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