Ukelele
Ukelele 2.2.8
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Ukelele is a Unicode keyboard layout editor for the XML-format keyboard layout files in OS X (".keylayout" files). It provides a graphical interface to the layout files with support for drag-and-drop character assignments, creation of dead keys, and assignment of multi-character strings.

Ukelele is not able to reassign modifier keys (option, shift, command, control, caps lock), or change the function of special keys (return, arrow keys, function keys, etc). Rather, it is for creating keyboard layouts for different languages or other needs.

By the way, the
What's New
Version 2.2.8:
  • [Fixed] When creating a new key map as a copy of an existing map, the new key map had the same index as the old one, so the keyboard layout was invalid.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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Cattus-Thraex reviewed on 31 May 2012
A must for all those, who wish to create their own keyboard layouts. Some of my keylayouts were created with Alex Eulenberg’s site, then refined with UKELELE, others created directly with UKELELE. John Brownie deserves all our respect for his work. It is a lot easier to use this app as compared to its Windows equivalent (something like MSKLC or so).
[Version 2.2]


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Lolita commented on 02 Feb 2012
Is this a kernel extension?
[Version 2.1.8]

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Sil/john Brownie (developer) replied on 13 Feb 2012
No, it's a tool to create a user keyboard layout. It does not patch the system in any way.
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CPa reviewed on 06 Jan 2012
Snow Leopard / Mac mini, Logitech illuminated keyboard
Ukelele v.2.1.8

When I select Preferences, Themes
Ukelele crash
width crash file available in my Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/
[Version 2.1.8]

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Sil/john Brownie (developer) replied on 13 Feb 2012
Sorry for the crash. It is fixed in the latest release.
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Kamuela reviewed on 29 Dec 2010
Great app, even though I'm not much to tinker with keyboard layouts.

one thing though.. shouldn't it be UKULELE? and not UKELELE?

BTW Ukulele translates into: Jumping Flea. Which is what the Hawaiians thought it sounded like when played.
[Version 2.1.4]

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Cattus-Thraex replied on 13 Mar 2011
Both ukelele and ukulele are (linguistically) correct.
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Cattus-Thraex commented on 13 Nov 2010
UKELELE is one of those small Mac OS gems, which make me use Mac OS, not Windows or Linux. I have no preconceived ideas, but—when working with linguistc text, dialectal texts or other similar stuff—some applications in Mac OS simply can do what you want, unlike similar Windows or Linux apps. When this achieved, the next step is to have an easy-to-use keylayout editor, as the existing, default keylayout are not sufficient in many instances.
With this in view, perhaps Apple may do more in this respect. Note that, out of the basic Apple applications, only TextEdit can easily handle combined diacritical marks. Pages cannot do that.
[Version 2.1.1]

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Cattus-Thraex commented on 13 Nov 2010
Hm, I can note that UTF 8 encoding of this site does not work, the initial — (EM dash, U 2014) turned into € symbol (20AC). Perhaps you should improve this.
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_ado replied on 26 Nov 2010
It's most likely the database. I guess this site uses MySQL and they haven't set the encoding of the db to utf8.
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Cattus-Thraex commented on 26 Jul 2010
UKELELE is that piece of a wonderful application, which makes work easier and faster. All those needing to write special texts (in the field of linguistics, dialectology and other specialized fields) will need UKELELE in order to creater their custom keyboard layouts. Meanwhile, it has grown up as a mature application, of professional level.
Congratulations to John Brownie for his constant work.
[Version 2.0]


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Sil/john Brownie (developer) commented on 08 Feb 2010
I believe that most of the problems with beta versions of version 2.0 have been solved, though there are still some minor issues to work on. Hopefully just about everything is working correctly now.
[Version 2.0b4]


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Sil/john Brownie (developer) commented on 08 Feb 2010
I believe that most of the problems with beta versions of version 2.0 have been solved, though there are still some minor issues to work on. Hopefully just about everything is working correctly now.
[Version 2.0b4]


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Sil/john Brownie (developer) commented on 26 Jan 2010
I'm sorry, but there are some issues with using keyboard layouts created in Ukelele 2.0 beta versions. These are slowly coming to light, and I will be addressing these as soon as possible. If you have problems, you can still use version 1.8.4, which still works reliably. Please contact me directly (contact details are in the Read Me file) if you have questions.
[Version 2.0b3]


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Nontroppo reviewed on 16 Jan 2010
Wow, great update to a great app. I like to customize my option+keyboard mapping to add more esoteric unicode characters into easy reach, and this works brilliantly.

The V2.0 update brings a great new UI, and the attention to detail and very thorough documentation are simply amazing for a free app. Highly recommended!
[Version 2.0b1]


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Corfan had trouble on 23 Jul 2008
I have made a layout in the graphic interface and after i have saved it in the directory called "Library/Keyboard Layout", but he doesn't appear in "International" preference panel (I use Mac OS 10,5). Why?

PS: excuse-me for my very bad english... :P
[Version 1.8b6]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 23 Jul 2008
Your English is not bad at all... But you should try to contact the developer for help with your problem.

Developer website:

http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=ukelele
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Sil/john Brownie (developer) replied on 31 Jul 2008
If you typed it correctly, you put it in a folder called "Keyboard Layout". That's the wrong name - it should be "Keyboard Layouts". Make sure also to log out and log in again after putting the keyboard layout into the correct folder.
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hced commented on 26 Jan 2010
Just wanted to chime in on the trouble reported by CORFAN.

I've tried Ukelele 2.0b3 on a MacBook Pro (2.66 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo) using Mac OS X 10.6.2.

And I've put my edited and saved .keylayout file in each and every alternative place - that is, either Library/Keyboard Layouts, /Users/username/Library/Keyboard Layouts , and even System/Library/Keyboard Layouts - and then restarted my computer.

But it doesn't seem to kick in, i.e. I can't find my custom .keylayout in the input sources list.
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Liana had trouble on 29 Oct 2007
Hi, I have just downloaded and have been working my way through the Ukelele program - it has been great so far. My dilemma is I need to setup some keys to quit an application on a Mac- a combination of keys e.g. 'Command + a,b,c', that a user will more than likely never press at the same time. So 'Command + a,b,c' will perform the operation 'Command + q' (the shortcut for quitting most apps on a mac)... is Ukelele capable of doing this?

Thanks - any help, advice and/or ideas would be most appreciated.
[Version 1.8b3]



-TiTAN- rated on 12 Mar 2014

[Version 2.2.8]



+8

Widber rated on 10 Jan 2014

[Version 2.2.7]



-TiTAN- rated on 15 Nov 2013

[Version 2.2.5]



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RONIN427 rated on 04 Oct 2013

[Version 2.2.4]



+42

Runty rated on 17 May 2013

[Version 2.2.4]



Flip-Flap-Flop! rated on 07 May 2013

[Version 2.2.4]



+8

Widber rated on 21 Oct 2011

[Version 2.1.8]



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Spagh rated on 06 Dec 2010

[Version 2.1.3]


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Ukelele is a Unicode keyboard layout editor for the XML-format keyboard layout files in OS X (".keylayout" files). It provides a graphical interface to the layout files with support for drag-and-drop character assignments, creation of dead keys, and assignment of multi-character strings.

Ukelele is not able to reassign modifier keys (option, shift, command, control, caps lock), or change the function of special keys (return, arrow keys, function keys, etc). Rather, it is for creating keyboard layouts for different languages or other needs.

By the way, the name of this software is intentionally misspelled. Call it a case of 'artistic license'.


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