Anyone remember WordStar? I have emulated its key bindings using the Cocoa text system. They work for all OS X text applications that utilize the Cocoa text system, including Scrivener.

Hope someone finds it useful. To install it create a KeyBindings folder inside your Library folder. Unzip the file inside that folder and restart all relevant OS X text applications (i.e. Scrivener). Feel free to browse the file to see the keybindings or change anything.

keys.zip (1.04 KB)

What a wonderful idea! WordStar has never been equaled for speed and versatility.

I don’t suppose there’s a Windows version?

The blog: notjohnkdp.blogspot.com/

JOE (Joe’s Own Editor) is a modern open source text editor that very closely resembles WordStar, and if you launch it with ‘jstar’ from the command-line, it uses the diamond key pattern for shortcuts (which is made even better if you rebind Ctrl to CapsLock).

For a Windows shortcut rebind, see CtrlPlus

Wow. Thanks for this. I’ve been combing the internet for a few days trying to figure out how to do this efficiently. I read an article by Robert J. Sawyer about how some writers (including George RR Martin) are still using Wordstar to write their novels. http://www.sfwriter.com/wordstar.htm I’m assuming they haven’t tried Scrivener yet! :wink:

I definitely don’t want to run Wordstar, but I was convinced that having the keyboard arrows on the home row would be a nice feature. Works great. Thanks!

Interesting article! Given that it’s about 20 years old (copyright dates of 1990 & 1996) it’s surprising, and a little disappointing, to see how much still applies to day. I was particularly interested in what he had to say about “the long-hand page metaphor” and thought it describes very well the benefits of Scrivener.

I remember Wordstar fondly (even the appallingly poor attempt to port it to Windows 3.1 in the mid-90’s) but hadn’t ever considered these implications for it’s use. I no longer have the muscle memory for the keyboard shortcuts but do remember that, once learned, Wordstar was much easier and faster to use than any of the alternatives I subsequently tried and hence was more conducive to writing. Many of the things he talked about map to my experiences of Scrivener.

Shame that Robert J. Sawyer’s website looks like it hasn’t been revamped since 1996. Given the way it appears, I honestly thought it was abandoned until I realised that the most recent of his books on the site was released this year. :frowning: