I'm using OS X Lion.

I'm a PC user and just recently tried out using a Mac. I'm used to installing a handy app in Windows named TouchCursor. It allows me not to release my fingers in the "home" keys of the keyboard, which helps increase productivity (IMHO) because I don't need to reach out for the arrow keys anymore.

In Vim, the standard for the left, right, up and down is the H, L, K, and J keys. I mimic it in Windows through TouchCursor by just adding the Spacebar (holding it down) + either H, L, K and J, depending on the direction I choose. I made it universal, not only using Vim, but used it every time I navigate Windows, work with MS Office and other apps.

Is KeyRemap4MacBook able to this just like I used to do it in TouchCursor? Currently I have downloaded it and would be experimenting and see how it goes. I just needed to post this question assuming someone might have experience solving this.



I use both programs, and they are quite similar in spirit, but different in detail. What I find works well for me in KeyRemap4MacBook is to turn on "normal mode" (I think that's what it is called). I tap my Command key, then I can use vi-like keys, then I tap Command again (or use i).

Another useful thing is "simultaneous vi mode" (I think that's what it is called). I press and hold s and d simultaneously, and while holding them I can use vi keys. Quite similar to TouchCursor, except not with the space bar.

I wish there were programs that are more similar than these two, but I think this is currently where we are at.

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  • (I realize the answer is coming a bit late.) – hibbelig Sep 24 '12 at 20:21
  • That's just fine. I'm currently playing with KeyRemap and it's Vim like settings. I was so used to TouchCursor back then that I can't go on without it. Even the author of the KeyRemap itself is giving me a custom settings to mimic the TouchCursor movements. – Panoy Sep 29 '12 at 12:54
  • Cool! I'd be interested in something similar to simultaneous vi mode, except with the space bar instead of s and d. What do those custom settings look like? – hibbelig Sep 30 '12 at 21:52
  • Here's the private XML: dropbox.com/s/seykj7poubqgou6/private.xml. The only thing I notice is that there's some delay in the Spacebar keyup event that when you type too fast it doesn't seem to work. I mean, the Spacebar key can't catch up with your typing that you think that it doesn' work. I usually end up with words "joined/sticked" together. Ifyou know whatI mean as I'mtyping this. :D – Panoy Oct 1 '12 at 22:46

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