Not all Mac keyboards are created the same. Even worse, some apps work better with certain Function Keys. Other apps, don’t. What your Mac needs is a quick and easy and inexpensive way to switch Function Key modes without hassle. Can you say Palua?
Function Key Magic Minus One
Your Mac’s function keys are handy, single click ways to do this or that. But there are some problems. The functions keys on my iMac are not the same as on my MacBook.
Some apps dispense with the standard function keys that control audio or screen brightness or iTunes entirely. Other apps completely rewrite the function keys to become whatever you want. For me, all I want is to be able to change function key modes with a toggle switch-like button.
That’s Palua. It’s a function key mode changer.
If you need the function keys F1 to F12 as function keys, hit the keystroke combo and the function keys are toggled. Need the standard function keys back again, do it again.
The only thing missing with Palua is the ability to program the Mac’s function keys, though, to be fair, there are half a dozen Mac apps that do that already.
So, when an app hijacks my function keys, I can get the functionality back with a few keystrokes.