The aging Mac360 staffers agree on a number of things. Macs good. Windows not. What we gain in wisdom, experience, and understanding we immediately lose in brain cells.
We’re an efficient bunch of long-time Mac users who can easily forget where we parked our car (or, in my case, placed my kids). So, what do we think about Mac apps that give you shortcuts?
What Was That Shortcut?
There’s just one thing that prevents us from going Lady Gaga over an app that makes using a Mac even easier, faster, more proficiently, and funner (it’s a word—Steve Jobs says so).
Memory. You see, keyboard shortcuts make your Mac life better. It’s how we copy and paste, right? Keyboard shortcuts.
It’s how we close windows (Command-W), quit applications (Command-Q), and switch between apps (Command-Tab). I’d give you more, but that’s about all I can remember.
Shortcuts is a delightfully handy, useful, affordable, easy-to-use Mac app that does what you think it does. You assign keyboard shortcuts to all kinds of functions, and Shortcuts does the work.
Getting started is easy. As the graphic shows, assign a keyboard shortcut to specific apps.
Easy enough, right?
And there’s plenty more easy where that came from. Set up shortcuts to launch your favorite apps, open an often-used file or folder. Even use Shortcuts to handle system actions like play and pause music, increase or decrease sound volume, and so on.
Uh oh. What just happened? Did you hear it?
A few more of my memory brain cells came unglued and fell to the floor. I can no longer remember the last five shortcuts I saved in Shortcuts.
That’s the only problem with Shortcuts—remembering the shortcuts. Fortunately, there’s a shortcut for that. If I could only remember it.
Shortcuts is fun to set up, funner to use, and, well, difficult to remember the shortcuts unless you’re on the keyboard all day long (and you’re young and are not losing memory brain cells as fast as the US is racking up federal debt).
This worthy app has a smart developer, too. Not only is Shortcuts available on the Mac App Store (easy purchasing, easy installing, easy updating), but there’s also a trial version on the site. It’s a well done app that needs only one extra function—the occasional flash card that pops up on screen with a shortcut to remind users of the shortcuts they created.