David Pogue on macro software. An entertaining video and article about very useful software.
Funny enough, I actually decided recently to blog this myself. Until last year, incredibly, I had never used macro software*. Considering I've had over a decade of being considered a geek, this is weak.
I now have magic keystrokes for all the apps I use frequently (maybe a dozen), documents I use often, I have a keystroke to save quotes in a text file for use later, I have a stroke for a folder-renaming sequence I use several times a week, I have various keystrokes for frequently used business replies to emails (including hitting Reply and typing "Dear ___", with the space being filled with the name I have highlighted in the email I'm replying to. It's really great.
*Apart from a keystroke-launcher to start apps or files. Which I have long found indispensible. But that software was decontinued, which was why I finally took the leap to real macro software.
From Pogues article: "... neither Mac nor Windows lets you set up a keystroke of your choice to open any program or document — a feature that would speed up your work dozens of times a day." I couldn't agree more. For a brief while, in Mac OS 9, you could assign F-keys to opening apps. But that disappeared in OS X. It's a really bizarre omission. I change back and forth between various applications probably hundreds of times every day. Perhaps most people don't?