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Spark is a powerful and easy shortcuts manager. With Spark you can create Hot Keys to launch applications and documents, execute AppleScripts, command iTunes, and more...

You can also export and import your Hot Keys library, or save it in HTML format to print it.

Spark is free, so use it without moderation!

What's New

Version 3.0b9:

  • Correct bug that prevent "repeat" (in iTunes volume for example).
  • Add experimental plugin to invoke menu item based on menu name (require Universal Access).
  • Add option to disable sound in "Volume action".
  • Add "Repeat" option in AppleScript actions.
  • Add "Rate Up/Down" in iTunes actions.
  • Improve plugin threading support and many other underlying change.
  • Requirements

    Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later

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    Nova-Bossa-Nova Member IconReview+35
    Nova-Bossa-Nova
    +0

    I have been using it for ages and can't live without it!

    Thank you for this!

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    Version 3.0b9
    Claude Demierre Member IconReview+1
    Claude Demierre
    +1

    Still working like a charm on Mavericks, fast and stable.
    I agree with Cowicide, if you like Spark like I do, don't forget that while the App is free, it's a good idea to donate to the developer to show appreciation and keep future development going.

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    Version 3.0b9
    Cowicide Member IconReview+1132
    Cowicide
    +1

    I use spark all the time to run applescripts for my Apps and Finder via shortcuts. Regrettably, Apple's own Keyboard Shortcuts within the System Preferences lacks this ability to launch or run AppleScripts via keyboard shortcuts and will only allow you to select Menu Items for Apps... so Spark is a lifesaver for me.

    Spark has other functions that I haven't used so I can't speak to how well it works in those regards, but for my purposes of running Applescripts, it's been rock solid. For example, I use Spark to run this applescript:

    tell application "TextEdit"
    end tell
    tell application "System Events" to tell text area 1 of scroll area 1 of window 1 of process "TextEdit" to if exists then
    set {x, y} to value of attribute "AXSelectedTextRange"
    if x ≤ y then tell application "TextEdit" to set color of document 1's characters x thru y to {0, 0, 65535}
    end if

    With this script and Spark, any text I've selected within TextEdit will be turned to the color blue with shift-command-B (the shortcut I assigned via Spark)

    Spark allowed me to input my script directly into it and even has its own full-function Applescript editor embedded that checks your code for errors, etc. - That's fantastic.

    As far as I know, Spark has never caused me any stability issues and it works very fast with no perceptible delay between hitting the shortcuts and taking action.

    On the downside, Spark's GUI is a bit cumbersome, but after fudging around you get used to it. I do wish the developer would leave the sidepanel always open because it's not intuitive how to open it and you almost always need to keep it open anyway to get anything done.

    Also, there's a "description" column that I'd like to use, but I've never been able to figure out a way to add a description for my shortcuts within the GUI.

    If you want to make shortcuts for menu items in Apps that don't have them, you're better off just using Apple's built-in keyboard shortcuts in the system preferences. But, if you need to launch Applescripts, etc. - This is the way to go despite its GUI flaws.

    If you like Spark like I do, don't forget that while the App is free, it's a good idea to donate to the developer to show appreciation and keep future development going.

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    Version 3.0b9
    ribaszv0 Member IconReview+0
    ribaszv0
    +0

    Probably the most unbelievably efficient shortcuts manager out there that will fill all your needs and more. Tons of features and tools that give you access to every application, menu item, command, or whatever you can imagine! It's the best hidden secret I've found. It's worth at least $20-30 bucks but it's FREE!!

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    Version 3.0b9
    GBukalders Member IconReview+5
    GBukalders
    +2

    Spark's demon doesn't run properly on Mountain Lion. I can launch it, but after 10-20 seconds it silently quit. That is, I launch Spark, launch demon, quit Spark, press shortcut to launch TextEdit with the shortcut specified in Spark, when TextEdit has launched, I quit TextEdit, and that's it, can't launch any other app anymore because demon has quit.

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    Version 3.0b9
    GBukalders
    +1

    Sorry, I guess part of the problem was application name changes in Mountain Lion. For some strange reason Spark could launch Contacts with the Address Book shortcut and app reference and Calendar with the iCal shortcut and app reference, but then later could not. Go figure. Now I did all necessary changes and Spark works again. Although sometimes have problems with launching TextEdit.

    Andreas Carlsson
    +1

    It happens to me too. Every time I open Safari the Spark Daemon dies on me... :(
    Very sad, it has been a great app!!

    Bx2
    +1

    I only use it to launch and contril iTunes, but it still works fine for me after updating to Mountain Lion. (I"ve also had to use it to remap the volume up and down and eject keys that no longer work on my MacAlly ICE Keyboard, due to the company not updating their drivers in many, many years and losing that functionality with OS 10.8).

    Andreas Carlsson
    +1

    I shold say that it works for me now. I don't know why, but it does. Still the best shortcut app there is!

    GBukalders
    +2

    Now it works for me too. No problem. Perhaps Mountain Lion updates have helped. All works as expected. Excellen!

    bbw7 Member IconComment+313
    bbw7
    +0

    It seems like Spark disables/short-ciruits the ability of Automator to create services shortcuts, i.e. keyboard shortcuts to start up applications. Anyone else notice this?

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    Version 3.0b9
    Pmason Member IconReview+27
    Pmason
    +1

    A fantastic little utility I just can't do without. It runs circles around similar programs, all the way through Lion. This is definitely the little engine that could.

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    Version 3.0b9
    Lolita Member IconComment+71
    Lolita
    +1

    Is this a kernel extension?

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    Version 3.0b9
    Joinerm
    +1

    The Spark Daemon loads at login (its a login item).
    I have used Spark from way back with never any problems. I'm currently still in 10.6.8, and although Jjmarcus below says "yes" to Lion, I'd still be grateful if the Dev could confirm Lion compatibility. Because, Spark is the one utility I just could not do without. Its just fantastic. I cannot move to Lion without Spark.

    PorkPieHat
    +0

    So, is it a kernel extension?

    hawanord
    +0

    @Porkpiehat / @Lolita:

    No.

    Djefis Member IconReview+155
    Djefis
    +1

    a little gem!

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    Version 3.0b9
    xraydoug
    +0

    Perhaps, but I fear quite dead. It has not been updated since 2008, the most recent real question posted to the forum (besides mine) is 2010, and there were no replies to that. Too bad.

    Charly20 Member IconComment+11
    Charly20
    +0

    Does it work with Lion??

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    Version 3.0b9
    Jjmarcus
    +1

    So far, yes!

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    lemon-kun
    Version 3.0b9
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    Frankmac
    Version 3.0b9
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    Mlhk
    Version 3.0b9
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    jugaor
    Version 3.0b9
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    Downloads 52,777
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    Type Utilities / System
    License Free
    Date 21 Dec 2008
    Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
    Price Free
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