Currently Being ModeratedJul 29, 2013 7:01 PM (in response to BillHahn)
I am attempting to use the Thinkpad usb keyboard with red nubby and my Macbook Pro.
I will use either keyboard for most activities. But for developing, my group has used the thnkpad keyboard and we love keeping our keys on the keyboard and still use the mouse and button and the middle scroll. It's awesome and hard for us to give up.
I was able to get the center mouse button scroll to work by installing USB Overdrive. You select "middle button" and change it to "move to scroll"
That's one key thing.
For me, I use a lot of Control-key combinations and I like having control on the left and the right. On my macbook, I have "command" on the left and right. So either I want the command to change to control and all my hotkeys can be control combos, or, maybe even better, map the control key on my thinkpad keyboard to the command key. I think If I could do that then I would have most of what I need.
I would love to map the home and end keys too, but I can live without that.
I hope others will chime in with suggestions.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2013 10:22 AM (in response to chrismcnally)
I am so very grateful that chrismcnally replied with such thoughtful feedback on this topic.
I know that using a ThinkPad Trackpoint keyboard with a MacBook is a fringe thing to do and it is heartening to get some positive feedback on this powerful Best-of-both-worlds combination.
To chrismcnally: Thank you VERY MUCH for sharing your tip about "USB Overdrive". I'm going to give that a try and write back about my experiences with it.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2013 8:35 PM (in response to BillHahn)
Hi, thanks for sharing this. I found this page because I just bought exactly the same keyboard to use with my mac I really like your idea of putting the keyboard on top of the mac as well, smart thinking.
I was just wondering, I've basically just plugged my keyboard in, but I've noticed already that a lot of keys don't work out of the box - almost none of the keys above the number row for instance. Do you know how to get them working? Also I was wondering if you'd experimented with KeyRemap4Macbook and had any ideas about remapping keys Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 23, 2013 2:47 PM (in response to chrismcnally)
Thanks. Smart Scroll also works and has more powerful features, but the developer makes you wait after every OSX revision for a couple of days. It gets annoying.
Think I'm moving to USB Overdrive.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2013 12:02 AM (in response to BillHahn)
Anyone know how to adjust trackpoint sensitivity under OS X? I've been looking this for a long long time. Thanks in advance.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2014 8:24 AM (in response to Jacky Chen)
Jacky, I found I could adjust trackpoint sensitivity via the "mouse" settings on the MacBook while using the Thinkpad keyboard/trackpoint. And btw I am quite happy to know this is an option--thanks Bill for initiating this discussion.
I also welcome tips on remapping keys. For example I'm so used to Ctrl-X to cut, Ctrl-V to paste etc. I'd like to retain that consistent behavior, but default makes me use the Windows key instead of the Control key for cutting/pasting/etc. Any advice on easiest way to remap - ideally affecting only the external thinkpad keyboard and not the built-in MacBook keyboard's mapping.
Thanks in advance!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2014 7:30 PM (in response to BillHahn)
Thanks for the thread Bill. It may be 'fringe' as you say, though you are not alone.
Over thirty odd years of computing I have used most - PC, Mac, Linux, etc - and I still come back to my IBM keyboards. The Mac touch pad is indeed one of the best (if not THE best) though it comes down to personal preference and I still prefer the little red button.
I am in the process of upgrading and looking seriously at a MB Air or Pro. Keyboard layout was something I was considering as I do a lot of typing / writing, though now it appears I need not worry, thank you.