Perth, Western Australia – 21 September 2004 – Stairways Software Pty
Ltd is pleased to announce Keyboard Maestro 2.0, the eagerly awaited
successor of its powerful powerful productivity enhancer for Mac OS
X. Keyboard Maestro consists of three functions: powerful macros,
program and windows switching, and clipboard switching.
Using Keyboard Maestro’s macros you can control applications,
windows, or menus; insert text; open documents, applications or URLs;
execute scripts; control the system, iTunes, or a PowerMate; and
more, all with the touch of a key, click of the mouse, periodically
or at specific times, or even when an application is launched,
running or quits.
The Program Switcher lets you cycle through applications or windows,
closing, hiding, launching, and more. Keyboard Maestro can help you
regain control of your crowded screen by letting you close or hide
multiple windows or applications, especially useful in the Finder.
The Clipboard Switcher lets you select from a number of named
clipboards, storing information away for later retrieval. Store the
details you are working with and access them by name again and again.
Keyboard Maestro was acquired by Stairways Software on 30 June 2004
and we have continued to build on the solid foundations that Michael
Kamprath developed in Keyboard Maestro 1 and the initial 2.0 betas.
Keyboard Maestro 2.0 represents a complete rewrite of the internal
engine to support multiple Macro Triggers including:
* traditional Hot Keys – execute macros with the press of a key.
* Application – on launch, quit, activate, deactivate, or
periodically while an application is running.
* Time – on login, at a particular time of day, or periodically.
* Macro Palette – with a click on a context sensitive Macro Palette.
* PowerMate – by using a PowerMate.
Keyboard Maestro 2.0 also adds support for a wealth of new actions, including:
* Manipulate Window – resize, close, zoom and more.
* Press Button – Simulate a click on a button.
* Simulate Scroll Wheel – Simulate a scroll wheel action.
* Use Named Clipboard – Use a particular named clipboard
Keyboard Maestro 2.0 adds a new concept of a Macro Group, a set of
Macros that are enabled for a specific set of applications. This
allows you to easily create Macros to enhance a particular
application without tying up Hot Keys in other applications.
Keyboard Maestro 2.0 adds support for importing and exporting Macros
so you can share Macros with your friends and colleagues.
Detailed changes include:
* New Application Triggers on launch, quit, activate, deactivate.
* New Time Triggers on login, at a particular time of day, or periodically.
* New floating Macro Palette appears if you have any active macros
that are triggered from the Macro Palette.
* New PowerMate Trigger.
* New Manipulate Window Action – resize, close, zoom, move, minimize,
bring to front the current window or a named window.
* New Press Button Action to simulate a click on a named button.
* New Simulate Scroll Wheel Action.
* New Use Named Clipboard Action to use a particular named clipboard.
* New Insert Current Clipboard Text Action Token.
* Macro Groups for controlling Macro targeting.
* Support for Importing and Exporting Macros.
* Quit Engine command in the File menu.
* Acquired and supported by Stairways Software.
Keyboard Maestro 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or greater.
Keyboard Maestro is engineered by Stairways Software Pty Ltd and
distributed by Kagi. Keyboard Maestro is licensed on a per
workstation basis (individuals can choose to license it on a per user
New customers can purchase Keyboard Maestro from
(http://purchase.keyboardmaestro.com/) for US$20.
Keyboard Maestro 2.0 is a paid upgrade from previous versions.
Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 1.x after 1 July 2004 have
been issued a free upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 2.0. To claim your
free upgrade look up your Keyboard Maestro purchase at
Customers who purchased Keyboard Maestro 1 from Michael Kamprath
before July 2004 will be able to upgrade to Keyboard Maestro 2 for
US$10. In order to qualify for the discounted upgrade, you must have
transferred your Keyboard Maestro 1 details to Stairways Software
(you should have received information on doing this around
mid-August). If you have not yet done so, please contact us and we
will liaise with Michael about the transfer. Once your details have
been transferred, you can claim your discounted upgrade to version 2
by looking up your license at (http://enquiry.stairways.com/).
A fully-functional unlicensed trial version of Keyboard Maestro can
be downloaded from (http://download.stairways.com/).
For sales enquires, customer service, technical support, or to
contact project management, our current contact information is listed
Extensive online documentation on Keyboard Maestro can be found at
A brief taste of Keyboard Maestro in action can be found at
A more detailed tour to give you a better idea of Keyboard Maestro’s
power and versatility is available at
For more information about anything to do with Keyboard Maestro visit