MrPetkus: Readers may scoff at the price (and it's certainly not something I would personally spring for) but I know folks that do batch color correction and processing using LR professionally. A tool like this has the potential to increase productivity, ultimately paying for itself. There is actually a market for this sort of thing.
I know lots of Lightroom keystrokes, but I certainly don't use or know them all.
One of the things I like about VSCO keys it that it runs in a mode. ESC turns the mode on and off. So for the keystrokes I do know, I can go to "selection and rating" mode, then switch to "editing" mode.
The key layout for VSCO keys is very intuitive. Regions of the keyboard are assigned to types of adjustments, so you don't necessarily need to know that 'A' and 'S' are linked to contrast, and 'D' and 'F' are linked to exposure. You can hit a key and see if it does the adjustment you want, and hit it's counterpart if you got it wrong. It works with a more location based oriented muscle memory, rather than memorization based.
Really, try it, even if you have no plans to buy it.
Niala2: (maybe it's code comes from Paddy..? lol - see below)
"Always mooving forward" is such a brilliant argument, makes me wish to trust them and makes me feel convinced they care, and I feel understuuud.. etc.
Since dpreview does not mention it, and since we do have the ability to comment..:
Indeed lightroom has it's own shortcuts..
But never heard about Paddy ??? :
What Paddy does not mention(it's open source, might aswell donate them) :
next to be used with a Midi Controller (or a dedicated keyboard),it can also optimise the use of a Logitech G13 ... ( 1 year old.. : - http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=B2Y2MnM6RyA- http://www.derekclarkphotography.com/index.php/2011/07/lightroom-photoshop-workflow- )
..and be used in conjuction with a tablet..(http://www.wacom.com/en/products/intuos/medium.aspx)
Maybe somone could come up with an Android Interface for touch-sensitive Galaxy-Tab or Galaxy-Pad.. ?I would love that.
I would love to, but I'm a Mac user. I misunderstood external devices vs non. I believe that it works for you and provides value. Thank you for clarifying.
So Paddy requires external keyboards or midi devices to make it work? So much for using a laptop in the field. I strongly suggest trying the demo before passing judgment. I was skeptical, but wound up being completely won over. There's clearly been a lot of thought put into making VSCO Keys very usable. I thought the learning curve would be large, it isn't. I don't know my regular Lightroom shortcuts very well, but I have the "standard" VSCO binding nailed down.
I mentioned in a different post that the biggest downside is the web ui for creating custom layouts. It's really very fiddly to use, and takes far too many clicks to create even one set of bindings (one set of bindings would be six commands, three to increase a setting and three to decrease a setting at multiple scales). I though I would give myself RSI remapping the vignette keybinding to post-crop vignette.
So I swung a discount on this, which helped the price sting a bit. $125 is a lot, but after using the trial for just an evening I decided it was worth the cost.
I found their stock keyboard shortcut list surprisingly easy to learn, and it truly made me much more efficient at working on my images. I have a background in software development, and their keybinding felt like using the classic Unix text editor Vim.
The only times I every have to switch to using the trackpad are when I use the crop, gradient, paintbrush, and spot tools. It makes Lightroom such a better tool, and I wouldn't be surprised if Adobe takes notice and provides similar functionality in LR 5. They would be fools not to.
If you're a pro, an expense like this will probably be money well spent. For an enthusiast? I can see why you would balk at the price. VSCO might be missing the sweet spot on the price/demand curve, but they definitely have a winner on their hands.
My only complaint: the online mapping gui sucks.