Spark
Spark
3.2.1

4.8

Spark free download for Mac
08 May 2020

Hotkey shortcuts manager.

Overview

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 in Spark

Version 3.2.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.12 or later

  • Minor bug fixes
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92 Reviews of Spark

5
fleur2metaline-1
08 May 2020
Version: 3.2.1

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The more lightweight shortcut app i ever tryed
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Beesharp
16 August 2020
Version: 3.2.1
This app is AWESOME!!! Simple. Powerful. Elegant. And now runs on Catalina. I don't have to go looking for a replacement. As C-3PO would say, "Thank The Maker." In this case, Shadowlab! Truly great stuff. Thanks Joe H. and Gerrykai for the heads up!
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Gerrykai
07 July 2020
Version: 3.2.1
I've been using and loving Spark on a Mac for many years. When I recently I updated to Catalina, the Text/Keyboard feature stopped working. I looked around for an alternate app but couldn't find one with a feature equivalent to Spark's Text/Keyboard, including the similar native feature in Catalina. Finally I found the review of Spark by Joe H. on this page, which solved the problem completely. In case you can't find it, here's a quote of the relevant parts: "Make sure to use the latest version of Spark (which is currently 3.2.1 : see (my) other comments below). The only place where you can see the correct version number is when you open the app and choose "About Spark" from the menu. To make all features function: go to your System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility and remove the Spark app, and add it again. You might have to repeat this step, and even try a reboot. Also: in between creating or altering shortcuts it can help to stop & start the Spark Daemon. You also might have to start the Daemon manually after every boot/login." Happy Sparking!
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Djefis
06 July 2020
Version: 3.2.1
An application that cannot miss ...
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fleur2metaline-1
08 May 2020
Version: 3.2.1
The more lightweight shortcut app i ever tryed
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5
Compuglobal
18 February 2020
Version: 3.1b2
Great app! The workaround in Automator, Keyboard, Shortcuts etc. is a horrilble and absolutely not Apple-like solution that finally does not work. So, Spark is a very useful great app! Thanks!
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Joe H.
04 February 2020
Version: 3.1b2
A note on compatibility with Catalina: it works! Make sure to use the latest version of Spark (which is currently 3.2.1 : see (my) other comments below). The only place where you can see the correct version number is when you open the app and choose "About Spark" from the menu. To make all features function: go to your System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Accessibility and remove the Spark app, and add it again. You might have to repeat this step, and even try a reboot. Also: in between creating or altering shortcuts it can help to stop & start the Spark Daemon. You also might have to start the Daemon manually after every boot/login. For me this resulted in my 50+ Spark shortcuts working like a charm again :-)
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creatureasd
21 December 2019
Version: 3.1b2
Omg, i thought this app was discontiued for OSX 10.15,..what a time and life saver this is!!
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Adriano-Borgobello
10 March 2019
Version: 3.1b2
Solved! After so much tries, I found that removing manually the preference, made Spark work again. I didn’t remove manually the preferences before, because I thought AppCleaner did it while uninstalling Spark, but probably il left something behind.
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Adriano-Borgobello
08 March 2019
Version: 3.1b2
I write here because I hope someone can help me to solve a issue which prevents Spark demon to work. After a support session for a issue with another software, in which the technician has given this command: "/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user". After the command I restarted the Mac, and Spark didn't work anymore. I found that demon starts and hangs a couple of minutes after which it closes. The same happens if I try to start demon from config application. I tried to remove (with AppCleaner) and reinstall Spark, remove boot cache starting Mac in safe mode, clean all the rest with Onyx, etc... and really don't know what other to try. All this on Mojave 10.14.2 with Spark 3.1b2 (I tried 3.0b11 too).
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Iliketrash
13 January 2019
Version: 3.1b2
This review is for version 3.0b11 which I have used for many years. This is the best app-switcher/launcher I found and I love it. It has one essential feature that _many_ or all of the other lack: the ability to have only the front window of the switched-to app come forward instead of all of the windows. This is the most common way to use an app switcher and it's just weird that the others do not allow this option. If you switch and then want all the windows to come forward, just use System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts to set a key combination for Bring All to Front to say Shift-Option-Command-up_arrow: all Mac apps have this menu item under the Windows menu. Thanks for a great app!
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Cowicide
28 November 2018
Version: 3.1b2
3.1.b2 stopped working properly for me on a 10.12.6 machine, so I reverted back to an old Spark version 3.0b11 (470) I luckily found on a backup and all is well again. The 3.1.b2 version didn't respond when I clicked "Start Spark Demon" and many shortcuts I made stopped working including this custom one for Textedit to quickly change colors of sections of text I have selected:

I had it run this with shift-command-B:

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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

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Nothing happens when I did the shortcut with 3.1.b2, but works perfectly with 3.0b11 (470). I guess I should just stick with the old version that works for now.

I should also mention the interface was jacked up with the "All Application's Hot Keys", etc. button riding up to where the top vertical half of the button was missing.
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Bryan-de08cef4
29 October 2018
Version: 3.1b2
Great to see an update! Seems to work fine on Mojave, though I wasn't having any issues with the older version, other than warnings that it needed updating. I found the https://www.shadowlab.org/softwares/spark.php site won't load in Safari, but works fine in Chrome. Maybe a background rendering in the foreground?
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Joe H.
24 October 2018
Version: 3.1b2
Great to see version 3.1b2 is official now :-)

Don't forget to donate via PayPal to show your appreciation:

https://www.shadowlab.org/donate.php?reason=Spark%203%20Bêta%20X

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fleur2metaline-1
24 October 2018
Version: 3.1b2
i use it from so long with all versions of OSX ; and this software is no CPU demanding. Big-up to the dev !
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Joe H.
24 October 2018
Version: 3.0b9
It seems this awesome & irreplaceable app is actually still being updated. The latest version I found (thanks to the link @Lounge-Deluxe posted below) is 3.1b2 with a modified date of Oct 21st 2018. It works great in macOS 10.13.6, I will try Mojave soon.
You can download the zip here: https://www.shadowlab.org/softwares/spark.php (don't let the outdated info on this page fool you: the zip is fresh!).
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Lounge-Deluxe
24 April 2018
Version: 3.0b9
Version 3.0b11 can be downloaded through https://www.shadowlab.org/softwares/spark.php and seems to work fine for me under MacOS 10.13. I use it together with EasyFind as an unbeatable replacement for Spotlight (at least for me).
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f2920381
03 April 2018
Version: 3.0b9
This irreplaceable app doesn't appear to be working in High Sierra. Has anyone had any luck getting this running in High Sierra or know of an alternative that can make shortcuts based on menu items from applications? I would gladly pay for this app--it is amazing and it's demise is very sad.
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Adriano-Borgobello
01 February 2018
Version: 3.0b9
I tried much other launcher and shortcuts manager, but none can compete for simplicity combined with the power of Spark. Hope really that the develop will take new life. And if needed, I will be happy to pay a fee to warranty a future to this wizard software.
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jaknudsen
09 October 2017
Version: 3.0b9
Tried to install on macOS High Sierra 10.13, but can't get past this welcome message (clicking "Continue" doesn't do anything): https://i.imgur.com/pvgeY9L.png
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Cowicide
20 January 2017
Version: 3.0b9
Discontinued? Oh boy, I really haven't seen anything that would properly replace this. It's still working in Sierra 10.12.2, but I worry about the future now. Anyone know any ideal alternatives with same functionality and stability? Also, I really hope the dev open sources this to allow others to continue development.
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smayer97
16 May 2016
Version: 3.0b9
V3.0b10, created Nov 4, 2015 for OS X 10.9+, is available on the dev site here: https://www.shadowlab.org/softwares/spark.php
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Tachy0n
10 March 2016
Version: 3.0b9
This is not working in Yosemite. You can run the app, but when you click "Start Spark Daemon" it says "Spark Daemon cannot be opened because of a problem."
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5
acaruso1
24 September 2015
Version: 3.0b9
Fast, reliable, and very customizable! I love how many kinds of things you can set your keys to and how many keys it lets you change. It's rare when an application like this actually does everything I want it to, but this one does! For example: I never use my numpad, so I changed each of my numpad keys to pull up a different application, and I can still type numbers with the number row. I also don't have volume keys on this keyboard, so I changed the numpad's other keys to control the volume. I also have a dedicated minimize button instead of having to press ctrl M. It's just faster that way :)
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Joinerm
23 August 2015
Version: 3.0b9
Absolutely amazing. I just installed Spark on Yosemite 10.10.5 on a brand new MacBook Air and it works perfectly. Kudos to the genius developer for creating this little beauty which just seems to work with every version of OS X. Fingers crossed for El Capitan!
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Jeff-H-
29 October 2014
Version: 3.0b9
I'm a user and lover of Snap. Is there any way to launch a keystroked url?
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5
psroy
29 August 2014
Version: 3.0b9
Amazing little app. Extremely stable. Has worked for years without any issues.
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Bento de Espinosa
11 April 2014
Version: 3.0b9
I have been using it for ages and can't live without it! Thank you for this!
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5
Claude-Demierre
14 January 2014
Version: 3.0b9
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
12 July 2013
Version: 3.0b9
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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5
ribaszv0
22 April 2013
Version: 3.0b9
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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GBukalders
25 July 2012
Version: 3.0b9
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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bbw7
21 April 2012
Version: 3.0b9
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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5
Pmason
17 March 2012
Version: 3.0b9
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
02 February 2012
Version: 3.0b9
Is this a kernel extension?
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5
Djefis
31 July 2011
Version: 3.0b9
a little gem!
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Charly20
10 July 2011
Version: 3.0b9
Does it work with Lion??
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4.5
Iliketrash
17 March 2011
Version: 3.0b9
This is one terrific program. I could go on about how great it is but I'm sure that others have already done this. However, there is one feature of the program that might not catch everyone's attention, and that is, there is an option, set per program, that when that program is selected to become the front application, only its active window is brought to the front. I investigated many if not most of the competing programs and none had this feature. This is really important because without it, when a program is told to become the front program, _all_ of its windows come to the front, obscuring the windows of the previously front program and any other programs whose windows you might want to see. Some might argue that this is a trade-off, a personal preference. Indeed. And that is why it is a checked option in Spark. If you really want all of a program's windows to come to the front, there is a super simple solution: Use the Keyboard preference pane's Keyboard Shortcuts feature and for All Applications, add a line Bring All to Front and assign it a keyboard shortcut: Shift-Option-Command-UpArrow works fine and does not conflict with anything.
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duncanpinderpuss
09 March 2011
Version: 3.0b9
I have had a tremendous amount of success with this program. I use it to launch all of my frequent used programs, open frequently use files and folders, as well as launch Automator actions. Pretty amazing since its free. Have had no issues. With the combo of this program and Alfred, now using the mouse minimally.
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aattallah
28 February 2011
Version: 3.0b9
I am using Spark on my mac since May of last year. Since then, i use it to paste my email adress with the paste shortcut. The Character "C" is always missing when the paste is executed. I wrote to Mr. Dugas about this issue. He asked me to increase the execution delay from 3 to 10ms. I tried all delays till 500ms, but nothing changed. "C" is always skipped during the execution. What could be the problem? And how to reach the solution?
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Px9-855
06 February 2011
Version: 3.0b9
Ditched the famed Keyboard Maestro for this. Spark might be older but it has quality that surpasses KM.
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Poikkeus
16 December 2010
Version: 3.0b9
Years ago, I paid for software to manage keyboard shortcuts; with Spark, the interface is even simpler - and it works effectively in the background, out of view. For me, it's uber stable, and setting up the short-cuts shouldn't take more than five minutes. And its free - the best price. Nice software.
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Uncoy
05 July 2010
Version: 3.0b9
I tried to move from Keyboard Maestro to Spark last year as it was a lot easier to create hotkeys quickly for menu items. Alas, Spark had serious stability issues and my hotkeys to move Mail around just stopped working. I tried to troubleshoot without success. Back to Keyboard Maestro which allows you not to just create single events but elaborate sequences. Very cool interface though (I suggested to Peter N. Lewis he find some inspiration here).
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Blixi
27 May 2010
Version: 3.0b9
great app ! I would even pay 5 bucks (one for each star) for it
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Rubaiyat
20 May 2010
Version: 3.0b9
Have found another link: http://www.shadowlab.org/softwares/
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Rubaiyat
20 May 2010
Version: 3.0b9
The links to the application and the developer are dead.
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anonymous-bear-4749
23 September 2009
Version: 3.0b9
Finally had to abandon Quicksilver in 10.6 and tracked this app down to do my hotkeys/shortcuts (triggers in Quicksilver speak). I have to say it works fantastic and is easier to configure a "trigger" here than it ever was in QS. As a devout QS fan, I wish I had found this sooner. I'd have switched out my triggers long ago. I am loving this app and am glad I found it.
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Egn
04 June 2009
Version: 3.0b9
Have tried others but for me this is the best one. Not because it's free, but because the ease of use and options make it the best one. Excellent time saver.
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Thecause
17 February 2009
Version: 3.0b9
Excellent software. Easy to use. Hides so you set it, forget about it, and can still use it. Ideal for the older Bondi Blue macintosh keyboards which don't have volume controls.
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Poikkeus
08 February 2009
Version: 3.0b9
You can pay for HotApp, or use Butler for free, but hot-keys are a useful time-saver to make it easier to get your work done more quickly. For me, Spork has several advantages: 1. It's free 2. It's intuitive, and can be used almost instantly It takes about five minutes to configure. Instead of using the dock, a single keystroke will bring you Mail, Safari, or whatever application or action you have in mind. I've found it very stable for OS 10.5.
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Xenos
16 January 2009
Version: 3.0b9
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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Jmax
05 January 2009
Version: 3.0b9
One of the most useful - or even essential - Mac utilities on my computer(s). I'm amazed this isn't wildly popular and that Apple hasn't bought the company. Use it to make the Control key + almost anything into a hotkey for anything! And if you have the Apple extended keyboard (a great item itself), use its 7 extra F keys with Control, Option and Command for 28 hotkeys before you even touch the rest of they keyboard. Examples for one-touch hotkeys on my Macs: Mail, Firefox, Photoshop, Lightroom, iTunes, Word And not just apps: One touch: Applications, Home Folder, Downloads, WhooHoo! I LOVE this thing!
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Jazzaddict
27 December 2008
Version: 3.0b9
Spark disk image will not mount...
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Dana-Sutton
21 December 2008
Version: 3.0b9
I only have one criticism of this app. It should have available from the very first day OSX came out. since, like such other features as the old Apple Menu, managing F-keys was a feature of OS9 that Apple was wrong to deep-six in OSX. So when users upgraded to OSX they found they had to pay money to third-party developers to retain functions they had previously enjoyed for free. Now at last we have a free solution. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!
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asmeurer-2
04 November 2008
Version: 3.0b8
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.
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Pjot
03 September 2008
Version: 3.0b8
Pure gold!
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Angelplasma
26 July 2008
Version: 3.0b8
So good. Simple, elegant, and intuitive. App shortcuts, iTunes integration (with configureable track info display!), System controls, text macros... It's all right there. Love it. I'd definitely pay money for this (but I ain't complainin that it's free right now!)
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anonymous-heron-1581
07 May 2008
Version: 3.0b8
Short acquaintance as of yet, but so far it's working perfectly. Easy, fast, and to date rock solid. It amazes me that this is donationware; it's easily of the quality that could be sold commercially. Anyone interested in a hotkey manager absolutely should check this out, and donate if it proves to work as well for you as it does for me.
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Gordon142
06 May 2008
Version: 3.0b7
Best keyboard shortcut manager I've come across at a price that can't be beat.
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Djefis
06 May 2008
Version: 3.0b7
Absolutely the best software in order to personalize your own Mac, by the keyboard commands . . . . .
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Pmason
06 May 2008
Version: 3.0b7
Said it once, say it again: Great little application. Nothing beats it for speed, power and simplicity. Merci, and keep up the good work!
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anthonysigalas
05 May 2008
Version: 3.0b5
An indispensable utility for any serious Mac user. It has almost replaced my favorite launcher utility (Launchbar). Fast, efficient, problem-free and very easy to setup and free! Highly Recommended. Please support the developer by donating.
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Drdul
29 February 2008
Version: 3.0b4
I just purchased a Macally IceKey keyboard (I wanted a black keyboard with white letters for better contrast in low light). I was dismayed to find that the keyboard driver (needed to enable the volume and eject keys) conflicted with a clipboard app that i use all the time. So I uninstalled the driver, and all is well. Of course, that meant I couldn't use the volume or eject keys, which would have been a big problem if not for Spark. I assigned the volume down/up/mute functions to F13/F14/F15, and reassigned the eject function to F12 (I never use Dashboard, so that's no great loss). Spark saved the day!
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Doc-Renaud
23 February 2008
Version: 3.0b4
Amazing, and perfect !!!! Thank you very much for this !
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Junkie
15 November 2007
Version: 3.0b4
Does most everything I used Quickeys to do, with half the memory footprint. No leaks or crashes. All for free. Amazing.
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Katabios
19 October 2007
Version: 3.0b4
a must have!
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Peter-Borg
19 October 2007
Version: 3.0b3
Simply great! Does exactly what it should and doesn't try to be everything for everyone.
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Xpander
10 July 2007
Version: 3.0b2
whoops, forgot my host had a failure without a REAL recent backup. Link is there, it's not pretty yet but it's there
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Catb1rd
10 July 2007
Version: 3.0b2
This is a great application. I've been looking high and low for a app that will allow me to control iTunes via shortcuts. Especially when I'm actively using another app. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...
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Mud212
10 April 2007
Version: 3.0b2
Spark is absolutely outstanding. One of the simplest and most powerful applications I've ever used. I only wish there was an option for putting the display to sleep.
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Tice
01 March 2007
Version: 3.0b2
Great! You are back on work on my little all-day-helper! Thanks man! Hope writing the date (i.e. "2007_03_02") will be an option one day. : )
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Jean-Daniel-Dupas
01 March 2007
Version: 3.0b2
I do not really know where i can add this option. It's really easy to do, but it's not really the job of Spark. I will try to find a place where i can add it.
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Guntis
01 March 2007
Version: 3.0b2
This is by far the best application launcher! To launch applications I use Ctrl+Option+Command + the first letter of the application. For example: to launch Mail - Ctrl+Option+Command+M, to launch Safari - Ctrl+Option+Command+S, to launch Keynote - Ctrl+Option+Command+K, etc. For folders I've set Ctrl key plus the first letter of the folder. Applications folder - Ctrl+A, Desktop folder - Ctrl+D, Home folder - Ctrl+H, User's Library - Ctrl+L, Movies folder - Ctrl+M, Photos folder - Ctrl+P, Setup folder - Ctrl+S, etc. For other folders with the same first letter I added Shift key: Music folder - Ctrl+Shift+M, Sites folder - Ctrl+Shift+S, etc. To launch Spark itself - Ctrl+Option+Command+1, To launch System Preferences - Ctrl+Option+Command++. You've got the idea. Nothing beats it's speed!
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Attentionwandered
13 February 2007
Version: 3.0b1
the application is so nice is there any way to program the floater to appear when a song changes?
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Laine
09 February 2007
Version: 3.0b1
Has the import/export ability disappeard in 3.b1?
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hced
02 February 2007
Version: 3.0b1
(Just a side note that I couldn't resist posting.) I just love this application's icon... it's genuinely delectable.
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Pmason
02 February 2007
Version: 3.0b1
Great little application. Nothing beats it for speed, power and simplicity. Keep up the good work!
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Leoncahun
10 January 2007
Version: 2.1.1
This app is wonderful - I wish it was universal . . . Anything comparable on Intel?
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hced
08 December 2006
Version: 2.1.1
I wish it could be Dock-less. (hint)
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Uuugggg
07 May 2005
Version: 2.0.1
OH yes! I have been looking for something like this... not only does it have the simple hotkey-opens-things usefulness perfectly executed, it also has hotkey-opens-selection-with... So I can make sure mp3s open in quicktime instead of being added to the iTunes library, and jpgs will be quickly opened in preview instead of launching photoshop... (and don't say 'get info-> always open with... ' because it won't affect downloaded files saved in different apps.
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The Plaid Cow
30 April 2005
Version: 2.0.1
I tried to create a HotKey that would run an AppleScript (but would only be active when the Finder was frontmost). Apparently Spark is not up to this task. Is there an application which can simply do this?
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4.25
Anonymous
03 April 2005
Version: 2.0.1
I really like this utilility. Yes, the interface is rather complex, and could be cleaned up a bit. However, I like the flexibility that it affords. It's nice and stable, and is a great productivity assistant. The only feature request would be the ability to open up a submenu on a hot key, from which a secondary choice can be made. (a la XKeys). Keep up the good work.
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2.5
Anonymous
09 February 2005
Version: 2.0
As far as functionality, it's great. It does the job. But the interface seriously needs to be overhauled. It's far too complex. Just give me a list of the key combos, and buttons to add/remove them. There needs to be a more visually obvious way of turning spark on/off, simply using abstract symbols doesn't tell me anything. Built-in actions would be nice. Volume, brightness, and other fkey functions found on apple's laptops would be great for desktop users. Rather disappointing for a 2.0 release. Hopefully they'll make it easier to use in future.
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5
Anonymous
07 December 2004
Version: 1.1.1
I use this daily and love it!!!
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Anonymous
17 November 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Looks good at first glance. However, there's no help and it appears the only forum supporting it is in French. I'm trying to find out how to have Spark set a keyboard shortcut to navigate to the Desktop. Anyone know if this is possible and how to do it?
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5
Ken Miller
12 June 2004
Version: 1.1.1
This is a great application. Works flawlessly and is simple to figure out. Made my transition from a Logitech internet keyboard to the Apple bluetooth keyboard totally painless!!! I can't believe it's free!
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Anonymous
04 June 2004
Version: 1.1.1
oh, one other wish list item, when switching applications it only brings the most recently active window to the front instead of bringing the whole application (all windows) to the front. I think it should do the later.
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4
Anonymous
04 June 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Finally, useful function keys! Just quickly set up a few and they seem to work as expected. Hooray! Don't forget to select "use f1-12 keys for custom actions" in the keyboard pref pane if you are using a powerbook. My wish list: I wish the "Power" keys let you assign the "Login Window" to a function key instead of log out. Also it would be nice if you could assign the "Eject" key (F13?) on a 15" Albook, but perhaps that's a hardware limitation. Finally, I wish that it was possible to re-assign the default Apple keys on a powerbook - what I really want is to use the default (F1-F5) for the default Apple behaviour (screen brightness, volume) and the remaining keys to be fully customizible (F6-F12). This is a great solution for what it does though and I'm much happier now! Perhaps eventually Apple (or some ingenious developer) will give us even more flexibility.
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Anonymous
25 May 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Though I haven't tried it out, I'm sure Spark does what it's supposed to do... I just wanted to say that Butler does that and more. And it's free. And it's stable (with me at least)... And I just love it.
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4.75
Anonymous
18 May 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Awesome app. Like other keyboard shortcut apps except it is FREE!
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5
Anonymous
13 May 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Spark is so easy to use and polished! No bugs, No crashes. The Greatest hotkey app yet!!! Thanks!
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5
Anonymous
01 April 2004
Version: 1.1
This is the best application ever written for OS X.
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4.75
deviler77
18 March 2004
Version: 1.0.1
Spark is fantastic. Since moving to OS X quite some time ago, I've missed the configueable hotkeys users had available through OS 9. Spark easily picks up the slack and takes the options further by letting choose anytime control keys for iTunes, shortcut keys to documents and it even lets you write and test Applescripts (something I don't do...maybe in the future). To boot, the application is packaged very nicely and the aqua-style interface a la Apple's GUI makes use a no-brainer. Try it, you'll like and at the price, you'll love it! deviler77
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