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uControl gives you the ability to take those useless keys, that you're certain would have been better fashioned as something else, and turn them into something useful. It started out as a simple hack to remap the caps lock key to a control key but has since evolved into a fairly sophisticated means of not only remapping modifier keys, but gives your trackpad a virtual scroll wheel, or gives lefties a sensible mouse, or gives people with disabilities the ability to type with one hand. Note: the one-handed typing ability has been removed due to possible patent infringement.

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Version 1.4.6: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.1 or later

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Did not work on 10.4.11!

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Version 1.4.6
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It's a shame that development on this fine utility appears to have ceased. I hope someone picks up the baton.

If you are disappointed at not being able to remap modifier keys (option, command etc) on individual keyboards (for instance, if you use a USB PC-style keyboard as well as your iBook / PowerBook one)then a workaround applescript has been posted at MacGeekery.

http://www.macgeekery.com/tips/configuration/gui_automation_with_applescript

Basically it will automate the operation of remapping modifier keys in System Preferences, but be sure to read the comments at the bottom of the page as the way the script is presented it will not compile.

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Version 1.4.6
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The current maintainer of the uControl project has retired, according to his site over at gnufoo.org.

This is sad for several reasons--USB trackpad support (for fn-scrolling on 2005 PowerBooks) is still lacking and the new key remapping features of Tiger don't allow the swap I need most (Enter -> Option).

From the response on the uControl mailing list, there are other people who used these two features that are not duplicated by the OS or other third party projects. Hopefully someone with programming skills will step up to the bat to release a newer version of this excellent & (imho) indispensable utility.

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Version 1.4.6
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Anonymous
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Oh please fix this to work with Tiger! I NEED this to function normally, I hate having to go over and grab that scroll bar!

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Version 1.4.6
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Anonymous
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It doesn't work with Tiger, I need my UControl!!

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Version 1.4.6
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Anonymous
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1.4.6 Doesn't load under Tiger

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Version 1.4.6
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bcwinters
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v1.4.6 seems to fix compatibility problems with 10.3.8, for those who might have gotten scared by the last few reviews.

However, there are still problems remapping the Enter key on PowerBooks of recent vintage. This is a pity as I have been happily using uControl with my old PowerBook for what seems like years with no problems at all. But on my new 'Book I'm having no luck. I think I'll have to downgrade this program on the features score because of that.

The developers are great, though, and I'm sure they'll fix the problem soon.

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Version 1.4.6
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Anonymous
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Yay - scrolling works again! 1.4.6 fixes the incompatibility with 10.3.8

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Version 1.4.6
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Anonymous
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(You must be an administrator for this to work)

1. Open Terminal (leave it open until you restart your computer)
2. In Terminal type (one line at a time):

rm ~/Library/Preferences/org.gnufoo.kext.uControl.plist
cd ~/Desktop
mkdir ucontrolfix
cd ucontrolfix
curl -O http://gnufoo.org/ucontrol/ucontrol1.4.4.tgz
tar zxvf ucontrol1.4.4.tgz
cd ucontrol1.4.4/src
open -a textedit.app kext/ODHIDHack.cpp

3. The last line in Terminal should open a file in TextEdit. Now find this line:

IOHIDSystem::instance()->scrollWheelEventGated(scrollY, scrollX, 0, ts, NULL);

and replace it with this:

IOHIDSystem::instance()->scrollWheelEvent(scrollY, scrollX, 0, ts);

4. Save the file and close TextEdit
5. In Terminal type (one line at a time):
make
sudo make install

6. Restart your computer

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Version 1.4.4
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Anonymous
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These changes do seem to get it to load under 10.3.8 on my Powerbook G4. However, once the extension is loaded, it appears to do nothing. My caps lock key is still a caps lock key.

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Anonymous
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Yup, great little program, but it breaks under 10.3.8 (Dual 1.25GHz G4 tower)

Hope they can get a fix out soon.

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Version 1.4.4
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Downloads 20,144
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Date 12 Feb 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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