William Hopkins
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willhopkins reviewed on 27 Jul 2011
Version 5 is an even greater app than V4. Keyboard Maestro easily handles basic macros, like clicking the mouse, and complex tools, like a window switcher. It can function as a text replacer, application launcher, and general Swiss army knife for your Mac. Almost anything you do multiple times can be automated within a minute using KM.

KM also has a vocal user base, and they can help get past KM's one hurdle: the learning curve. If you start off using examples in the Macro Library (new in V5) or from tutorials online (just search for "keyboard maestro tutorial") you'll be fine, but the app can be a little intimidating for first time users. That said, it's well worth the time investment and will easily save you hours.
[Version 5.0.1]



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willhopkins reviewed on 13 Jun 2011
I finally bought TextExpander as part of an affiliate deal with AgileBits (check it out if you're also considering buying password software). While I'd previously been using Snippets from Conceited Software, I knew I needed something more heavy duty. TextExpander has handled everything I've thrown at it, with only minor hiccups. I had some stability issues (not always expanding) when using the trial version, but most have mysteriously disappeared since I purchased the app. Occasionally it will not start expanding again after typing in a secure text field, but the problem is very rare.

As far as actual snippets go, I have used TextExpander's myriad specials and fill-ins to great effect, and the hotkeys work well (if a bit slowly). The time saved has been well worth the investment.
[Version 3.3.0.1]



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willhopkins reviewed on 13 Jun 2011
Path Finder has (almost) completely replaced the Finder on my system. Cocoatech put a lot of thought into what tools and flourishes would improve the Finder, and how to implement them. Path Finder successfully adds helpful features, like split panes and the drop stack, while also reworking the traditional interface to make some features (like the Trash) more accessible. Path Finder is extremely configurable, and offers plenty of power user tweaks, but the level of complexity can be bewildering when first getting used to it.

In short, Path Finder is a configurable file browser that rivals the Finder but can be overwhelming.
[Version 5.7.3]




willhopkins rated on 01 Jun 2011
[Version 3.2.15]




willhopkins rated on 09 May 2011
[Version 5.2.7]



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willhopkins reviewed on 07 Mar 2011
LaunchBar is an app launcher much like QuickSilver, Alfred, or the Google Quick Search Box. You trigger it with a hotkey and then type an abbreviation that LaunchBar uses to find the file, action, service, application, folder, etc. you want to use. The predictive algorithm is good, and it enable you to accomplish quite a lot with a handful of keystrokes.

My only criticisms are that $35 feels quite steep to me (I bought it at a discount from MUPromo) and the predictive algorithm can be quite unpredictable at first. Still, once you get past the learning curve it becomes a snap. Features like Instant Send, clipboard history, and the plethora of actions that let you feed files to many applications make it worth investing time into.
[Version 5.0.4]



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willhopkins reviewed on 07 Mar 2011
Apptivate is a fast, stable app. It does exactly what it says, and it does it quickly. Unfortunately, the UI is a bit clunky and you can't delete an item from your list once you've added it. You can delete a hotkey just fine, but the app remains to clutter up your list. Still, it's a minor annoyance and has quickly made itself indispensable.
[Version 2.0]


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willhopkins replied on 17 Mar 2011
Thanks to Cocoabeans for responding. Knowing how to delete something is very helpful.
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