Main Content

HotKeys Keyboard With Custom Profiles

Being an Industrial Designer, I need to access more than 7-8 software which includes Solidworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Keyshot, Indesign, etc. on a daily basis and yes few games also. So, I experienced two issues from which this device comes to its existence.

Scattered Keys - The complete hand travels over the keyboard in search of a key that exists at the opposite corner like ESC and ENTER key. Similarly, there are more than 15 keys that I use only in Solidworks and those are scattered all around the keyboard. So, instead of changing my keyboard preferences, again and again, I looked for a mini keyboard that can be customized according my needs. After having some research I found plenty of designs and codes which can do this task easily. But as soon as I jumped on the second issue, I found that none of the design can eliminate that.
Different Functions - The second issue was when I switch the program, most of the keys swap their functions like Adobe Photoshop is doing zoom with ALT+Scroll but when I go to Adobe Acrobat, zooming is done by CTRL+Scroll. Similarly, I don’t want most of the keys in Keyshot which I usually use in Solidworks. And, I never use arrow keys in Solidworks which are extremely required while gaming.
So, I decided to build a HotKeys keyboard with a Rotary Knob and a cheap LCD to alter between different programs with dedicated key mapping.

This Instructable is to simplify workflow and enhance productivity.

Let’s hope you enjoy it and let’s begin!”

Link to article