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I use both BetterTouchTool and Alfred for hotkeys.
BetterTouchTool’s core use-cases are to make shortcuts with your touchpad, so for instance I can click the top right corner of my MacBook’s trackpad to take a screenshot, or the lower right to open Inspect Element in browsers. You can also use it to make keyboard shortcuts, though I don’t have any I’m currently using in it.
Then, Alfred workflows can be triggered by keyboard shortcuts. The two I use most often are Option+CMD+V to show clipboard history, and Option+CMD+S to open my “Scratchpad” document in iA Writer to write quick notes down.
I also set some hotkeys in macOS keyboard settings. For instance, I changed Safari’s Quit shortcut from the default CMD+Q to CMD+Alt+Q so I don’t accidentally hit it, and made CMD+K trigger the crop tools in Preview. The default keyboard shortcut options in apps and the macOS keyboard settings are worth digging into as a great quick way to start using hotkeys without installing another program.
I use Autohotkey on Windows for its ability to be fully customized via scripts.
Depending on the current activity I am able to activate or not some hotkeys, like for instance text snippets when writing an email but that do not really have meaning in another context.
On Linux I use mostly i3wm, meaning everything done with the keyboard almost out of the box and no need for a mouse.
The software with hotkeys that I use the most is Superhuman. As someone who was used to flying around a keyboard on excel, it was incredibly frustrating to not be able to have that experience in email. Superhuman feels like excel for email to me. I just feel in flow when I’m using it and I’m constantly hitting hotkeys in gmail when it doesn’t work 😭.
“E” to make emails done
“Cmnd + Enter” to send emails
“Z” to undo
“Cmnd + Shift + I” to Bcc
Those are the ones I use the most and actually takes cognitive friction for me to remember them when I’m not at a keyboard since it’s so ingrained in only 3 months of using! Big fan since use gmail for work and personal so get a lot out of Superhuman.
It's funny but I actually use a few tools that achieve the same thing. It's kind of evolved over the years but since they don't clash (apart from crowding out the key combos) they work nicely for me.
I am a Quicksilver holdout (if anyone remembers that anymore) and use it mainly to search the web with some triggers including one's for Google's I'm Feeling Lucky to open sites directly, etc.
I've been trying out Alfred (again) recently but, beyond searches haven't done much with it worth mentioning.
BetterTouchTool has been a surprising delight in that it's actually made my use my neglected Macbook's Touchbar (to create app triggers for now) as well as keyboard combos for connecting my Airpods (two pairs separately). Very cool.
Hammerspoon Is great if you are running macOS. https://www.hammerspoon.org/
Hammerspoon is a desktop automation tool. It allows a variety of different events to be subscribed to and complex actions can be taken in response. Hot keys are a well supported event type.
It’s developer focused, configuring hot keys requires editing a Lua script, but incredibly powerful. I have hot keys setup to manage window placement and their behavior changes based on whether or not an external monitor is plugged in and which external monitor I have plugged in.
AutoHotKey on windows with great simple scripts.
Nothing on Mac, like that. Karabiner can't help me.
I recently started using BetterTouchTool and couldnt be happier, I mean it has made me more fast in terms of productivity and multitasking. Custom gestures and keys are just amazing. Assigning them to third party apps is great. I can keep on going on with praises about BetterTouchTool :)
Also just one example, i schedule alot of meetings and have to keep my calendar app (woven) open at ease, so with BetterTouchTool i have assigned a custom gesture to calendar app and voila ..! within 2 seconds the app is opened..
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