Here’s a new app for your Mac that I think you’re going to like, and you get to try it out for free. It has a clever name, and is cleverly designed to make you more productive, efficient, and happier with your lot in life (you’re a Mac user, how bad could it be?).
Killing Mice, One At A Time
Most Mac users know at least a few keyboard shortcuts. That’s the problem. We only know what we know. Command-Q to Quit. Command-C to Copy. Command-P to print. That kind of thing.
Many Mac apps also have keyboard shortcuts, and if you live, breathe, eat, and sleep in a particular app, you might learn some those shortcuts, too.
In the meantime, the new shortcut kid on the block is called Shortcat, with the slogan ‘Killing mice, one at a time.’
Most Mac users have a MacBook, so supposedly Shortcat will kill all that finger-tip dancing on the Mac’s trackpad.
In essence, Shortcat is a keyboard shortcut utility of a different color, and mostly unlike any you may have used before. Hey, it’s just plain difficult to remember more than about a dozen keyboard shortcuts.
Shortcat thinks different.
But instead of having to remember keyboard shortcuts, Shortcat makes it easier to use the keyboard in places on the Mac’s screen where you’d normally have to use the mouse or trackpad to click.
Shortcat uses the Mac’s built-in Accessibility tool, and that makes it easier to use the keyboard instead of mouse or trackpad to click those buttons that need to be clicked, but by keeping your hand glued to the keyboard instead of moving it to mouse or trackpad.
Sure, that only saves about three seconds (hand from keyboard to mouse or trackpad, then click, then back to the keyboard), but multiplied a dozen times every day over the years you’ll save plenty of time which can then be used to wait in the doctor’s office for your carpal tunnel syndrome).
The way it works is rather simple, too. Activate Shortcat with… drum roll, please.. a keyboard shortcut. Type a few letters to match the element you want to click on (but don’t want to actually click the trackpad or mouse), and Shortcat matches the window button elements, you use the keyboard to ‘click’ the button.
Sweet, no? For now Shortcat is free, but will probably be sufficiently polished and improved to the point of having a price tag. Drug dealers work the same way (so I hear). Free stuff up front, pay when you’re hooked.