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QuicKeys for Mac

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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 5, 2009

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.7

  • Fixed crash in Web Actions when no elements were selected in the list
  • Fixed exception when attempting to create a clip from HTML data
  • Fixed exception when recording actions involving windows with no discoverable title
  • Prompts to unlock the QuicKeys keychain no longer require QuicKeys to become focused
  • QuicKeys no longer crashes when the Clipboard is updated with unretrievable data
  • Fixed issue where QuicKeys could crash on shutdown or restart
  • Added user-enabled option to send application icons to QuicKeys Anywhere
  • Various fixes to the pairing mechanism with QuicKeys Anywhere

General

Release December 17, 2009
Date Added December 17, 2009
Version 4.0.7

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,753
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

QuicKeys is a powerful macro program that allows you to create shortcuts to automate computer tasks. It takes the daily tasks that would normally take you twenty or more steps and turns them into simple one step shortcuts. Automatically insert commonly used blocks of text, move or copy files and folders, launch your favorite web sites, open applications and documents plus so much more. The possibilities are endless; the result is always the same: more work in less time.

Using QuicKeys is easy. Just tell QuicKeys what shortcut you would like to create and then trigger that shortcut with a hot key, toolbar, timer, specified application event or even speech command. Whether you need to create multi-step shortcuts, store or retrieve text and images, reformat text, select menus, run UNIX commands, automate e-mail correspondence or connect to file servers, you can make it happen in a snap with a QuicKeys shortcut.

Even though QuicKeys requires no programming to use it still has incredible power. With QuicKeys advanced Logic

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