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Adobe Lightroom and Ableton Live are two applications that really benefit from keyboard shortcuts. I got an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard with the intention of using it for dedicated shortcut keys for either of these apps.

Unforuntately I didn't consider the obvious: OSX treats them both as a single keyboard; for example, key G on the bluetooth is the same as key G on the internal.

How can I have my apps distinguish between keyboards? Preferably something that can be configured to work with any application that accepts keyboard shortcuts.

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=2008081918101840 suggests keeping caps-lock on one keyboard, but this poses a problem of flexibility, and some apps cannot distinguish between uppercase and lowercase keystrokes.

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When you configure your keyboards, you can probably select an incorrect layout for one of them.. Try something like Korean.. If you find a sufficiently different layout, then typical keys like 'a' can end up being totally bizarre characters you'll never type typically. Then you can end up mapping your short cuts using those weird characters. That should work..

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Thanks, but I cannot find any way to set keyboard language in OSX. I "forgot" and re-discovered the bluetooth KB to no avail. –  themirror Jul 13 '11 at 19:14
    
Maybe try "Accessibility" under "System Preferences" –  Doc Jul 13 '11 at 19:16
    
It's called Universal Access and it doesn't seem to have anything like that. –  themirror Jul 14 '11 at 0:08
    
Well, maybe I'm wrong.. Want me to delete my answer? –  Doc Jul 14 '11 at 16:27

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