Typewriter Keyboard for Mac

Typewriter Keyboard for Mac

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Version:
6.2
File Size:
6.7MB
Date Added:
July 02, 2014
Price:
Free to try
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.3/10.4/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC/10.5/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
11,519
Downloads Last Week:
34
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  • 5 stars

    "I am a writer and I love it!"

    February 27, 2007   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 3.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I am a freelance writer with articles published in over a dozen national journals and magazines. I also collect antique typewriters as a hobby.

    I love this unobtrusive little computer enhancement. It provides useful audible feedback when typing, and it allows users to configure each key to the exact sound of their choosing. You can also adjust the volume of the keyboard w/o effecting the general volume setting of you mac.

    As someone who cares very much about writing, I find that hearing keys typed, hearing them the way I want to hear them, is enjoyable and helps me to avoid common errors such as the accidental double typing of keys.

    Those who have grown up with junky plastic rectangular typing boxes probably don't appreciate Typewriter Keyboard immediately. If, on the other hand, you first learned to type on a real typewriter, then you know that some advantages are lost with the march of progress. This application bridges the gap, returning to us a few of the niceties and charm inherent in the iconic writing machines of yesteryear.

    By the way, if you've never used a mechanical typewriter, or haven't used one in decades, it's a fascinating experience. Remember, those were the machines with which Mark Twain, Hemmingway, Kerouac and 99% of the world's great writers recorded their words. Just try to type on a real typewriter â?? you'll discover how amazingly strong writer's fingers were back then! Kind of makes you wonder what else has been lost, what else is weaker today.

    Ignore the naysayers. Typewriter Keyboard Rocks! 5 Stars.

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  • 3 stars

    "Price & Performance"

    February 26, 2007   |   By chillywilly5280

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 3.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Keyclick: $2.50; 0.30% CPU while in use.

    Typewriter Keyboard: â?¬15 (about $18); 8.20% CPU when IDLE!

    'nuff said.

    (BTW, VT's comment submission sux)

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  • 3 stars

    "Neat, but bad value."

    November 06, 2006   |   By MrMediocre

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 2.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I like this app in concept. The execution is decent enough, I just have a hard time justifying shelling out just over $18 US on what amounts to a novelty application. I'm not a cheap guy, or one who often complains about price, but a corresponding novelty price point (say, 5 bucks?) would likely earn a lot more registered users for what is otherwise a neat little app.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works (Mostly)"

    December 16, 2005   |   By sprindle1

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 2.10

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I agree with most of the suggestions, eg add a hot key toggle, limit its use to specified apps. Major quirk is that occasionally a key will go momentarily silent, doesn't seem to be an obvious pattern to this. Still, all in all, this is a fun utility to have.

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  • 3 stars

    "Limited"

    March 23, 2004   |   By Mr Tea

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 2.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.

    Ok. It's cheap and cheerful, and does what it says on the tin, but it's a very blunt and limited instrument.

    I would like it better if it had an option to only play sounds when the keyboard keys are actually being used to enter text, rather than indiscriminately in any context. I don't necessarily want to hear typewriter sounds when I'm entering a command key combo or selecting a tool in Photoshop.

    At the very least, I would like to be able to define a list of apps that sounds are played in. Surely that's not asking too much?

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  • 4 stars

    "i like this."

    January 04, 2004   |   By plaintiger

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 1.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.

    i downloaded this with low expectations, knowing this developer's been cited for a lot of bad behavior including writing lavish five-star VT reviews of all his own software and selling software that duplicates functionality already available for free in the OS, but i have to say i really like Typewriter Keyboard. someone's said its functionality is available in the OS by going System Preferences... -> Universal Access -> Keyboard and turning on Slow Keys and "Use key click sounds" and setting the key repeat rate to short, but TK has several advantages over that method, IMO, to wit:

    - it doesn't affect the key repeat rate you've set in your Keyboard & Mouse prefs pane (which Slow Keys does)

    - it makes cute, appropriate sounds when you hit a "carriage return" (the Return key), which Slow Keys doesn't

    - i just think it sounds a lot better than Slow Keys; it sounds like a real typewriter, which Slow Keys doesn't (i think because Slow Keys puts the emphasis on the sound of the typewriter's keys going up and down, whereas TK puts it on the sound of the key faces striking the platen).

    say what you will about this developer (and i understand there's a lot to say - see the reviews of Safari Task Bar here on VT for examples of what i'm talking about), this is a cool little piece of software (again, the opinions expressed herein are the opinions of this reviewer and do not necessarily reflect in any way anything else in the whole wide world :).

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  • 5 stars

    "Give the guy a break"

    November 14, 2003   |   By Asta the Dog

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 1.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Okay, Ripoff, I see your point, but the fact is this little app works as advertised, and is kind of neat. I paid for it. Wish list: a way to able/disable the apps that TK works with.

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  • 3 stars

    "Love it!"

    August 19, 2003   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 1.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    There's something about the sound feedback that's very satisfying--and it's actually useful for keying in numbers, to know that you've hit the key hard enough. The cha-ching of the return is great!

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  • 1 stars

    "Beware -- Negative Feedback Deleted"

    July 07, 2003   |   By garyconditwasframed

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 1.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I had a negative experience with this company (registered Typewriter Keyboard only to find it would not work properly and had to argue for a refund) and posted feedback about it here to warn others and I now find that this feedback has been deleted. Register this app at your own risk.

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  • 3 stars

    "Feedback on Typewriter Keyboard"

    June 13, 2003   |   By pdX

    Version: Typewriter Keyboard 1.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I downloaded the Typewriter Keyboard 1.0 yesterday. I was looking forward to an application like Tappy Type (for OS 9 & Classic Applications - see versiontracker for OS 9). To the developers: thanks for producing it. I'd like to see some changes in the next iteration.

    1. Preferences
    2. A formal application to leave launched and selectable in the dock, with a menu and basic options (and preferably advanced options).
    3. The ability for a user to specify specific application(s) they want or don't want Typewriter sounds (for example we should have the option to disable it in the finder, in Safari, or in Address Book if we prefer not to hear it there).
    4. Sound sets. A set of maybe five or six default sound sets - and the option to build a customized set based on one of the sound sets. Customization would hopefully include the ability to assign specific sounds to a specific key (choose one of six options for the return audio, or one of five options for the standard keys audio, or one of seven options for the shift audio, etc).
    5. Quieter, bass-driven sounds, rather than treble-brassy sounds currently used. (To end-users: note that OS X ships with a similar feature to this app found in the System Preferences>Universal Access>Keyboard tab>Slow Keys. Another poster before me described how to enable it. Note, that the OS X function is a bit clunky since the delete keys are delayed a lot by the audio and only one sound is used for all keys.)
    6. Repetitive sound effects when a key is held down. Currently you hear one audio effect when delete is initially pressed, then we hear nothing as the delete key continues to repeat.
    7. Make the delete key audio different from the space bar audio.
    8. Make the shift key sound different from the normal keys - quieter, the sound of a modifier key.
    9. Create a vastly different default return key audio. Nix the double bell which is more like a doorbell. The current return key audio you are using is quite different from a classic typewriter's return - which is more subtle.
    10. Please default to no sound when someone presses the following modifier or special keys: command, option, control, fn, arrow keys, F1-16, escape, caps ****. But for those who do wish to hear those keys, include the option to turn sound effects for specific modifier keys (a sound effect similar to the current shift key, but definitely not the same sound as ordinary keys).
    11. Option to modify the application's volume independently of the system's volume, preferably this would be an option available through right-clicking on the application's dock icon.
    12. A clear description of the application's design and any security precautions which were taken to prevent misuse for spyware purposes. This kind of reassurance is especially important for a company such as Alpha Omega Software which does produce separate applications which monitor screen activity and keystrokes (example is Keyboard Spy, which features a similar logo to Typewriter Keyboard).
    13. Once launched and used for a few minutes, my dock discontinued responding to mouse overs (no text hints to say which applications I was rolling over, no magnification). I could click on an app and open a folder from the dock, but that didn't reactivate the mouse over feedback. I was able to get its interactivity back by quitting Typewriter Keyboard and then pressing Command-Tab (the quick key to select from the dock a different open application to come into focus). With this action, the dock bounced back on and began interacting again with the mouse.
    14. If you make it feel like a full application with customization options, I think you'll have few issues with people willing to pay the $10 asking price.

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