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OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite is now available and Keyboard Maestro is, for all practical purposes, fully compatible with Yosemite. In fact, Keyboard Maestro versions going back as far as version 2.x still work fine on Yosemite.

I've been running on the Yosemite betas since the first developer release, and while Yosemite has a few issues, it is basically solid.

There are, however, two cosmetic bugs in Yosemite that affect Keyboard Maestro version 4.0 and up. One is a weird flashing of the focus ring in some fields, and another more obvious ones is that the popup menus used in most Keyboard Maestro actions turn white (almost invisible) when you hover over them. Both of these have been reported to Apple, and it is disappointing they were not fixed before the release of Yosemite. Still, they are cosmetic only, so other than being slightly irritating they do not affect the behaviour ofKeyboard Maestro.

There is a bug in the NSSpeechSynthesizer that returns isPlaying as false immediately. This means the Speak Text Action in Keyboard Maestro finishes immediately, so the text is not spoken. As a workaround, you can set a variable named "Text to Speak" to the text you want, then you can use the Execute Shell Script action with the command: say "$KMVAR_Text_to_Speak"

There is also a bug in the Yosemite accessibility setting system which can cause problems allowing accessibility access to applications including the Keyboard Maestro Engine, see the Troubleshooting Yosemite GM and Accessibility Settings Problems section on the wiki for a workaround. This is a further regression from the Mavericks accessibility settings which frequently required a restart after making the changes before they would be properly applied.

One hopes that these bugs will be quickly remedied in future releases of Yosemite.

Updated Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM. Permalink. Post a Comment.

Take Control of Automating Your Mac

TidBITS has released a new eBook by Joe Kissel called Take Control of Automating Your Mac.

There is lots of good stuff in there for increasing your automation skills. It includes a big chunk on Keyboard Maestro, but also lots of other automation tips and ideas.

So if you've been hanging out for a Take Control of Keyboard Maestro, well, this is the next best thing!

Posted Saturday, June 28, 2014. Permalink. Post a Comment.

➽A Simple “Open In Chrome” Keyboard Maestro Macro for Safari

Federico Viticci shows a macro to open the current Safari page in Chrome (useful for all of us who have Flash disabled system wide and use Chrome as a Flash-viewer).

From: MacStories

Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Keyboard Maestro macro to get URL to selected message in Mail.app

Matt Henderson describes a macro to get the “message:” URL for the current Mail.,app message.

From: The Dafacto Blog

Posted Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Word Expansion macro that pastes a selected word

This clever pair of macros by Bakari Chavanu lets you copy a word, and then easily paste it in multiple places. The first macro copies the word you just typed to a named clipboard, and the second macro pastes that pre-copied word in. Both use a Typed String trigger. This makes it easy to repeat a word multiple times (eg a person's name).

From: Mac Automators — Google Plus

Posted Monday, January 27, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Toggling window positions like 1-2-3-4

Patrick Welker continues his coverage of Keyboard Maestro with this article showing how to move windows to set locations.

From: Rocket Ink — Writing with Space Ink

Posted Sunday, January 19, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Using Keyboard Maestro with Automator and Applescript

Kerry Dawson discusses in detail how to use Automator and AppleScript to extend the power of Keyboard Maestro.

From: The Daily Mac View — Musings, Reflections and Analysis on all things Mac and IOS

Posted Friday, January 17, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Insert Markdown link using Keyboard Maestro

Jason Verly shows a macro that inserts a markdown styled link based on the current Safari URL.

From: The Other Side of MyGeekDaddy

Posted Friday, January 17, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Planning your Keyboard Maestro macros and Text Expander Snippets

Joe at Mac Grease gives some tips on breaking up macros and snippets into smaller parts so they can be more reusable.

From: Mac Grease – Make your Mac work for you

Posted Sunday, January 12, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Speedier Acorn filter with Keyboard Maestro

Dr. Drang shows an Acorn "filter with custom settings" macro that demonstrates how you can extend an application using Keyboard Maestro.

From: And now it’s all this

Posted Saturday, January 11, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Maximize OS X App Windows

Jason Verly shows a macro to maximize windows to full screen size.

From: The Other Side of MyGeekDaddy

Posted Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Macworld Mac Gems of the Year: 2013

Dan Frakes names his Mac Gems of the Year for 2013, including Keyboard Maestro and many other fine applications.

From: Macworld

Posted Friday, December 27, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Evernote Filing Suite For Keyboard Maestro

Patrick Welker produces and documents in exquisite detail a complete filing suite for Evernote.

From: Rocket Ink — Writing with Space Ink

Posted Sunday, December 22, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

Keyboard Maestro won a Macworld Editors' Choice Award!

Eddy Photo

Hundreds of products pass through the hands of the Macworld editors every year, some are much anticipated devices riding a wave of hype, others are quietly released and seemingly come from nowhere. They see products from Forture 500 companies, one-person outfits, and everything in-between. Out of all the products they see, a few stand out above the rest and are recognized with an Editors’ Choice Award.

This year, Keyboard Maestro 6 was selected as one of the best products of the year and awarded a coveted Eddy!

Thanks Macworld! And thank you to all our fantastic customers who made this possible.

Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Permalink. Post a Comment.

➽Keyboard Maestro 6: Минимум времени, максимум эффективности - iLand Бизнес

A Russian review of Keyboard Maestro 6.

From: iLand

Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Updated Notes Palette Filing Macro

Patrick Welker describes updates to his Notes Filing Palette, with lots of detail on the why and how of it.

From: Rocket Ink — Writing with Space Ink

Posted Monday, December 9, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Shorten a link with a custom domain in bit.ly

Phillip Gruneich shows how to create a macro to shorten a URL with bit.ly.

From: Phillip Gruneich

Posted Saturday, December 7, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Get a URL while you type with Keyboard Maestro

Joe at Mac Grease shows a macro that copies the current Safari URL from Safari in the background.

From: Mac Grease – Make your Mac work for you

Posted Thursday, December 5, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽uruchomienie makra po odblokowaniu komputera

Polish article describing a clever wait for a macro to wait until the Mac is not screen saving, although for this specific case you can use the SCREENSAVER() function to detect whether the Mac is screen saving.

From: AppleSauce – Different Thinking

Posted Thursday, November 28, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽A quick macro for closing multiple Safari tabs

Hetu Ashara shows a macro which closes all your Safari tabs leaving you with a clean slate.

From: Silent Uproar — Interpret the Oxymoron, Interpret the World

Posted Monday, November 25, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Review: Friday Favorite: How Keyboard Maestro saved my Mavericks Macros

Erica Sadun finally switched from Quickeys to Keyboard Maestro and rapidly became a rabid fan. In her review she describes why, as well as how she uses Keyboard Maestro for a wide variety of tasks.

Read the review to see why people inevitably say “Why didn’t I switch sooner”.

From: TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Posted Friday, November 22, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Revisiting Single Application Mode in light of Mavericks' App Nap feature

T J Luoma explains Single Application Mode, Mavericks App Nap, and how Keyboard Maestro can help.

From: TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Posted Thursday, November 21, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Forced productivity with Keyboard Maestro

Michael Laccheo describes a brutally efficient method of using Keyboard Maestro to stay on task.

From: So, it’s come to this...

Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Integrating Alfred & Keyboard Maestro - Ian Sinnott

Ian Sinnott has created an Alfred workflow to allow Alfred to trigger Keyboard Maestro macros.

From: Ian Sinnott

Posted Thursday, November 14, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽File Important Notes Quickly With Keyboard Maestro

Joe shows off a fun macro that lets you save selected text to a file for later processing.

From: Mac Grease – Make your Mac work for you

Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Revised Time Tracking Macro

T J Luoma walks you through the details of his time tracking macro that takes a labeled screenshot every thirty seconds.

From: TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽An If Then Else Macro with Keyboard Maestro

Joe at Mac Grease shows how to automate data entry, including Prompting and If Then Else formatting.

From: Mac Grease – Make your Mac work for you

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Stop Dropbox on Battery

Matthias Guenther tweets his simple macro to stop Dropbox when you are on battery power, and restart it when you plug in.

From: Twitter

Posted Monday, November 4, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Keyboard Maestro Tips

Bakari Chavanu maintains a very useful Tips tumblr you may like to follow. I will repost more things from there here as well in due course.

From: Keyboard Maestro Tips on Tumblr

Posted Monday, November 4, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Dipping my toes into Keyboard Maestro - All this

Dr. Drang describes how he gets the same hot key to sort by name and date consistently with Finder and Transmit.

From: And now it’s all this

Posted Monday, November 4, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Remotely Generating Octopress

Phaedra Deepsky shows how to remotely run a shell command (rake generate in this case) with a single keystroke.

From: vegans with typewriters

Posted Saturday, November 2, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Toggle Asterisks and Hyphen Markdown List Markers Macro

Patrick Welker shows a macro that can toggle between asterisks (*) and hyphen (-) in markdown lists.

From: Rocket Ink — Writing with Space Ink

Posted Saturday, October 26, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Automatisch ScanSnap software starten met Keyboard Maestro

Niels Gouman describes (in Dutch) the auto-connecting ScanSnap macros that every Keyboard Maestro/ScanSnap user should have.

From: Lifehacking — Slimmer werken en moeiteloos leven

Posted Friday, October 25, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Keyboard Maestro Macros for URL’s

Patrick Welker shows a set of macros for extracting URLs, fetching titles and formatting links. Great detail on the actions.

From: Rocket Ink — Writing with Space Ink

Posted Thursday, October 24, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Application to launch specific applications, windows, and tabs

TJ Luoma answers a question on Ask Different showing how to launch applications into specific states.

From: Ask Different

Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Maximize UI for Rdio & Simplify | Carrying Stones

Eric Beavers shows a clever macro to zoom the front window depending on whether Rdio is currently running.

From: Carrying Stones – moving a mountain one stone at a time

Posted Sunday, October 20, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Android to DayOne on a Mac

David Allen shows how he uses Keyboard Maestro and DropBox to transfer notes from Android to DayOne on his Mac.

From: David Allen – YouTube

Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽A simple Keyboard Maestro macro for plain-text pasting anywhere

T J Luoma shows one of the simplest and yet most useful macros which just types the system clipboard.

From: TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Posted Monday, October 14, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Adding a Yes or No Checkbox with Keyboard Maestro

Joe at Mac Grease shows how you can add a checkbox or popup menu to my Prompt For User Input dialog.

From: Mac Grease – Make your Mac work for you

Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Fast Calculations with Keyboard Maestro

Joe at Mac Grease shows a clever use of Filter Clipboard: Calculate to evaluate calculations in pre-typed text.

From: Mac Grease – Make your Mac work for you

Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Własna lista stron do przeczytania później w Reminders

Sebastian Szwarc describes (in Polish) a macro for making Reminder notes from Chrome web articles.

From: Apple User

Posted Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽MediaStorm Guide to Super Fast Logging with Premiere Pro and Keyboard Maestro

Eric Maierson shows a macro to speed up video editing in Premiere Pro, with great detail on how the macro is created.

From: MediaStorm

Posted Friday, September 27, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Export Keynote slides to PDF with Keyboard Maestro

Claus C Pörtner shows a macro that uses AppleScript to export Keynote slides to PDF.

From: Claus C Pörtner

Posted Friday, September 27, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Marked 2 and a Bonus Trick

Gabe shows the new Marked 2, and a clever macro to preview an existing web page in Marked.

From: MacDrifter — No particular destination.

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽A Bulletproof 'Open nvALT Notes with' Method

Patrick Welker uses Keyboard Maestro to create a reliable Edit With facility for nvALT.

From: Rocket Ink — Writing with Space Ink

Posted Sunday, September 22, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽Automating my Dissertation Backup with Keyboard Maestro

Terry Brock shows a macro that automatically backs up his dissertation when a thumb drive is inserted.

From: Dirt — the Blog

Posted Saturday, September 21, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

➽How To Click A Button On A Web Page Without Using the Mouse

Bakari Chavanu shows how Click at Found Image can be used to click intransigent web buttons.

From: Mac Automation Tips — Getting Things Done Faster on Your Mac

Posted Sunday, September 15, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

Setting Various System Preferences

A common question is people asking how to set various system preferences, like sound output devices or display settings. This article describes general ways of doing this.

There are several ways to go about a task like this where Keyboard Maestro does not provide direct support.

1. Control the UI directly using Keyboard Maestro. Use a sequence of actions which launch the system preference pane, click in various locations or type select various options. Often you will need to use Pause actions throughout the sequence to ensure the actions perform correctly.

2. Control the UI using AppleScript GUI scripting. Similar, but use AppleScript to control the UI.

3. Use AppleScript (or sometimes shell scripts) to make the change directly without using the UI. This is generally better if there is a method to do it this way. It will be faster and have less disruption for you when executing, but many actions cannot be controlled in this way.

The best way to figure out how to do these sorts of things is to search the net, adding the keyboard "AppleScript" to your query. So in this case, search for something like:

AppleScript set sound output source

Chances are someone has figured out how to do this using AppleScript and then it's just a matter of plugging it in to an Execute AppleScript action. If you can find a direct method (like method 3), use that, and otherwise you probably have an easy solution with method 2 (although this tends to break when the system changes). Failing this, and assuming you aren't an AppleScript expert, you can resort to method 1, perhaps using the Click at Found Image actions to help ensure robustness.

Posted Friday, September 13, 2013. Permalink. Post a Comment.

Keyboard Maestro is No Longer Available in the Mac App Store

Keyboard Maestro 6 was never allowed in the Mac App Store due to sandboxing restrictions, so version 5 languished there with a stern warning not to purchase from Apple, but buy direct instead.

But given Apple’s continued stance on refusing apps which cannot be sandboxed (which includes any app that tried to provide better functionality for Apple apps like: Finder, AppleScript Editor, Automator, Xcode, Terminal, Activity Monitor, Dock or Time Machine!), and given their continued stance against paid upgrades (which breaks the feedback loop so that the developer is never working for existing customers, only for other users not currently using a version of the application), it was clearly time to for Keyboard Maestro to exit the Mac App Store, and the latest message from Apple to Omni has confirmed that.

So Keyboard Maestro 5 is no longer available from the Mac App Store, but Keyboard Maestro (all versions) continues to be available direct, and it was always better to buy direct from us.

The Mac App Store was never a big deal for Keyboard Maestro, only accounting for about 10% of our revenue since it was released on the Mac App Store in 2011, and only 5% in the last 12 months (and much less since 6.0 was released and not available on the Mac App Store, obviously). People tend to be introduced to Keyboard Maestro by folks already using and loving Keyboard Maestro, rather than finding it for themselves, and we already had a strong and growing customer base before the Mac App Store.

Hopefully folks who already own the Mac App Store version of Keyboard Maestro can still download it from Apple, but I strongly encourage everyone with the Mac App Store version to option click the "Mac App Store Version" text in Keyboard Maestro’s About box and transfer your license to us, so that at least you can download a version of 5 directly from us at any later time.

It really is a shame that Apple has chosen this course, excluding or limiting some very powerful applications, and perhaps they will eventually change their minds, but until them we will do our best to continue developing and enhancing Keyboard Maestro outside the Mac App Store, and probably be joined by an ever growing number of quality applications,

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013. Permalink. Post a Comment.

➽Let’s Automate the Web with Keyboard Maestro!

Andreas shows a simple data entry macro that asks for fitness data and then directly inserts it into a web form.

From: MOSX Tumblelog

Posted Thursday, September 5, 2013. Permalink. Source Link. Post a Comment.

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