Keyboard Maestro Field Guide by David “MacSparky” Sparks


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David Sparks (MacSparky) has released his much anticipated Keyboard Maestro Field Guide with over four hours of video separated into 76 videos in 8 sections covering a broad range of Keyboard Maestro facilities, full of “heaps of dangerous knowledge, tricks, and hacks to make your Mac dance”.

The introductory price is $24 for a limited time, but at any price this would be a fantastic resource to enhance almost anyone’s use of Keyboard Maestro.

Some examples walkthroughs included are:

  • Have your Mac log out of social media, turn down the volume, and open your productivity apps as soon as you log into your local coffee shop’s Wi-Fi.
  • Create custom app setups for different work modes such as email, writing, and planning, just to name a few. Then, trigger them with a simple keyboard combination.
  • Set Twitter to automatically hide itself after a few minutes so you can get back to work.
  • Add automation to the startup and shutdown of your Mac. Want certain apps to open when you get started? Keyboard Maestro can do that.
  • Automate meeting notes.
  • Create Pages and Word document templates that ask you a few questions, and then generate multiple documents.

Each tutorial includes a full transcript and closed captioning. Where appropriate, the tutorials also include downloadable Keyboard Maestro scripts that you can install and run alongside the video.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction

Learn the basics of Keyboard Maestro, including installation and interface. This section covers basic application concepts and how it organizes your scripts. Also, build your first script.

2. Triggers

With Keyboard Maestro, there are a lot of ways to kick off your automation. It can be something you physically trigger, such as a keyboard shortcut or plugging in an external drive, or something automated, like at a specific time or when you log into Wi-Fi. You can even trigger a script by playing a note on a MIDI keyboard. It’s great! This section includes 14 videos explaining every possible Keyboard Maestro trigger.

3. Actions

Once you have figured out all of the triggers, you will want to start making your Mac dance. Just like triggers, Keyboard Maestro is capable of so many actions including the ability to control applications; sort and place windows; add notifications; type text; make a better clipboard; manage, move, and alter files and folders; control the interface; move and click the mouse; and run a script, just to name a few. There is so much that Keyboard Maestro can do. This section includes 18 videos showing off all of Keyboard Maestro’s tricks.

4. Palettes

As the number of scripts you create increases, Keyboard Maestro’s excellent interface tool Palettes will help you quickly sort, find, and trigger your scripts. This section explains all of the flavors of Keyboard Maestro palettes and how to create, customize, and use them.

5. Programming and Debugging

While Keyboard Maestro does not require programming knowledge, there are some essential programming tools and actions, including debugging, to make Keyboard Maestro even more powerful.

6. Useful Scripts

Here you will find a laundry list of useful Keyboard Maestro scripts. This section includes 23 screencasts of useful tutorials and downloadable scripts to get more out of your Mac. You can download and start using these scripts immediately, or use all the knowledge that you will have picked up to customize these scripts and make them your own.

7. Settings, Syncing, and Additional Features

Dive deeper on Keyboard Maestro’s additional settings and tools, including improved Keyboard Maestro application switcher. Also, learn how to sync your scripts between two Macs.

David Sparks is a long-time treasure of the Mac community, and this Keyboard Maestro Field Guide will be a fantastic resource for Keyboard Maestro users.