I am currently learning the Dvorak keyboard at the moment so I need to change keyboard when I am not in the training application 'Type Fu'.

What I want to do is:
1) Have the Dvorak - QWERTY ⌘ when I am in the 'Type Fu' application
2) Change to the QWERTY keyboard when I am in any other application

Later on when I have learnt it, I would like this to happen:
1) Have the Dvorak - QUERTY ⌘ keyboard for all applications apart from developer environments such as Xcode and Terminal
2) Automatically switch to Programmer Dvorak when I am in developer environments such as Xcode and Terminal

I know that the second option I want is similar to the first, however it has more exceptions.

Is it posible to do this in any way (even by downloading third party software)? This would make it so much easier when I am learning the new layout and when I change from programming environments to non-programming environments.

I know other questurns like this have been asked before, however, (https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/222844/automatically-change-keyboard-layout-based-on-app-focus) does not have an answer (or any comments) and (Auto change keyboard layout based on application focus) does not change per application, only per document. This means if I were to create more tabs in my enviroments, it may or may not switch to the correct one.

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Since you mentioned that you could use 3rd party apps you should have a look at Keyboard Maestro, allowing you to create macros and triggers. For example you could have Keyboard Maestro switch to the Dvorak keyboard whenever you are using Type Fu.

Here is how I would go about this:

  • Create a new Macro called "Switch to Dvorak".
  • Pick "Application" trigger and select Type Fu.
  • Select "Set keyboard Layout" Action.
  • Add a link to the Maestro Keyboard app to your answer, but nice nonetheless.
    – owlswipe
    Commented Jul 25, 2016 at 17:59
  • Thanks for your answer. This works extremely well even so far. This is what I wanted,
    – iProgram
    Commented Jul 25, 2016 at 21:18

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