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Press Release for 4 Jul 2011

Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 5.0

Perth, Western Australia - 4 July 2011 - Stairways Software Pty Ltd is pleased to announce Keyboard Maestro 5.0, the new version of its powerful productivity enhancer for Mac OS X.

Version 5 takes the modern engine of Keyboard Maestro 3, the modern user interface of Keyboard Maestro 4 and adds to that base an incredible breadth and depth of power with almost no increase in complexity.

Keyboard Maestro 5 adds control flow such as While loops and If/Then/Else statements, as well as permanently stored variables and a complete calculation engine, all within the same familiar user interface.

Keyboard Maestro enhances the application switcher and window switcher, and includes the application launcher first featured in Switcher Maestro. The clipboard history is improved further with the addition of Favorites, Quick Look and the ability to send clipboards to another Mac.

Version 5 also includes an extensible library of pre-made macros, with a large variety of macros for you to build upon. Also new is Undo/Redo support and revisions so you can try out new macros with confidence.

Using Keyboard Maestro's powerful macros, you can control applications, windows, or menus; insert text; open documents, applications or URLs; execute scripts; control the system, iTunes or QuickTime Player; and more - all with the touch of a key, click of the mouse, periodically or at specific times, when an application is launched or running, or even over the Internet using Keyboard Maestro Control on your iPhone or iPod touch, or by using a web browser to access Keyboard Maestro's built-in web server.

Using Keyboard Maestro's Program Switcher and Window Switcher you can 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.

Using Keyboard Maestro's Application Switcher and Window Switcher you can cycle through applications or windows, closing, hiding, launching, and more. Using Keyboard Maestro's Application Launcher, you can quickly launch applications. Keyboard Maestro can help you regain control of your crowded screen by letting you close or hide multiple windows or applications.

Using Keyboard Maestro's Clipboard History Switcher, you can access previous clipboards, so you will never lose your clipboard again. It also makes it easy to copy and paste multiple items such as username and password or serial number without having to switch back and forth between applications for each item. You can mark a clipboard as a favorite so it stays forever, or send it to another Mac running Keyboard Maestro.

Using Keyboard Maestro's Clipboard Switcher, you can select from a number of named clipboards, storing information away for later retrieval, or store the details you are working on and access them by name again and again.

Major Changes for 5.0:

Control Flow & Variables & Calculations

Enhanced Clipboards

General Improvements

New and Improved Actions

New Text Tokens

Enhanced Scripting

Enhanced Application & Window Switcher & Application Launcher

In Detail for 5.0:

Keyboard Maestro 5.x requires Mac OS X 10.6 or greater and an Intel Mac, and is native 32 and 64 bit.

Keyboard Maestro is engineered by Stairways Software Pty Ltd and distributed by FastSpring. Keyboard Maestro is licensed on a per user basis, and an individual user can use it on five Macs.

New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro from <http://purchase.keyboardmaestro.com/> for US$36.

Keyboard Maestro 5.0 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro from us after 1 March 2011 have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 5. If you have not received your free license, you can claim your free upgrade by looking up your previous Keyboard Maestro purchase at <http://enquiry.stairways.com/>.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 4 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 5 for US$18 until 31 August 2011. If you have not received your instructions on how to upgrade, you can find details by looking up your previous Keyboard Maestro purchase at <http://enquiry.stairways.com/>. Customers upgrading from older versions or after August 2011 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 5 for US$25.

Customers who have not disabled upgrade emails have been emailed with new license or upgrade instructions as appropriate. If you have not received your upgrade license or purchase instructions, let us know and we will look into why you did not receive your email.

Keyboard Maestro may become available on the Mac App Store at some date, but that is at Apple's discretion. There is no facility to transfer your license bought from us to or from the Mac App Store, nor any facility to purchase an upgrade to or on the Mac App Store.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro from the Mac App Store will receive a free upgrade to version 5 when (and if) it is approved by Apple, which is largely out of our control. There is no facility to transfer your license bought from us to or from the Mac App Store.

A fully-functional unlicensed trial version of Keyboard Maestro can be downloaded from <http://download.stairways.com/>.

For sales enquires, volume purchases, customer service, technical support, or to contact project management, our current contact information is listed at <http://contact.stairways.com/>.

Extensive online documentation on Keyboard Maestro can be found at <http://documentation.keyboardmaestro.com/>.

A brief taste of Keyboard Maestro in action can be found at <http://screenshots.keyboardmaestro.com/>.

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

Video examples and tutorials of Keyboard Maestro can be found at <http://movies.keyboardmaestro.com/>.

For more information about anything to do with Keyboard Maestro visit <http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/>.

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