Hello, I’m hoping to have some help with a problem I’m encountering with Keyboard Maestro. I have Mac OS X El Capitan version 10.11.6 and I have version 7.3 of Keyboard Maestro.
I started running into an eight second delay every time I initially trigger any macro. The delay between actions is typical and according to what I set. The issue is only with the initial trigger and not any subsequent actions. So, the eight second delay only pertains to an unwanted delay when I initially trigger a macro and not any subsequent actions. I have not set any sort of initial delay.
I’m still learning a lot about how to use Keyboard Maestro in my daily workflow and I have several hundred macros. This problem seems to have just appeared, but I must’ve messed something up. The problem pertains to every macro that I have tested. Might somebody have a direction in which I should look to resolve this issue?
In advance, thank you so much for being willing to help another fan of this program.
In the past 1-2 weeks I’m back to having VERY long delays only in activating macros. This starts after using the Mac (a Macbook Pro) for awhile–seems to be increasingly shorter periods before it starts up, but not sure.
ONLY delay is in starting the macro after the hotkey is pressed. Very long macros run just fine after they’ve started, but even very simple macros can take up to 10 seconds to launch (with toolbar icon being stuck on alternative image)
it happens PERIODICALLY (but frequently) when happening–not every time a macro is called
logging out reliably fixes this (doesn’t require full reboot)
FYI I run Word 2011, Excel 2011, Citrix-served app, Airmail, Bartender, Default Folder X, aText [I also tried killing all those non-app processes and restarting just Keyboard Maestro but have the same problem]. I also have many macros that are called very frequently, eg Cmd+arrows replacing Alt+arrows, which I use constantly…
I tried watching the console and don’t see any explanation, though there are a lot of seemingly unrelated messages suggesting things could be cleaned up… (i was able to fix a couple little things, but I’m from the PC world until last couple years so not much experience w/this.)
I have MBP late 2013 too. No problems with heating up or arrows. The exception of course is if I use like Cmd+Arrows which trigger KM macros.
Seems quite haphazard when it happens: I can Cmd+Arrow and F11/F12 (which km makes home/end) a lot without the delays, but sometimes they happen, and it seems to be increasingly frequently (but difficult to say–maybe I just get more impatient ). Seems to happen with any macro (although again intermittently),
Not for my situation because it can happen when all big apps are closed; also no way it can correspond to saving because too frequent, and one app saving in background wouldn’t make KM hang (as evidenced by the icon state being stuck for up to 10 seconds) even if I were in another app…
I think I actually figured this out. If you run debugger, there’s a little checkbox that one can click that forces a delay I had inadvertently checked this checkbox. So, if you go to debugger, you may want to. check to see if. you’ve done likewise. Good luck!
One more tidbit about this problem: Typinator (which gets stuck w/KM) runs as a background process, whereas aText (which didn’t get stuck w/KM ran as a foreground app.
So maybe there is a common roadblock for both Keyboard Maestro Engine and Typinator as a background app.
Lead to any ideas?
(SUMMARY: happens after hours of use; when it starts, it happens frequently but not every time; delay is between TRIGGER of KM or Typinator and the resulting action; keys and key combinations (eg Cmd+tab) not associated with KM or Typinator DO work; logging out and back in fixes it.)
[Next time this happens, if I don’t have to logout/login immediately (which I often do), I will run atext in background mode and see if it gets stuck!]