QuicKeys X2 full review

QuicKeys is one of the oldest productivity apps for the Mac, and its pre-OS X iterations attracted a large, enthusiastic user-base. However, there was much grumbling from users who switched to the OS X version. The problem was that OS X’s Unix underpinnings meant certain QuicKey features became unreliable in the OS X version. Probably the biggest grumble was that application-specific menu shortcuts were extremely hit-&-miss, working in some apps, but not in others – particularly Word, Photoshop and illustrator. However, one of the many plusses with X2 is that this seems to have been sorted out. I’ve now set-up a pile of Photoshop and Word menu shortcuts that in QuicKeys 1.5.3 involved the laborious recording of mouse movements and clicks. It’s a real plus. There’s plenty of new features, too, and one of the most powerful is Recording. Using this, QuicKeys can record a limitless sequence of keyboard and mouse activity, which you can then play back with any trigger of your choice. There’s also Shortcut Debugging, a handy new tool for analyzing shortcuts that no longer work. Wait, meanwhile, is a new feature that adds power to multi-step shortcuts, by helping to control timing based on the on the state of specific windows and buttons. The interface has also been redesigned, now offering a handy pop-down New Shortcuts menu in the toolbar – a much more efficient way of working than the previous icons-led approach.
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