QuicKeys X
QuicKeys X
4.0.7

3.0

QuicKeys X free download for Mac

QuicKeys X4.0.7

18 December 2009

Automates repetitive tasks.

Overview

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.

What's new in QuicKeys X

Version 4.0.7:

Note: This product is not compatible with macOS Catalina and later.

  • 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

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94 Reviews of QuicKeys X

Acqualia-Software
18 March 2018
Version: 4.0.7 (131)

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A warning to anyone using Quickeys on High Sierra. It caused havoc on my system for apps that use invisible windows for drag and drop (like PixelStick & Xcode's Interface Builder). Even Screenflow's timeline started exhibiting bizarre drag and drop issues. Quitting Quickeys fixed the problem.
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Idg
01 August 2020
Version: 4.0.7
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Acqualia-Software
18 March 2018
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
A warning to anyone using Quickeys on High Sierra. It caused havoc on my system for apps that use invisible windows for drag and drop (like PixelStick & Xcode's Interface Builder). Even Screenflow's timeline started exhibiting bizarre drag and drop issues. Quitting Quickeys fixed the problem.
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Zoomaddict
26 June 2014
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
QuicKeys is obviously abandon-ware. Startly says otherwise, but they've said the same for going on 5 years now. On top of this they have the gall to continue to sell this abandoned software for $60 with no indication at purchase that it has been abandoned and DOES NOT work as advertized without bugs (or work at all in some cases) with the last couple of OS X versions. Deceptive, bordering on fraud there Startly! For those waiting for an update it is time to find an alternative...
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neartheredrocks
04 January 2014
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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
31 December 2013
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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
25 December 2013
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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
16 September 2013
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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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Kenbotwinick
12 September 2013
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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
29 July 2013
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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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ShawnLevasseur
24 May 2013
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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
28 February 2013
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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
30 September 2012
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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
24 December 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Wow. I feel bad for the developer and Startly, but at least we know what the problem is now.
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Macmedix
18 December 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Sadly, the developer of QuicKeys has died. Startly is looking for a new developer. http://forums.startly.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3288 If you know any awesome programmers, make the connection.
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Lezouave
21 November 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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Lezouave
21 November 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Still waiting for that update.
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476429
11 November 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
I've been holding off upgrading to Lion until a few apps were updated. QuicKeys is the only one holding me back now. I've been patient, but I'm only going to give them a little while longer before they lose my business for good. With no word if or when an update will be available, we are forced to set our own time table on how long we will wait. I certainly would not recommend purchasing QuicKeys until there's a Lion update (if that ever happens).
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Lezouave
05 November 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Just wanted to add, yes, Startly does have a rep that answers questions on their forum, but not regarding updates. In my case, Quickeys crashes periodically on 10.7.x, rendering it useless.
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Lezouave
04 November 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Abandoned by the developer. Over the past several years Quickeys has lost functionality, speed and ease of use, as other programs advance. The company is almost completely silent regarding Mac OS Lion, your money is better spent elsewhere, Keyboard Maestro, for example. I am a paying, registered Quickeys user.
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Kenbotwinick
22 October 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
No new Lion users should give money to this company until they update the app. I suspect this is abandon-ware. Don't reward them...
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MaximilianGoetzfried
29 September 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
I don't understand your problems. I'm using QuicKeys since the early developer previews of Lion and i use it now with OS X 10.7.1. I only have one problem with the system action "precise volume down/up" and replaced it with my own apple script. But all other features are working great. I'm using QuicKeys 4.0.7 (131) with a set of 34 shortcuts. I'm a happy customer.
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476429
15 September 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
The Startly download page for QuicKeys says it is compatible with 10.5-10.6 and that it is "not yet Lion 10.7 compatible". "Yet" implies that it will be compatible with 10.7 at some point. They also develop QuicKeys for Windows. I imagine that is a nightmare that requires a lot of their development time. I'll be patient for the Lion update.
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Sgginc
22 August 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Very sad this appears to be a dead program. Startly will not say anything about a Lion update. Going with Keyboard Maestro. I wonder if Startly is belly up?
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Solutions-Etcetera
07 August 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Unfortunately, QuicKeys has not had an update in over 19 months. Not even a bug fix… and I reported plenty of them. And as Zx has mentioned, nothing negative is allowed in the forums. I have had quire a number of my posts deleted, and have seen many other;s post deleted as well. Surprised at the comment below about Keyboard Maestro being an atrocity. I have recently switched to it and find it much snappier, with a much less modal interface, better variable handling, triggers work across screen sharing, and love the multiple clipboard handing. Besides… QK's 19 months without an update smells like dead product to me. I prefer to work with something current.
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zx
07 August 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
QuicKeys is the only MAC application that's spying on their users!!!! If you got the free app Bunjor-Browser you'll see "_quickeys._tcp. - 1" running in the back. QuicKeys broadcasts my personal info to all networked machines, all the time!!!! This occurs even when QuicKeys is not running. This does expose a security breach and is extremely intrusive! -- (in 2006 Micromat was using the same technique until O'Grady's PowerPage call then out. This forced Micromat to remove the spying tool.) http://www.powerpage.org/2006/12/13/micromat-publishing-your-macs-serial-number/
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zx
07 August 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Full of bugs and still not Lion ready!. Also, my post on their official forum(see below) was deleted!. It appears Startly won't accept any criticism publicly!!! "I find it extreamly irresponsible that an experience company like Starly isn't Lion ready! $59.95 app and you guys are the last one to update?! . Very disappointing "
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Cottser
05 August 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
The license cost makes sense if you compare QuicKeys to the atrocity that is Keyboard Maestro. There's lots to love about QuicKeys, and I was all set to purchase after a short evaluation. However, the overly restrictive licensing (per-machine, not per-user) combined with the network license checking mechanism were deal breakers for me. I sent in feedback detailing my concerns – and was eventually told that this is the license scheme they've been using since 1987.
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Charly20
10 July 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
does it work with Lion??
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Charly20
04 July 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
does it work with Lion??
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Espiridion
04 July 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
I use Keyboard Maestro, but after reading so many positive comments about QuicKeys I decided to give it a try. I think I tried it many years ago when the developer's name was CE Software. It is pretty good and seems to offer many options to create macros. Unfortunately, it is also a bit buggy. For example: -Some of my TypeIt4Me abbreviations will not work unless I uncheck every single abbreviation in QuicKeys or turn it off completely. The triggers in both applications have nothing in common. -A macro I made just to increase/decrease volume resulted in QuicKeys minimizing a window before changing the volume. -It froze often. Recording a specific Macro consistently froze the application. Expanding abbreviations for the first time froze the application after expanding ":)". I had a total of 4 or 5 freezes in less than an hour of use. -I could not get one macro to work when using a Menu Selection. I got it to work by using Menu Clicks instead, but that's not the approach I wanted. Menu Selection worked fine in another macro. -It would not allow me to use a specific hotkey. I created some of my Keyboard Maestro macros in QuicKeys and used the same triggers, but in one case QuicKeys did not accept the trigger. Keyboard Maestro was turned off. I like the ability to create toolbars, but considering the price and the bugs I was not impressed. Without the bugs and with a more reasonable price I would rate it 4 or 4.5 stars. It can perform complex tasks and save me a lot of time.
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Tamriel
22 June 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
I tried iKey, Keyboard Maestro and this one. And I have to say: QuicKeys is the best! Great functionallity, works without a flaw!
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Orytek
16 May 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Quickeys is rock solid and it has so many features I can't think of anything it won't do. I've been using it for 15 years and this is the best I've ever seen it. Great documentation is included which is needed for an app like this with a higher learning curve. Many capabilities I have yet to discover but whenever I look for timesaving shortcuts, I go to Quickeys before looking to Launchbar , Automator, or Applescript. In fact Quickeys integrates well with these other utilities but could never be replaced. My only concern is that because their forums have slowed a bit and it hasn't been updated in a while, I wonder if they'll update it for OS Lion. Of course throughout the past several years I wondered the same thing and they did continue the updates. Just can't imagine working without the 100+ macros I've got that are a major part of my computer use.
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Ploinkr
06 March 2011
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Used the demo version for a while and liked it. But before shelling out 60$ (which isn't cheap compared to similar utilities,) I'd like to know if it's ever going to get an update before version 5 (most likely a paid upgrade,) given the last one was more than a year ago.
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scotteg
27 November 2010
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
I have used QuicKeys superficially for about a year now. As an Apple consultant, I challenge myself to learn new skills that will be helpful to my clients. I recently decided to develop proficiency with QuicKeys and have been reading through your user guide. I am most impressed, not only with the functionality of QuicKeys but also the meticulous user guide. Very nice job on both fronts. I noticed that you haven't released an update since December 09, and while I think the current feature set is top notch, I just hope that you still intend to keep this app alive and actively developed. One feature that would be hugely beneficial is to have a client/server version. I work specifically in private practice healthcare. Implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) system is a very big deal these days, backed by significant government reimbursement incentives. The #1 resistance factor is ease-of-use. I fortunately work with an exceptional solution, MacPractice, but there are several ways that I can automate repetitive processes in MacPractice using QuicKeys. Having a centralized library that I can point clients to would be ideal. I haven't tried using a 3rd party app such as Dropbox for this purpose, yet. Wondering if anyone else has and what the experience has been like. It's got to be rock solid and I've found in some instances with apps like TextExpander using Dropbox to share a snippets library, problems arise in a large multi-user active environment. Thanks for building an extraordinary solution and here's to continued active development!
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Djemp
22 October 2010
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
The best keyboard and system customization software for mac, works really well in Snow Leopard.
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Startlytech
22 September 2010
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
ZX: Sorry but QuicKeys doesn't publish any personal data just your encrypted serial number. So it isn't of any use to anyone looking at the data. This data is only on your local network when QuicKeys is running - if QuicKeys is quit the data isn't there. You were getting the message that your QuicKeys serial number is already in use on the same machine because you had a crash of some type. Bonjour had gotten confused and created a ghost of what it puts out on the network. All you have to do is shutdown your machine for a short time to get rid of it. You can use Bonjour Browser to check out that the data is only available when QuicKeys is running, but only after you have done a shutdown and gotten the duplicate serial number in use message to go away. By the way clicking on your user name ZX comes up with a blank screen like your account has been deleted or something so we couldn't contact you directly.
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zx
17 August 2010
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
QuicKeys is the only MAC application that's spying on their users!!!! If you got the free app Bunjor-Browser you'll see "_quickeys._tcp. - 2" running in the back. QuicKeys broadcasts my personal info to all networked machines, all the time!!!! This occurs even when QuicKeys is not running. This does expose a security breach and is extremely intrusive! Another problem starts when I'm getting this message "This QuicKeys serial number is already in use." with no good reason since i got a valid license! QuicKeys than become inactive. Please fix this ASAP!
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allantsai
28 April 2010
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
I wanted GUI scripting so I compared Keyboard Maestro (KM) and Quickeys. KM's interface is much easier to use, but I found Quickeys more powerful for GUI scripting. Quickeys is also much better documented. I had a hard time finding real info on how to do things in KM. For my purposes, Quickeys FTW.
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Kenbotwinick
21 February 2010
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
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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Ender21
17 January 2010
Version: 4.0.7 (131)
Great useful soft. Works perfectly with Snow Leopard 10.6.2
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Abelnavion
23 September 2009
Version: 4.0.4
It is horrible. after upgrading nothing works. even the crash reporter does not work. it crashes, too. to get support they ask for the serial number and it is not posible to copy it to the right place because the application crashes permanently. i do not thing that might be okay to make an upgrade like this. Julius
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Naturally
31 August 2009
Version: 4.0.3
I love this program. I find the price a gauge considering I HAD to buy it twice to run it on my desktop and laptop....I won't be paying twice to upgrade them both...NO>>>enough. It is worth the price BUT not twice the price. It is soarly laking in a smart and intuitive interface....it works and well and is bloating...too bad we could buy what we need and add plugs as needed and as experience finds the value. But it is too complex and I spend too much time learning every area to the job done....it is worth it....but why does it have to be so obscure...IT NEEDS DEMO TUTORIALS....it woudl sell like gangbusters....and the price would reflect its volume...we all win....right now it is too much work for most people to start out fresh.... Up until this version (since it came out) I have never had a problem...with reliablity or price....but GUM BALLS....common it is an insult to the old timers and belies the simplicty to the newbies....you can't make everybody happy all the time...but you can pee them off all very quickly.... I have stopped recommending it because I can't afford my time to teach their customers. I am having enough fun trying to understand the various changing terminology.... IT NEEDS MOUSE OVERS that reveal details for the newbies and the old folks too.
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Donmontalvo
27 August 2009
Version: 4.0.3
As much as I love QuicKeys, I'm not willing to pay the price. Especially as there are cheaper options like iKey available (that can do everything I need). QuicKeys is getting a bit bloated and the price keeps going up... Don
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zx
27 August 2009
Version: 4.0.3
Extreamly unstable under 10.6. Not enough advance configuration and actions!
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Neo979
14 July 2009
Version: 4.0.2
I really wish this were more like $40... I'm not saying it's not worth $60, but in today's economic climate, it's just very hard to justify spending that much.
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Sgginc
28 June 2009
Version: 4.0
v4 Formatting rich text in abbreviations is hit and miss. Especially with date and time entries. Hope they work on this. Thanks ... Ken
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Fishscale
25 June 2009
Version: 4.0
Yeah it's a nice app but the developers haven't even sent out activation keys to those who bought pre-sale. Hell, even the warez scene has cracked it and those of us who paid are still waiting. Bit sad.
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Shotgunweddings
18 June 2009
Version: 4.0b7
QuicKeys has no competition, I tried them all but nothing is comparable to this program's power and flexibility. I can't wait for the final release of 4.0 especially if it finally has support for Little Snitch's windows and sheets Thanks for such a great product all these years!
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taglia
05 June 2009
Version: 4.0b6
I have tried to force myself to use a competitor application for years (didn't know of QuicKeys till very recently), and ended up with a couple of poor macros that sometimes worked... I have discovered QuicKeys X just two weeks ago, and I already have 20 complex reliable macros that I use many times a day. There are some features that I'd like to see to facilitate the organization (i.e. folders for shortcuts and abbreviations), but the application is simply outstanding. It's not cheap, but given the amount time it can save I have already placed my pre-order.
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Bluestar
22 May 2009
Version: 4.0b4
Quickeys makes my life easier. I've been using it for a lot of years. So far no problems converting my version 3 shortcuts into v.4 and the beta holds steady.
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tvalleau
20 May 2009
Version: 4.0b4
Well, I too have used QuicKeys "since day one" and unlike the other posters (below) I have absolutely -NO- problems with it. I consider myself a "power-user" with some fairly intricate and multi-step macros, along with a 60 or so fairly simple ones. The only time I've seen QK "lock up" has been due to a change in the circumstances when running a macro (such as a changed menu, window title or so on) or when I screwed up the macro myself. I've been running all the latest 4.0 betas without any problems, and have, in fact, removed my other text expanders in order to try out the new option inside QK4. So, while some folks seem to have trouble with it (and historically, that has always been the case: it's quite powerful software) I personally have no problems at all running it under 10.5.7 on an Intel Mac. Just wanted to balance things out.
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davidwb
13 May 2009
Version: 4.0b3
I started using QK when it was first released back in the days before OS X and for a long time it was on my must have list of software but the company dropped the ball in a big way a couple years back and I switched to Keyboard Maestro. In a way, KM was a quantum step backwards but had two things that QKs lacked: 1) it ran without hanging, crashing, or bringing down my computer entirely and 2) a developer that was responsive to my questions, requests, and problems. Sorta the way it was with QKs back in the day. I'm glad to see there is life yet in QK but a lot of work needs to be done. I downloaded the last two betas and quickly removed them. Each stalled out on simple macros - just menu and keyboard substitution things. In each case I uninstalled the program when a 'force quit' not only quit QK but locked up my computer. I can't help but feel that the QK team has confused 'Alpha' with 'Beta.'
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dwp-1
04 May 2009
Version: 4.0b2 (64)
Looks promising but this beta crashed my System and had to force reboot. Sticking with Keyboard Maestro for the time being.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
29 April 2009
Version: 4.0b (62)
I won't rate the new QuicKeys 4 since it's still in beta and I'm still testing it, but I love the changes they've implemented. Text expansion is a very welcome addition and long overdue. Also the web features look interesting, but I still haven't tested them out yet. For those that are converting from version 3, QuicKeys 4 will import and convert your existing shortcuts, but it will make a backup of them and place them in a folder on the desktop in case you need to revert back. So far, so good...
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Dinhbg
18 January 2008
Version: 3.2.1
I've used QuicKeys forever (since KeyQuencer went belly-up at OS X), and have been increasingly dissatisfied with its performance. I've stuck with it because it does everything I want it to do… eventually. BUT. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, QuicKeys freezes, often taking 60 seconds or more to respond to my triggers. Pointer spins beachball over QK menu, Dock says "App Not Responding." This problem has gotten worse and worse with each OS update, and even through QK "updates" (which don't seem to have any beneficial effect whatsoever). Even more frustrating, no one at Startly (or whatever they're called now) will admit there's a problem, or even suggest any workarounds or tests to see what could be causing it. Just "Hunh. Never heard of that."
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Gheuer
09 January 2008
Version: 3.2.1
Rock solid and intuitive, just as any good Mac program should be. Have used it since version 1 and can not live without it, even tho I use Quicksilver for many things these days.
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Inik
08 January 2008
Version: 3.2.1
QuicKeys is the most powerful macro package available for the Mac. It makes it easy to handle simple automation, and without much trouble you can create highly automated workflows that trigger off just about anything. You can activate a macro based on keyboard shortcuts, which application is in the front or background, disks mounting, custom keys on your hardware devices (yup, it can support darn near any USB device, regardless of whether you have drivers specifically for it), and many other triggers. There are other utilities and methods to automate under OS X, such as UI scripting, Automator, and less expensive automation programs (Proxy, iKey, Keyboard Maestro). This makes the high cost of QuicKeys a bit hard to swallow, but if you need to automate to the nth degree, there's nothing better. It's also worthwhile to note that while QuicKeys X3 has been around since '04, the point updates have added fairly major new features, and all at no cost to purchasers.
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Richard-Taytor
06 November 2007
Version: 3.2
I also used QuicKeys years ago, before OS X. It certainly didn't "[reign] as king" in that environment, though perhaps it reigned by default (as it appears to do now, with essentially no competition under OS X). Then KeyQuencer appeared; it was small fast and efficient. QuicKeys was greedy, bloated and unstable by contrast. Perhaps this has changed, though I notice the file size of the installer, and I remain as yet uninspired to try it once again. If it works for you, don't let me crunch your buzz. :}
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mike-evangelist
19 October 2007
Version: 3.2
I've used Quickeys since version 1 (going on twenty years) and cannot imagine using my Mac without it. It simplifies my life hundreds of times every day. Well worth the price. And I like supporting a small company that has done great Mac software for so long.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
18 October 2007
Version: 3.2
This program simply amazes me. I've been using it now for over 10 years, and the amount of time it saves me in repetitive tasks is phenomenal. The ability to create custom palettes is very essential to my workflow at work. I design 2 different magazines for a non-profit organization, and have macros set up for many different phases of design. One macro has 27 steps, and completely formats the magazine text, and takes a just few seconds to complete, instead of me having to do it manually and possibly forgetting a step (a couple of minutes at least, and it adds up). Highly recommended for anyone tired of doing the same computer tasks over and over. To me, it's worth every penny.
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Flash1296
06 July 2005
Version: 3.1
Clearly the gold standard for Mac macro applications. However, it ought to be priced at $45 - $50, not $100
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Anonymous
22 June 2005
Version: 3.1
Sorry, but quicksilver is no QuickKeys. When quicksilver can record me interacting with the UI of any arbitrary application and generate a script repeating everything I did, then it will be better than quickkeys. In the mean time quickkeys definitely does things that no other app currently does.
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Anonymous
22 June 2005
Version: 3.1
Quicksilver is free and has amcro development built in under triggers. And it does so much more. I refuse to pay 100 dollars for an application that can do what an applescript and a keyboard trigger in Apples Keyboard prefpane can. Try it and don't waste your money.
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Anonymous
10 May 2005
Version: 3.0.2
Well, no bias by the Developer, linking up to a site that reviewed a copy QuicKeys sent to them? No, not at all. Man, talk about self-promoting...
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Anonymous
03 May 2005
Version: 3.0.2
Glad the developer reads these forums. With respect, it would be greatly appreciated and guaranteed to increase sales if you were to lower your price to be more competetive with the likes of iKey and Keyboard Maestro which are upwards of $70 LESS than your product but offer the same functionality. For one, I would certainly consider your product if it were in line with the afore mentioned apps, but the $99 price tag is way too much.
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Anonymous
26 April 2005
Version: 3.0.2
QuicKeys and Automator are actually more complementary than competitors. Here's a blurb from an Ars Technica mini-review which sums it up well: "... I realized that Automator was something wholly different than Quickeys. ... If what you want to do isn't in the Automator "library," then you can forget about having it "Automated." The same is not true for Quickeys. Quickeys can drill down into the exact processes and movements that would execute a particular workflow." link
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Anonymous
26 April 2005
Version: 3.0.2
With the add-on's that people will write for Tiger Automator, why pay for this any longer? Also, as mentioned below One Click was conceptually years ahead of QuicKeys.
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AlanCE
22 February 2005
Version: 3.0.1
Please read my reply to Franklinrh's post.
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2.75
Franklinrh
19 February 2005
Version: 3.0.1
CAUTION: X2 users. This version will wipe your pref. file, modify all of your shortcuts and make it impossible to downgrade back to X2, If X2 is doing it for you, don't make a big mistake like I did and have to remake ALL of your shortcuts. FYI Import shortcuts does not work once the shortcuts have been updated.
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Anonymous
09 February 2005
Version: 3.0.1
Why can nobody port "ONECLICK" to OSX? It was the best and powerful program to manage every application of you Mac. Really the best.
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Douglas Engelbart
16 December 2004
Version: 3.0
Why can nobody port "KeyQuencer" to OSX? It was much better, cheaper, easier-to-use, more powerful, more reliable, more flexible etc.pp.
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Mike Harris
14 December 2004
Version: 3.0
I'm so very much unsurprised that QuicKeys is now charging $99.95 for their product. They've always had a history of horrifically overcharging their customers, beginning with asking $15.95 for a v1.0-v1.5 upgrade price that was almost entirely a compilation of much needed bug fixes. There are plenty of other programs out there from companies that respect their users, such as iKey (formerly Youpi Key), Keyboard Maestro, and many others (including some freeware programs, if you're only looking to program your function keys). If you make the mistake of paying $100 for this overpriced piece of junk, expect to continue paying out the nose for every point release and bug fix. Ever since CE (now "Startly") tried to pull that junk on me, I've been quite happy with one of their competitors. Trust me, you will be too.
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3.75
Greg
13 December 2004
Version: 3.0
Have run QK for over 10 years in all Mac environments. Can not and will not live without. Solid as a rock in OSX and before. [gh]
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Anonymous
26 August 2004
Version: 2.1.1
Suck it up guys, it's a new OS and a new QuicKeys. Learn it and you'll like it, it is a capable product and saves me anywhere from a few minutes to hours per day.
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4.5
Anonymous
25 August 2004
Version: 2.1.1
Do I live in an other reality? Quickeys runs here 24/24 7/7 in a server setup. Didn't crash yet. Some (a few) plugins have problems, but I could work around them.
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2.25
Dr. Douglas Carl Engelbart
17 June 2004
Version: 2.1
KeyQuencer for OS7/8/9 has been much more flexible, easier and powerful! Why isn’t KeyQuencer developed further any more? I paid for QuicKeys and had many support hackmacks because it stops working all few hours. It’s a sin. Gimme back KeyQuencer which only need to be ported to OSX. Please, please, please.
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1.75
Anonymous
17 April 2004
Version: 2.1
WOW! After using QK for years on the old platform, all I can say is that CE Software must be desperate to put such a horrible piece of software on the market. The most basic tasks (typing text into fields for instance) performed, at best, horribly. And at $69.99, it's like paying Sadaam Hussein to tortue you. Proceed cautiously.
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2.75
Anonymous
05 March 2004
Version: 2.1
First time I recorded steps, it wouldn't play back. Hung up on every step. Second time I played recorded steps, it locked up my computer, solid and I had to reboot. Third time, ah ha, there was no third time; because I threw the damn thing in the trash!
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3.5
Maarten-Croonen
04 March 2004
Version: 2.1
I want onclick back, I miss it it does everything qk doesn't It's good with lists, windows and you can properly programm
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Anonymous
04 March 2004
Version: 2.1
I have been a QuicKeys user since OS 8. It has taken a while to get up to speed using OS X but now it works great. I haven't had a problem with it since. Give it a chance and you will love it.
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Greggh
17 February 2004
Version: 2.0.2
Brand new to Quickeys - downloaded and opened up program- it took me to somewhere in system preferences that I have never seen beofre ...and now I have a Cinema display in GREYSCALE ...gee ...how do I get my colour back. Registered for Quickeys forum - but no e-mail for password and I wait ,..and wait ...hmm ...not off to a good start. Masybe that is why I passed on QK's before Boy - I am starting to miss the colour screen ...:-( Greg H
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Douglas Engelbart
05 November 2003
Version: 2.0.2b6
KeyQuencer by Charles Haspel has been much better. I wonder why he gave it up and did not port it to OSX. Now we have to stress around with CeSoft. Bad, bad. ;-(
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Anonymous
28 October 2003
Version: 2.0.2b3
If you are a registered user of X2..don't try and enter an activation key..no need to. the beta will expire but there will be an update available before then.
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Tony Aguila
06 August 2003
Version: 2.0.1
A long-time user of Quickeys pre-OSX, I immediately purchased the OS X version when it came out. From day one, it did not work with custom keyboard layouts. I've brought up this issue with them time and again and to this version the problem has not been fixed. So in my particular case, it's useless.
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Anonymous
28 May 2003
Version: 2.0b4r2
The correct activation key has a hyphen in it - See the QuicKeys X2 Read Me in the Folder for it.
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Anonymous
28 May 2003
Version: 2.0b4r2
To all those who download this BEWARE!! The activation key given doesn't work and if you replaced the previous beta you can't use QK at all.
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Anonymous
15 May 2003
Version: 2.0b3
To all those who wrote reviews on 1.5 and have not yet tried 2, please do so. It's MUCH better. I've used it for years (in fact, the toolbar, and the new disable universal in specific apps, were my ideas) and I find the 2.0 version DRAMATICALLY faster than 1.5. Sure, the OS X version isn't the OS 9 version, but that's a function of the OS, not QK. Search as you may, you'll not find anything better... and 2.0 just keeps getting better. I recommend it.
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Anonymous
16 April 2003
Version: 2.0b1r1
The addition of the Wait shortcut is a wonderful thing! New interface is much better than 1.5 (one hint, use command-R to rename shortcuts) although i'd like to see renaming of shortcuts in the main window. Clips is a bit confusing at first but a great thing as well. Lots of new power here, looking good for a beta.
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jimlongo
20 January 2003
Version: 1.5.4
I've been using QKs for years and although welcome the OSX version is not very useful. I can't get Menu selections to work at all, and having to step by step describe a sequence (as opposed to recording them) is not very good. This is a serious hit on productivity.
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1.25
brettjordan
10 December 2002
Version: 1.5.4
from a couple of emails i have exchanged with c&g, it would seem that osx makes it VERY difficult for quickeys to do the things it used to... i think it is the 'protected kernel' that is the problem... so i switch back to os9 for all those 'sequence' macros that osx won't let quickeys do. Grrr...
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Rtdixon
08 September 2002
Version: 1.5.3
I have used the original QK for years and years, and I've come to expect a certain level of functionality. In Classic, QK is still a slick and useful app in my opinion. But the OS X version, as noted above, falls far, far short of what I've come to expect. Lots of features are simply not available. The interface has been radically changed--for the worse. As far as I'm concerned, it wasn't broke---so it sure didn't need fixing! Not that this could be considered a fix... And $79.95! HA! Outragious! Way, way, way too much tor FAR too little. So although this review isn't specific to this updater, it still holds true for the product. As for me, I'm skipping this updater and going on a search for a replacement. If you find one, let me know. Thanks.
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3.25
Anonymous
17 August 2002
Version: 1.5.2
I have been using Quickeys for 8 years and it was the first OS X software I purchased. However, I find the range of options and features on the OS X version to be far short of what I was used to on Classic versions (for example, speech options, decision loops, dialog boxes...). In addition, the UI is quirky, often counter productive and very limited. I hope they get this together - QuicKeys could be one of the slickest apps around - AGAIN!
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2.5
Patrick McKelvey
19 June 2002
Version: 1.5.2
Ditto on 1.5.2
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2.5
Patrick McKelvey
07 June 2002
Version: 1.5
QK X 1.5.1 is a disappoint to me, largely because Menu Selections don't work as they should in Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as a few others. Shortcuts I have been using for years have become impossible to recreate. So far, as far as I can tell, QK X 1.5.1 is a waste of money and time. I can't get an answer from CE Software about these problems. If anyone knows of a fix or a solution, please email me.
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