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QuicKeys for Mac

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QuicKeys is a long-lived automation utility designed to save you time by letting you convert tedious, repetitive tasks--everything from opening apps to copying files to typing your e-mail address--into quick, painless one-step shortcuts. Although there are numerous options for macro programs on the Mac (including cheaper and even free ones, like OS X's built-in Automator), QuicKeys strikes a good balance of providing an intuitive, visual interface with a veritable programming language that can handle the most complex tasks and workflows.

You can use a wide variety of triggers, with customizable "scopes" (for shortcuts that work in a single application or across multiple apps), and QuicKeys provides good tools for building your own shortcuts. QuicKeys also now has Abbreviations (for expanding text or triggering shortcuts) and "Instant Shortcuts," for when you want to quickly record a temporary workflow. You can even use QuicKeys automation on Web pages and Web apps, and the app also supports batch processing. Programming complicated shortcuts can take some time and practice (and QuicKeys doesn't have strong help and tutorials), but this app keeps making consistent improvements. Unfortunately, QuicKeys still has a relatively steep price tag, but that's offset in part by its open-ended trial mode.

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4 stars

"When you need automation software, this is it."

December 02, 2009  |  By jimcobber

 |  Version: QuicKeys 4.0.5


Graphical interface that walks you through your macro creations in a logical fashion.


Probably the ugliest product icon in software history. "Watch me" macros are usually very ugly, tracking and adding every mouse move and mistake. Can take a long time to clean one up.


Quickeys keeps improving and updating this product. They tend to charge for major updates, and I tend to purchase them because it pays for itself. So, after purchasing Quickeys a dozen times or so, I can say it is the best product of its kind for OS X. I'm not an applescript wonk, nor can I get much done with Automator. And it's kind of fun doing QK macros, once you get the hang of the flow. If you are used to the Mac version, you won't be very happy with the Windows version.

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5 stars

"I've used it for 20+ years."

October 30, 2009  |  By bassisland--2008

 |  Version: QuicKeys 4.0.5


I can't imagine life without QuicKeys now. It's fast and I get to make up key combinations that work for me. I love being able to instantly type often-used words or word combinations, like "Los Angeles" or "By the way", or my address. QK rocks.


I have no issues with QK.


It saves me incredible amounts of time and it's completely adaptable to my way of thinking. I love having key combinations for complicated passwords and addresses. QK types them instantly. This is the one product I can't do without, and I've been using it for over twenty years. Great support, too.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.5
  • Fixed crash that could prevent launching QuicKeys under Mac OS X 10.5.
  • Worked around issue in Mac OS X 10.5 & 10.6 where other applications could crash if QuicKeys interacted with their contextual menus.
  • Fixed issue where hot keys could stop working until QuicKeys was re-launched.
  • Fixed crash that could occur when defining a pop-up button action.
  • Fixed issue with QuicKeys too aggressively handling certain copied data.
  • Fixed issue that caused MS Word to auto-save documents whenever user copied something.
  • Fixed issue where copied data in Adobe Illustrator could become corrupted.
  • Fixed issue with abbreviations not completing correctly in Nisus Writer Pro and other applications.
  • Fixed issue with command key confusing abbreviation analysis.
  • Fixed issue where QuicKeys would present "fn key required" warning when no fn key was present on keyboard.
  • Fixed issue in Window actions where window type could not get saved.
  • Fixed issue where helper apps may not quit when QuicKeys was quit.
  • Improved detection of some devices when editing Device triggers.
  • Fixed issues with reporting crashes under Snow Leopard.
Publisher Startly Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.startly.com
Release Date October 13, 2009
Date Added October 13, 2009
Version 4.0.5
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
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Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 25.82MB
File Name QuicKeys 4.0.7.zip
Total Downloads 2,622
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Update
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $59.95

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