KeyCue teaches hidden Adobe Illustrator shortcuts
May 8, 2012 in Utility
[prMac.com] Hagenberg, Austria - Ergonis Software today released extended shortcut descriptions for Adobe Illustrator. The descriptions can be imported in KeyCue 6 to reveal 144 hidden keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Illustrator.
KeyCue is 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. Previously, the application shortcuts shown by KeyCue were limited to those that appear in menus. However, many applications offer further 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.
The newly released shortcut descriptions add 144 Adobe Illustrator keyboard shortcuts that cannot normally be detected by KeyCue. The description file can be downloaded from the company's web page and imported into KeyCue with just a double-click. Besides the new shortcut descriptions for Adobe Illustrator, similar add-ons are available for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. All these plus a collection of system-wide shortcuts can be downloaded from Ergonis Software online.
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.
The shortcut descriptions mentioned in this release are not functional as stand-alone tools, but require a licensed version of KeyCue 6.0 or newer. KeyCue 6 requires Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or newer and is fully compatible with OS X Lion.
Pricing and Availability:
The upgrade to the current version of KeyCue is free for anyone who purchased a license of KeyCue on or after June 1st 2011. Owners of older KeyCue licenses may upgrade 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.
Screenshot (shortcut cheat sheet for Adobe Illustrator)
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.