May 20, 2008 in Utility (E)
[prMac.com] Hagenberg, Austria - Ergonis Software today announced KeyCue 4.2 adding support for Keyboard Maestro. KeyCue is quite a handy tool for learning and remembering keyboard shortcuts. Whenever the Command key is kept pressed for a set amount of time, the KeyCue window will appear listing all the keyboard shortcuts available in the currently active application.
Keyboard Maestro is a powerful macro program that lets you define custom action sequences together with your own shortcuts to activate them. As with menu shortcuts, when you have defined a lot of useful macros, remembering all the shortcuts for invoking them becomes a challenge. Starting with version 3.0 of Keyboard Maestro and version 4.2 of KeyCue, the two applications work together allowing KeyCue to show all currently active Keyboard Maestro hot keys.
"The average Mac OS X application has about 40 menu shortcuts. The average Keyboard Maestro user maintains even more hot keys. KeyCue helps you learn these shortcuts and consequently boosts your productivity," said Christoph Reichenberger, founder and CEO of Ergonis Software. "I am excited about the cooperation with Stairways Software that allows us to make KeyCue's functionality also available for Keyboard Maestro hot keys. This will take productivity of our joint customers to a new level."
"Over the past year that I have been using KeyCue I have found it remarkably useful, especially in programs like BBEdit and Photoshop that have numerous command keys" said Peter N. Lewis, founder and CEO of Stairways Software, "and I have been using Keyboard Maestro since long before we acquired it in 2004. It has always been difficult to remember all the hot keys for the many macros I have, so it is fantastic to have Keyboard Maestro and KeyCue working together like this. Now my Keyboard Maestro macros speed up my work, and KeyCue speeds up executing my macros - what a great combination!"
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 detect and display an instant overview of all shortcuts, i.e., the overall functionality of any application. 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.
Availability and Ordering:
KeyCue 4.2 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or newer and is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
KeyCue can be purchased securely on the Ergonis Software website. The upgrade to KeyCue 4.2 is free for anyone who has purchased KeyCue in the last 2 years. For information about purchases, including enterprise licenses, volume discounts, and upgrade pricing offers, visit their website.
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. The pricing of the Productivity Bundle represents a saving of more than 35% over the separate purchase of its components. More information about the Productivity Bundle can be found at their website.
Ergonis Software develops ergonomic and intuitive software that boosts the productivity of Mac and PC users. Ergonis Software, a privately held company founded in 2002, is headquartered in Hagenberg, Austria. Ergonis, Macility and KeyCue are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Ergonis Software GmbH. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.