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Press Release for 4 Jul 2013

Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 6.1

Perth, Western Australia - 4 July 2013 - Stairways Software Pty Ltd is pleased to announce Keyboard Maestro 6.1, the new version of its powerful productivity enhancer for Mac OS X.

Version 6.1 adds control for setting Safari or Google Chrome checkboxes and radio buttons. There is also new actions to pop open the Keyboard Maestro status menu, suspend the login and display the Login Window, logs to the Engine.log file. Also new is the Cancel Just This Macro (subroutine) action and the Break From Loop action.

This version also attempts to obscure potential passwords in the clipboard history (option click on them to display them). If you note false positives or negatives in the ability to detect passwords, please let us know. Concealed passwords are removed from the clipboard history after they reach position ten.

Speaking of letting us know, Keyboard Maestro now has a build in feedback mechanism under the Help menu, choose Report Bugs or Feature Requests to send us direct feedback, although you can continue to use any method to send us anything you think will help make Keyboard Maestro better.

Version 6.1 adds a new Hidden field type to the plug in actions to allow direct access to text token information, as well as adding support for cleaner looking labels by trimming off prefixes before a double underscore when displaying the Prompt For User Input action (eg myMacro__Text).

Keyboard Maestro 6.1 also further enhances compatibility with the upcoming OS X Mavericks by forcing the system to notice we need accessibility as soon as Keyboard Maestro launches, ensuring an obvious first use behaviour.

Plus a bunch of minor bug fixes and cleanup of some of the non-edit displays for various actions.

Watch the What's New Video on the home page to see some of the new features.

With over a hundred improvements in version 6.x, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Changes for 6.1

Bug fixes for 6.1:

Major Changes for 6.0

New Triggers

New Actions

Clipboards & Styled Text

Safari and Google Chrome Actions


Editor & UI



Text Tokens

Calculation Functions



In Detail


Bug Fixes

Keyboard Maestro 6.x requires Mac OS X 10.8 or greater.

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 <> for US$36. Customers with five or more users should contact us for a volume discount quote.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro directly from us after October 1, 2012 have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 6. If you have not received your free license, you can find your free license upgrade at <>.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 5 prior to October 2012 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 6 for US$18 until July 31, 2013 and for US$25 after that date. Customers who purchased older versions of Keyboard Maestro can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 6 for US$25. If you have not received your instructions on how to upgrade, you can find details by looking up your Keyboard_Maestro license at <>.

Keyboard Maestro 6 is not available from the Mac App Store and probably never will be, but customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 5 on the Mac App Store can convert their license to a direct license by option clicking the "Mac App Version" text in the Keyboard Maestro about box and following the instructions and will then be eligible for a paid upgrade to version 6 for US$18 until July 31, 2013 and for US$25 after that date.

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

For sales enquires, volume purchases, 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 <>.

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

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