Key­board Mae­stro

Press a cou­ple of keys to do (al­most) any­thing with your Mac

Mac Format - - RATED - $36 (about £22) Devel­oper Stair­ways Soft­ware, key­board­mae­ OS X 10.10.3 or higher Use­ful new ac­tions and trig­gers

Key­board Mae­stro is all about con­trol­ling your Mac with user-de­fined macros, com­prised of a trig­ger and one or more ac­tions which range from sim­ple hot-key com­mands through to more ad­vanced in­ter­ac­tions that can be based on spe­cific con­di­tions.

The app shows you how to set a func­tion key to open your Home folder – sim­ple. A more com­plex ac­tion is also pro­vided which copies a se­lec­tion, switches to the last used app, pastes, and then switches back again. Nat­u­rally, the sky’s the limit once you get a han­dle on how to cre­ate your own macros.

Ver­sion 7 of­fers a range of new trig­gers and ac­tions. Trig­gers now in­clude keys tapped mul­ti­ple times, win­dow fo­cus changes, and up­dates to fold­ers. The last of those means you can be no­ti­fied when new files are added to a shared folder. Ac­tions have gained op­tions that bring new smarts and com­plex­ity to macros, and it’s good to also see the app mak­ing things eas­ier for any­one cre­at­ing them. There’s a new gear menu in ev­ery ac­tion for ac­cess to con­tex­tual oper­a­tions, an Add

Still a bit ugly and a touch daunt­ing for new­com­ers, but this re­mains a macro app with se­ri­ous am­bi­tion.

Ac­tion Bar for rapid ac­cess, and au­to­com­ple­tion of text and search to­kens, func­tions and vari­ables.

Key­board Mae­stro still doesn’t look es­pe­cially pretty (the theme editor’s pal­ette styles come across as gaudy), but oth­er­wise this is a solid up­date to a very ca­pa­ble app. Craig Grannell

The new Add Ac­tion bar se­ri­ously speeds up the process of cre­at­ing macros.

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