Here’s an app that is so good it can help you to type faster– far faster, than you can actually type. And, it can improve your accuracy. That’s right. Type faster than fast, type more accurately, all thanks to an app that does the work.
Time Is Money
The way I figure it, I have only so many keystrokes left in my body, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more done, but with less effort. Mac apps are good at that. Keyboard Maestro is a hot-key or keyboard combo solution that performs specific tasks that would require many keystrokes, but uses just a few keystrokes on your part.
For example, instead of typing in your complete address– name, street name, city, state, zip– have Keyboard Maestro do it. You type a few special keys and the app types all the rest. Assign a hot-key combo to the address and let the app do the typing. Think of Keyboard Maestro as a macro app on steroids or other performance enhancing pharmaceuticals.
Create a macro first, then assign it a hot-key combo to invoke. The macro can be a line, a paragraph, styled text, or anything else you normally type over and over again. Then, press the hot-key combo and Keyboard Maestro enters the text automatically, impossibly fast, and with no errors.
Simple enough, right?
That makes it easy to create and organize and entire library of keyboard macros, or edit macros using the built-in macro editor.
That’s the good news. The even better news is all the bells and whistles included in Keyboard Maestro. For example, you can set up a macro which includes a click of the mouse on a dialog box.
Macros can be recorded as you type and assigned a hot-key combo and played back instantly. Type something once, never type it all again.
Keyboard Maestro can open and launch apps, display your macros is a floating library palette, execute almost any script, even resize and reposition app windows– automatically. It features a clipboard history manager, an option to adjust text size, send text messages in iMessages, works in Safari and Google Chrome, but also support AppleScript.
The app manages app windows, lets you share with a click, record you own macros, click or press menu items and buttons, all of which is far more than simple text expansion. There’s a lot going on in Keyboard Maestro so I recommend you start with the basics and build a few macros to populate the Library, get them into your keyboard-centric routine, then add others as needed.
Then, step-by-step, add more functions as needed (a bit of a learning curve for the more esoteric functions). In the end, you’ll be more productive, save time and fingers, and should be able to retired early to a south seas island (or to a job as a greeter at Walmart, fingers intact). And, yes, as a good Mac app citizen, Keyboard Maestro is try-before-you-buy.