CNET Editors' review
Users who perform menu operations multiple times may want to automate them to save time in the future. Shortcuts for Mac, despite its overly complicated menu, has many options for creating hot keys and shortcuts.
Shortcuts for Mac downloaded and installed, easily. Instructions were available with the program in the form of a readme file with the installer--a great addition because the program is very difficult to use. It is also unclear if technical support is available. The user must choose whether to open the regular version or a 32-bit option. This choice could be confusing to a number of early Mac users. Once initiated, the program's menu is basic with buttons on top of the window for setup, menus, assigning hot keys, and shortcut lists. After much trial and error and consulting the instructions, the test functions did perform well and as indicated.
For those users looking for a way to create hot keys and shortcuts, Shortcuts for Mac performs the job well, albeit with a complicated interface that takes some work to master. You'll have to decide if learning how to operate the program is worth your time to create the time-saving shortcut keys.
Shortcuts is a Mac OS X application to assign hot keys to contextual menu items. It works only with menu items added by contextual menu plug-ins. It allows you to assign a hot key combination to chosen menu item so you can select some object (file in Finder or text) and hit keyboard combination to execute the task normally performed by choosing that menu item.
What's new in this version:
- Fixed a problem in Mac OS 10.7 that bezel window would not show if ShortcutObserver is started as a log-in item
- Some magic to make "More Items..." checkbox on by default in Services/Keyboard Shortcuts, not requiring users to go to System Preferences to enable it after initial installation.
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