KeyCue 6 reveals hidden keyboard shortcuts
October 27, 2011 in Utility
[prMac.com] Hagenberg, Austria - Ergonis Software today is pleased to announce KeyCue 6, a major new release of the company's popular keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. The new version supports user-definable custom shortcut descriptions to reveal hidden keyboard shortcuts, i.e. keyboard shortcuts that are not visible in any menu. Together with KeyCue 6, Ergonis has released extended shortcut descriptions for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, as well as descriptions of universal text editing and navigation shortcuts.
Up to now, KeyCue showed only keyboard shortcuts that are included in the applications' menus. Many applications, however, offer further shortcuts that cannot be found in the menus and were therefore not included in KeyCue's shortcut overview. With KeyCue 6, users can now define their own shortcut descriptions for their favorite programs, and KeyCue merges them with the shortcuts found in the menus to show the most comprehensive keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet ever.
"With KeyCue 6, we are proud to finally deliver the number one customer request we got since the first version of KeyCue came out - the ability to define custom keyboard shortcut descriptions for shortcuts that would not be visible otherwise. However, we did not just deliver what our customers asked for, but we took this request to the next level and added an import and export feature to allow the KeyCue community to generate and share a huge collection of custom shortcut descriptions," said Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software. "As a starting point, we have already released extended shortcut descriptions for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and text editing keyboard combinations that are effective throughout Mac OS X. You can download the description files from our Download Extras web page and import them into KeyCue with just a double-click. We will continue to provide more shortcut description files in the future to further increase KeyCue's versatility. Said that, we are inviting KeyCue users all over the world to contribute: If you have compiled shortcuts descriptions that you are willing to share with the KeyCue community, please let us know, and we'll be happy to add them to our Download Extras page".
KeyCue is quite a handy tool for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. Whenever the command key is kept pressed for a while, KeyCue displays a table with all keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application.
The productivity paradox of keyboard shortcuts is that shortcuts were designed to increase productivity. However, productivity actually decreases when applications provide large numbers of shortcuts, in particular when the shortcuts are defined inconsistently across applications. KeyCue's elegantly simple solution is to display an instant overview of currently available keyboard shortcuts - application-specific menu shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys and user-defined shortcut descriptions. Over time, KeyCue users will automatically remember frequently used shortcuts and start working more efficiently.
KeyCue has already received many awards, including a 4.5-Mice award from MacWorld magazine.
KeyCue 6 requires Mac OS X version 10.4 or newer and is fully compatible with OS X Lion. For all Ergonis products, we recommend upgrading to the most recent release versions, since these are the only versions that have been tested and are recommended to be used on OS X Lion.
Pricing and Availability:
The upgrade to KeyCue 6 is free for anyone who has purchased a license on or after June 1st 2011 as well as for anyone who is still covered by a previously purchased time-based license. Other users of a previous KeyCue license may upgrade to KeyCue 6 for EUR 9.99 (single license). For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, see the company's web site.
Instead of purchasing KeyCue by itself, customers can get the Macility Productivity Bundle that also contains two of the company's other productivity tools, PopChar X and Typinator. Note to Editors: An Online press kit, including screenshots, is available on the Ergonis Software web site.
Screenshot (shortcut cheat sheet for Adobe InDesign)
Headquartered in Hagenberg, Austria, Ergonis Software Gmbh is a privately held software development company founded in 2002. With a focus on innovation, Ergonis develops ergonomic and intuitive software that boosts the productivity of Mac and PC users alike. Copyright 2002-2011 Ergonis Software Gmbh. All Rights Reserved. Ergonis products are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Ergonis Software GmbH. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.