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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Keyboard Maestro 6.3

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Stairways Software has released Keyboard Maestro 6.3 with nearly 50 small enhancements and fixes in the automation utility. The update adds a delay before and after dragging in the drag mouse action, adds a number of Typed String trigger options, promises vast improvement in the performance of actions that write named clipboard entries, allows more use of shortcut letters in switchers with non-English keyboards, utilizes a “more modern method” of hardware key simulation to resolve issues with the Volume Control action, and adds support for displaying time saved in days, months, or years. A newly discovered bug can result in Keyboard Maestro-mediated clipboard text being messed up in some applications; look for 6.3.1 to appear shortly. ($36 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 24.1 MB, release notes)

 

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onekeratocom  2013-11-13 18:19
Keyboard Maestro is current available in the Productive Macs bundle, $30, offer expires Nov 18 http://www.productivemacs.com/
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-11-21 10:05
And now we have 6.3.1 with a few clipboard-related bug fixes and 6.3.2 with a fix for a code-signing issue that might result in permissions problems. Too minor to write about separately, but worth getting.