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Delivered this morning 2017-06-14, looks really cool and solid.
Unfortunately, I use a Macintosh. Online sources hint that it works with a Mac, but it's only outputting upper- and lowercase letters and layer 0 punctuation for me.
Using the Keyboard Setup Assistant it was unrecognized, and I chose ANSI (I also tried JIS and ISO, the only other two choices).
Basically, when I do Fn+<, Fn+>, and Fn+Shift I see the LED colors, but the keys still just produce layer 1 characters.
Also, when the firmware changes, would I need to update from a PC, since the files on the maker's website are .exe?
Even though I cannot get any control+[whatever] keys to work, control+spacebar works to pull up the text input mode, allowing me to be able to input Japanese (as long as I don't need anything not on layer 0.
Also, Alt+spacebar will pull up Spotlight search.
I’m using mine on a Mac as well - its working quite well. When the Mac asked for the “hold the key next to the right shift,” I clicked FN1+<the key ? and / are on>.
Also, the three extra programmable layers are transparent, so to speak, until you program them - they all act like the default layer. For example the left spacebar will remain as such until you tell it to be something different.
Dont forget on a Mac everything is Command + <key>, so in the case of the Core you’ll want to use the Windows logo key as your Command key.
You also are likely already in need of updating the firmware - I received mine and it was outdated, so the the functions did not entirely match the keycaps which are designed with the new firmware in mind. You are likely running 1.03 when 1.04.03 is out. You will need to use Windows to flash the keyboard, or a VM.
Thanks for the advice!
I'm not sure what my firmware version was, but I flashed it from my wife's Windows laptop using the latest Core firmware downloaded from vortexgear.tw.
My wife's Windows machine didn't particularly force me to go through any installation procedure as on my Macintosh. I noticed that even on the Windows machine layers 1-3 were not any different than layer 0, as you said.
On the Macintosh I reinstalled using the Fn1+n key, rather than the > key, as the "left of left-shift" choice, and it allowed me to continue and finish the configuration. Where did you get that tip? It's not something I would have figured out by trial and error.
The contro[i.e., Win]+<letter> keys, like control+F for Find are now working.
As for layers 1-3, I had assumed that for the keys identified as having assigned values in the "layer description" diagrams in the manual the values were pre-programmed. For example, I assumed that the numbers 1 through 0 would already be working. But layer 1 (red LED) "a" produces "a," not "2." So the layer does seem to be transparent as you say.
But what I cannot figure out is how, for example, to program the "a" key to be "2" in layer 1 when programming step 4 in the manual is "Key in the contents and press Pn." The contents I want is "2," but since the key is not yet programmed to be "2" I cannot key it in. It's a chicken-and-egg problem. What am I missing?
I just discovered that the Fn1 key accesses the numbers and other "red dye sub" stuff on the keys, while Fn1+Shift accesses the "green dye sub" stuff. I'm still experimenting to figure out how to access the "blue dye sub" stuff. Edit 2: It's the Fn key to get the blue. O.K., I think I can begin to use this thing for real now!
I'm getting used to this keyboard surprisingly fast, and my HHKB Professional JP is packed away in the closet now. I don't think I'll even need the layers.
I'm handling Japanese input by using Win+spacebar to bring up the keyboard menu and spacing between U.S. and hiragana. This is fractionally slower than having dedicated keys for this as on Japanese keyboards, but I don't mind.