February 27, 2021

A Roundup of Recent Changes

by Erez Zukerman

We tend to announce one big feature every month, but every few months I like to take a pause and fill you in on all the fit-and-finish work we’ve done around those features. A mini changelog, if you will.

International support

International locales

Oryx now supports 29 different locales! Some recent additions include Swiss-French, Korean, Belgian, UK English (en-GB), Polish, Estonian, and more.

Macro improvements

Longer macros

From day one, Windows and macOS users were able to use the macro feature to send Unicode characters. In Linux, this requires five keystrokes rather than four — so we’ve now made macros five keys long, rather than four. Direct Unicode input for all!

Numbers and symbols, but without numbers and symbols

We found that the Number and Symbol training mode we’ve introduced a few months ago is useful not just for numbers and symbols, but for training on any custom keys. You can now specify a list of characters to train on, and it doesn’t have to include any numbers or symbols.

Better KVM support

Disable USB Startup Check

KVMs don’t always play nice with our keyboards. We’ve added an advanced setting called No USB Startup Check that helps some of the more “challenged” KVMs out there recognize our boards and work well with them.

Layer Mod

Layer Mod

A new keycode, LM, allows you to activate a destination layer with a certain modifier pressed. So instead of switching to layer 2, say, and then hitting Ctrl — you can now have a single key that goes to layer 2 with Ctrl already pressed.

LED timeout

RGB timeout

This one’s good for sleep quality (of our keyboards and users both). You can now specify an idle interval in minutes, after which the board’s LEDs turn off.

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Erez Zukerman

Erez Zukerman

Erez Zukerman is the CEO and Co-Founder of ZSA Technology Labs.