Tada 68 Pro Akko x Maxkey on MacOS

Akko x Maxkey Tada 68 Pro with 3Run GMK alphas and Skeletor GMK mods

Interesting name for a “Tada 68” board, but it looks like this has a non-programmable PCB, unlike the “Saber 68” (new Tada 68).

That being said, it has most of what you want aside from the ability to set up function combos to send the four-key keyboard shortcuts.

The easiest change is the alt/Windows key swap resulting in Command and Alt, which can be done in “Settings”, “keyboard”, “modifier keys”, then select “BK868B” (this cannot be renamed AFAIK, though you can give it a bluetooth device identifier, more on that a bit later 🙂 ).

Settings required to set up option/alt and command/win keys for macOS.
Settings required to set up option/alt and command/win keys for macOS.

If you have a keyset with a control labelled “caps lock” key, you can optionally set the “caps” modifier to “control” in the settings as well while you’re here:

Tada 68 Pro caps lock to control modification for Apple macOS (OSX)
Tada 68 Pro caps lock to control modification for Apple macOS (OSX)

Now we can also rename the device to something more recognizable, via “setup bluetooth keyboard”, then selecting it from the keyboard list:

Renaming a BK868B Tada 68 Pro Akko Maxkey
Renaming a BK868B Tada 68 Pro Akko Maxkey
macOS renamed Tada68Pro BK868B Apple Keyboard
macOS renamed Tada68Pro BK868B Apple Keyboard

Now that we have it selected and renamed, we unfortunately don’t get battery levels, but it’s actually quite functional.

Bonus for Keyboard Maestro Users

If you want to setup desktop screenshot, area screenshot and area screenshot to desktop keys, and have set the caps-control swap above using Keyboard Maestro (or are OK using that far-away control bottom left, or on the far right, there are a couple of controls):

Here we’ll set up “control-a” where you’d hold control, and press the a key at the same time to grab a screenshots of all of your screens (or just the one if you’re on a laptop with an external monitor):

Setting up screenshot macros in Keyboard Maestro on macOS
Setting up screenshot macros in Keyboard Maestro on macOS

Capture your all (A) your screen(s) to the clipboard using control-a via the Keyboard Maestro built-in actions:

Capture screenshot to clipboard using "control+s" hotkey or keyboard shortcut
Capture screenshot to clipboard using “control+a” hotkey or keyboard shortcut

In the next example, we use “control+a” to map to “control+command+shift+4” in order to take a screengrab of an area (A) and store it in the clipboard. Your cursor will change, and the image is saved to your clipboard to paste into Slack, Gmail, etc.:

Taking a screengrab to your clipboard with with Keyboard Maestro on macOS
Taking a screengrab to your clipboard with with Keyboard Maestro on macOS

 

Setting up a control+d shortcut to save your screengrab area as a file on your desktop (D):

Control+D to save screen grab area to desktop with Keyboard Maestro on Apple MacOS (OSX)
Control+D to save screen grab area to desktop with Keyboard Maestro on Apple MacOS (OSX)