Software or Reviewer Limitations
I do, as many of you remember, quite a bit of Internet recipe hunting. This is going to get messy,
so bear with me. Usually when you turn up a recipe, the pages contain lots of advertising and
junk associated with that web page. At times, the original web page contains a photo of the
recipe. One can often get to a printer friendly version of the recipe, but it is a formatted text only
file, so the image is gone.
Six hours of trial and error coffee didn't help nor did the otherwise fine manual
disappointment was my only reward. It may be possible to build a macro, either as one long and
complex command and context chain or perhaps as a series of them, but I couldn't figure out
how to create a shortcut for sequentially capturing recipe text from the Internet to MS Word and
then subsequently transferring its image to my word document.
The iKey software was not intuitive, but when I d learned its interface, it was surprisingly easy to
use. Although my test time was limited, I found I could create, reliably, almost all the shortcuts I
wanted. From the perspective of working with the product, and formerly working with
QuicKeys, iKey is a good productivity aid for Mac OS X. iKey is cost effective shareware [$30]
and at times will likely meet my relatively simple needs.
If you are willing to take more than a few minutes to create shortcuts and can remember their
hotkeys, iKey can be a useful shortcut creation tool. It can save you many, many keystrokes and
reduce the tedium of repetitious actions. If you want or need a utility that allows creation of
shortcuts to perform an action or sequence of actions, each of which can be launched by key
combinations or menu or event, iKey is the utility for you. This easy to use, macro/automation
utility can save time, typing, and hundreds of clicks everyday. The publisher noted that it could
help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.
iKey is not a tool I'm likely to use often (not my computing style), and it has a bit of a learning
curve, but I rate it 3.5 macC's. However, if macros turn you on and automation is your thing, try
and then buy the product.
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8