Keyboard Maestro

Version: 6.0 || Release Date: 2012-07-09 || License: Shareware ($36) Developer: Stairways Software Pty Ltd | App Owner: peternl

Keyboard Maestro is a productivity enhancer which can help improve almost every aspect of using your Mac

Keyboard Maestro is a productivity enhancer with three main functions, allowing you to design your own macro shortcuts and activate them at any time, navigate through running applications and open windows with Program Switcher, and work with an unlimited number of clipboards using Clipboard Switcher.

Whether you are a power user or a grand parent (or both!), your time is precious. So why waste it when Keyboard Maestro can help improve almost every aspect of using your Mac. Even the simplest things, like typing your email address, or going to Gmail or Facebook, launching Pages, or duplicating a line, all take time and add frustration. Let Keyboard Maestro help make your Mac life more pleasant and efficient.

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If you're a big user of quick-keys (and you should be) and you have applications where you miss them or wish you could create them, you'll love this.

Keyboard Maestro will save you tons of time on a daily basis.
There are hundreds of ways you can use this to speed up menial tasks.
Currently just started using this for a few everyday tasks such as renaming files,
changing window sizes and placements, as well as resizing images.
It has replaced three apps on my Mac that I had for specific tasks.
I also have it setup to launch all of my workflows and Applescripts with different hotkeys.
To be honest, I had a bit of difficulty setting some things up because I'm new to this type stuff.
So I emailed the dev about my issues. Within the day he responded to me, posting solutions,
and trying to help me better understand the app itself. He has been a huge help to me.
After only using the app for a few hours I upgraded the trial to the full version.
The time this app saves you on a daily basis pays for itself very quickly.

I am so glad I learned about Keyboard Maestro. I've been able to automate a number of tasks that run far more reliably than I was able to do with Automator. In a short while I've become very dependent on the app. For the couple of occasions where I've had trouble - newby kinds of things - support has been almost instantaneous and helpful.

To type text, or what ever, using the direct launch buttons, at the step for new trigger, push the direct launch button of your choice. Instead of a mouse click, insert an INSERT TEXT command and type your text. Remember, KBM will not PASTE correctly, so change the command to TYPE IT IN, as instructed above. If you have any questions, or have any cool macros that can do really great things with you KEM, please email me back at garbagetester@yahoo.c[email protected] Put EXPERT MOUSE in the subject and it will get read.

I am sorry for making this in 5 parts, but someone decided on a 1,000 char limit. Enjoy.

Russ

Change the time from 1.5 seconds to .5 seconds. In the Categories section click on INTERFACE CONTROL. In the center, double click on MOVE OR CLICK MOUSE. This action will show up in the right window. You need to make 4 changes here. Where it says CLICK, click on it and change it to DOUBLE CLICK. Where it says FRONT WINDOW'S TOP LEFT CENTER click on it and change it to CURRENT MOUSE LOCATION. And as a CyA, click on bot box that says RESTORE MOUSE LOCATION.

Your KEM now does a double click when you press the top right mouse button.

go to part 4

You will be using this option for all the track ball functions to work. Notice the blue box that shows up and says NONE. While it is blue, press the button that is the top right button of the track ball, or any button you want to become a double click on the Kensington Expert Mouse, (KEM). The word NONE is replaced with USB/PS2 WHEEL MOUSE BUTTON 5. Now, YOU ARE NOT DONE! Just to the right, is a double arrow and next to it are the words that say IS PRESSED. Click on the words and change them to IS RELEASED. OK, you now have a button on the Expert Mouse programed, but it is doing nothing. Now you need to do your first action. The first action must be a PAUSE. If you don't put one, KBM sometimes does not work. To put a pause in, click on the DISPLAY HIDE ACTION LIST plus sign at the bottom right plus sign. On the left, click on the folder called CONTROL FLOW. The list of actions the first item is PAUSE. double click it.

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Load and launch Keyboard Maestro. (KBM). Launch the editor. The bug with Keyboard Maestro is you need to put a pause in between each command. I use a .5 second command. IN ADDITION, when you want to type text of some kind, do not tell Keyboard Maestro to paste in the text, have it TYPE it in. You get that option. If you follow both my rules above, your expert mouse pro will work.

I will offer an example to make the button at the top right of the track ball a double click. I am not a TEC writer, so I will do my best. Launch KBM. First click on the bottom left plus sign to add a Group. Rename it to MACROS FOR ALL PROGRAMS. Create a shortcut with KBM by clicking the center plus sign for ADD MACRO. Give it a name. I called mine DOUBLE CLICK. If you look closely you will see a green plus sign with the command NEW TRIGGER. Click it to open a pull down menu. The second from the bottom option is DEVICE TRIGGER.

GO part 3

The Kensington Expert Mouse PRO and Lion do work together. Including all 6 DIRECT LAUNCH buttons, and the 4 mouse buttons around the track ball. I haven't figured out how to get the scroll wheel to work, but that can most likely work as well. You do NOT need the Kensington software in order to make it work either. My solution was to use Keyboard Maestro purchased from their web site. 

First a note about Keyboard Maestro. To run correctly, it can't be sandboxes. You need to purchase it directly from the developer. They are www.stairways.com.

Second, the Kensington does fully work, all buttons, but Keyboard Maestro is a bit buggy, but I have work arounds, so you will get the Expert Mouse pro working just fine.

See part 2

While long-time King-of-the-Mac-Macro Hill, QuicKeys, was slowly eroding from lack of maintenance, Stairways Software was perfecting its flagship program, Keyboard Maestro.

Over the years QKs had developed into an extremely powerful and useful tool, but began to feel like it was just adding odd peg-boards to hang new tools from. It just became too ungainly and slow in all respects.

Keyboard Maestro’s developer seems to have gotten all the functionality that Mac users have come to expect in a hotkey program -- and yet kept it lean and fast. Once you get used to the macro assembly process in KM, you can put them together almost second nature, and once in operation, they run like they’re part of the app in play, rather than a tool that’s called in from out on the sidelines.

The trial is generous and full-functioning. Just be careful how many macros you put together during it; it becomes just too hard to give ’em up when the trial ends. That’s what happened to me!

This program saves me time each and every day of the year.

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