KeyCue 8

Yet another cheat sheet for keyboard shortcuts KeyCue 8 is not. It’s an extensible command centre for people who can’t memorise the thousands of shortcuts across applications, who want to add their own and want to access app commands without having to drag the mouse to a menu option.

Ergonis Software is my favourite developer when it comes to nifty tools that make working with OS X so much simpler and easier than with OS X out-of-the-box. Their Popchar tool has been a graphic designer and layout artist’s friend for many years. Typinator is the text expander that comes with regex (!) support to help with any sort of expansion you can think of. And KeyCue is their menu command / keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. It’s been a couple of versions since I immersed myself in KeyCue, but with version 8, Ergonis has started a revolution of its own. KeyCue 8 has the ability to grow into a shortcut command centre that makes your work and digital life much more comfortable and efficient without any effort on your part.

KeyCue 8 lives in your menubar and under the Command-key of your keyboard. Holding down the Command key for a couple of seconds — waiting time is customisable, of course — launches KeyCue’s cheat sheet. KeyCue is intelligent in that it will learn your application’s menu commands and spit out the associated shortcuts on-screen. So far, so good.

For some time now, KeyCue allowed you to scroll with the mouse over shortcuts and click to launch the commands directly from the app. Lazy people like myself love that feature. But it doesn’t stop there. KeyCue also knows about macro shortcuts created with apps such as Keyboard Maestro.

However, the newest version, KeyCue 8, has something else that will make your mouth water. It has a new way to define a wide variety of triggers, including combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other new actions like showing a configurable URL collection.

A completely new action that can be triggered is the configurable collection of URLs. You get the opportunity to add your own URLs to a text file and set a trigger combination. The result is a KeyCue sheet that only shows a table of your URLs, which of course you can launch with a single click.

The developers said the URL collection action is just the beginning. More actions will be made available in future versions of KeyCue 8. The mechanism has been designed in such a way that it can easily support further extensions.

KeyCue costs €19.99.

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