Tag - Macros
You've probably seen a lot about the program TextExpander over the past week or so on MacNN; there was the sudden move to a required subscription model, our Monday Pointers column about how to move the snippets one had in TextExpander over to Keyboard Maestro if you decided you didn't want to go subscription right now, and then Smile's equally-sudden reversal of some elements of their plan, and lowering the cost of other parts. This Pointers column will continue to praise TextExpander as the cream of the macro utility crop, but maybe we should step back, remind ourselves why macros are so addictive, and take a look at some more alternatives to weigh up what will likely work best for you.
Keyboard Maestro 7.0 is not a showy app. Like every version before it, this new one has ever more power, ever more useful features, but exactly the same problem: it is genuinely so good you forget you're using it. This is a tool for making certain tasks easier to do on your Mac, to make a long chain of jobs be done with just a keystroke or two. It does that, it does that very well, but whatever keystrokes you added immediately seem to be what the Mac should always have done.
Stairways Software has announced Keyboard Maestro 3.3, an update to its productivity-enhancement software. Keyboard Maestro's macros allow users to control and enhance applications. Users can control windows or menus; insert text; open documents and more, with just a keystroke or mouse-click. The 3.3 release adds a status menu and status menu-triggered macros. Actions within complex macros can now be enabled/disabled individually as well. Version 3.3 also adds a Fast User Switch action and can preserve users clipboard history across user-logins. Cut, copy, paste and duplicate are now available for macros, triggers and actions; in addition, the software has a number of other enhancements and bug-fixes. Keyboard Maestro 3.3 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, and costs $36. There are volume discounts offered at five units (50% off) and twenty units (65% off).
Stairways Software has released the third edition of Keyboard Maestro, a utility meant to improve the convenience of Mac OS X by enabling macro shortcuts, which can be activated at any time. Users can control apps, open documents and run scripts, using either a keyboard or a mouse; it is further possible to specify at what times commands are executed, and run options remotely via a web server. The software also comes with custom program and window switching tools.