iKey 2.1b   A hot key automation application 
reviewed by Harry {doc} Babad, edited by Julie M. Willingham 
Publisher: Script Software 
ikey info@scriptsoftware.com
Released: July 14, 2005 
Shareware: $35 USD single user. 
File Size: 7.9 MB 
Extensive manual written by Adam C Engst (TidBITS).  
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or later, including Tiger (Mac 
OS X 10.4) 
Strengths: You can easily use iKey to automate countless tasks, 
freeing you to do things that are more interesting. 
Weaknesses: Although the interface is straightforward, as a user 
of QuicKeys and MS Word I found the interface took a bit of 
getting used to. After all, there is a difference between simply 
and carefully recording an action, and taking a few minutes to 
plan a set of actions built with the iKey Editor, adding them one 
at a time in sequence to produce a shortcut to use as you will. 
Audience: All user levels. 
This software was tested on a 1 GHz dual processor PowerPC 
G4 Macintosh with 2 GB DDR SDRAM running under OS X 
Product and company names and logos in this review may be 
registered trademarks of their respective companies. 
Software Overview 
iKey is an automation utility, a program that creates shortcuts to accomplish repetitive tasks. It 
allows you to assign global hotkeys to a wide variety of single or multiple step complex actions. 
In essence, an iKey shortcut is a little program in its own right, but you don t need to know the 
first thing about programming to create one. All you have to do is put together the three 
necessary parts of a shortcut: one or more commands that give the shortcut its functionality, a 
context in which it runs, and a launcher that defines how the shortcut is activated. iKey helps you 
combine these to achieve your automation goals. 
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