Stairways Software Releases Keyboard Maestro 8.0

[] Perth, Australia – Stairways Software Pty Ltd is pleased to announce Keyboard Maestro 8.0, the new version of its powerful productivity enhancer for OS X.

Version 8 refines the editor in a variety of ways, adding more help, text size control, machine learning, more drag & drop, Touch Bar support, context sensitive assistance and much more.

Version 8 continues the long tradition of putting more power at your finger tips, introducing the Cron trigger for calendar based macros, Gesture triggers drawn with the mouse, Remote triggering for integration with web services, Clipboard filtering and more.

The new version expands on the MIDI support to allow far deeper control both in triggering macros and sending packets.

With the addition of Dictionaries, you can now store structured information, and Macro-local variables allow you to write cleaner macros.

The editor now has full Open Scripting Architecture support, allowing you to construct, control and adjust macros programmatically.

And, of course, version 8 lets you do even more, adding many new input actions, more Control Flow options, actions to send messages, more user interface control and further enhancements to the Custom HTML windows. There are plenty of new conditions, collections, tokens and functions as well.

Watch the What’s New Video on the home page to see some of the new features, or the Introduction video if you are new to Keyboard Maestro.

With over a hundred other improvements, there is bound to be something for everyone.

Keyboard Maestro 8.0 requires OS X Yosemite 10.10.0 or later.

Editor Improvements
* Added new Assistance system to help novices trouble shoot any early issues
* Large Text size support in editor lists (Macros, Groups, Library, etc.)
* Full AppleScript Support in the Editor
* Added Machine Learning system to By Name selectors
* Added dragging of macros/macro groups to action macro selector popup menus
* Added basic Touch Bar support
* Added Actions menu
* Added Run Macro menu and toolbar item to run the currently selected macro
* Added Engroup Actions (into a new Group, Macro, For Each, While, etc.)
* Added Degroup Actions
* Added Paste Replacing for actions
* Added Select Macro by Name
* Added Insert Function by Name
* Added Insert Token by Name
* Added Insert Variable by Name
* Added File -> Share menu
* Added Import Macros Disabled menu command
* Adjusted Import Macros menu command to require the Option key
* Added Edit -> Insert Token -> Named Clipboard hierarchical menu
* Added %Delete% to the Insert Token menu
* Show an indiciator of the kind (token, variable, calculation) of each field in the editor
* Support negation (-) in the search fields
* Default to last used variable when creating new actions
* Support changing Safari actions to/from Google Chrome actions
* Support styled text in comments.
* Added an option to hide disabled macro groups
* Added wiki search to Help menu
* Added Make Alias for macros (and command-option dragging macros to groups)
* Play Sound supports sounds in ~/Library/Sounds and ~/Sounds
* Click on macro group label (top right) to select the enclosing macro group
* Adjusted the disclosure behaviour of Execute Macro action
* Added Space, Escape, and Help to the Hot Key selection menu
* Added a disabled color to the action color menu to indicate the color means a matched search
* Added Copy as XML to copy macro groups, macros or actions as XML
* Added View -> Select Groups Column menu item
* Added View -> Select Macros Column menu item
* Added View -> Edit Name menu item
* Added View -> Reveal Parent Group menu item
* Added View -> Last Used, Last Edited, Previous Edited, Next Edited menu items
* Added Select Macro option to macro selector popup menu
* Added Philippe Martin’s Multiple Clipboards to the Macro Library
* Added Rename Finder Files to the Macro Library
* Show a warning on “Press and Hold” actions that are the last action of the macro
* Show a warning when using Open File to open applications with the Default Application
* Show a warning when an Application trigger cannot fire because of the macro group’s settings
* Show a warning when a For Each action does not use its variable
* Show a warning when a string containing test looks like it should be a string matching test
* Support pasting XML actions
* Changed to a patterned color for the search matching indicator
* Color invalid Calculation conditions
* Adjusted the appearance of disabled actions to make them more clearly disabled
* Support quitting the editor by closing the editor window
* When showing a mapping from an empty variable show italic “empty”
* Show “No Forms Found” (etc) when Safari/Chrome popups cannot find any valid entries
* Minor tweaks to the overall appearance
* Removed misleading “Matching” from Search & Replace “String” search
* Double clicking icon image wells opens and sets the Icon Chooser
* The Modifiers condition no longer allows setting a modifier to be both pressed and not pressed

Support dragging macros and macro groups into the macro action list:
* No modifiers: Execute the Macro / Show the Macro Group
* Option: insert a copy of the macro’s actions
* Command-Shift: Enable the Macro / Macro Group
* Option-Shift: Mark the Macro

Support dragging files in as macros or actions:
* Applications as Activate Application action.
* Scripts as the appropriate Execute Script action.
* Other files as Open File actions.

Revamp Clipboard History Switcher & Named Clipboard Switcher:
* New combined appearance
* Additional information (source, type, size, pixel size, time, index)
* Drag Reordering
* Drag from the switcher to image or text fields
* Contextual menu to Paste, Paste Plain, or Paste Image, Duplicate
* Contextual menu to just set the current clipboard without pasting
* Large Text size support in Clipboard Switchers
* Support excluding applications from the clipboard history

Expanded MIDI Support:
* Added MIDI Control Change trigger
* Added MIDI raw packet trigger (SysEx, HUI protocol, etc.)
* Support MIDI trigger recording when the text fields are focused in background
* Added Send MIDI raw packets so you can send any kind of MIDI packet
* Send MIDI action uses calculations so you can send varying notes and control changes
* Handle and split multiple MIDI packets received in a single system MIDI packet

Added Local and Instance Variables:
* Added the concept of Local Variables, local to the macro they are in
* Added the concept of Instance Variables, local to macro execution group they are in

Added Dictionaries:
* Added the concept of dictionaries, mapping (case insensitively) a dictionary name and key name to a value
* Added Set Dictionary Value action
* Added %Dictionary[Dict,Key]% text token
* Added collection of Dictionaries and Keys in a Dictionary
* Added full AppleScript support for accessing Dictionaries

New Triggers:
* Added Cron trigger
* Added Gesture triggers drawn with the trackpad or mouse
* Added Audio Output Changed triggers drawn with the trackpad or mouse
* Added Remote trigger via a Keyboard Maestro server
* Added Clipboard Filter trigger
* Added Audio Output Device Changed trigger
* Added Idle trigger (trigger after the Mac is idle for N minutes)
* Added Export Trigger File which lets you trigger a macro by opening a file

New Actions:
* Added Show Palette of Macros action with (optional) Touch Bar action
* Added Get Touch Bar Selection action
* Added Prompt With List action
* Added Get a URL action (including getting images)
* Added Remote Trigger action
* Added Trigger Macros by Hot Key action
* Added Front Browser actions that work on the most front Safari or Chrome browser
* Added stdin input for Execute a Shell Script action
* Send SMS/iMessage Action
* Added Prompt For File/Folder action
* Added Continue Loop action (continues on to the next iteration)
* Added Retry This Loop action (restarts the current iteration)
* Added Assert action
* Added Split Path action to split a path into its component parts
* Added File as an input/output to many text actions
* Added File and Text as an input option to Lines In & Substrings In collections
* Added initial value to Trigger Macro by Name action
* Set %ActionResult% token to stderr for execute script actions
* Pass parameters to Trigger Macro by Name
* Support XPath in all the Web Browser actions
* Generalized Filter action inputs and outputs
* Generalized Search using Regular Expression action inputs and outputs
* Generalized Search and Replace action inputs and outputs
* Simulate Keystroke can send the key to a non-front application
* Insert Text by Typing can send the keys to a non-front application
* Support Search and Replace action processing the input for each replacement
* Added Full Screen test to Front Window condition
* Added title matches option to Manipulate Window action

New Conditions:
* Added Action Result condition
* Added Mouse Button condition
* Added Trigger Clipboard and Named Clipboard options to the Clipboard condition

New Tokens:
* Support XPath in the %SafariField% (and other) tokens
* %TriggerClipboard%
* %KeyboardLayout%
* weekday option to %ICUDateTimePlus/Minus% tokens to find next occurrence of a specific day of the week
* %Hex2%, %Oct3%, %Dec5%, %Bin8%
* %CalculateFormat%
* %RandomUUID%
* %AudioOutputDevice%
* %FrontBrowserTitle%, etc tokens.
* %FoundImage%

New Functions:

Keyboard Maestro is engineered by Stairways Software Pty Ltd and distributed by FastSpring. Keyboard Maestro is licensed on a per user basis, and an individual user can use it on five Macs.

New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro for $36 (USD). Customers with five or more users should contact us for a volume discount quote.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro directly from us after March 1, 2017 have been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 8. If you have not received your free license, you can find your free license upgrade on our web site.

Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro version 7 prior to March 1, 2017 can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 8 for $18 (USD) until 19 November 2017 and for $25 (USD) after that date. Customers who purchased older versions of Keyboard Maestro can upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 8 for $25 (USD). If you have not received your instructions on how to upgrade, you can find details by looking up your Keyboard_Maestro license on our web site.

A fully-functional unlicensed trial version of Keyboard Maestro can be downloaded from our web site.

For sales enquires, volume purchases, customer service, technical support, or to contact project management, our current contact information is listed on our web site.Keyboard Maestro 8.0
Keyboard Maestro Documentation
Download Trial Version
YouTube Channel (Introduction and Whats New)
Keyboard Maestro Community
Contact Sales

Stairways Software was founded in 1995 by Peter N Lewis to further develop and sell the world-class Mac software that made him famous. Stairways is a privately held Propriety Limited company based in Perth, Western Australia, and Peter continues to lead the company as president and chief executive officer. Peter’s goal was to bring high quality Internet and Unix tools to the Mac, combining the traditional Mac ease-of-use with the power of the Internet and Unix. This placed Stairways Software in exactly the right position to capitalize on the massive growth of the Internet from less than one million computers to hundreds of millions. The familiarity with Unix also proved invaluable as Apple transitioned Mac OS to the Unix-based Mac OS X. Along the way we acquired Keyboard Maestro which we ourselves found to be an indispensible productivity tool, and have continued to enhance it, growing it in to the premiere automation tool for macOS. Copyright (C) 2017 Stairways Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, iPad and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

###Peter Lewis
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