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what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 27, 2011 03:46PM
Bus driver must have spaced or something this morning and the end result was my shoulder was dislocated. Now I'm typing with one hand...

Years ago there was an app to type with one hand on a keyboard. You would hold down the spacebar or something like that while typing and it would reverse the keyboard. They said it was something your brain could easily handle and I tried it and it worked for me. Now I actually need to use it. Anyone know of an app that does that? Thanks.




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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: December 27, 2011 03:51PM
As a lifelong one-handed typist - I have never heard of that. I just type with 2-3 fingers and my thumb for the space bar. Then again I only type 25wpm...



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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: microchip
Date: December 27, 2011 04:05PM
It was part of UControl, a feature I seem to recall being named "TWERQ". I seem to recall there were patent issues.

A few quick searches on my part don't seem to yield anything interesting, but hopefully they can give you a good starting place. I too would be interested in it's revival.
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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: MarkD
Date: December 27, 2011 04:20PM
Is this what you are thinking of... www.frogpad.com
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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: December 27, 2011 04:35PM
Or Matias's Half Keyboard ($$$!)

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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: decay
Date: December 27, 2011 04:42PM
Fapp.app?



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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: DP
Date: December 27, 2011 05:54PM
I also hope you're OK. Dislocated shoulder? Lawsuit!
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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 27, 2011 06:37PM
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microchip
It was part of UControl, a feature I seem to recall being named "TWERQ". I seem to recall there were patent issues.

A few quick searches on my part don't seem to yield anything interesting, but hopefully they can give you a good starting place. I too would be interested in it's revival.

That seem to be it. The hardware solutions aren't an option. Haven't found the software available anywhere.

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Ombligo
As a lifelong one-handed typist - I have never heard of that. I just type with 2-3 fingers and my thumb for the space bar. Then again I only type 25wpm...

For someone whose occupation consists largely of writing code, 25wpm wont cut it.




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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: microchip
Date: December 27, 2011 10:30PM
I don't know if this allows for custom modifiers:
[reviews.cnet.com]

On first glance it looks like it gets the closest, albeit you have to make your own layout.
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Re: what's that one-handed keyboard software?
Posted by: tenders
Date: December 28, 2011 12:59AM
Sorry to hear about this M A V I C!

It is possible with practice to get pretty fast at one-handed typing, if you're a reasonably good two-handed touch-typist.

But I agree, a software solution to let you type a whole keyboard's worth of keys with the keys under one hand would be a great idea.

Matthias is crazy....$600 for half a piece of hardware you already own? (Sounds like an insurance scam to me.)

Frogpad is close...but their software on a tactile keyboard is a better solution than their virtual one on the Magic TrackPad.

There used to be a device in the early '90s that would let you "chord" letters, numbers, and symbols using one hand and a custom piece of ADB hardware shaped a little like a glove with buttons at the fingertips. The letter "A" would be, for example, the thumb and middle finger. Seemed like a novel idea that never caught on.

I'm thinking Dragon Dictate / Naturally Speaking would be a viable solution for this problem.

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