Shortcut-S is the kind of devices that is born when engineers get to make whatever they want. It’s a huge monster of a keyboard, with 319 keys all dedicated to separate Photoshop functions. It’s as if somebody took the piano and added a key to play every chord and note of Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony. Would that actually make it easier to play?
The Shortcut-S has 299 fixed-function keys and 20 customizable ones. The 299 keys’ functions can be changed by swapping in a different overlay for other apps like Illustrator, Lightroom, Final Cut and more.
Just this last weekend I was editing a bunch of photos in Acorn, and I found myself chording keys in combos I learned when I used Photoshop all day long for design work (they didn’t work, of course, and in the end I used Procreate on the iPad to get stuff done). Something like Shortcut-S looks great for beginners, but I’d wager that a well-trained hand can keep up easily enough by using muscle-memory and keyboard combos. What’s more, you can sit in front of any computer with a standard QWERTY layout and get working. Try that if you learned on a Shortcut-S.
The Kickstarter wants at least $99 for the keyboard (A pretty good deal) plus another $28 for shipping. And it won’t ship until at least August 2014, so you have plenty of time to practice your keyboard chords.