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Press Release for 21 Sep 2004

Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 2.0

Perth, Western Australia - 21 September 2004 - Stairways Software Pty Ltd is pleased to announce Keyboard Maestro 2.0, the eagerly awaited successor of its powerful powerful productivity enhancer for Mac OS X. Keyboard Maestro consists of three functions: powerful macros, program and windows switching, and clipboard switching.

Using Keyboard Maestro's macros you can control applications, windows, or menus; insert text; open documents, applications or URLs; execute scripts; control the system, iTunes, or a PowerMate; and more, all with the touch of a key, click of the mouse, periodically or at specific times, or even when an application is launched, running or quits.

The Program Switcher lets you cycle through applications or windows, closing, hiding, launching, and more. Keyboard Maestro can help you regain control of your crowded screen by letting you close or hide multiple windows or applications, especially useful in the Finder.

The Clipboard Switcher lets you select from a number of named clipboards, storing information away for later retrieval. Store the details you are working with and access them by name again and again.

Keyboard Maestro was acquired by Stairways Software on 30 June 2004 and we have continued to build on the solid foundations that Michael Kamprath developed in Keyboard Maestro 1 and the initial 2.0 betas.

Keyboard Maestro 2.0 represents a complete rewrite of the internal engine to support multiple Macro Triggers including:

Keyboard Maestro 2.0 also adds support for a wealth of new actions, including:

Keyboard Maestro 2.0 adds a new concept of a Macro Group, a set of Macros that are enabled for a specific set of applications. This allows you to easily create Macros to enhance a particular application without tying up Hot Keys in other applications.

Keyboard Maestro 2.0 adds support for importing and exporting Macros so you can share Macros with your friends and colleagues.

Detailed changes include:

Keyboard Maestro 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or greater.

Keyboard Maestro is engineered by Stairways Software Pty Ltd and distributed by Kagi. Keyboard Maestro is licensed on a per workstation basis (individuals can choose to license it on a per user basis).

New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro from <> for US$20.

Keyboard Maestro 2.0 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 1.x after 1 July 2004 have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 2.0. To claim your free upgrade look up your Keyboard Maestro purchase at <>.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 1 from Michael Kamprath before July 2004 will be able to upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 2 for US$10. In order to qualify for the discounted upgrade, you must have transferred your Keyboard Maestro 1 details to Stairways Software (you should have received information on doing this around mid-August). If you have not yet done so, please contact us and we will liaise with Michael about the transfer. Once your details have been transferred, you can claim your discounted upgrade to version 2 by looking up your license at <>.

A fully-functional unlicensed trial version of Keyboard Maestro can be downloaded from <>.

For sales enquires, customer service, technical support, or to contact project management, our current contact information is listed at <>.

Extensive online documentation on Keyboard Maestro can be found at <>.

A brief taste of Keyboard Maestro in action can be found at <>.

A more detailed tour to give you a better idea of Keyboard Maestro's power and versatility is available at <>.

For more information about anything to do with Keyboard Maestro visit <>.

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