Spark
Spark 3.0b9
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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
    Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later



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    Nova-Bossa reviewed on 11 Apr 2014
    I have been using it for ages and can't live without it!

    Thank you for this!
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    Claude Demierre reviewed on 14 Jan 2014
    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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    Cowicide reviewed on 12 Jul 2013
    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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    ribaszv0 reviewed on 22 Apr 2013
    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!!
    [Version 3.0b9]


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    GBukalders reviewed on 25 Jul 2012
    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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    GBukalders replied on 03 Aug 2012
    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.
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    Andreas Carlsson replied on 01 Sep 2012
    It happens to me too. Every time I open Safari the Spark Daemon dies on me... :(
    Very sad, it has been a great app!!
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    Bx2 replied on 15 Nov 2012
    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).
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    Andreas Carlsson replied on 15 Nov 2012
    I shold say that it works for me now. I don't know why, but it does. Still the best shortcut app there is!
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    GBukalders replied on 15 Nov 2012
    Now it works for me too. No problem. Perhaps Mountain Lion updates have helped. All works as expected. Excellen!
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    bbw7 commented on 21 Apr 2012
    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?
    [Version 3.0b9]


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    Pmason reviewed on 17 Mar 2012
    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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    Lolita commented on 02 Feb 2012
    Is this a kernel extension?
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    Joinerm replied on 12 Feb 2012
    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.
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    PorkPieHat replied on 20 Feb 2012
    So, is it a kernel extension?
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    hawanord replied on 03 May 2012
    @Porkpiehat / @Lolita:

    No.
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    Djefis reviewed on 31 Jul 2011
    a little gem!
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    xraydoug replied on 17 Oct 2011
    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.
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    Charly20 commented on 10 Jul 2011
    Does it work with Lion??
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    Jjmarcus replied on 25 Jul 2011
    So far, yes!
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    Rubaiyat had trouble on 19 May 2010
    The links to the application and the developer are dead.
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    MacUpdate-Lon replied on 19 May 2010
    Just checked them both, they are correct and available. Maybe try another browser or flushing your cache...
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    xenos had trouble on 16 Jan 2009
    no idea what i'm doing wrong with all versions lately issued: the app always would quit right after launching - as much as i would like to try it out:

    PPC G4 Quicksilver 2001, 733 Mhz 640 MB RAM OS X 10.4.11 (iKey not active when launching Spark)
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    JazzAddict had trouble on 26 Dec 2008
    Spark disk image will not mount...
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    MacUpdate-Lon commented on 27 Dec 2008
    remove the .bz2 suffix and the .dmg will mount
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    asmeurer had trouble on 04 Nov 2008
    This won't accept Control-Spacae as a shortcut. I am trying to dump Quicksilver triggers for iTunes as they are kind of shaky, but I want to keep my shortcuts.
    [Version 3.0b8]


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    Laine had trouble on 09 Feb 2007
    Has the import/export ability disappeard in 3.b1?
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    lemon-kun rated on 27 Nov 2013

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    Olle rated on 25 Nov 2012

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    Frankmac rated on 23 Oct 2011

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    Mlhk rated on 18 Apr 2011

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    jugaor rated on 13 Mar 2011

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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!


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