Those are the somewhat geeky Macfolk who know as much about OS X as anyone you’ve ever met, but also have figured out ways to make their Mac do more work, so they do less work, and yet remain highly productive.
Two weeks ago an acquaintance at a nearby Mac User Group recommended that I check out Keyboard Maestro on my Mac. I did. I’m not a power user yet, but I quickly found ways to improve both the quality and accuracy of what I do my Mac, while reducing the amount of time it takes to do it. Keyboard Maestro is a hot key app. Press a couple of keys on the keyboard, things get done automatically.
Alright, it’s not quite that easy because you have to setup the keyboard shortcuts in Keyboard Maestro for the macro to work, but once you do, the keyboard becomes your friend, not your nemesis. Here’s how it works.
In the Keyboard Maestro editor, setup an action that is triggered by a specific key combo. You don’t need anything complex to get it started. Your name and address and phone number is good. Instead of typing it each time, create the macro, assign it to a key combo, and it types itself.
Create a whole library of macro functions, each assigned to key combo, and each one types itself when the combo is typed.
That’s the basic look, but Keyboard Maestro does much more, including syncing between Macs using Dropbox, triggers which start when certain other things change on your Mac, all the way up to personal Plugin Actions which you create yourself. Those are more complicated aspects of Keyboard Maestro, but not to worry. Start small, build a few items in the macro library, assign key combos, and you’re on the way to reducing carpel tunnel syndrome, improving productivity and efficiency, and typing less.