My Fingers Are Burning: Public Beta Of Hot Key Utility Released

Michael F. Kamprath has released a second Public Beta version of Keyboard Maestro, his OS X hot key utility. Keyboard Maestro allows users to define hot keys which can be activated with a single keystroke, as well as easily switching between programs. The new version has several bug fixes as well as new enhancements. According to Keyboard Maestro:

I am pleased to announce the second Public Beta release of Keyboard Maestro, MacOS Xis premier hot key utility!

Keyboard Maestro allows you to define any number of hot keys that can be activated anywhere simply by pressing a user definable keystroke. While the final release of Keyboard Maestro will have many useful hot key types, the first Public Beta release of Keyboard Maestro has the following hot key types already built in:

  • Switch to last application
  • Switch to next application
  • Activate specific application
  • Quit all applications
  • Quit other applications
  • Open files
  • Launch URL
  • Many, many more to come in final release!
  • Public API for 3rd Party hot keys in final release!

Keyboard Maestro also incorporates the wildly popular Classic MacOS application switching utility, Program Switcher. In fact, Keyboard Maestro is written by the author of Program Switcher. With the Program Switcher feature, you are able to launch, switch, and quit applications with a simple keystroke. Keyboard Maestro brings to MacOS X what Classic Mac users have been enjoying since 1994 - the most refined application switching utility there is!

New features in Public Beta 2 over Public Beta 1: New hot keys:

  • Switch to next application
  • Activate specific application
  • Quit all applications
  • Quit other applications
  • Icons are now used in the hot key list to denote the type of hot key
  • The applications in Program Switcheris pop-up window are now sorted by order of use
  • Several minor bug fixes

You can find more information about the Public Beta version at the Keyboard Maestro Web site. The Public Beta version is available free until the final release of Keyboard Maestro, which is priced at US$20.00.

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