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HotApp and Keyboard Maestro
Authored by: billclinton on Nov 17, '06 01:18:01PM

I find the list of options in this survey to be severely deficient, as it ignores a whole class of launcher/switchers. (OK, I haven't used _all_ of these programs, so some may have this functionality but probably not as their primary reason for being.)

The class of launcher/switchers that I find missing is the "chording" type whereby one sets a key combination and thereafter launches or switches-to the file or program or Finder folder associated with the key combination. One can also activate many system functions such as closing a window using these products. I use several of the products mentioned in the list (LaunchBar rocks), but there is simply no substitute for chording.

As an aside, I've found that the combination Shift-Option-Command-<some non-modifier key> is nearly conflict-free and is also very easy to use since that array of modifier keys is nearly the same shape as the three main finders of my left hand.

So while I use several programs on the list, the ones that I vote for are:
Keyboard Maestro


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