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QuicKeys Developer Explains Lack of Lion Support [News]

Screenshot1724Wow, just learned today why Startly, the company behind the Mac automation program, QuicKeys, has been relatively silent about the long overdue Lion update for their program.

Unfortunately many long users of QuicKeys, including myself, have jumped ship and started using Keyboard Maestro because there was not much coming from Startly about why they had not updated QuicKeys.

Essentially the programmer responsible for the update passed away, but Startly was not kept up to date about the programmer’s fatal illness. The company is now seeking a qualified programmer who can complete the job. You can read more about here.

This is good and bad news for QuicKeys users who have switched over to Keyboard Maestro. I still think both programs are very good for general Mac users who want to automate tasks on their computer, but it’s time consuming to develop macros in both applications, and it has taken too long for QuicKeys to be updated for Lion. I can barely open and use it Lion.

However, I think what I will try to continue to write articles and do how-to videos for both programs.

I will also try to write an article that explores the differences between the programs.

Select All and Copy

One of my most useful little macros is a very simple select all text and automatically copy. I assigned an abbreviation shortcut to macro (“ajj”) so that when I type the abbreviation, QuicKeys immediately runs macro, saving me from having to do all the keyboard shortcuts—command+a and command+c.

I use this macro because too many times I written a comment say in a forum only to have that comment not post. And then I have to retype it. So when something I’ve written is very important to me, I simply run macro using the simply quick shortcut. The text is immediately saved to my clipboard manager.


Swipe to Edit Using BetterTouchTool

One of the coolest things about BetterTouchTool is how you can apply trackpad gestures to specific applications. I posted a video tutorial about it here.


I most like using this time saving feature in QuicKeys, especially for when I’m working on difficult macro which requires me to edit the macro several times until it works the way I need it to.

Well, instead of having to click Command+0 or double-click a macro to edit it, I now simply swipe three fingers to the right on my track pad, and up pops the selected macro for editing. The swipe is much faster than the double-click or the keyboard shortcut.

I’ll be adding a few more gestures to QuicKeys as I become more comfortable with the application.

Linking Web Pages to Applications

One of the best uses for QuicKeys Menu feature is a creating a short that links a file, folder, webpage, another application to a specified application.

For example, I want to remember a website that sells products for Apple’s Pages and Keynote applications. Bookmarking the website won’t be very useful to me, because I won’t remember its name when I need it, and it will most likely get buried in a Safari folder of bookmarks.

So what I do now is simply drag and drop a selected URL onto the QuicKeys icon in my dock. It will instantly create a web launch shortcut.


After that is done, I scope the shortcut to the application I want to associate the URL with. I use the “quickeys menu” trigger so that the shortcut will appear in the QuicKeys menu bar.


Now weeks or months after I can’t remember the name of the website, I can simply click on the QuicKeys icon in my menu bar and select the select the shortcut with the specified URL. When I run the shortcut, it will of course open the specified website. The application will need to be open as well in order for the shortcut to appear.


If there is a particular trigger you use over and over in QuicKeys, you can set it as the default triggeer by opening QuicKeys Preferences > Trigger. My default QuicKeys trigger is “quickeys menu” because that’s what I’m using most of the time in shortcuts I create.

Using Quickeys Menu

This video explains how to use the QuicKeys menu feature, which is very useful for activating shortcuts from any application or a scoped applications. Click on the video link below to see this video in larger size.

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Quickeys Demo: Put Items in New Folder Using Keyboard Shortcut

This macro consist of an AppleScript that creates a new folder on your desk, then selects and moves all the items on your desktop to the new folder, which gets labeled “screenshots”. It then selects that new folder so that you can rename if, if you prefer. I will be including this macro in package of QuicKeys workflows that you will be able download. Click the link below to watch the video in larger size.

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Quickeys Demo: Instant Softkeys

This demo shows how I have a Softkeys set appear, 1 second after the QuicKeys application comes to front.

This Softkeys set allows me to choose a shortcut action I want to perform. I can click the past the Softkeys set and it will stay away until QuicKeys comes to the front again. This of course can be done for any application. So it’s like getting a instant dock for an application. To find out more about Softkeys, check out the QuicKeys manual. I may later do a video tutorial about it.

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Create a Toolbar for QuicKeys

If you have caught the QuicKeys bug, which means you make QuicKeys shortcuts for nearly everything you do on your computer, you might consider creating a toolbar for the program itself. I have done a couple of videos about the QuicKeys toolbar feature that you can view here and here. The toolbar is liking having a mini dock for each of your most used applications.

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QuicKeys Demo: Delete and Return

Think about how annoying it is to delete items in an application, by first having to click Command+Delete and then click the resulting Okay button (illustrated in the first example of the video). With this macro, it’s done with one simple hot key (illustrated in the second example.)

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