QuicKeys X
QuicKeys X 4.0.7 (131)
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Automates repetitive tasks.   Demo ($59.95)
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QuicKeys is software that makes it easier to use your computer. With QuicKeys you can automate common things you do all the time. And you can automate tedious things you don't do all the time - things that are hard to remember.

With QuicKeys 4 you can automate your computer in two ways: Abbreviations and Shortcuts. Abbreviations, which are new in QuicKey 4, are words you type into a document that are then automatically replaced by QuicKeys with longer text. Shortcuts are collections of one or more steps that perform specific tasks on your computer.

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What's New
Version 4.0.7 (131):
  • QuicKeys Anywhere is now available! (Free companion iPhone application to QuicKeys is now available in the App Store! Version 4.0.7 is required to pair with QuicKeys Anywhere.)
  • Fixed crash in Web Actions when no elements were selected in the list
  • Fixed exception when attempting to create a clip from HTML data
  • Fixed exception when recording actions involving windows with no discoverable title
  • Prompts to unlock the QuicKeys keychain no longer require QuicKeys to become focused
  • QuicKeys no longer crashes when the Clipboard is updated with unretrievable data
  • Fixed issue where QuicKeys could crash on shutdown or restart
  • Added user-enabled option to send application icons to QuicKeys Anywhere
  • Various fixes to the pairing mechanism with QuicKeys Anywhere
Version 4.0.7 (131):
  • QuicKeys Anywhere is now available! (Free companion iPhone application to QuicKeys is now available in the App Store! Version 4.0.7 is required to pair with QuicKeys Anywhere.)
  • Fixed crash in Web Actions when no elements were selected in the list
  • Fixed exception when attempting to create a clip from HTML data
  • Fixed exception when recording actions involving windows more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later





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QuicKeys X User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Neartheredrocks reviewed on 04 Jan 2014
It is a pity that Quickeys is not being further developed anymore. I guess most people here know the reason: the programmer died and Startly did not find a replacement.

I am using Quickeys since many years, it is still running without problems under OS X 10.8.5, and I think it is a terrific piece of software. I cannot count how often a day I am using one of its shortcuts.

I tried other programs (like Keyboard Maestro) but so far I cannot see why I should abandon Quickeys.
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Foulger reviewed on 31 Dec 2013
New Year, New Decision. After struggling for four years without an update, I explored Keyboard Maestro, made contact with the author and negotiated a crossgrade. Once I got used to the different way of doing things, I was converted in an instant. So sorry Quickeys, the marriage is over and I have taken a new wife, who is responsive to my every need, with no headaches at all. Goodbye and good luck
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Foulger reviewed on 25 Dec 2013
Its a crying shame that Startly aren't developing this MAGNIFICENT piece of software at the present time. Having said that its still working for me in 10.9.1 apart from the very occasional message that QK had to quit at startup because of a conflicting third party extension. Its no big deal because it just needs launching and its fine. It would be really great to see this pioneer application brought up to date. I too have used it since system 7
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476429 commented on 15 Sep 2013
We're approaching four years without an update. On top of other problems, Startly had major financial issues earlier this year. This does not bode well.

I went through a similar situation with iKey before I switched to QuicKeys. After a few years, iKey did post some updates, but it's never been the same and it hasn't kept up. Right now iKey has not been updated in two years

We have no idea if or when QuicKeys will be updated. If it's updated, we have no idea how much new development will be put into it--versus bug fixes--or how long it will be supported.

I've just switched to Keyboard Maestro, after waiting almost four years for a QuicKeys' update. Keyboard Maestro can do everything QuicKeys does (in a slightly different manner) and more. It has been under active development for years and the latest update was less than a month ago. At $36, it costs about a third as much as QuicKeys.

I recommend anyone considering QuicKeys to use Keyboard Maestro instead. If you are already using QuicKeys, switch to Keyboard Maestro. There are too many unknown factors with QuicKeys and all signs are pointing down. Based on my personal experience, this situation is not going to turn out well for QuicKeys users.
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476429 replied on 16 Sep 2013
Correction: Startly has reduced the price of QuicKeys to $59. Keyboard Maestro still has a lower price but it's not a third of QuicKeys' price.

Another example: The app Spell Catcher is in a similar situation right now. The sole developer died. There has not been an update in years and all the site says is that news will be forthcoming. I discontinued using Spell Catcher. It is unwise to depend on essential software that has a very uncertain future.
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Kenbotwinick replied on 25 Sep 2013
I want a replacement, but Keyboard Maestro seems far too inelegant to me... It's hard to explain. I tried to use the demo once. It was irritating and seemed under powered. If QuicKeys doesn't work under Mavericks, I'll finally become one of those people who doesn't upgrade their OS and tries to ride it out till it's unsupported.

I'd prefer to somehow rip the source code out of Startly's possession and get the open source community fixing it...
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Kenbotwinick commented on 12 Sep 2013
I wonder if we could start a KickStarter project to buy the source code of QuicKeys and release it into the wild as open source?
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Kenbotwinick commented on 29 Jul 2013
endly.com is down... Um... I mean, startly.com...

I wonder if they're gone for good...

I wonder if these guys ever heard of kickstarter for cash. Geez. I'd pay...
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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 30 Jul 2013
Startly.com is back up today, 30 July 2013. They're neither gone nor forgotten. ;-)
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ShawnLevasseur reviewed on 24 May 2013
When this was released, Quickeys was at the top of its game. If you are running Snow Leopard, and have no intent on upgrading the OS. This is an excellent program for keyboard shortcuts, text expansion, and easily created macros.

However running this in Lion or Mountain Lion is a buggy experience, and not so much as a bug fix has been made in two years.

Apparently the company does no programming itself, but contracts out. It was bit it's contractor getting ill and dying, then falling into tight financial times (presumably meaning they couldn't hire a new programmer).

This is not going to work for me as a user. Apple is poised to have a third release of their OS released before Startly can get around to addressing current bugs, assuming they aren't delayed further. And at this point they've lost the benefit of the doubt.

Sad, because I've used Quickeys since the days of System 7 (!!!), and it has almost always been an incredibly powerful piece of software (the shift to OS X did cause a hiccup as they had to start over from scratch, but that was understandable)

So for anyone with a Lion / Mountain Lion version of the MacOS, I'd say you are far better off using Keyboard Maestro. (and TextExpander to replace the text expansion aspect of Quickeys)

My star ratings only reflect the current state of the software, and not it's past. I'd have put up much higher ratings otherwise.
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Kenbotwinick commented on 28 Feb 2013
They should change their name to "Endly" instead of "Startly". because it seems they're done.

Instead of trying to find a programmer, they should try to find a buyer.
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Tomq commented on 30 Sep 2012
I have postponed upgrading from SL to Lion mainly because of QKs toolbars not working in Lion. But now I see that the QKs shortcut can be placed into DragThing toolbars, which I like a whole lot. So, this might be a work-a-round for some. Unfortunately I have dozens of QKs toolbars and hundreds of QKs shortcuts; so, lots of work to do if I want to upgrade to Lion. (Don't like Keyboard Maestro as much as QKs.)
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476429 commented on 23 Dec 2011
Wow. I feel bad for the developer and Startly, but at least we know what the problem is now.
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Charly20 had trouble on 04 Jul 2011
does it work with Lion??
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Lezouave replied on 05 Nov 2011
Partially; not dependably.
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Kenbotwinick had trouble on 21 Feb 2010
Does anyone else have trouble with QuicKeys and VNC? When I have QuicKeys running and I connect to a Mac VNC server (either RealVNC or Vine) from a Windows RealVNC client I get weird behavior that doesn't happen otherwise... After a short while of constant use, it seems that modifier keys get "stuck" down through the VNC client. For example, I won't be holding down the Control key, but left clicking on Dock icons brings up the contextual menu as if I was holding down the Control key... I'm not sure why, but pressing shift a bunch of times clears it up for a bit.

I've already ruled out the server since it happens with both RealVNC and Vine. And I know it requires QuicKeys to reproduce since I was using VNC for years before QuicKeys and never had this problem. Anyone else see this before? I just can't take it anymore. It's driving me crazy.

Thanks.
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Zx rated on 07 Aug 2011

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QuicKeys is software that makes it easier to use your computer. With QuicKeys you can automate common things you do all the time. And you can automate tedious things you don't do all the time - things that are hard to remember.

With QuicKeys 4 you can automate your computer in two ways: Abbreviations and Shortcuts. Abbreviations, which are new in QuicKey 4, are words you type into a document that are then automatically replaced by QuicKeys with longer text. Shortcuts are collections of one or more steps that perform specific tasks on your computer.

Make a New Record: Shortcuts are the main way you automate your computer using QuicKeys. Shortcuts are very powerful, but are super easy to make. That's because QuicKeys can make them for you by recording practically anything you can do. All you have to do is tell QuicKeys when to start recording and when to stop recording. QuicKeys will then make a new Shortcut containing steps that reproduce your actions.

Of course, if you want you can always create and edit Shortcuts by hand. You can even edit your recorded Shortcuts later if you want to have them do something different.

One Small Step… Like we said, Shortcuts are collections of one or more steps. The steps in a Shortcut are the heart of what QuicKeys does. Each step in a Shortcut performs a specific task to do something on your computer.

Some examples are typing text, opening an application, clicking a button, or making a menu selection. For virtually anything you can do on your computer there is a QuicKeys step or a combination of steps that can do the same thing.

Let's Get it Started! When you want to use a Shortcut, you run it using a Trigger. The most common Trigger is a Hot Key. A Hot Key is simply a key on your computer keyboard that you press (with or without modifiers) that then triggers a Shortcut. You can set the Hot Keys that trigger your Shortcuts to whatever you want. QuicKeys also includes many other types of Triggers. Some of the other types of Triggers include Day & Time and Speech recognition.

Life's Better After a QuicKey So that, in brief, is what QuicKeys is all about. If you want to explore QuicKeys some more, download the fully functional free trial and try it out.


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