When time is a factor (when isn’t it?) the last thing you want to face is your gear slowing you down. While it’s hard to say that a keyboard does so, a special editing keyboard featuring lots of dedicated shortcuts can certainly give you the edge. A great round-up of existing editing keyboards, mice and controllers has been posted Jonny Elwyn at jonnyelwyn.co.uk.
"Keyboard shortcuts are the hallmark of a speedy editor. The more shortcuts you’ve got memorised the faster you will be. Learning all the shortcuts of course takes time, and if you’re new to a piece of software it will take even longer. That’s why keyboards like the ones from UK based Editor Keys (and their US sister company KB Covers) can be very useful."
First Jonny presents silicone covers for keyboards – these are easy to install and remove covers dedicated for a particular piece of software that let you turn your external or built-in MacBook keyboard into a professional workstation. For examples, please have a look at Editor Keys offer here.
Secondly he goes with a full scale pro-gaming keyboard: the Corsair Vengeance K70 programmable gaming keyboard:
"The beauty of this keyboard is that every key can be programmed to a macro and stored in it’s own internal memory, which means you only have to set it up once. Each mechanical key is also able to be programmed to be backlit by any one of 16.8 million colours and 10 different levels of brightness. Although designed for PC users they seem to work on Mac too."
Then Jonny moves on to Pen Tablets. He doesn’t write much about it – except their ergonomic advantage over a standard mouse, and links back to his previous articles on Wacom tablets.
There’s also a couple of controllers, like the Logitech G-13 (photo below):
"The Logitech G-13 is a programmable gaming keyboard that allows you to set up your keyboard shortcuts and macros (multiple keystrokes activated in one button push) so that you can edit faster than ever before. Or so goes the promise. I’ve just ordered one so I’ll let you know how I get on with it in due course."
If you do decide to stick with a mouse, there’s also a selection of these – mostly for professional gaming purposes, but this means they feature numerous programmable buttons – like the Razer Naga Epic with nineteen buttons, out of which 12 are additional programmable ones.
Please visit Jonny article here for more information, links, videos and photos.