KeyCue for Mac

KeyCue for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
2.5
Average
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 18 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.3
  • Total Downloads:
    5,612
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 14, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-use trial); $29.99 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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Research has shown that frequent use of a computer mouse may contribute to repetitive motion injuries. KeyCue for Mac claims to teach users how to replace the mouse with keyboard shortcuts, but its limited functionality and its price make it less useful than it could have been.

A 30-day free trial version of KeyCue for Mac is available, but it costs $29.99 for the full version. The program downloads quickly but despite having its own installer, proved difficult to set up. We had to try the installation several times due to the program claiming it could not install while it was open. This was a strange error since the installer was the only version of it running at the time. In addition to having to activate keyboard assist in the control panel, the program prompts the user to sign in to all network computers not only during the installation, but throughout its operation. Ergonis Software offers support by e-mail, but we didn't try this. As for the program itself, the only evidence that it was running was a small icon at the top of the Mac screen. Clicking the icon brought up a keyboard shortcut list, but any additional functions were not obvious. Instructions would have been helpful since any additional features were not apparent from cycling through the options.

While KeyCue for Mac lists keyboard shortcuts in an easy-to-see way, its full version price and failure to provide additional features make it less attractive.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of KeyCue for Mac 6.4.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"KeyCue has always worked well, now it even looks good."

October 10, 2013  |  By frankdalian

 |  Version: KeyCue 7.0

Pros

It works exactly as it is supposed to, and doesn't get in the way when it's not needed.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

I have been using KeyCue since it was born, way back in 2004. I have been pleased with is since then and am just as pleased with KeyCue 7.0.

Software that just works. A nice slogan and true.

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5 stars

"Best Solution for Learning Shortcut Keys"

September 11, 2013  |  By se1961

 |  Version: KeyCue 6.6

Pros

Full featured, flexible

Cons

A little cluttered, a little pricey

Summary

I'm not sure why the CNET review is so tepid. I think this is by far the more flexible shortcut key manager/hint file that I have come across. As a long time windows user struggling with the transition to a completely different keyboard/ecosystem, I find it invaluable, and well worth the somewhat high price. Better than a reference book, and much more likely to teach me how to use the keys.

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5 stars

"Great small utility app!"

June 20, 2012  |  By canadaalberta

 |  Version: KeyCue 6.1

Pros

Quick, complete, and very useful overview of all shortcuts for an app, beautifully visualized in a grid format. Perfect for learning and choosing keyboard shortcuts.

Cons

None. Really works well.

Summary

Using it daily for years and still loving it.

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5 stars

"Another Great Ergonis Product"

April 11, 2012  |  By tostoba

 |  Version: KeyCue 6.1

Pros

Great product.
Easy to use.
Works in the background.
Easy updates, and low pricing.

Cons

None. The program works as expected

Summary

KeyCue 6.1 is the most recent addition to my stable of Ergonis products, and there is no doubt the quality of this latest update is superior. I am thoroughly impressed by the clean interface, smooth execution of commands, and the ease of updating that has long characterized this company's efforts to stay on the cutting edge of constantly evolving technology.

What I like best about the products is their seamless integration with Mac OS X, and the careful attention paid to the need for them to function correctly, and work in the background thus eliminating the need to "activate" them in any complicated manner.

Kudos to the design team. You have outdone yourselves in this version. But, more importantly, the ease with which your company provides updates coupled with the low cost, makes it #1 on my list of preferred software companies. Congratulations!

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5 stars

"This should come with the MacOS"

February 12, 2011  |  By _nashyo_

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.2

Pros

It's essential to understand the keyboard shortcuts, provided by MacOS. This provides you with all you need to know in one press of a button.

Cons

None. None at all.

Summary

Everyone should have this as a log in item. I no longer need to STUDY the plethora of the keyboard shortcuts available in MacOS. If i'm curious about what keyboard action can be used, at any one time, in any particular dialogue box, I can call up a complete list of actions, by holding down a key (that I can pre-assign). No studying needed!

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5 stars

"Keyboard Shortcuts, on call, right at your fingertips."

February 03, 2011  |  By Jim Cole

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.2

Pros

Works with any Mac program, no more 'menu hunting'; no need to memorize. Unobtrusive, well supported, fills a unique niche.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

Quite possibly, KeyCue may be an app you never knew you had a need for. Keyboard shortcuts have been with us since the beginning, but no one ever addressed cataloging, organizing and accessing them in such an easy manner as does KeyCue. It makes every keyboard shortcut available to you, in the front-most app, with the press of a button. You may not have initiated a search for a utility that does what KeyCue does, but after using it, you'll probably wonder how you lived without it.

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3 stars

"Occasionally useful"

December 07, 2010  |  By pbrooks1

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.2

Pros

Worth the low cost because it can be extremely helpful.

Cons

Very erratic - sometimes just will not work at all for no apparent reason. It usually manages to fail just when I need it most. It has got better at responding at each new version, but still fails sometimes.

Summary

Apart from sometimes not responding when called up, at other times, if you hold down the Option key a mite too long while executing an action, it pops up and gets in the way momentarily - but that is not really its fault. Nevertheless can be very useful from time to time or when learning a new program. Worth the money.

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5 stars

"A Perfect addition to your Mac"

October 02, 2010  |  By FLASH1296

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.1

Pros

It works perfectly, and using Key Commands is soooo much better than using your mouse.

Cons

no "cons" whatsoever.

Summary

This is especially useful for Mac noobies.
I have recommended this to several people new to Macs.
They have ALL thanked me.

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5 stars

"KeyCue Helps Me a Lot"

December 02, 2009  |  By Karyl

 |  Version: KeyCue 4.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have had KeyCue for many years. It has saved me a lot of time and frustration, especially since I can't remember all of the key combinations for the shortcuts just in the Finder itself. With the third-party add-ons and programs that I use, I still find that KeyCue is a great help, and it is nice that all I have to do is press and hold just one key.

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5 stars

"QuicKeys integration is excellent in v4.5"

August 31, 2009  |  By joel14

 |  Version: KeyCue 4.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been using KeyCue for three years on Tiger and Leopard with no problems and the latest version allows me to see all my application and QuicKeys shortcuts at the same time, which is brilliant. QuicKeys became an indispensable utility for me back in the Classic OS days and remains so now. KeyCue is the only practical way to quickly see what shortcuts are available in any given context across the application, system and QuicKeys domains simultaneously, in an attractive and easy way - well worth the fee for me.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.3
  • KeyCue can now learn menu shortcuts of certain applications with non-standard menu implementations (such as Eclipse and all JetBrains products).
  • KeyCue now comes with a new built-in theme "Tenaya" that matches the new user interface style of Yosemite.
  • Improved visibility of the KeyCue icon against Yosemite's dark menu background.
  • When clicked, the menu icon now shows the correct background on all system versions and appearance variants.
  • Works around a problem where KeyCue could not show the shortcuts when its "Hide" checkbox was turned on in the login item list.
  • Another attempt to work around an issue caused by incorrect menu implementations in JetBrains products.
  • Fixes a problem where explicit font size specifications were sometimes ignored in custom themes.
  • Improved handling of low-level issues in library components helps to avoid crashes in some system configurations.
  • Fixes a problem that caused the search field to appear in a wrong position on certain multi-monitor configurations.
  • Fixes a cosmetic problem that resulted in a leftover magnifier icon on the screen after dismissing the shortcut table.
General
Publisher Ergonis software
Publisher web site http://www.ergonis.com/
Release Date October 14, 2014
Date Added October 14, 2014
Version 7.3
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.66MB
File Name KeyCue73-Install.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,612
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-use trial
Price $29.99

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