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Very short and simple review for this week's PotW. If you like to use the function keys to launch applications and documents, get One Key now. Implemented as a very simple preference panel, you can assign each function key to open any application or document you wish. After configuring, you use One Key as expected ... on my desktop machine, you just hit the function key and off you go; on the laptop, press down the 'fn' button first and then hit the function key (as this keeps the brightness/sound keys working).

That's all it does, and it does it well. The only reason it scored a "9" and not a "10" is that you have to manually install the pref pane, which can be a bit of a minor chore (especially if you've never done it before). If you were addicted to function keys in OS 9, you owe One Key a look. Even if you weren't a function key addict in OS 9, you may find the $5 shareware fee (you're limited to five launches per session until you register) a small price to pay for one-button access to 12 of your most-used applications and documents.
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One Key - Launch apps via function keys
Authored by: robmorton on Feb 24, '03 11:22:24AM

I would look at Youpi Key which is free and seems to go far beyond just function keys. You can get it from http://perso.club-internet.fr/phupe/english/YKIndex.html



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One Key - Launch apps via function keys
Authored by: Jay on Feb 24, '03 12:22:33PM

You beat me to it. Youpi Key is excellent, (apparently) more extensible and free.



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One Key - Launch apps via function keys
Authored by: Mithindril on Feb 24, '03 01:07:30PM

One more vote for Yopi Key. It's free and very functional. I'm a happy user.



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Youpi Key Rules!
Authored by: theRhino on Feb 25, '03 08:18:52AM

Youpi Key is awesome. I've beenn using it for a few weeks now. My favorite thing is that you can trigger any script with any keystroke, so I can very easily control iTunes (play/pause, next/previous track) from any other app without bringing iTunes to the front.



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Youpi Key Rules!
Authored by: bluehz on Feb 25, '03 09:12:45AM

Yes - YoupiKey is my choice too! I like the timed execution. Use it to open all my morning web pages.



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Try Keyboard Maestro
Authored by: G-Mantle on Feb 24, '03 11:32:51AM
If you're looking to do more with hotkeys, might I also suggest Keyboard Maestro? I've been swearing by it for about a year now and there is a free "lite" version with a generous amount of features. (No restrictions on uses per session, either.)

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Try DragThing
Authored by: timstringer on Feb 24, '03 12:10:34PM

I've been using DragThing for this purpose for over a year now. And, it works like a charm in my experience. Please note that keyboard shortcuts are only available after you've registered the product.



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DragThing - Launch apps via function keys
Authored by: MtnBiker on Feb 24, '03 02:30:10PM

DragThing offers this capablity in addition to other features. I point this out because often I've found that I've already got software with a feature I want. Costs more though.

A satified user.

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Hermosa Beach, CA USA



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Youpi Key is Freeware
Authored by: hptroll on Feb 25, '03 01:25:14AM

Youpi Key really doesn't seem to be well known, although it's freeware and far more powerful (it's actually comparable to QuickKeys, although it's free...)
Available on versiontracker.com



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Well Rob...
Authored by: jiclark on Feb 25, '03 01:26:55AM

...I'll bet you're getting kinda tired or doing a PotW, only to have everyone chime in with something a little better/cheaper or just plain different! Oh well, it's still a great way to learn about the many little apps and utilities that everyone uses or finds useful!!!

Thanks again for all your hard work on the greatest OS X site on the 'net!

John-o

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Well Rob...
Authored by: MtnBiker on Feb 25, '03 11:37:24AM

I wasn't aware Rob wanted the last word and didn't want any follow-ups. I find the discussions usefu.

I posted about DragThing and will continue to use it, but will take another look at Youpi Key based on this discussion. I think I tried it early on and it didn't work for me, but a lot has changed sicnce 10.0.

Next to MacUpDate, this is the most important site for me. Thanks Rob.

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Hermosa Beach, CA USA



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Actually...
Authored by: robg on Feb 25, '03 12:07:19PM
It's sometimes the most interesting part! My PotW are certainly not intended to be the last word. They are also not closed for discussion (I could elect to disable comments on them, but I like reading the comments!), and (probably most important of all), they may not even be the best solution for everyone -- they're just what they claim to be -- a program that I found cool, useful, and/or interesting, and thought I'd pass along to others. I get no compensation for listing something as a PotW, nor do I listen to others' PotW recommendations (other than "Hey, try this, it might be a PotW candidate"). They're strictly my picks...

So to summarize, no, I don't tire of it, and I find the comments most enlightening (as I can't try or know about every single program that's out there!). I had tried Youpi Key once and didn't like it all that much, but I will take another look at it (and sometimes, for me, simpler is better, which is one of the reasons I liked One Key). That's what makes the comments so useful -- showing the variety of choices available to solve a given problem!

-rob.

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Well Rob...
Authored by: jamunson on Feb 27, '03 06:36:49AM

I think it's a great think too-finding out about all these little apps
you can install to make things easier and tweak the Mac os.I didn't like DragThing and threw it out.The installation went very smoothly for me.Didnt have any trouble putting OneKey into pref pane.A little trouble figuring out how to register the thing, but that got done and I'm happy.-working good.

I'm running Mac os 10.2.4 on Emac.

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Jerry



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One Key - Launch apps via function keys
Authored by: unimatrixzxero on May 14, '04 10:18:56AM

I tried this piece of shareware and it doesn't even work. Well at leas not on my Dual USB 700MHz iBook G3 16MB NVRAM. I've tried all kinds of settings an scenarios, but it won't work. I don't know why. I use Panther in version 10.3.3



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