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Keyboard Maestro 11

With an obligatory nod to Spinal Tap, Keyboard Maestro from Peter Lewis of Stairways Software now goes to 11. The major upgrade for the popular automation and clipboard utility introduces a new Macro Wizard and a new keyboardmaestro command line tool for triggering macros. Version 11 also adds an option for Apple Text Recognition, support for modern JavaScript syntax, support for using modifier taps in Typed String triggers, and a variety of new actions (including Prompt for Snippet, Create Calendar Event, Set Audio Device, Get Location, and more). Bug fixes address a performance issue in the editor switching to/from macros with large numbers of triggers, resolve an issue searching for greater than 16-bit Unicode characters, fix a bug with the non-edit trigger display of times in certain time zones, and repair a memory leak when finding images.

The upgrade is free for those who purchased Keyboard Maestro from Stairways Software on or after 1 March 2023. Through 15 December 2023, owners of a previous license purchased before 1 March 2023 can upgrade to version 11 for $18 (after which the price rises to $25). ($36 new with a 20% discount for TidBITS members, $25 upgrade, 37.3 MB, release notes, macOS 10.13+)

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Comments About Keyboard Maestro 11

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  1. You sure about that upgrade price? I upgraded yesterday, and paid $18 as the owner of a previous version.

  2. It’s noted in the Watchlist item that it’s a special upgrade price of $18 through December 15. It’s our policy to note the regular upgrade price in the ending parenthetical.

  3. To be entirely clear:

    • It is free if you purchased Keyboard Maestro after March 1
    • It is $18 if you purchased Keyboard Maestro 10 and purchase the upgrade by December 15.
    • It is $25 if you own a previous version (including potentially a free upgrade to version 10) or own any version and purchase the upgrade after December 15.

    And, of course, no one is under any obligation to upgrade, so they are welcome to continue using the older version without purchasing the upgrade.

    Anyone who owns version 8 or later will receive an email from me with their specific details (the last few emails are going out today).

  4. You are correct. My apologies for the confusion.

  5. A sensible pricing system, and an excellent app. Thanks so much for your work on it, Peter!!

  6. Upgraded√ Years ago, you filled a huge gap with the end of Quickeys. You (literally) make our lives better every single day with your critical software - THANKS Peter!

  7. Peter N Lewis… boy that name rang a long forgotten bell. I’ve never used Keyboard Maestro but I know I’ve used something you wrote… maybe 30 years ago? Remembering old days of MacUser magazine and Andy Inkahto and Boomerang.

  8. Probably Anarchie/Interarchie, my FTP client was very popular back when FTP was very popular.

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