When I switched to Dvorak keyboard layout several months ago, I begun to have problems with using blender. I kept pressing the buttons I remembered, although most of them represent another letter than before. There are several solutions:
- Re-learn the new key positions
I don’t think it would be a good idea. Not only it would take a long time, but the keys are placed ergonomically for a QWERTY keyboard and now would be mixed up randomly.
- Switch system keyboard layout when using blender
I tried that, but it is pretty uncomfortable. A bigger problem is that I have switched the buttons physically too, so trying to recall a key position on a QWERTY keyboard was often quite hard.
- Remap internal blender layout
And here we go.
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edit 2010-11-29: updated for Blender 2.55
It should be installed easily: in User Settings > Input, click the Import Key Configuration button below.
If the file does not work with your blender version, or you would like to translate some other layout (your own or the Maya default), you may try to generate it directly. I wrote an addon with a single operator: Export Dvorak Key Configuration. If it works, it just asks for a file name and saves the altered configuration to it.
Download it here.
I have not used the layout much yet. Maybe the globally used shortcuts should not be converted, so that Ctrl-S stays Ctrl-S. I am getting quite used to the position of such common ones by using other applications. Tell me what you think.