Definitions   A shortcut, according to iKey's developer, is made up of three main parts: 
  
  
Commands   A command is the action, or series of actions, that you want iKey to 
perform. An example of a command is: Open Photoshop and start a new document. 
  
Contexts   The context is the circumstance in which your shortcut can be activated. Most 
commonly, the context is set to "universal" so that it will work regardless of which 
application you are in. However, you may wish to set a hotkey for use only in Photoshop, 
so in this case the context would be set to Photoshop. 
  
Launchers   The launcher activates your shortcut. Most commonly, it is a hotkey or 
date/time event. For example, launch Windows Media Player to play your favorite news 
and views station by pressing a keyboard combination, or arrange to have it load for you at 
a predetermined time each morning. 
Okay, you get the idea. After a bit of a learning curve, you'll likely be able to create shortcuts for 
your most irksome multi step tasks. 
Features 
     Tell your computer to launch, switch, show, quit, and re launch software applications, or to 
open specific documents. 
  
     Simulate both keydown events and mouse events (i.e., control the computer as if someone 
were physically using the keyboard and the mouse). 
     Copy, paste, and add text or images to the clipboard. 
The information provided by iKey's developer, both on the website and in Adam C. Engst's 
outstanding manual, is rich with proposed uses and examples of the product's versatility. 
My Test Saga Continues 
Accessing my favorite radio stations   By reading and following the tutorial, I was able to 
produce two hotkeys to access my music from anywhere on my computer. (Not easily the first 
half dozen times, but the software interface grew on me as I became familiar with its ways.) To 
quickly access my two favorite FM stations, the shortcuts I created were a good news bad news 
situation. The good news is that my learning curve was shorter than when I created my first 
FileMaker Pro contact list database. The bad news is that I have a faster and more effective way 
to access both my favorite public radio stations, but that's not the fault of the developer.  
(Years ago I installed a haxie called Fruit Menu from Unsanity   
http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/fruitmenu
, software that gives me the ability to customize both 
my Apple [e.g., 
] Menu and my contextual menus. The product out Apple's my Apple menu 
from what I was able to do in Mac OS X 9.x. As a result, I have the aliases to all my favorite 
Internet radio stations stashed in a folder that appears at the top my fruit menu list. As a result, 
I'm a mouse click away from all of them, just as if I'd created a set of hotkeys for all of them, 
my substitute for using iKey. 
  MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion 
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August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8 




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