Follow-up: Ergonis Typinator 4.5 and KeyCue 6

Typinator 4.5 and KeyCue 6 have two things in common: they’re both “can’t do without” utilities once you’re used to having them at your fingertips, and they both support ‘sets’.

KeyCue 6 is Ergonis Software‘s latest version of the keyboard shortcuts pop-up app. KeyCue pops up whenever you hold down the Command key for long enough. It then displays a full list of shortcut keys for the application you’re working with. In version 6, you get the added benefit of import support. Import of… shortcut sets, which is especially efficient for hidden shortcuts.

In older versions of KeyCue, the application shortcuts shown by KeyCue were limited to those that appear in menus. However, many applications have hidden shortcuts that are listed only in help documents or printed manuals.

Starting with version 6, KeyCue supports user-definable custom shortcut descriptions to reveal these hidden commands. KeyCue merges the additional shortcut descriptions with the shortcuts found in the menus to show the most comprehensive keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet ever.

In addition, you can export shortcuts into a set. You can then share that set with others on the web. The best part is that Ergonis has already posted InDesign (over 100!) and Photoshop shortcut sets, so you can immediately take advantage of the new capability.

KeyCue doesn’t take much memory, but the previous version would refuse to show itself on my Lion system (don’t actually know if it’s lion that sat in the way). In version 6, the dashboard always appears as intended. KeyCue 6 is great to have, but it will make you lazy: you won’t have to memorize a couple of hundred shortcuts anymore.

Typinator 4.5 is a typist’s expander app — it completes words, sentences, paragraphs, and even images for you. It uses a shortcut “code” you define yourself and then inserts at the cursor position the content you want. Its latest version has a new set of “codes” that will insert “emoji” or emoticons. The set consists of the full Emoji set that is available on Lion.

Typinator is the only expander I can work with as it keeps itself out of the way when I want it, but gives me enough power to make typing less of a strain.

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