Keyboard Maestro Blog Posts
Keyboard Maestro Global Macro Palette
In my first job out of college, I was using a Window's Terminal Emulator solution that allowed me to have floating button palette. Can't recall the name, but similar to PowerTerm . The buttons were configurable to type out anything I wanted. This made it easy to type out frequent commands.
Well you can pretty much achieve the exact same experience today with Keyboard Maestro. You can create a group that is only active for the application that you are using - in my case its iTerm2.
Setup a New Group in Keyboard Maestro and call it 'iTerm' or whatever the name of the application that you want the button functionality to appear.
Make sure under 'Available in these Applications' that the application you want the pallet to appear in is selected.
Create a bunch of Type Macros of common tasks. Think of different queries that you run on the command line. Make sure to have a good Macro Name so you can identify the action.
Enable the action to be triggered by the Global Macro Pallet. What's nice is that you can have an icon in the palette which makes it easy to identify actions.
Having the floating pallet is great. It's nicely hidden away until I mouse over the floating icon. So the screen isn't cluttered and the pallet appears only when I need it.
My pallet is small - for now, but I suspect that I will add things as needed. Certainly a time saver.
The pallet is better for me than to have to remember the various text trigger actions. The action is just a point and click away!
Keyboard Maestro Date Formatting
Last week Keyboard Maestro was upgraded to version 8. It???s packed with a lot of features, and I thought it would be time to do a change up and switch from TextExpander 5.1.4 to Keyboard Maestro.
I have been moving a lot of my TextExpander Snippets to Keyboard Maestro's Macros. It???s been a slow transition as it???s a bit hard to get used to Keyboard Maestro???s interface. It???s complicated for a reason - they're so much more you can do using Keyboard Maestro.
Date/Time Variable Reference Chart
Here???s a handy chart to convert Day/Time data from Text Expander to Keyboard Maestro. This is useful when converting your snippets to Keyboard Maestro and want to keep the same date format.
Date Time Display
This is a sample Macro that I have set up to display the current date time.
I have three macros to easily display the current date in the following formats:
- Standard US Date
- European Date Format
- ODBC Date Format (Database Format)
Try Out Keyboard Maestro
Try out Keyboard Maestro 8 as its more user-friendly. Watch the YouTube videos to get an idea on how best to use it. The forum is a great place to get ideas and tips from other users.
A "blast from the past," this is from TidBits #259 (January 17, 1995)
In case your wondering, yes this is famous Peter Lewis - the author of Stairways Software's Keyboard Maestro!
I am surprised that Epson/HP hasn't come up with this yet. This would seem like a perfect product to be announces on April 1st.
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Apple currently manufactures two kinds of keyboards - a wireless version and a wired version. I have had the chance to use both for about a year and here's my thoughts on them.
I was very excited that Apple came out with a wireless version as it makes it easy to move the keyboard around. The wireless keyboard and mouse are a nice addition to the USB real estate. On my iMac, I only have 4 USB slots, so it's nice knowing that my mouse and keyboard isn't going to use up my USB slots.
The nice thing about the wireless keyboard is that it's very easy to move it out of the way when I am not using the computer. The bad part is that it needs a battery and about once a month I need to replace the battery. Not a big deal since I do keep a spare set of AA batteries so that I don't encounter any downtime.
The wired version is very handy at work. I find that I use the 'Home' and 'End' buttons frequently in Chrome. They are great when navigating large web pages.
Recently I discovered that I could use Keyboard Mastro to assign actions to some of the F keys that I don't use in any of my applications. Keyboard Mastro also lets me assign actions to the numerical keys, which I don't use at all.
I am not concern about the USB slots at work since I don't really have any external devices.
I think the wired keyboard is the way to go. Using Keyboard Mastro, and some AppleScript knowledge, I can be much more productive with the Wired Keyboard.
Since I have a 10 slot USB hub at home, I am no longer worried about the keyboard using up a USB slot.
There's no problem with moving the keyboard around when I don't use it, the USB cable is long enough for me to move it out of the way for anything that I want.
I have pulled out my old Macally iceKey Slim USB Keyboard for a few times that I wanted to use the extended keyboard. As much as I like the Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, I can't justify spending $49 when the Macally keyboard works perfectly fine.