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Max Falcon-8 Programmable Macropad Kit

Max Falcon-8 Programmable Macropad Kit

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I'm really late to the party, but I've written a CLI-based firmware programmer for this keyboard:
https://github.com/dshahbaz/myfalcon
It works by defining a layout in text format (example: https://github.com/dshahbaz/myfalcon/blob/master/firmware/examples/max_falcon8_test.textpb)
Works on linux, osx. (There's a windows build as well, but I don't have a windows machine to test it on.)
Having a little difficulty with the programming side of this - can't seem to have it save my key strokes. Shows up on the programming piece, but when I remove the jumper and hit reset, it continues to use the build in media settings? Anybody else have this issue and figure out how to change it?
Arrived safe n sound in Canada. Put it together tonight. No problems, nice quality, even took a nice coat of flat-black spray-paint like a champ and fits with all my other keyboards. Make sure you follow the directions to use the new firmware.bin in the v2.1 Instructions.
Not sure that I like the complicated programming system, but I have other macros available to me on other boards, so this is primarily a gaming pad, reading, and lock-station setup. Very handy if you have a 40 or some 60% boards for your main input device.
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Are there non-video programming instructions for this anywhere online?
morganmh
The programming tool on the Max Keyboard website has a text FAQ. You pretty much need to use it anyway, so instructions are included. The firmware has to be upgraded first, as our PCBs are the old Ver 1.0. All instructions are in the text file.
Watch the video if you want to learn to do the multi-key macros, though, it's a bit trickier.
Also, make sure you are using the "Max Falcon 8 V 2.1" utility, not the RGB one.
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just bought this so i can use it to access the bios for my new ring intend to mount to the case and have it as a cool way to unlock and turn on my pc.
Annnnd I'm officially addicted to mechanical keyboards... *orders some fancy keycaps from ebay, sad they will likely arrive just before the actual Falcon-8 does*
I've been waiting so long for this...
I have one assembled, with cherry mx clears and black multimedia keys for sale. pm u/mangogello if interested
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Anybody got their max falcon macropad yet?
Any body got the shipping information yet?
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Hold up, I think they just pulled a fast one on us. I just got shipping notification for that item!
G-skiii
HA! Yeah just got that too, way to send people mixed messages Massdrop
Does the software allow you to program launching custom applications with parameters? I watched the programming video in the description but the only thing I could see was programming keystrokes and basic windows functions.
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How exactly do you set that up? I have the nircmd shortcut made that puts my monitor to sleep and it works fine when I run it normally, but when I try to run it when bound to one of the max falcon keys I keep getting this pop up https://imgur.com/a/gh9MzIe .
azmo
i try to use some pretty complex shortcuts (ctrl + shift + f12, for instance) and it seems to work for me. I just bind the keypress combo up onto my macro pad.
Has anyone tried running the reprogramming software in WINE on Linux? If so, did it work properly?
I wish I could just buy the PCB and standoffs because I've already bought the rest of this kit as a switch tester in a previous drop. Buying the PCB straight from maxkeyboards would set me back £35 for shipping alone.
Does anyone know of any clever and practical uses for this?
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I've seen people go as far as having an entire Planck keyboard purely for the macros they use on the daily. Having repetitive things automated is so much better on your hands and fingers.
Hedphonze
This is belated, but perhaps it will help others. I don't know how clever it is, but I casually, manually dual-box WoW using two PCs with one.
I'm too cheap to pay a monthly subscription for multibox software, and hotkey.net has its drawbacks (especially if your computer setups are different like mine are - "real," hard core multiboxers have multiple, completely identical gaming rigs), so I bought this for my second PC. I can cover all the major spells with 8 buttons, so having the macropad set to numbers 1-8 (for action bar buttons 1-8) works well for my purposes (leveling, world quests, farming old content).
I've tried using gaming pads like the G13, but having small hands, they didn't work well for me - and they took up more desk real estate. The Falcon-20 is a bit overkill for my needs, but if Max Keyboard comes up with a 10 or 12 key macro pad, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
It ends up cheaper is you buy all the upgrades from Max Falcon, not to mention more options. Massdrop being disappointing again
Kareleos
Looks like they've gotten their act together. The current drop is cheaper than the base assembled version on their website (01/21/2018).
So, curious question for everyone - has anyone tried doing their own paint job on the aluminium plate? Good results? Bad results? Left you crying in a corner questioning your life choices? Sound off!
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Haha too bad I use my toaster oven 95% of the time compared to a normal oven so I don't cheap out on that bugger. I finally went completely bonkers and got one that's French Doors styled a while back and can actually cook a small turkey in it for the holidays.
pattmyn
Massdrop needs a convection toaster oven drop. It has been decided.
Mine's stuck in program mode now and resetting it won't get it back. Has this happened to anyone else?
Also why on earth is their only documentation those terrible videos on youtube?
Just got mine put together. For some reason the leds aren't working. Rats. This is my first soldering project, so I'm not sure if it's something I did or a pre-existing problem.
Kinda killed my motivation. Gonna delve into the programming later.
ApathyMonk
To follow up on this, it was absolutely my fault. I shorted out all 8 LEDs. Haha
Do we know if the assembled version has LEDs?
jimmydosveces
Yes, LED will be installed
Tekify
Safe to assume they will be white by default?
This is really a pain in the butt to configure. If you're thinking you're going to use something like Logitech's software or that you're going to press a record button, do your keys, then save the macro, think again.
The software is a very crufty and not user-friendly amateurish looking .net app. You have to swap a tiny jumper on the back, reset the device, open up an app, load some image file, use the PITA app, save the image, put the jumper back, reset the device again and then see if your macro actually works. If you only need an extra strip of keys for a few common, simple keystrokes that you don't plan to change often, then sure this might work for you. If you want to use this to perform even semi-complicated operations, you're in for a rough ride.
jdestef
If you know what it is you want it programmed to do, and plan to leave it that way, Max Keyboard will program it for you if you ask nicely. That said, when I asked for numbers 1-8, I didn't specify I wanted number row 1-8 (my bad) and they did number pad numbers, so I had to go in and reprogram it after all. I found it quite simple to do, thankfully.
For the assembled ones, perhaps MassDrop could offer pre-programming for an added fee?
Can the USB port of a HHKB Pro2 power this macropad?
Any one having issues programming their's in Windows 10? I just get errors every time I try and launch the tool
zndr
I was able to do it on Windows 10 without any issues.
zndr
In the zip file there is a readme that is helpful for fixing that issue. Involves running command prompt.
Would have purchased if there were end caps so you don't have to see the board...
Selling my mint condition max falcon.
assembled an year ago but never used after testing if it works.
20 + shipping and paypal.
-SOLD
hw.cmj.k
email address?
if you bought the gmk yuri "glorious" add-on then you are also required to put on of these and put them on it
TheSkeleton
That's exactly why I bought it. :)
ApathyMonk
that makes you pretty dank *thumbs up*
You can buy the kit or just the PCB from mechanicalkeyboards.com for about the same price, if you don't want to wait.
Why ruin a beautiful design with an ugly logo right in your face?
Mine came this week but only came to get it from the post office today.
I've paid the 5 dollars extra for the assembled version and one screw wasn't tighten at all.... (see pic).
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I dont have any tool to tight it up, for me it's only 5 dollars wasted. Disappointed!!!
Especially because it is doing what it should and does look nice!
Sland
This is why you should build your own kit. No one is going to pay attention to detail like you will for yourself.
Not getting on you, just want to let you know that I was hesitant to do it myself as I knew nothing about soldering. It's much easier than you think and so much fun!
Mine came without the bumpons, do I contact MD support, or Max Keyboards?
ProtoTRD
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