Karabiner for Mac

Karabiner for Mac


Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 5 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
10.2.0
File Size:
3.35MB
Date Added:
August 21, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.10/10.9
Total Downloads:
3,971
Downloads Last Week:
38
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Mac users may want the ability to alter their keyboard settings to change keys, as well as other options. KeyRamp4MacBook for Mac permits a number of settings and key changes that could be useful for a small number of users.

KeyRemap4MacBook for Mac downloaded quickly, but to install it the system needed a complete restart, which was an inconvenience. Technical support was not available, but the program did not reveal any bugs during testing. The lack of tutorials would be problematic for early Mac users since the interface was very cluttered and difficult to decipher. After the computer restarted, the application's main menu presented us with few graphics but many buttons. The top row offers main sections for key changes, repeat settings, and menu bars, among other options. Within those are a number of sub-buttons each adjusting some keyboard operation. The changes took effect quickly and operated as indicated. While it was difficult to sift through the available selections, once the desired option was found, it was easy to make changes to the settings. The presence of an uninstaller was also a welcome feature.

KeyRamp4MacBook for Mac performs its functions well but the interface could be more user-friendly. While the program is not likely to appeal to average users, it will be appreciated by those who need to make changes to their keyboard configuration.

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  • 5 stars

    "Finally!!! Shift Delete = Forward Delete again!"

    June 02, 2012   |   By mpias

    Version: KeyRemap4MacBook 7.7.0

    Pros

    An extremely powerful replacement for the now defunct DoubleCommand!

    Cons

    None that I've seen.

    Summary

    I finally have my Shift Delete = Forward Delete back! KeyRemap4MacBook seems to be overkill for one simple function that should have been in ROM in the first place, but what the hey, maybe I'll develop a need for some of its other options. At any rate, I'm a happy camper!

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  • 5 stars

    "Great piece of work."

    April 17, 2012   |   By dlclapp

    Version: KeyRemap4MacBook 7.5.0

    Pros

    Does exactly what I want. It also has many other capabilities that may be useful. After installation, see the preferences. Works with Lion & SL.

    Cons

    None for me.

    Summary

    I do slide shows with iPhoto onto TVs. iPhoto uses left/right arrows to step through pictures. My Kensington remote transmits page up/down. I asked the author if the program could do that. They added that feature to the program and ONLY for iPhoto.

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  • 1 stars

    "Quickly Uninstalled"

    December 15, 2011   |   By jamiekayam

    Version: KeyRemap4MacBook 7.5.0

    Pros

    none for me

    Cons

    program appears to be wrapped malware/virus

    Summary

    Upon completing installation and restarting my Mac, my Peer Guardian Alert software lit up like a Christmas Tree! It appears this KeyReMap program is wrapped in a malware/virus program that prioritizes sending info about your computer out over the internet before you even start to use it. I was really surprised to encounter such a fraud on Downloads.com. I immediately uninstalled the software.

    I was really hoping to use this software to customize my Logitech N305 wireless number pad, but so far, my search goes on.

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  • 5 stars

    "Hooray! I have my forward-delete button back!"

    September 13, 2011   |   By Shankland

    Version: KeyRemap4MacBook 7.4.0

    Pros

    This software gives you detailed keyboard customization abilities, but the only one I really needed was a forward-delete key that's tremendously useful when typing text. There are dozens of other options, too.

    Cons

    1. It overrode my low-delay, fast-repeat setting with its own repeat rate. 2. Eject key can't be remapped to forward-delete, but that's Apple's design not the software's fault.

    Summary

    I installed this for a single reason, the ability to get a forward-delete key that I'm accustomed to when using Windows. But the software has countless other options, including the ability to mix and match function keys (F1-F12) and their alternate functions (screen brightness, volume, etc.) It's also got a range of useful options for people who like vi, vim, or emacs editors; tweaked defaults for using specific software such as VMware; different keyboard layouts like Dvorak; and stuff I'd never thought of like combinations of trackpad and keystrokes.

    My instinct was to remap the eject key to forward delete, but unfortunately this is a bad option because of the way the Mac is set up: it can't register repeats with it, only single taps. Consequently I chose to remap the right option key, which I almost never use, to forward delete. Now I just have to reprogram my muscle memory to learn it.

    The software also lets you fine-tune key repeat rates. Unfortunately, though, its default settings overrode my own earlier ones (minimum delay before repeat, maximum repeat rate). I settled on an initial wait of 300ms and a key repeat rate of 43ns. I only changed the first two settings.

    I haven't explored the full range of what the software can do, but I recommend it. I'm considering changes to other ergonomically subpar keys such as caps lock and tilde, but that'll have to be for another day's exploration.

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome-Forward Delete on my MacBook Pro"

    April 02, 2010   |   By PrivettP

    Version: KeyRemap4MacBook 6.5.0

    Pros

    The thing that drove me crazy about Mac was the lack of a forward delete. I now have the forward delete on the exact opposite place of the backspace (Macs Delete). Logitech control center works better with it. Light and unobtrusive.

    Cons

    I can find no Cons.

    Summary

    I tried read reviews and previously tried Double Click, but the options that software had did not satisfy how I wanted to customize a forward delete key to a single key. I have set the forward delete key to the single forward quote that I never use. Because it is exactly opposite of the backwards delete key on the keyboard (mirror image), it's in the perfect place. This software is also unobtrusive and does not interfere or slow down other functions or actions. The software designer will also customize the software to suite your needs that go beyond what is available in a very short time. As a lifetime PC user, not having a single key for forward delete was my top complaint with Macs. Now that I have it and shared it with all my other friends who use Macs, the also see the advantage and wonder why Apple has refused to address this for over a decade. This software also allows you to remap other keys if you wish. I prefer this over double click because the software has more efficient code, more versatile, has far greater and personal support . Double click also sometimes affected other applications that were slowed. I'm now very happy. Even my mouse improved.

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