The Mac is a machine of and for great inspiration. Writers use Macs to become published authors. Screen writers use Macs to create movie masterpieces. Cubicle dwellers use Macs to make a living and make the world a better place. This is the story of a Mac app that inspires and annoys.
Click, Clickity, Clack And Back
When you type on your Mac’s keyboard, what sound does it make? It’s a rather quiet, muted clicking sound, right? It’s an almost rhythmical feedback we receive from the Mac that tells us that something is happening, yet everything is just fine.
Keyclick is a Mac app (a preference pane) that simulates the sound of keys. As you type, your Mac plays adjustable audio feedback of your keystrokes, mouse clicks, scroll wheel moves, and trackpad gestures.
If you’re an older computer user, you may remember keyboards from the last century which had key switches that gave a decisive, resounding click or clack sound when pressed. Today’s Mac keyboards, iMac, MacPro, or Mac notebook, have a decidedly softer touch—without the old keyboard clacking sound.
Keyclick brings back that loud clackity clacking sound of yesteryear to our Macs of the 21st century, and I see a number of benefits.
First, you get solid sound feedback for each keystroke. It helps touch typists because it clicks in real time and confirms each successful keystroke.
Second, the keyclick volume is adjustable, and there’s an option for a typewriter key sound, instead of a computer key sound.
Third, it’s less expensive than a hardware solution. I once paid over $100 for the Tactile Pro keyboard, which sounds the same (large, deep keys with a resounding clatter) as Keyclick. If you can’t afford the best keyboard ever made for a Mac, you can afford Keyclick.
Finally, there’s one added benefit. Keyclick can annoy anyone within earshot and continually remind them just how productive you really are on the Mac, vs. a Windows PC. You control the key sound volume, and the right level is sure to annoy anyone.