I tried Dvorak and Workman before landing on Colemak and eventually Mod-DHm.
Colemak just felt the most natural and comfortable. Mod-DH is suppose to be an improvement over standard Colemak and Mod-DHm was recommended when using a matrix style keyboard. I cannot truly speak to it being an improvement as I barely used standard Colemak before switching to it, but I certainly find it enjoyable.
I’ve seen some specific layout mods for programmers for both Dvorak and Colemak. However, I feel once you get a keyboard like the Atreus or Moonlander, really you can optimize your layout to improve your particular workflow.
Here’s my Atreus layout. My layout for the Moonlander mirrors this with a few bells and whistles since of course there more keys. Though, any key that I would access regularly is still placed on the three main rows and thumb clusters.
I almost went for the Atreus based on how lovely it sounds in their promo vid but thought I would miss the additional keys because I need to have some for dedicated audio controls - sometimes I need to quickly turn down the volume with one hand as I need to answer phone calls.
So I think I will do what you’re doing and keep the main keys to three rows, and then have the others for things like macros to open applications, audio controls, etc.
I think to begin with I am going to remove the thumb keys and try to get used to it as a just a keyboard - no idea how that will pan out tho
Have they told you when your Moonlander is going to arrive btw?
Do you think I should stick to the default layout to begin with or, because it’s so different and I’m going to have to get used to it anyway, start with something like the Colemak? I’m wondering whether that might make sense?
I think the way their manufacturing works is based on quantity ordered - so they’re only able to do a run per every 1500 units sold. I think they have about 400 to go before batch 4 meets that so I am guessing I will need to wait a bit for mine. I will by dying to hear what you think of yours
I felt like this was a good opportunity for me to make a break from qwerty and fix some bad typing habits at the same time. So, it’s not a bad idea to make a switch if that’s something you’re interested in.
Also I’ve found that layouts on a keyboard like the Moonlander are a journey. Over time You’ll continue to make adjustments to suit your taste. Making things more efficient and comfortable.
I’ve never really learned touch typing and for me I think this might be the best way to - because if the two halves are far enough apart I won’t be able to cheat as much!
I think you might be right, and I am guessing to begin with (like for an hour or two lol!) I’ll try it with Qwerty then will quickly want to change to Colemak. This is just a guess mind - who knows what will happen when it finally arrives. It might even be faulty!!
How long did you try Qwerty with your Atreus before experimenting with others?
I went straight to Colemak Mod-DHm. After purchasing I started experimenting with layouts to see which one I would use. I never rearranged the key caps though! I didn’t want to be tempted to look at the keys.