QuicKeys X
QuicKeys X
4.0.7 (131)

2.9

QuicKeys X free download for Mac

QuicKeys X

4.0.7 (131)
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 (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

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Dinhbg
18 January 2008

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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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Version 3.2.1
Acqualia-Software
18 March 2018
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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
Zoomaddict
26 June 2014
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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
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sjmvideo
sjmvideo
22 October 2014
The site does say the software runs in full demo mode with nag screen if it's not registered. I pretty much concluded it's abandoned from looking at the user forums.
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neartheredrocks
04 January 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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
Foulger
31 December 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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
Foulger
25 December 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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
476429
16 September 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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
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476429
476429
16 September 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
Kenbotwinick
25 September 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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Edac2
Edac2
05 September 2017
I grew up on QuicKeys when it was a System 7 extension, but the switch to OS X was painful. Somehow they couldn't figure out how to make it run in the background when the front end was closed. Then I discovered Keyboard Maestro and haven't looked back. I've been using for so long now that I was a little surprised to see that QuicKeys is still being sold.
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Kenbotwinick
12 September 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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
Kenbotwinick
29 July 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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Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
30 July 2013
Startly.com is back up today, 30 July 2013. They're neither gone nor forgotten. ;-)
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ShawnLevasseur
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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
Kenbotwinick
28 February 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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Version 4.0.7 (131)
$59.95

2.9

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  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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