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Control Logic Pro By Keyboard With Shortcat

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Shortcat (currently in Beta) is a keyboard tool for Mac OS X that lets you “click” buttons and control your apps with a few keystrokes on your keyboard. It’s like OS X Spotlight for the user interface. Shortcat works with the Accessibility API, which is supported by all, if not many, applications that come with Mac OS X. I just gave it a little whirl, and it looks like it works fine with Logic Pro 9.

When the Shortcat app is active , you press Shift+cmd+Space to bring up Shortcat’s own ‘Spotlight’ input field. Pressing . (dot) will highlight all buttons in Logic Pro 9 that you can ‘click’ with Shortcat by typing in its function. Just like in Spotlight, the results will be updated live. So, typing F will keep every function beginning with that letter highlighted.

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Shortcat active in Logic Pro. Pressing . (dot) highlights all functions that can be accessed with Shortcat.

It’s too early for me to say if Shortcat deserves a permanent place in my toolbox of Logic Pro workflow enhancers, but hey, it’s free, and works with most OS X apps.

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Get Shortcat here.

(via Lifehacker).

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  • OpalsOfMyEar

    This looks promising, but I can’t tell if it’s actually practical. How can this increase workflow speed beyond having a mouse? Apple’s magic mouse has quite a number of functions.

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