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Future plans: Aves 60, more Aves 65 and cases.
It looks like someone also didn't like that the VIA client isn't open source. I just found out about something called Vial.
"Vial is an open-source cross-platform (Windows, Linux and Mac) GUI and a QMK fork for configuring your keyboard in real time, similar to VIA."
I'll look into this and how to add support for it.
Regarding VIA: It had totally flew by me that the *client* for VIA is proprietary software. It's only the firmware that's open source.
VIA is a lot easier for beginners though, so I will still ship it by default as the firmware is open source. If you don't want VIA, you'll be able to choose to have it shipped with QMK instead. It's not as easy as VIA (not that it's difficult), but most importantly; no proprietary software is required.
Also. It's easy to switch between them yourself as well.
From now on, our PCBs will ship with the VIA firmware by default.
VIA enables real time programming of the PBC without any knowledge about how to either compile code or flashing it to the PCB. It's all point and click via a simple GUI friendly software.
If you prefer the QMK firmware, you're also most likely an advanced user and you then know how to do that yourself.
The Aves 65 Hotswap PCB is in stock. It now also features an USB-C connector.
A fancy picture of our keyboard prototype. Do note that this is not the final look. The screws are going to be flat and black and the keycaps are sold separately.
I just placed an order on 50 circuit boards with the Aves 65. This version also features USB-C. This is exiting!
The second prototype. It's a lot better now, there's probably only a few minor tweaks left now.
They didn't have 8 mm thick frosted/milk acrylic in stock, so I used 3+5 mm clear acrylic, but it's only a prototype anyway.
The underglow isn't very visible with clear acrylic either, but with the light turned off the clear look looks a lot better than what I anticipated.
There's progress, but it's slow. The first laser cutting company didn't live up to my expectations and I eventually got tired of waiting. I then decided to try to find another one.
I eventually found one and I'm now making progress. The new company is currently waiting for some of the missing materials to complete my order, but they at least had this teaser image for my second prototype case today.
Although it being an early adopter model I have to say that it is already really matured! Everything worked out of the box; the soldering joints of the components are all perfect and the hotswap doesn't feel flimsy at all!
It is a perfect board for newcomers and tinkerers who don't like the awkward and time consuming process of (de-)soldering their switches!
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