updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue August 19, 2008
Keyboard Maestro 3.4
Stairways Software has announced Keyboard Maestro 3.4, the latest version of its 'productivity enhancer' for Mac OS X. This release includes a 'typed string' trigger, allowing the user to fire off macros when typing a matching string. Triggers can be created with easily remembered mnemonics. Appearance has been enhanced to look more like the default system program switcher. Import/export of the named clipboards has been improved for better sharing of macros.
Using Maestro's macros, the user can control applications by inserting text, executing script, controlling windows and menus, or opening documents, applications, or URLs. All of this can be done using the touch of a key, click of the mouse, periodically or at specified intervals. Macros can be used when an application is launched or running, and even over the internet using a built in web server.
Maestro's program switcher and window switcher can be used to cycle through applications or windows to quickly close, hide, or launch them. The program's clipboard switcher allows selection between a number of clipboards which can be stored by name for later use. A clipboard history switcher function allows access to past clipboards, and the ability to copy and paste information such as serial numbers, usernames, or passwords, without having to switch back and forth between applications for each one.
Keyboard Maestro 3.4 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or greater and is available from Stairways Software for $36.