would like to test it out.
Most likely future versions could be more and more lightweight and well fitted to your hand.
Needs to be less bulky for actual Gimp/Paint work... and maybe only need it for the mouse hand and not both hands.

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