That broad group implies a bit of support to back up my claims of capability for a particular Mac app or utility, so I tend not to stray too far off the beaten path of usability, and seldom venture into beta version territory. Today is different.
Today I look at a Mac utility which helps to make Mac users more productive by focusing their attention on the single most important factor to becoming a power user. The keyboard. That means keyboard shortcuts.
Yes, they are there, but most Mac users don’t both because the shortcuts are not always obvious, and less than visible. Pretzel aims to change that. It’s not even version 1.x yet, and already I’m smitten about the idea of using keyboard shortcuts to become a more powerful Mac user.
Behold. Keyboard shortcuts. With ease.
Simply put, Pretzel displays the keyboard shortcuts for whichever Mac app is the currently frontmost app. If you can see the app, and the app has shortcuts, Pretzel displays them with ease.
Not only is Pretzel simple to setup and use, it’s a good tool to help you hit the power Mac user level because it helps you focus on, learn, and use keyboard shortcuts. Keeping your hands and fingers on the keyboard is a time honored method for improving productivity, but for many of us who entered Macdom from the point and click world, it takes time to create new habits while breaking old habits.
Why the name Pretzel? Some Mac users call the Command key the pretzel key because it is shaped somewhat like a convoluted pretzel. Why is Pretzel at version 6.x instead of version 1.x or 2.x? It’s probably because Pretzel doesn’t work with all Mac applications, but the list is growing and includes some of the most popular– Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps and Microsoft Office, for example.
Oh, one more thing. Pretzel is free. For now.